We left Jacksonville Nov. 29 on The Great Rivers of Florida. This was a very relaxing cruise on quiet waters. The historian/naturalist Rachel Perkins was excellent in sharing her love for this area and her knowledge of the waterways and islands as well as the birds and other wildlife. The crew was outstanding: friendly, competent, and extremely hardworking. The cabin (lowest price) was roomy, comfortable, and clean. Meals were excellent, and the chef knew how to handle meats. There was always a choice of meat or fish/vegetables, and they were very good about making substitutions. We also appreciated their choice for half-portions which were quite ample. Shore excursions were mixed with some getting great reviews like the boat tour around Amelia Island and some that could be skipped like the walking tour of Green Cove Spring. The public rooms need some attention. Dining room chairs tended to be too soft and too low for many of us, and the higher, firmer chairs were at a premium. The lounge also had low, soft seating which is not always the most comfortable for some of us. This is a small ship, and 41 was a very comfortable number to cruise with, easy to meet and talk with people. The first night's entertainment was a historical re-enactor who was very good, discussing the early development of the area. The musical entertainment on other nights tended to be very average to below average and we skipped out after the first few minutes. By and large, the other cruisers were well-educated, some but not all retired. There were no cliques and even the family groups were open to meeting and talking with all of us.