Whether you're familiar with cruising or contemplating taking to the high seas for the first time, this book tells you everything you will ever need to know, and quite a few things the cruise lines would prefer you not to know. Over 650 pages of colour pictures, hard facts and forthright opinions give you all the information you need to pick the right cruise for you. A raft of charts, diagrams, graphs and statistics will satisfy the die-hard cruise enthusiast. This weighty tome, now in its 29th year of publication, is written and meticulously researched every year by renowned expert Douglas Ward, who shares his encyclopedic knowledge of the industry to inform travellers of the ever-changing, recession-busting world of cruising. All his reviews are completely independent; no sponsorship is involved.
• In-depth candid reviews of 285 ships
• Expert advice that saves you money
• How to find the best facilities, food, service
• Internationally recognised rating system
• Top cruise lines: strength and weaknesses
The new edition of Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships looks ahead to 2014, crowning a new best ship for the first time in over a decade.
There is a new chapter dedicated to themed cruising: from Big Band and Country and Western cruises, to culinary and astronomical themed voyages.
Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships 2014 will also be available as an eBook for any e-reading device that supports epub (such as Apple, Nook and Kobo).
Find the right ocean-going cruise ship for you with the Berlitz Cruise Ships 2014 app, featuring 285 in-depth cruise ship reviews by Douglas Ward, the world's foremost authority on cruising.
Planning a cruise on the way to work? Want to know more about a ship while you're at sea? For quick and easy access to Douglas Ward's insightful ship reviews, plus detailed ship stats and stacks of photos, download the Berlitz Cruise Ships app today.
From the ship and cruise line reviews to the cruising FAQs and practical information, the app has been fully revised and updated; it features the brand new ships debuting in 2014 and includes quick links to cruise line websites and the ability to swipe quickly through ship views.
With the app you can:
quickly narrow down your cruise ship search by preference
find out which ships are best for families, mature couples, solo travellers and other types of cruise-goer
find out background information on the major and minor cruise lines
highlight your favourite cruise ships for future reference, and share with friends and family
find out all you need to know about each cruise ship's accommodation, cuisine, entertainment and spa/fitness facilities, and browse lots of ship photos
read Douglas's Ward's frank answers to frequently asked cruise questions, plus practical information for before and during your cruise
Download the new Berlitz Cruise ships 2014 app now!
Berlitz is proud to welcome this full-colour guide, aimed at people contemplating their first cruise and needing independent, expert advice on where to start. Written by the world's leading cruise expert, Douglas Ward, this guide reviews the top 11 cruise lines as well as providing authoritative ratings of more than 350 ships. So whether you are a solo traveller, party-goer, travelling as a family, or require special assistance, this guide will help you find the best ship to suit your needs. It answers the 50 most frequently asked questions and helps you to make important decisions on everything from where and when to go, how long to go for, and what costs to budget for. It also provides an insight into life on board, including entertainment and dining, along with an A-Z of practical tips covering baby-sitting, internet access, religious services, shopping and much more. Further practical information covers how to book your first cruise and what to take with you, along with useful troubleshooting tips. The top 100 shore excursions around the world are highlighted, so whether you want to explore a European city independently or go sightseeing in the Caribbean with fellow passengers, this guide indicates where and how to go. 12 full-colour maps can also be found throughout the guide, covering the world's main cruising areas, helping you to plan your desired route with ease.
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In the new 2014 edition of Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships author Douglas Ward crowns Europa 2 the top-rated ship – the first new ship to claim the title in 14 years – knocking her older sister off the pedestal.
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With more than 45 years of experience and spending some 200 days a year aboard cruise ships, Berlitz author Douglas Ward evaluates their facilities, inspecting each ship like a maritime Sherlock Holmes. Facilities count, of course but just as important are the standards of food, service, staff and hospitality. In his quest, no stone is left unturned, from the fluffiness of the towels to the quality of the china, and from the welcome aboard to the disembarkation process.
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