Being that we are from Pennsylvania, and have 5 people traveling, it can be quite expensive to fly to Florida. Also, we usually tend to travel in January in order to get out of the cold, so therefore fly down 2 days ahead of time in case bad weather would cancel or delay our flight, which adds 2 nights of hotel stays. Add in transportation to and from the airport, plus meals while in Florida and we are already out $2000 or so before we even board.
Another alternative would be to simply drive the 3 hours and take the Explorer of the Seas out of NJ. Of course we would have parking and tolls, but those would pale in comparison to the other charges listed above.
Can anyone that has traveled on both give me a comparison. My wife and I are both in our 30's, traveling with an 18, 13 and 10 year old. Is there as much to do on the ship? Will we notice a big difference in the size of the ship? Any help is appreciated!