Stern's Guide to the Cruise Vacation

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"People who've never cruised before—or those who have, but find themselves faced with a confusing onslaught of new ships—need to know a great deal, and this book goes a long way in providing it." —Chicago Tribune

"With descriptions of every major cruise ship and every major port of call in the world, this book is indispensable if you are considering your first cruise and

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Overview

"It is well worth adding to your cruise book collection. Steve has sailed on more than 750 ships, so you can be sure he knows what he's talking about." —World of Cruising, UK

"People who've never cruised before—or those who have, but find themselves faced with a confusing onslaught of new ships—need to know a great deal, and this book goes a long way in providing it." —Chicago Tribune

"With descriptions of every major cruise ship and every major port of call in the world, this book is indispensable if you are considering your first cruise and equally helpful for the experienced cruise traveler." —Passport Newsletter

Steven B. Stern is the ultimate authority on luxury travel, especially cruise vacations. Whether readers are sailing the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, the South Seas, Alaska, Southeast Asia, or the waterways of Europe, this is the most comprehensive guide available, with details on all aspects of cruise-ship travel.

Updated annually, this edition lists descriptive information for all major cruise ships, including each vessel's history, vital statistics, appearance, itineraries, price range, and sport, dining, and medical facilities. Stern evaluates every detail by bestowing overall Star Awards as well as ratings in eleven specific categories. Two hundred thirty photographs of ships, decks, and interiors are included, along with actual shipboard menus and daily activity programs for each featured cruise line.

This valuable guide assists you in intelligently selecting the ship best suited to your taste, advises you on how to prepare for your cruise, and explains what to expect once you are onboard. Stern discusses every major port of call in the world, listing details on attractions, beaches, hotels, restaurants, shopping, sports, and other recreation. He also includes guidelines on how to make the most of an eight-hour stay in port.

A resident of Florida, Steven B. Stern has sailed on more than 750 cruise ships, visited every major port of call in the world, and personally inspected virtually every ship currently in operation.

Front-cover photograph: Courtesy Oceania Cruises
Back-cover photographs: Courtesy Oceania Cruises and Carlos Munoz (Trans-Ocean Photos, Inc.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589804364
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Series: Stern's Guide to the Cruise Vacation Ser.
  • Edition number: 17
  • Pages: 824
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Long-time leader in cruise-ship evaluation, Stern has sailed and inspected virtually every major cruise ship and has visited every major port of call in the world. Retired from his position as president of the law firm Stern and Hellman, Ltd., in Chicago, he now lives in Florida.

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Table of Contents

Preface     6
The Cruise: A Complete Vacation     9
Getting Ready for the Cruise     17
Your Day at Sea     41
Cruising for Singles     53
Cruising with Children     59
Where to Cruise and How Long     67
"Beaching It" When in Port     191
Cruising for Tennis Buffs     203
Cruising for Joggers     207
European River Boats and Barges     215
The Cruise Lines and Their Vessels     221
Rooms at the Top, or the Suite Life at Sea     605
Specialty Restaurants at Sea     623
Star Awards and Ship Ratings in Specific Categories     681
Index     719
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