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Our ITINERARY 2014 Mediterranean Cruise

We're on count down for our back to back cruises of the eastern and western Mediterranean with Holland America Line on the cruiseship MS Nieuw Amsterdam. 9 countries in 24 days with 17 different ports of call! There are over-night stays in Venice, Istanbul and Barcelona and just to top it off we're arriving in Venice 3 days early.

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Hawaii: Waterfalls and Rainforests

Surprisingly it is raining in the rainforest, who would have guessed! Though it's lightly raining the temperature is warm, this gentle misting rain referred to as 'kilihune' in the Hawaiian language keeps us cool as we trek deeper into the rainforest.

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Helicopter Ride Over A Volcano

Today we are going to fly over the active volcano, Kilauea! We're in Hawaii cruising aboard the 'Pride of America' and we pre-booked this shore excursion on-line via the NCL website because we heard that it's very popular and we didn't want to miss out. This particular excursion also includes a picnic by a remote waterfall, it all sounds so exciting.

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Pearl Harbor: Tears for the Arizona

After paying our respects at the shrine we return to the central viewing platform of the memorial above the USS Arizona and we see tiny droplets of oil bubble to the surface. Oily tears from the remains of this once mighty ship glisten on the water as if to say "Here I am, please don't forget me..."

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Top 10 Reasons 'Why I Love Cruises'

This beautiful picture was taken from our private balcony as the cruise ship MS Nieuw Amsterdam departs Corfu. For me cruising is the perfect way to escape, relax and see the world. Read my Top 10 reasons 'Why I love Cruises'.

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Mt Haleakala: Sunset above the Clouds

The sun bursts through from below the clouds lighting up the sky like it was on fire, Darren took a couple of photographs then came and sat with me. At this point in time we were alone and higher than all the other people on Maui, sitting above the clouds on the rim of a dormant volcano watching the sun put on a show just for us...

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Karen

Hello, my name is Karen and I'm a cruise-a-holic. I'm married to my wonderful husband Darren and we have 3 gorgeous kids, (not that I'm biased by any stretch of the imagination).

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