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Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships 2012 [Paperback]

Douglas Ward
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Oct. 19 2011 Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships

Part 1 combines authoritative text and evocative color photography to define the cruising experience, helping readers decide on which type of cruise, which cruise line and which size of ship is best for them. There is lively background information on the burgeoning cruise industry and what makes it so enjoyable and popular with travelers, along with things the cruise lines won’t always tell you, and plenty of snippets of fascinating information gleaned from Douglas Ward’s many years of cruising. Part 2 consists of comprehensive reviews of every major cruise vessel, from large to small, from unabashed luxury and exclusivity to ships for the budget-minded and youth-oriented. Details include precise specifications on size and facilities, number of cabins, etc, as well as an overview of what to expect on board and useful information for families.  Part 3 provides practical information on booking, budgeting, cruise etiquette and safety at sea, plus website contacts for every major cruise line.

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“The newest edition of the Berlitz Guide To Ocean Cruises is now available in bookstores and online. Like a vintage bottle of wine that only improves with age, the Berlitz Guide keeps improving with each new edition: graphics, ease of navigating through the various sections, lots of photos, and a slew of informational text boxes inserted throughout the book.”
(from Ships and Cruises.com)

“Anyone who loves to cruise will love this book. The Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships is one of the best "general" cruise guides you can buy. The author Douglas Ward provides an in-depth review of 285 cruise ships in this cruise guidebook, now in its 26th year of publication. Mr. Ward is certainly a cruise expert--he has spent 5600 days at sea! The guide book has exceptional information on ships of sizes and prices. Like me, Mr. Ward believes there is a cruise ship to suit everyone's taste.”
(from About.com - Linda Garrison)

About the Author

Douglas Ward, the world's top authority on cruising and cruise ships, is president of the Maritime Evaluations Group, an independent international agency that rates cruise ships worldwide. With more than 40 years' experience, he spends up to 200 days a year aboard cruise ships, meticulously inspecting and evaluating their facilities.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference book for cruises. Dec 27 2011
For cruise lovers this book is a must. Everything you ever want to know about cruise lines and cruise ships.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent Dec 7 2011
By louise
nous commendons ce livre depuis l'annee 2006 et nous en sommes tres satisfait. Ca nous tient au courant des nouveaux bateaux. Nous aimons le format et les photos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Berlitz Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships Dec 4 2011
Douglas Ward is the top authority in the world on cruising, the 2012 guide is the 27th year of publication. I am always referring to it, it is full of information for anyone interested in the world of cruising.I strongly recommend it having been on 39 cruises myself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE COMPLETE CRUISING GUIDE....... Oct. 29 2011
By DOPPLEGANGER - Published on Amazon.com
A mighty work of over 600 pages covering just about every aspect of cruising whether it be on big, medium,or smaller ocean going vessels, boutique vessels, coastal boats, adventure, or exploration vessels, river cruising or barges. The first section is an overview, explanation, tips and advice on just about every aspect of a cruise experience from accommodation, cuisine, entertainment and leisure facilities etc. which helps the reader to determine the type of vessel to consider.

The second part is a most detailed look at of all the currently available cruise vessels giving both technical information, details of accommodation, food, facilities etc., and importantly a quality rating of up to 5 stars.

This book is worth every penny of it's price because it covers just about everything anybody needs to know about the world of cruising thus enabling an informed choice to be made.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Cheap Shots at Royal Caribbean! Dec 1 2011
By Lee K. - Published on Amazon.com
I wonder what Royal Caribbean ever did to Mr. Ward? As a Diamond member of RCI's Crown and Anchor Society and with over 100 nights total cruising on 4 different lines, I can honestly say that there is a lot of misinformation in the book regarding Royal's ships. One glaring inaccuracy that comes to mind is that in 10 years of cruising with RC, I have NEVER seen paper napkins and plastic cutlery in any Windjammer cafe. The only time I've ever seen it used was occasionally at poolside events and ashore (Labadee and Coco Cay) at the beach bar-b-ques which makes obvious sense. If you consider the general tone of Ward's remarks towards RC in numerous editions of his book, and the fact that he (or a researcher) apparently over time has been too lazy to verify what's been previously written, one must take it all with a grain of salt and question the value of the book. I have also found inaccuracies regarding Celebrity's Millenium class ships and the Carnival Freedom. Readers would be advised to cross reference with other guides and online sources to verify "information" found in this book before making any decisions based upon it. As Ronald Reagan once said, "Trust, but verify!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book: authoritative and complete! Feb. 3 2012
By J. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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This is my second purchase of this book. Previously, I owned the 2008 edition and it was a valuable resource.
i work in the cruise ship industry as free lance performer, and the details in this book are most useful.

for the casual traveler or industry professionals...my highest recommendation!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cruise ship information you can use Jan. 23 2012
By Ray Kaufman - Published on Amazon.com
The book is a "must have" for those planning a cruise. My family was on 5 previous cruises and we thought we knew our best tradeoffs. We were looking only at our experiences. It opens up your eyes and imagination with out being another company brochure. The book is organized, more subjective and describes far more choices. The book provides an easy to use reference and ideas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Nov. 2 2011
By Fortin JP - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good for a beginner or a cruise veteran. It help me a lot to prepare my next cruise and as boat reference.
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