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Getting to Central Florida

Getting to Central Florida

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By Car, Van, Truck, or Motorcycle

Many vacationers arrive for their cruise in their own vehicle. It’s hard to beat the slowly rising sense of excitement as you draw closer or the freedom of having your own wheels once you arrive (helpful when you’re combining your cruise with a land vacation). Driving may also eliminate any concerns you or family members may have with air travel. And driving can be less expensive than air travel, especially with large families. On the downside, you may spend long hours or even days on the road, which cuts deeply into your vacation time. And you’ll need to park your car while you’re cruising, which is pricey (see page 85). Drivers from outside the U.S. may have heard that a Florida law was introduced requiring drivers from other countries to have an International Driving Permit as well as their driver’s license. That law was repealed in 2013.

We suggest you carefully map your course ahead of time. Of course, there's your smartphone's maps app. another way is with a AAA TripTik—a strip map that guides you to your destination. Only AAA members (see page 35) can get a printed TripTik, but TripTik Online is free, at your regional AAA web site. Other trip-routing sites are http://www.mapquest.com and http://maps.google.com. If you’re driving I-75, we recommend Along Interstate-75 by Dave Hunter (Mile Oak Publishing,http://www.i75online.com). I-95 drivers will benefit from the Drive I-95 guide by Stan and Sandra Posner (Travelsmart, http://www.drivei95.com) or http://www.i95exitguide.com. For navigating the Sunshine State, look for Dave Hunter’s Along Florida’s Expressways. Florida's many toll roads are also a factor. Visit http://www.floridasturnpike.com for the official word.

If you live more than 500 miles away, spread out your drive over more than one day, allotting one day for every 500 miles. If your journey spans more than a day, decide in advance where to stop each night and make reservations. If possible, arrive a day ahead of your cruise departure day for a more relaxing start to the cruise (see page 82 for lodging in Cape Canaveral). Compare the price of driving versus flying, too.

By Train

The train is a uniquely relaxing way to travel. Amtrak serves the Orlando area daily with both passenger trains and an Auto Train, which carries your family and your car. The Auto Train runs between suburban Washington, D.C. and suburban Orlando (Sanford, FL). The Auto Train is also available one-way, and in many seasons, one direction is less expensive than the other. Late arrivals are the norm, so allow extra time. Keep in mind that you may need to take a taxi or town car from the train station, or you can rent a car from the nearby Hertz office. Call Amtrak at 800-USA-RAIL or visit them at http://www.amtrak.com.

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