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Your insider's guide to the best cruise lines and values
Set sail on the right cruise for you With scores of great cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska, and the Mediterranean, how do you choose one that's right for you? Relax! The updated edition of this easy-to-understand guide is all you need to navigate the world of cruise vacations ? and sail into the sunset.
- Down-to-earth cruise-planning advice The best ships and packages for every budget
- Concise tips on sightseeing and shopping at ports of call
- Dozens of detailed maps
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Cruise Vacations for Dummies has everything you need to plan the perfect cruise vacation. Expert author Fran Golden gives candid, evocative reviews of a range of cruises and ships from the deluxe Celebrity cruises, complete with a suite of spa pools, steamrooms and saunas, to the old-time sailing ships of adventure-geared Windjammer Barefoot Cruises. The guide is packed with priceless tips like how to get the lowest rates on cruises, what to pack, and which cabin to choose on your ship. Worksheets, maps for various ports of call and fact tables for each cruise line are another highlight. Cruise Vacations for Dummies makes planning your cruise a snap!
About the Author
About the Author Fran Wenograd Golden writes about cruises and travel for the Boston Herald and Concierge.com, among other venues. She is also the author of Frommer's European Cruises and Ports of Call 2000 and TVacations: A Fun Guide to the Sites, the Stars, and the Inside Stories Behind Your Favorite TV Shows (Pocket Books, 1996), and coauthor of Frommer's Alaska Cruises & Ports of Call, Frommer's Greece, and Honeymoon Vacations For Dummies. Raised mostly in West Hartford, Connecticut, she lives north of Boston with her husband and two teenagers.
Table of Contents
PART I: Getting Started.
Chapter 1: Discovering the Best of Cruising.
Chapter 2: Finding Your Ideal Cruise.
Chapter 3: Planning Your Budget.
PART II: Ship Shapes: Cruise Lines and Cruise Ships.
Chapter 4: Setting Your Sights on a Ship: Comparing Cruises.
Chapter 5: Mainstream Ships.
Chapter 6: Luxury Ships.
Chapter 7: Alternative and Sailing Ships.
PART III: Ironing Out the Details: Planning Your Cruise.
Chapter 8: Making Your Reservations.
Chapter 9: Arranging Your Passport, Packing, Money, and More.
PART IV: All Aboard: The Cruise Experience.
Chapter 10: Getting to Your Port of Embarkation and Boarding Ship.
Chapter 11: Wining and Dining.
Chapter 12: All about Activities.
Chapter 13: Gambling at Sea.
Chapter 14: Pampering and Pumping: Spa and Fitness Facilities.
Chapter 15: Shopping on the High Seas.
Chapter 16: Catering to the Kids: Activities for Children and Teens.
PART V: Landing at the Ports of Call.
Chapter 17: Your Ports of Call.
Chapter 18: Landing in the Caribbean.
Chapter 19: Arriving in Alaska.
Chapter 20: Meandering in the Mediterranean.
Chapter 21: Exploring Other Destinations.
PART VI: Disembarking: The End of the Cruise.
Chapter 22: Taking Care of Those Final Details.
Chapter 23: Coming Home: Customs, Regulations, and Taxes.
PART VII: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 24: Ten Classic Cruise Experiences.
Chapter 25: Ten Romantic Things to Do on a Cruise.
Appendix: Toll-Free Numbers and Web Sites and More.
Book Registration Information.