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My kids were blessed to get Tim’s good looks, Sebastian got Tim’s calm demeanor and my shyness, and Madelyn got her ‘happy crazy’ emotions from me, and motion sickness. That last one is a bummer because we love to travel.

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I love being outdoors and as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that my love for the outdoors likely came from my mom. Not that my dad doesn’t enjoy being outside but my mom purposefully goes bird watching, hiking, volunteers at the nature center, and draws and photographs nature. When my sister and I were about 11 and 13, she would drive us to a beautiful place called Snowbird Mountain Lodge in the smoky mountains of North Carolina. While the scenic, beautiful destination was something to look forward to, the road trip was not.

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Summer break starts in just over two weeks and I am starting to obsess about how we can possibly top our Spring Break vacation. Actually, we have an amazing trip to Arkansas planned, but that doesn’t involve the ocean, my all-time favorite thing and place in the world. Our two favorite local family vacation destinations […]

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We’ve gone to the beach for almost every vacation the last 15 years and will be going to the mountains in Arkansas this summer, so to balance things out, because I can’t possibly go 6 months without seeing the ocean, we planned a cruise vacation with Carnival Cruise line for our Spring Break. I am really excited because I know both kids will enjoy the cruise since there are a lot of entertainment and activity options on board and at ports that cater to both of their tastes.

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Southeast families can enjoy a cruise vacation without paying for flight tickets to get to a departure port.
Here is your complete guide to Carnival Cruise Line departure ports within driving distance of almost any state in the south east. Have you always wanted to take your kids on a cruise but the thought of paying for cruise tickets AND plane tickets, to fly to the departure port, gives you anxiety? We understand.

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