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Old December 2nd, 2012, 12:04 PM's Avatar is offline
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Location: Ashburn, VA
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You will find river cruising amazing! We are definitely hooked on them and can't wait for the next one. They are entirely different than ocean cruises in every way. And there are so many wonderful itineraries out there to choose from, not to mention many wonderful river cruise companies.

As for Hawaii, we spent 3 weeks there last year, including a one-week cruise on the Pride of America. Truly awesome cruise! While the ship is okay, the crew was fantastic. The food wasn't all that good, but we didn't do the cruise for the ship - we did it for the itinerary and we were not disappointed. Great way to see the islands. One suggestion; don't need to do any excursions. Best to just pre-reserve a rental car in each port and do your own thing. Definitely cheaper, easier, and affords you an opportunity to do what you want, go where you want, and see what you want without the high price and crowds.

Travel Agent/Cruise Specialist w/13 yrs exp and 48 Cruises on 11 cruise lines! Favorites: Paul Gauguin - Tahiti: Uniworld River Cruises - Europe; Celebrity Solstice-class ships; Holland America - 12-nights Baltics & Russia; RCCL - 14-nights Greek Isles, Turkey, & Croatia; Holland America - 14-day Alaskan cruisetour; 10-night Canada/New England cruise; 21 days Hawaii w/7-night NCL cruise; Oceania - 25 days in Asia; more than 3 months touring Europe by train. And many all-inclusive resorts!
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