(ran HT edition)
Lately it seems everyone is getting into the "sampler cruise" act, offering short introductory sailings that let you test the cruising waters. Such programs first were introduced on the Seabourn Legend and then on Cunard's Sea Goddess I. Now American Hawaii has introduced three- and four-day cruise segments on the Independence. Three-day cruises sail from Honolulu to Kauai for an overnight stay and conclude in Maui; the four-day itinerary sails from Mauito the Big Island of Hawaii and concludes in Honolulu. For information, call (800) 765-7000.