This hefty but handy guide, now in its 23rd edition, explains trends for 2008, addresses FAQs, explores various aspects of the cruise experience, speaks to destination-based cruise-line selection, and relays the history of cruise travel. It further advises travelers of all kinds (e.g., the physically challenged, lone travelers) and interests on making informed decisions and describes the ten major cruise lines in terms of their accommodations, ambiance, and more. The guide's bulk is devoted to detailed reviews of 280 oceangoing cruise ships, alphabetical by ship name. Each ship is assigned points that are then translated into overall one- to five-star ratings, with the points reflecting more detail than the stars. Another useful section offers tips on such topics as booking directly vs. through a travel agent. Charts include typical menus and cabin layouts, a ship's personnel organization, and new ships launching between 2009 and 2012. With full-color photos and maps of principal cruise destinations, this edition is highly recommended for libraries with larger travel collections serving those interested in cruise travel. Libraries whose previous edition is three years old or more should replace with this one.
CORRECTIONS: In the review of the Matchmaking Institute's Make Me a Match(LJ11/15/07), we inadvertently listed the publisher as Sterling when it is Skyhorse.
In the review of Katherine Burton's Hedge Hunters(LJ12/07), we listed the wrong distributor; the correct distributor is Ingram.
In the review of Ed Sherman's Make Any Divorce Better!(LJ2/15/08), the publisher was incorrectly cited. It is not Nolo but NoloOccidental, a separate entity.