The World's Most Intimate Cruises: Be a Traveler-Not a Tourist!

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Pocket Books, Nov 1, 1998 - Travel - 360 pages
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This unique cruise ship guide features more than 130 small cruise ship profiles, including sailing ships and freighters. Destinations include both off-the-beaten-path cruises and popular ports of call, from the Caribbean islands to whale watching among Alaska's glaciers, from sailing along the Gulf of Thailand's coral reefs to European river wine cruises.

"Small" cruise ships are the fastest-growing segment of the ever-expanding cruise market. This in-depth book is the only complete guide to the smaller ships, defined as those cruise ships ranging from barges that cruise the rivers and canals of Europe with as few as eight or ten passengers to cruise ships that hold five hundred. This book will help readers choose the cruise that's right for them!

Intimate cruisers can go where the biggest ships can't: they can meander down rivers and canals and provide up-close looks at oceanic life that the big ships can't get near. Smaller ships can get to more remote places and specialize in exploring passengers' horizons and opening up new cultural experiences. The small ships offer adventure cruises, educational cruises, and eco- and cultural cruises -- and among the more than five million Americans cruising each year, more and more enthusiasts and first-timers are choosing these smaller, more intimate ships.

Ship profiles include details of accommodations, shipboard activities and nightlife, destinations, and special features. The author tells readers how to obtain discounts, upgrades, and deals, and how to get the best cabin in every price range. There's also terrific advice on what to pack, how to have a good shore excursion, medical needs, tipping, a typical day under sail, and so muchmore.

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