There are advantages to living near a cruise port. You don’t have the stress of pre-cruise airline connections, delays or cancellations. Without a long highway drive, there isn’t the chance of getting stuck in a traffic jam.
There are also distinct disadvantages. Being close to a cruise port puts you into a more casual frame of mind with regards to your cruise departure. Organizing, packing and heading to the port are more like afterthoughts than months-long preparation. This was my situation.
Living near the port, I found myself working right up until dinnertime of the night before my cruise. 9PM I started packing and by 3AM my clothes-packing was complete. A quick four-hour snooze and I was back at my computer, a steamy cup of coffee by my mouse and last minute email forwarding/away message setup was underway.
With a four o’clock deadline to be onboard the NCL Sun and with no Plan B option should I miss the ship, I started to frantically throw my remaining possessions into whatever Ziplock bag or small carry-along I could find.
2:38PM – Left my house
3:10PM – I’m in my stateroom
3:20PM – Enjoying a cold Chardonnay and a light lunch by the Lido pool.
Luckily for me, Port Canaveral is only a short distance from my front door. Spoiled? No. Complacent? Most definitely. Now I have a much better appreciation for how cruisers living in the South Florida area must feel; it’s so wonderfully convenient and uncomplicated living with a major cruise port nearly in your backyard.