Cruise Vacations For Dummies 2001

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The guide that makes planning the perfect cruise vacation a breeze. Perfect for travelers of all levels, this detailed guide profiles the available cruise lines and the waters they sail, from the Caribbean to Alaska to the Mediterranean. Whether you're looking for a love boat or an environmental expedition, you will find all the information you need, including how to:

  • Choose a cruise tailored to their interests, time availability, and ...
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Overview

The guide that makes planning the perfect cruise vacation a breeze. Perfect for travelers of all levels, this detailed guide profiles the available cruise lines and the waters they sail, from the Caribbean to Alaska to the Mediterranean. Whether you're looking for a love boat or an environmental expedition, you will find all the information you need, including how to:

  • Choose a cruise tailored to their interests, time availability, and budget-and find the best deal
  • Maximize time onshore, find little-known gems, and avoid the usual tourist traps
  • Determine which ship is right for their needs-from cabin size to spas to sports to gambling
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764561740
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/26/2000
  • Series: For Dummies Travel Series , #51
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 550
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.28 (d)

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I want to make sure that you have a similarly delightful, varied, and stress-free cruise vacation, which is why I've written this book. I tried to anticipate every question you might have about the cruise experience, and I provide the answers. For first-time cruisers, I show you what to expect from the cruise experience, pre-cruise to post-cruise, with the nitty-gritty on everything from looking at your first cruise brochure to clearing Customs at the end of the trip. The goal is to make the experience easy and familiar, even if you've never cruised before. If you're not a first-timer, you probably bought this book because you don't want to waste a lot of time on trip planning. You want a quick and easy, yet comprehensive, source of information, and that's exactly what I aim to give you here.

Of course, you don't have to read the whole book. And you don't have to start at the beginning either. This is a reference book. Check out the table of contents or the index, and read the parts that answer your specific questions.

Besides just being practical, I've also written with the idea that the whole subject of cruising should be just plain fun, so don't expect any dry lectures -- that's not my style.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

PART I: Getting Started.

Chapter 1: Discovering the Best of Cruising.

Chapter 2: Finding Your Ideal Cruise.

Chapter 3: Planning Your Budget.

PART II: Ship Shapes: Cruise Lines and Cruise Ships.

Chapter 4: Setting Your Sights on a Ship: Comparing Cruises.

Chapter 5: Mainstream Ships.

Chapter 6: Luxury Ships.

Chapter 7: Alternative and Sailing Ships.

PART III: Ironing Out the Details: Planning Your Cruise.

Chapter 8: Making Your Reservations.

Chapter 9: Arranging Your Passport, Packing, Money, and More.

PART IV: All Aboard: The Cruise Experience.

Chapter 10: Getting to Your Port of Embarkation and Boarding Ship.

Chapter 11: Wining and Dining.

Chapter 12: All about Activities.

Chapter 13: Gambling at Sea.

Chapter 14: Pampering and Pumping: Spa and Fitness Facilities.

Chapter 15: Shopping on the High Seas.

Chapter 16: Catering to the Kids: Activities for Children and Teens.

PART V: Landing at the Ports of Call.

Chapter 17: Your Ports of Call.

Chapter 18: Landing in the Caribbean.

Chapter 19: Arriving in Alaska.

Chapter 20: Meandering in the Mediterranean.

Chapter 21: Exploring Other Destinations.

PART VI: Disembarking: The End of the Cruise.

Chapter 22: Taking Care of Those Final Details.

Chapter 23: Coming Home: Customs, Regulations, and Taxes.

PART VII: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 24: Ten Classic Cruise Experiences.

Chapter 25: Ten Romantic Things to Do on a Cruise.

Appendix: Toll-Free Numbers and Web Sites and More.

Worksheets.

Index.

BookRegistration Information.

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