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Cruise Vacations for Dummies 2005 was written by Jerry Brown and Fran Wenograd Golden; cumulatively, they’ve been on more than 100 cruises. Fran is a columnist for concierge.com and the Boston Herald travel section, and co-author of Frommer’s European Cruises and Ports of Call and Frommer’s Alaska Cruises and Ports of Call.
With their vast cruise experience, the authors give you tips and tidbits on:
The “Quick Concierge” appendix and comprehensive index help you find what you want to know fast.
Part I: Getting Started.
Chapter 1: Discovering the Best of Cruising.
Chapter 2: Introducing the Cruise Experience.
Chapter 3: Choosing Your Ideal Cruise.
Part II: Planning Your Cruise.
Chapter 4: Managing Your Money.
Chapter 5: Getting to Your Port of Embarkation and Boarding Ship.
Chapter 6: Booking Your Cruise.
Chapter 7: Taking Care of the Remaining Details.
Part III: All Aboard: The Cruise Experience.
Chapter 8: Wining and Dining.
Chapter 9: Heading into Activities.
Chapter 10: Catering to the Kids: Activities for Children and Teens.
Chapter 11: Taking Care of Those Final Details.
Chapter 12: Coming Home: Customs, Regulations, and Taxes.
Part IV: Ship Shapes: Cruise Lines and Cruise Ships.
Chapter 13: Setting Your Sights on a Ship: Comparing Cruises.
Chapter 14: Mainstream Ships.
Chapter 15: Luxury Ships.
Chapter 16: Alternative and Sailing Ships.
Part V: Landing at the Ports of Call.
Chapter 17: Seeing the Sights: Your Port 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: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 22: Nine Classic Cruise Experiences.
Chapter 23: Eight Ways to Enhance Romance.
Appendix: Quick Concierge.