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EXPLORING OUR COUNTRY ON A RIVER CRUISE
With the news of multiple vaccines becoming available soon and our pent-up demand to travel, I have come up with a great option.
How about exploring our own beautiful country on a river cruise? Who knows when we will be allowed to fly internationally for our vacations. Let’s explore our own beautiful country.
There are river cruises in the USA preparing to sail as soon as it’s safe. That may be before other countries allow us in. Now would be a great time to secure your reservation on a river cruise in our country.
These ships cruise many rivers in the United States. One itinerary is right here on the Columbia River following the steps of Lewis and Clark. If you don’t want to fly that would be a great option for you.
One of my favorites is a cruise of the Old South.
This cruise departs from either Charleston, South Carolina or Amelia Island, Florida. Both departure ports are fabulous places to explore before and/or after the cruise. You will be amazed as well with the other cities on the itinerary,
You would sail along the intercostal waterway stopping in the spectacular city of Savannah, Georgia. Who remembers the book
and movie, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil? A must read before visiting this historic city. Did you know that Savannah, Georgia was the first planned city in the United States? The city was laid out in a series of grids that allowed for wide open streets intertwined with shady public squares and parks that served as town meeting places and centers of business. Savannah had 24 original squares. 22 squares are still in existence today. See the photo above.
Another favorite of mine along the route is Beaufort, South Carolina. Beaufort was the setting of The Prince of Tides, Forrest Gump and The Big Chill.
The pricing for these river cruises in the United States is higher than other places in the world because they are US flagged ships and pay American wages. The money you save in airfare makes up for the higher cost of the cruise.
The ships only hold 100 passengers. Shore excursions, gratuities and many amenities are included in the price.
I think it’s time we take advantage of this beautiful country we live in and get out there to see it!
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