Yes, thats what my sister thinks too - says you can see alot more. I'm not so sure as when you are cruising around, you can see bunches, right? I would much prefer cruising and as I told my husband since we haven't been there before, we wouldn't know what we were missing...lol. Its one of those once in a lifetime cruises - sorta like Alaska - and I just want to make sure I make the most of it. My parents went years ago and island hopped via plane, but if there are weight restrictions like there are on most, that may be a problem. Thanks for your advice!