Saturday, November 16, 2013

Best of Cruise Vacations: Stern’s Guide to the Cruise Vacation

The most reliable source for over 40 years, Steven B. Stern’s “Stern’s Guide to the Cruise Vacation” is out with its 2014 edition. In it are all the things that cruisers, travelers, and vacationers have come to expect from this excellent resource. This latest edition, as in all prior editions, keeps track of all the latest and the best about cruise ships, river boats, hotel barges and ports of call for its followers.

Over the years, this guide has attracted thousands of satisfied users, taking advantage of Stern’s wide-ranging knowledge and experience of cruise ships and the localities on which they weigh anchor. He is the ultimate authority on luxury travel, being also the author of “Stern’s Guide to the Greatest Resorts of the World,” “Stern’s Guide to European River Boats and Hotel Barges”, and “The Indispensable Guide to Foreign Words and Phrases.” A resident of Florida, he has sailed on over 800 cruise ships and riverboats, visited every major port of call in the world, and personally inspected virtually every ship currently in operation.

Whether readers are sailing the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, the South Seas, Alaska, Southeast Asia, or the waterways of Europe, this is the most comprehensive guide available, with details on all aspects of cruise-ship travel. Each edition lists descriptive information for all major cruise ships, including each vessel’s history, vital statistics, appearance, itineraries, price range and sport, dining and medical facilities. Stern has evaluated every detail by bestowing overall Star Awards, as well as ratings in eleven specific categories. More than 300 photographs of ships, decks and interiors are included, along with actual shipboard menus and daily activity programs for each featured cruise line. Also included are photos of ports of call around the world.

This valuable guide assists travelers in selecting the ship best suited to their taste, advises them on how to prepare for their cruise, and explains what to expect once they are onboard. Stern discusses every major port of call worldwide, listing details on attractions, beaches, hotels, restaurants, shopping, sports, and other recreations. He also includes guidelines on how to make the most of an eight-hour stay in port.

Stern’s Guide to the Cruise Vacation

“…repeat cruisers and novices alike will gain enormously from the huge volume of features, menus, daily schedules, photos, as well as the details on every cruise ship and port of call throughout the world. This should be the encyclopedia for any cruise aficionado.” —Simon Veness, Editor, World of Cruising Magazine

“…an excellent resource for novice and experienced cruisers alike. It offers sound information on the ships as well as the places they anchor. Stern…combines careful reporting with reasoned opinion.” —Sheila F. Buckmaster, Senior Editor, National Geographic Traveler

“…one of the most comprehensive authorities and a must have for both the novice and the seasoned cruiser.” —Porthole Magazine.

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