If I were you I would take the cruise from FLL all the way to San Francisco. Becuase when I was looking at the plane tickets for South America, they were very expenisve. You can get an interior room for $1,000 on one of the cruise and a little over $1,000 on the second one. So thats what I would do. On John Heald's Blog he said over a thousand people are doing this, but he didn't say why. I am guessing becuase of plane ticket prices.