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Cruise — By Liz Lewis on May 5, 2010 at 2:58 am
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Cruise Book Review: DK Cruise Guide to Europe and the Mediterranean

I love DK Eyewitness Travel Guides. They are always full of useful information and colourful photos. Plus there’s the brilliant 3-D models that gives you a unique birds-eye view of the places that you are planning on visiting.

European and Mediterranean Ports of Call for Cruise ShipsSo when I got my hands on a copy of DK Cruise Guide to Europe and the Mediterranean, I was pretty happy. I had been searching for information about the various European ports of call that the Dawn Princess World Cruise would be stopping in, trying to figure out where or not to plan my own shore excursions or do the one’s organized by the ship.

This book, I figured, would have all the missing pieces of information that I needed to make these decisions.  I already knew a great deal about the various Mediterranean ports of call. But what I was having trouble finding was information about where the cruise ship ports were in comparison to each city’s central areas and how easy it was to get from the port to the city.

Sadly, the DK Cruise Guide to Europe and the Mediterranean had everything but this information. It had great summaries of the various ports, provided sidebars on local specialities and markets. But there were no maps highlighting where the cruise ships docked compared to everything else.

Would I recommend this book?

Yes and No.

If you’re contemplating taking a European cruise and want to learn more about the various ports that cruise ships stop at, then this is a great initial reference book to start with. But if, like me, you are looking for more detailed information, then this book won’t do it for you.

(image from Amazon.com)

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