Actually it is a good drive for me to get to a port. About 9 hours for Port Canaveral, 11 to Tampa, and around 6 to Jacksonville. I usually fly if leaving out of Miami as it is too far to drive and I hate the traffic there.
Now Carnival did finally tip the Funnel and send us a ship to Charleston. I can drive there in a little over 2 hours. I am very thankful for that, though the Fantasy has limited itineraries. It is nice not having to leave your state to get on a Fun Ship.