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Cruise — By Liz Lewis on June 20, 2010 at 4:44 am
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Five Cruise Guidebooks for First Time Cruisers

Thinking of taking a cruise but not sure where to start? Reading one or more of these six cruise guidebooks will give you all the information you need to start planning a fun-filled, low cost cruise vacation.

Frommer’s Cruises and Ports of Call 2010
Author: Matt Hannafin and Heidi Sarna, Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2009

This is the perfect starting guidebook for first time cruisers. Covering everything from what cruise  travel is to how to get the most value for your dollar, the authors provide everything that readers need to know. 

Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships 2010
Author: Douglas Ward, Publisher: Berlitz Publishing, 2009

In this, the 25th edition of the  Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ship, Douglas Ward  provides a one stop resource about cruise travel. As well as dedicating 75 pages to general cruise information, Ward also uses a comprehensive critique system to rank the over  270 cruise ships he has either salied on or visited.

Cruise Vacations for Dummies 2007
Author: Heidi Sarna and Matt Hannafin, Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2005

As with any of the Dummies series, this guidebook book is written in a light hearted and entertaining way as it dispels many of the common myths about cruise travel.

The Unofficial Guide to Cruises
Author: Kay Showker, Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2007

Divided into three sections – section one dealing with how to plan a cruise and discusses the 10 most common myths about cruise travel, section two focusing on cruise lines and their ships, and section three discussing alternatives to traditional cruises – this award winning guidebook provides all the details without being biased or boring.

100 Best Cruise Vacations: The Top Cruises Throughout the World for All Interests and Budgets
Author: Theodore W. Scull, Publisher:Globe Pequot, 2001

Published in 2001, some of the extensive contact information that Scull’s provides might be out of date, but the information about the various types of cruises and cruise destinations gives readers a great overview of what is available around the world.

These five guidebooks are so full of information that even seasoned cruise travelers will find them extremely useful.

(Images from Amazon.com)

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