The train isn't an option for me You have to drive to Birmingham and then go to Washington, DC and then to Ft. Lauderdale or Miami. The trip is 49 hours and 51 minutes. I tried Savannah, Georgia. That's much better. It's almost 12 hours from there and it's $138. I might do that next year.
Well I checked and the only way for us to take a train to Florida from Dallas is to go to Chicago first, then train to Washing DC and then to Florida. It would only take 69 hours and cost $1070 (each person).... I would rather drive than go through that.... oh well..
I miss the old days of passenger rail service. I remember when I was younger, every small town in NY had a railroad depot it seemed. We could drive a mile to the depot and buy train tickets to anywhere in the U.S. or Canada. We could board a train heading north to Albany or south to NYC and from either location be on our way to Florida, Chicago, LA, New Orleans, Saskatoon, wherever.
It's not bad in my opinion. The furthest I've ever traveled by train is from the Newark, NJ area to Boston, which is about 5 hours on the Amtrak Acela. The Acela is quite a bit more money, but it's well worth it for the faster ride and fewer stops than the Amtrak Northeast Regional.
2007 - Majesty of the Seas (Bahamas)
2009 - Enchantment of the Seas (Western Caribbean)
2010 - Freedom of the Seas (Western Caribbean)
2013 - Golden Princess (Alaska, roundtrip from Seattle)