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Frommer’s European Cruises & Ports of Call covers more than two dozen American and European cruise lines and about 80 ships, with full details on itineraries, rates, cabins, crews, cuisine, activities and entertainment, children's programs, pools and spas, fitness facilities, passenger profiles, and more. There’s complete coverage of 45 European ports of call, from the Mediterranean to northern Europe to the British Isles, discussing attractions close to the port, the best excursions (both organized and on your own), and the best shopping buys.You’ll also get valuable tips on booking your cruise at the best price and getting a good deal on air travel to and from Europe.
About the Author
Fran Wenograd Golden is travel editor of the Boston Herald, author of Cruise Vacations For Dummies, coauthor of Frommer’s Alaska Cruises & Ports of Call (with Jerry), and author of TVacations: A Fun Guide to the Sites, the Stars and the Inside Stories Behind Your Favorite TV Shows. She lives north of Boston with her husband, Ed, and two teenagers, Erin and Eli, who love traveling and join her on the road (and on the high seas) whenever school and job commitments permit.
Jerry Brown was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and worked on Scottish newspapers and then in the news department of the London Daily Mail. Later, for 31 years, he was the West Coast bureau chief of a leading travel trade publication, and he’s the other coauthor (with Fran) of Frommer’s Alaska Cruises & Ports of Call. He and Margaret, his wife and best editor, have two grown sons, Mark and Paul, and as a family unit and individually they have sailed the waters of Europe on numerous occasions. Jerry is the proud grandfather of Victoria Rose, whom he hopes someday to introduce to the joys of a European cruise vacation.
Table of Contents
List of Maps.
Part 1: Planning, Booking & Preparing for Your Cruise.
1. Choosing Your Ideal Cruise.
2. Booking Your Cruise & Getting the Best Price.
3. Things to Know Before You Go.
4. The Cruise Experience.
Part 2: The Cruise Lines & Their Ships.
About the Ratings.
5. The American Mainstream Lines.
6. The European Lines.
7. The Luxury & Ultra-Luxury Lines.
8. The Alternative Lines.
9. River Cruises.
Part 3: Ports of Call.
10. The Port Experience: An Introduction.
11. Mediterranean Ports of Call.
12. Ports of Call in Northern Europe & the British Isles.