Synopses & Reviews
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Over 7.2 million Americans booked cruises in 2006. A 2006 study by the Cruise Line Industry Association of America (CLIA) reports that nearly 29 million people took cruises the past 3 years and projects an increase the next 3 years.
About the Author
Kay Showker has been a travel writer/photographer/lecturer for more than two decades. Following a ten year tenure at Travel Weekly, she became a freelance writer, authoring 13 guidebooks, appearing as a travel expert on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, and The Travel Channel, and writing America On Line's "Cruise Critic/Caribbean Ports of Call."
Table of Contents
List of Maps and Illustrations.
Laurels for the Laborers.
About This Guide.
Cruising: A Look Back, a Look Ahead.
PART ONE Planning Your Cruise.
Shopping for and Booking Your Cruise.
Preparing for Your Cruise.
Time to Go.
Preparing for Time Ashore.
At the End of Your Cruise.
PART TWO Cruise Lines and Their Ships.
The Heart of the Matter.
American Canadian Caribbean Line.
Carnival Cruise Lines.
Celebrity Cruises/Azamara Cruises.
Costa Cruise Lines.
Disney Cruise Line.
Holland America Line.
Norwegian Cruise Line/NCL America.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
Royal Caribbean International.
Seabourn Cruise Line.
Star Clippers, Inc.
European, Asian, and Smaller Cruise Lines.
Abercrombie & Kent, Inc.
American Cruise Lines.
American Safari Cruises.
Bora Bora Cruises.
Discovery World Cruises.
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines.
Hebridean Island Cruises.
Louis Cruise Lines.
Orion Expedition Cruises.
Pearl Seas Cruises.
Peter Deilmann Cruises.
SeaDream Yacht Club.
Travel Dynamics International.
The World/ResidenSea Ltd.
PART THREE Cruising Alternatives.
River and Barge Cruises.
River and Barge Cruises in Europe.
Yangtze River Cruises in China.
Other Asian River Cruises.
Nile River Cruises.
United States and Canadian River Cruises.
Majestic America Line.
RiverBarge Excursion Lines, Inc.
St. Lawrence Cruise Lines/Canadian River Cruise Vacations.
Amazon River Cruises.
Adventure and Cultural Cruises.
African Safari Club Ltd.
Compagnie Polynesienne de Transport Maritime.
Cruise North Expeditions, Inc.
Galapagos Yacht Cruises.
MTS (Melanesian Tourist Services).
National Geographic Expeditions.
St. Helena Line.
Norwegian Coastal Cruises and Cruise Ferries.
Norwegian Coastal Voyage, Ltd.
European Cruise Ferries.
Classic Cruises of Newport.
Maine Windjammer Association.
Sea Cloud Cruises.
Windjammer Barefoot Cruises, Ltd.
Zeus Tours and Yacht Cruises.
Freighters: Defining the Breed.
Planning Your Freighter Voyage.
Freighter Travel Companies.
Cruise Ship Index.