You don't have to be! Depending on where you live, there are many cruises that depart from ports located up and down the East Coast. Just pack your bags, hop in the car and start cruising. Ports provide a substantial amount of secure parking for a fairly reasonable cost. The best part is you aren't limited by the airline's restrictions of how many suitcases are allowed or how much they can weigh. As long as your trunk can fit it, you can easily bring along your heavy, expensive camera equipment or your large scuba diving bag. Also, this is a terrific way to discover a new ship or cruise line that you may not have experienced or even thought about before.
Next time when planning a vacation, instead of choosing the cruise line first, see what ships are leaving out of your own backyard. Use this guide to find your closest port, then explore the cruise line, ship and dates of departure available. You'll virtually be ready to cruise.
Click on the link or button below to see a listing for the 2016 Cruise Port Schedules for each of the major cruise ports on the East Coast.