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Dream Vacations Shares Four Benefits of Living Near a Cruise Home Port

With more than 20 cruise terminals located in the U.S., more than half of the country lives within driving distance of a cruise vacation, which translates to many travel benefits according to Dream Vacations – Betty Tolleson & April Jolly. The closest cruise terminal to Roebuck is in Charleston, which is three hours away by car.

“The recently updated Carnival Sunshine is docked in Charleston year-round, offering a larger ship doing short cruises that makes it perfect for quick getaways,” said April Jolly, Dream Vacations franchise partner and vacation specialist in Roebuck. “Mobile, Ala.; Baltimore, Md.; and Port Canaveral, Fla. are additional cruise ports that are within driving distance of Roebuck, and which offer a wider variety of destination and ship options. Working with a full-service travel agent can ensure you are booked on the best ship and itinerary for your needs.”

In addition to convenience, here are four benefits of living near a cruise port:

  1. Save Time ­– Cruisers often feel the need to arrive a day early to ensure that bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances don’t delay their vacation. If their cruise departs from a port that is a closer drive (five hours or less), travelers can eliminate the need to take extra time off work and the expenses of that extra travel day (like hotel and food cost).
  2. Save Money ­– Cruises often offer discounted resident rates for those who live near the cruise terminal. Additionally, driving to the terminal the day of a cruise vacation eliminates the added expenses of airfare, hotels, gas and the wear and tear on vehicles.
  3. Stress-Free – Security and travel restrictions can make flying a nuisance even for the most seasoned traveler. When cruising from a home-port, one doesn’t have to worry about flight delays or cancellations, lost luggage, baggage fees, liquid requirements.
  4. Explore the U.S. – Travelers are so excited to get away, they often forget there are many exciting sights to see in the U.S. Extending a vacation by a day or two when cruising to and from a home port can give a traveler the unique opportunity to explore the local sights and immerse themselves in the culture they normally take for granted. For example, in Charleston one can visit Fort Sumter, walk Rainbow Row and the Battery (or take a carriage ride), tour a plantation and enjoy the booming low-country culinary scene. In South Carolina we often say, ‘love where you live’ and we are known for our hospitality to visitors.

By taking a cruise that departs from Charleston, it is possible to visit the Bahamas and Caribbean without ever stepping on an airplane. For Spring Break this year, prices start at $429 per person for a 5-night Bahamas cruise aboard Carnival Sunshine departing on March 30, 2020. To close out summer vacation, cruises to the Bahamas in August aboard Carnival Sunshine begin at $319 per person.

For more information or to book a dream vacation, please call (864) 587-1711 or visit www.TollesonTravel.com.

About Dream Vacations

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Travel agents with the top-ranked home-based travel agency franchise Dream Vacations have the resources to plan and create seamless vacation experiences for their customers while offering the best value. A member of the International Franchise Association, Dream Vacations is part of World Travel Holdings and has received partner of the year, a top-ranking status, by all the major cruise lines as well as national recognition for its support of military veterans.



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