In keeping with the Unofficial Guide philosophy, this book pulls no punches as it reports on the nitty-gritty details of more than 100 cruise lines and 500 ships, ranking each for value and quality. The authors reveal industry secrets for getting the lowest possible fares, share helpful hints for getting the cabin you want most at a price you can afford, and give strategies for booking hassle-free air connections, making the most of your time and money on board, and figuring out who your fellow passengers will be.
Table of Contents
List of Maps and Illustrations. Laurels for the Laborers. Introduction. About This Guide. Cruising: A Look Back, a Look Ahead. PART ONE: Planning Your Cruise. Understanding Cruises. Shopping for and Booking Your Cruise. Preparing for Your Cruise. Time to Go. Settling In. 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. Azamara Club Cruises. Carnival Cruise Lines. Celebrity Cruises. Costa Cruise Lines. Cruise West. Crystal Cruises. Cunard Line. Disney Cruise Line. Holland America Line. MSC Cruises. Norwegian Cruise Line/NCL America. Oceania Cruises. Princess Cruises. Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Royal Caribbean International. Seabourn Cruise Line. Silversea Cruises. Star Clippers, Inc. Windstar Cruises. European, Asian, and Smaller Cruise Lines. Abercrombie & Kent USA. American Cruise Lines. American Safari Cruises. Celebration Cruise Line. easyCruise. Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. Genting Hong Kong Limited (formerly Star Cruises). Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. Hebridean Island Cruises. Kristina Cruises. Louis Cruises. Nomade Yachting. Orion Expedition Cruises. P&O Cruises. Paul Gaugin Cruises. Peter Deilmann Reederei. Ponant Cruises/Compagnie des Iles du Ponant. Saga Cruises. SeaDream Yacht Club. Swan Hellenic Cruises. Travel Dynamics International. Voyages of Discovery. Voyages to Antiquity. 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. Amazon River Cruises. Adventure and Cultural Cruises. Adventure Canada. Canodros, S.A. Compagnie Polynesienne de Transport Maritime. Cruise North Expeditions, Inc. Cruceros Australis/USA. Ecotour Expeditions. Expedition Cruises to the North Pole. Galapagos Cruises. Galapagos Network (Ecoventura). Galapagos Yacht Cruises. International Expeditions. Kleintours. Lindblad Expeditions. MTS (Melanesian Tourist Services). National Geographic Expeditions. Oceanwide Expeditions. Quark Expeditions. St. Helena Line. Wilderness Travel. Norwegian Coastal Cruises and Cruise Ferries. Hurtigruten. European Cruise Ferries. Sailing Ships. Atlantic Stars Hotels and Cruises. Club Med. Coastal Cruises. Maine Windjammer Association. Sea Cloud Cruises. Zeus Tours and Yacht Cruises. Freighters. Freighters: Defining the Breed. Planning Your Freighter Voyage. Freighter Travel Resources. Itinerary Index. Cruise Ship Index. Destination Index. Subject Index. Reader Survey.