Cruise Vacations for Dummies 2005

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Whether you’re a veteran cruiser or have never set foot on an ocean-going vessel, this is the book for you. Up-to-date and comprehensive, it will guide you through everything from choosing a cruise to clearing Customs on your return. Cruise Vacations For Dummies 2005 includes information on:
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Overview

Whether you’re a veteran cruiser or have never set foot on an ocean-going vessel, this is the book for you. Up-to-date and comprehensive, it will guide you through everything from choosing a cruise to clearing Customs on your return. Cruise Vacations For Dummies 2005 includes information on:
  • Getting the best deal (few people pay full boat; consider the brochure price like a “sticker” price)
  • Choosing the best cruise for your interests, schedule, and budget
  • Ways to make your cruise more romantic
  • Planning a family-friendly cruise
  • What to expect onboard—from cabin size to spas, sports, entertainment, and gambling
  • Popular cruise destinations, including the Carribbean, Alaska, the Mediterranean, and more
  • The major cruise lines and their vessels
  • Mainstream ships, luxury ships, and alternative and sailing ships

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:

  • Travel insurance, packing tips, passport requirements, tipping, and more
  • Top attractions and best shore excursions at major ports of call
  • Wining and dining (a main attraction in itself)
  • Activities onboard

The “Quick Concierge” appendix and comprehensive index help you find what you want to know fast.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764569418
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Series: For Dummies Travel Series , #17
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 470
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Fran Wenograd Golden is travel editor of the Boston Herald. She is also the author of TVacations: A Fun Guide to the Sites, the Stars, and the Inside Stories Behind Your Favorite TV Shows (Pocket Books, 1996), and coauthor, with Jerry Brown, of Frommer’s Alaska Cruises & Ports of Call and Frommer’s European Cruises & Ports of Call. Raised mostly in West Hartford, Connecticut, she lives north of Boston, and is the proud parent of Erin and Eli.

Jerry Brown was born in Scotland and worked as a reporter for Scottish newspapers before joining the news department of the London Daily Mail. Later, for 31 years, he was the West Coast Bureau Chief for a leading U.S. travel trade newspaper. Now he co-writes books with Fran (see above) and writes travel stories on a freelance basis. He and his wife, Margaret, have two grown sons, two daughters-in-law, a granddaughter, Victoria Rose, and a grandson, Mason Patrick

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

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.

Index.

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