Yep, my family of 4 went on a Carnival cruise in 2016. Our airfare from Ohio to Florida cost MORE than the cruise! And that was even with flying Spirit. Plus the cost of a hotel room in Florida prior to the cruise.Which is why it's often people that live near the ports that cruise a lot and look for the last-minute discounts! I would not have gone on near as many cruises as I have if I had to pay $400+ for airfare each time. I'm booked on a cruise where I have to fly to Puerto Rico and I'm cringing at how flights increase the cost - probably around 40% of the base fare.