Frommer's Caribbean Cruises & Ports of Call 2002

Frommer's Caribbean Cruises & Ports of Call 2002

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by Heidi Sarna
     
 
A cruise is a complete vacation, so it's important that you choose the one that's right for you. Frommer's Caribbean Cruises is the most user-friendly, opinionated, and informative guide you can buy before you set sail. Unlike other guides that try to cover cruises around the entire world in one volume, we focus solely on the Caribbean, so we can bring you much

Overview

A cruise is a complete vacation, so it's important that you choose the one that's right for you. Frommer's Caribbean Cruises is the most user-friendly, opinionated, and informative guide you can buy before you set sail. Unlike other guides that try to cover cruises around the entire world in one volume, we focus solely on the Caribbean, so we can bring you much more in-depth coverage.

Unlike those used in other guides, our rating system is simple. We break down the essential elements of a cruise experience (dining, activities, children's activities, entertainment, service, overall enjoyment, and overall value), and rate them from "poor" to "outstanding." Photos of each ship combine with the text to give a better sense of the very real differences among the various lines.

Most important, this is the only cruise guide that provides the real prices people pay for cruises, not just the rack rates. Other guides tell you that a seven-night cruise aboard Celebrity's Mercury costs $1,795. You can pay that if you want to, but only Frommer's tells you that the same cruise is selling for $895. We give both the rack rates and the discount price for every cruise in the Caribbean. This feature alone makes Frommer's Caribbean Cruises by far the most valuable trip-planning book among cruise guides.

Our author, a noted cruise expert who has personally checked out every ship sailing the Caribbean, offers candid and unbiased opinions on them all. She's completely up to date, with all the latest developments and the newest ships. You'll also get complete coverage of 34 Caribbean port destinations, with advice on how to spend your limited time ashore.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764564178
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/15/2001
Series:
Frommer's Complete Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
642
Product dimensions:
5.15(w) x 8.48(h) x 1.37(d)

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I Cover the Waterfront: The Ports of Call Today

The Caribbean is a time-tested favorite, your classic picture-perfect island-vacation destination. It's warm and sunny all year round and the major ports of embarkation are easily accessible (and relatively cheap by air, when you compare it to flying to Europe or Asia). Better yet, it's hassle-free because American, Canadian, and British citizens don't need visas to go there.

Even as cruise destinations continue to expand into the far corners of the world, the Caribbean has never been more popular. With all the new ships coming on the scene, lines like Princess, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Holland America, and Star Clippers are increasing their presence in the Caribbean, deploying more and bigger ships there. It's an exciting time. And just like the new ships, new and improved facilities are being introduced at the ports of call, as island nations recognize how lucrative cruise ship arrivals can be. Shore excursions, too, are getting more interesting and more active, with biking, horseback riding, golfing, and river-tubing trips exposing cruisers to the more natural parts of the islands.

While the Caribbean remains hot, hot, hot (and increasingly packed, packed, packed), you may notice that some of the huge ships in the Carnival, Princess, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian fleets are visiting only three ports during a typical weeklong western or eastern Caribbean cruise instead of four or five ports. Ships too big? Ports too crowded? Cruise lines wanting to keep passengers on board to spend more money in the shops, bars, and casinos? A bit of all three if you ask me. First-time cruisers who want to see as many islands as possible may be disappointed, but if you've been there, done that, the big ships have so much happening on board, you'll barely have time to think about going ashore.

That said, small-ship lines like Windstar, Star Clippers, Club Med, Windjammer, Clipper, American Canadian Caribbean, and Seabourn really pack in the ports of call, visiting a different island nearly every single day, and sometimes even making two stops, one in the morning and another after lunch. Even some of the big ships, like Celebrity's Galaxy, Princess's Ocean Princess and Dawn Princess, and NCL's Norwegian Dream, visit five ports on their 7-night southern Caribbean itineraries.

To give you an even more well-rounded look at Caribbean cruises, this book includes coverage of Panama Canal itineraries and Bermuda cruises. Sure, I know Bermuda's not in the Caribbean, but the British-flavored island is a unique cruise destination; unlike other ports where visits rarely exceed 1 day, the five ships that do regularly scheduled weeklong cruises to Bermuda spend three of those days tied up at Hamilton or St. George's.

Meet the Author

About the Author Heidi Sarna has cruised on some 75 ships of all shapes and sizes, from 100-passenger sailing ships to 3,000-passenger megas, and she loves them all (well, OK, some more than others). She's a contributing editor to Travel Holiday magazine and over the past 10 years has contributed articles on cruising and travel to Bride's, New Choices, Diversion, Cigar Aficionado, Frommer's Budget Travel On-Line, Cruise Travel, AAA Westways, Travel Weekly, Porthole, Travel Counselor, and Travel Agent magazine, as well as to other major guidebooks, websites, and the Boston Herald, Star Ledger, and Washington Times newspapers. When she's not off cruising somewhere, you're bound to find her touring and inspecting the many ships that pass through New York at Manhattan's west side piers. She lives in the Big Apple with her husband, Arun.

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Frommer's Caribbean Cruises & Ports of Call 2002 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book had everything. It brokedown the different cruise lines & helpful tips for the ports of call. By the time we got to the ports of call we were well informed on what to do & see.