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Taking a holiday cruise is a jolly way to celebrate the season (think shopping and no dishes)

Taking a holiday cruise is a jolly way to celebrate the season (think shopping and no dishes)

If you're looking for a holiday getaway that's merry and bright, Cathie Lentz-Fryer of Orange County has a suggestion: Ship out on a holiday season cruise.

Each December for the past five years, Lentz-Fryer has sailed the rivers of Europe on an Ama Waterways cruise with a group of friends and loved it.

"Cities like Vienna and those in the south of France are beautifully decorated during the holiday season," she said. "You taste the local foods at outdoor markets, meet the people, shop for handmade ornaments and other gifts and drink steamy cups of glühwien [mulled...

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