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Hawaii By Cruise Ship: The complete guide to cruising the Hawaiian Islands [Paperback]

Anne Vipond

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Book Description

Jan. 10 2007 Ocean Cruise Guide

Sailing through the beautiful Hawaiian islands by luxury liner is the North American dream cruise. This edition covers all the islands and attractions with extensive shore excursion details and cruise-and-stay options. Color maps & photos throughout.

A longtime favorite with travelers, Hawaii is now one of the world's fastest-growing cruise destinations. Hawaii By Cruise Ship takes readers to all the main islands with detail on ports, shore excursions, history and the fascinating natural phenomena. Dozens of color maps and hundreds of photographs back up the text written by cruising veteran Anne Vipond, author of several cruise books.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ocean Cruise Guides Ltd. (Jan. 10 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0968838944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0968838945
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #630,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Anne Vipond, author of several guidebooks to cruising, draws on a sailing background to impart her enthusiasm for cruise travel. From her home port of Vancouver, she travels extensively by cruise ship with her husband and two young sons. Her cruising articles have been published in magazines and newspapers throughout North America and overseas.


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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book of tips Feb. 24 2007
By Brian Murray - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
We had purchased a couple of books about traveling to Hawaii and were not satisfied. If you are planning to take the NCL cruise of the islands, this is THE book for you!!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book if You're Cruising on NCL America July 21 2007
By U. Tukel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am the owner of [...] and I'm taking my family on a Hawaiian Cruise aboard the Pride of Hawaii this month. Even though I've been selling Hawaii forever, I have found this book to be an invaluable resource for anyone planning a cruise to Hawaii.

If you only have a day or two in each port of call, you can really struggle with picking the right excursions or validating the one's you may have already picked. This is like a Bible for anyone cruising to Hawaii.

From the pre- or post-cruise hotel packages, to the restaurants, beaches, shore excursions, national parks, attractions in each port of call you'll be very glad you picked up this book, and believe me you'll take it with you as well.

You'll get the most benefit from it if you read it before you actually book the trip, but definitely before you start planning your shore excursions.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We just cruised the Hawaiian Islands with Holand America line Feb. 11 2009
By Edward Howell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
We just took a cruise around the Hawaiian Islands on the Holand America cruise line. We saved sooo much many thanks to this book! Instead of spending lots on the excursions, (Such as Pearl Harbor, Volcanos National Park, Snorkling), we just rented a car and got to see a whole lot more than we would have if we had signed up for just one excursion. Plus, as the book will tell you, a lot of the excursions that you pay $100 (or more) for are actually free (or at least half that price). Thanks to this book, our family made the most of our time on the Islands. I highly recommend this book for anyone visitting any of the Islands!
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Concise Summary for Hawaii Cruisers Dec 6 2007
By Lisa Shea - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Thousands of people cruise around the Hawaiian Islands every week. Anne Vipond speaks directly to this group of visitors, explaining how to get the best experience out of your Hawaiian cruise vacation.

The book begins with a very nice reference area helping you understand the basics of a cruise ship and the background of the culture and history of Hawaii. Both of these are things you might normally overlook in a Hawaii travel book - but both are really important to helping you really enjoy your vacation by cruise. The more you are prepared for how a cruise ship works - and the more you understand the background of the peoples and landscapes of Hawaii - the more meaningful your trip is.

The book goes island by island, allowing you to quickly page to whichever island you're interested in and scan through the attractions. That way you can bring the book with you on the ship, bookmark whichever island is coming up next, and scan to see what you should watch out for. There are nice color photos so you can see exactly what the lava tubes look like, what the sea arch looks like, and so on. As I visited the locations, I was impressed that the book did a great job of showing me exactly what to watch for.

The book keeps a variety of visitors in mind. It talks about which golf courses are nearby, what hiking trails are available, what the beaches are like. It indicates when you should rent a car in advance and when shuttles are available.

There is a very nice pull-out map that has an overview of Hawaii on one side, and up close detailed maps on the other side of the main islands and locations. The book has even more detailed maps of specific areas, like Volcano National Park on the Big Island.

The book is definitely not as bulky as some other Hawaii books out there - but I found this a good thing. This was something I could easily carry with me and thumb through to figure out what seemed most interesting. Then if I wanted really in depth information about one detail, I could go to my specific book to get all the full information. For example, I have the Big Island Revealed which is an entire book just on the "Big Island" of Hawaii since I really wanted to explore there. But I used this book as a guide to figure out which attractions I wanted to see, and then went to the Revealed book to get the mile marker and location and other details.

A great reference book for the cruiser to Hawaii!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Aug. 26 2007
By Susie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
We really loved this book. It had alot of very helpful suggestions in it. A few things had already changed but overall it was a nice guideline to go by.

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