Paradise FOUND; CRUISE ROUND HAWAII FOR BLUE SEAS, FIERY VOLCANOES AND THE WORLD'S TOP DIVE SITES

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Byline: By JOHN PEACOCK

MARK Twain called Hawaii "the loveliest fleet of is lands that lies anchored in any ocean".

It was his idea of paradise... and everyone should go to paradise at least once in their lives - waiting until you die can be a bit hit or miss.

A holiday to Hawaii can be expanded into a two or three centre trip, possibly by flying to Las Vegas with all its glitzy attractions for a few days, or to San Francisco or Los Angeles and then on to Honolulu for a cruise.

A few days in Los Angeles gives a chance to visit Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood for its movie sets, the Kodak Theatre where the Oscars are held and tour the homes of stars in Beverly Hills.

Your stay in Hawaii can also be extended, but cruising on the fabulous new Pride Of Hawaii alone would be a memorable holiday.

This giant of the American cruise fleet has 10 themed restaurants each with its own galley, 12 bars and lounges, a wide range of entertainments including a 1,042-seat Venetian-style theatre, children's facilities, health spa and beauty salon and extensive 24-hour gym.

And everything is informal, unless you want to dress for dinner. Stopping at four of the six islands, its cruises start on Mondays, and are geared to newlyweds beginning their lives together at one of the most romantic places on Earth.

YOU can even marry on board and honeymoon in Hawaii.

The lush green islands enjoy a warm, balmy climate throughout the year and claim many world records.

They have the world's tallest mountain, Mauna Kea, when measured from its base under the ocean to its summit, the world's highest sea cliffs, the world's number one destination for diving and world championship surfing...

And Hawaii probably has the world's most amazing ecosystem.

With sea clarity of up to 100ft, it has "the best marine life and conditions on Earth", rainforests, an alpine lake, extinct, dormant and active volcanoes including the fiery Mount Kilauea - which has been "gently erupting" for more than 20 years - spectacular waterfalls cascading hundreds of feet and ringed by rainbows, a 14-mile long canyon, mountains and secluded valleys. …