Our choice of this cruise was made from three criteria. First it was a small ship, allowing us to visit ports not filled with other cruises, not ruined by the presence of too many other tourists. Second, as a Florida resident, I was interested in learning some early history and third we did not have to travel far. From Jacksonville to Jacksonville on the small ship Glory, we visited seldom seen but historically significant ports like Palatka and Green Cove Springs and better known ones like St. Augustine. This cruise ably combined a view of early Florida with a very up-to-date environmental view. The small ship with comfortable accommodations, the small number of passengers all added up to a relaxing and friendly time on board.
We boarded after a night spent in the Hyatt Regency Hotel with an exciting 16th floor room overlooking fireworks and a pre-Christmas boat parade just below us. Car in storage with the hotel, my husband and I boarded the ship.
Throughout the cruise, we were offered shore cruises in each port which were varied (buses, walks, horse-drawn carriages, small boats). Our lecturer, Rachel, was informative with both historical and environmental information. She became an important part of our experience both on board as she lectured and shared meals with us and off the ship when she always knew the right questions to ask various locals who were docents on our shore excursions.
Service was always there when needed.The meals were well cooked and became a great gathering place of new friends made. We particularly enjoyed the breakfast time practice of making our lunch and dinner choices though if we changed our minds, we were not held to those choices. Thanks especially for giving us a choice of half-portions.
In summary it was a happy cruise, a quietly friendly time and one that we have recommended to the planning of several friends!