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American Spirit Cruise Review

Itinerary: Historic South & Golden Isles - May 2010

American Spirit

My wife and I are world travelers. We decided to try something closer to home. We did not need a passport, and we were able to drive to Charleston where we met our lovely ship the American Spirit.

I am a Civil War history buff, and my wife loves plantation homes, and we are both foodies. This seemed like the perfect cruise for us, and it turned out to exceed our expectations.

Arrival in Charleston was a breeze. The cruise line has a place to park your car and brings you to the ship. This is where we encountered the red, white and blue uniforms of the most energetic, adorable, perfect staff that were to pamper us and be our friends for the week.

Want to mention we came in two days early to explore Charleston before getting on the ship.

Our first port after Charleston was the adorable "Village of Beaufort." Horse drawn carriages and the most well preserved historical homes, each more beautiful than the other. A gem of a little town that I would love to return to. Daufuskie Island, a small residential for the most part lay back beautiful location with amazing history, Hilton Head, the largest of the barrier islands and a very strong tourist destination. Both had beautiful coastlines and we very interesting to visit. Savannah, we felt the highlight of our cruise. We docked in downtown and decided to explore on our own. Savannah, America's first planned city has 21 squares with homes and businesses and religious building planned on each square. Even though we are foodies, we saw the line for the Paul Dean restaurant and decided exploring Savannah was more important to us. St. Simons, Jekyll Island, Amelia Island barrier islands of the Atlantic had a wonderful lay back feel of everyday life. Jekyll had my wife in heaven with the rich and famous "cottages" that were used as part time homes for the rich and famous.

The American Spirit was like our floating bed and breakfast to visit all these locations without having to pack and unpack or read a map or drive the freeways from city to city. Arriving as we did by ship in the ports of each city it was easy to fall into the thought that the world we left a week ago was just there, we were transported into history and southern culture and pampered every day at every meal on our ship. A great experience and definitely worth the price.

—Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Johnson

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