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9780764569005

Frommer's® Cruises & Ports of Call 2005: From U.S. and Canadian Home Ports to the Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii & More

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    9780764569005

  • ISBN10:

    0764569007

  • Edition: 97th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-01-01
  • Publisher: Frommers

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A cruise is a complete vacation, so it2s important that you choose the one that2s right for you. Frommer2s North American Cruises & Ports of Call is the most user-friendly, opinionated, and comprehensive guide you can buy before you set sail. We provide in-depth coverage on cruises departing from U.S. ports to the Caribbean, Alaska, Bermuda, Mexico and Canada. Unlike rating systems used in other guides, our system is simple. We break down the essential elements of a cruise experience (dining, activities, children2s activities, entertainment, service, overall enjoyment, and overall value), and rate them from "poor" to "outstanding." Photos of each ship combine with the text to give a better sense of the very real differences among the various lines. Most important, this is the only cruise guide that provides the real prices people pay for cruises, not just the rack rates. Other guides tell you that a seven-night cruise aboard Royal Caribbean2s Brilliance of the Seas costs $2,099. You can pay that if you want to, but only Frommer2s tells you that the same cruise is selling for $649. We give both the rack rates and the discount price for every cruise we review. This feature alone makes Frommer2s North American Cruises and Ports of Call by far the most valuable trip-planning book among cruise guides. Our authors, noted cruise experts who2ve personally checked out every ship sailing in and around North America, offer candid and unbiased opinions on them all. They are completely up to date, with all the latest developments and the newest ships. You2ll also get complete coverage of the major port destinations, with advice on how to spend your limited time ashore.

Author Biography

<b>Matt Hannafin</b> is a freelance writer, editor, and musician based in New York City. A former Frommer&#8217;s senior editor, he now writes a biweekly cruise newsletter for Frommers.com and a monthly column for the <i>Boston Herald,</i> writes for various magazines and newspapers, edits for most of the major New York publishing houses and several UN agencies, and is busy coauthoring <i>1,000 Places in the USA and Canada to See Before You Die</i> (Workman Publishing), a sequel to the 2004 <i>New York Times</i> bestseller. <p> <b>Heidi Sarna</b> has cruised on more than 75 ships of all shapes and sizes, and she loves them all (well, OK, some more than others). Her work appears regularly in <i>Cond&#233; Nast Traveler, Frommers.com,</i> and numerous other magazines, major guidebooks, websites, and newspapers, including the <i>New York Times, Star Ledger,</i> and <i>Boston Herald.</i> When she&#8217;s not off cruising somewhere, she lives in the Big Apple with her husband, Arun, and their young sons.

Table of Contents

List of Maps
viii
Cruising in the 21st Century
1(7)
Safety at Sea in the New World (Dis)Order
4(4)
The Best of Cruising
8(679)
Our Favorite Mainstream Ships
8(1)
Best Luxury Cruises
8(1)
The Most Romantic Cruises
9(1)
Best Cruises for First-Timers
10(1)
Best Cruises for Families with Kids
10(1)
Best Cruises for Pure Relaxation
11(1)
Cushiest Cabin Amenities
12(1)
Best Cuisine
13(1)
Best Cruises for the Party Set
14(1)
Best Beaches
15(1)
Best Soft-Adventure Cruises
16(1)
Best History & Learning Cruises
16(1)
Best Cruises for Sports Nuts & Gym Rats
17(1)
Best Ships for Spa-Goers
18(1)
Best Shopping Cruises
19(3)
Part 1: Planning, Booking & Preparing for Your Cruise
Choosing Your Ideal Cruise
22(20)
Homeland Cruise Regions in Brief
22(4)
Itineraries: The Long & the Short of It
26(1)
Choosing the Ship of Your Dreams
27(4)
Ship Size Comparisons
28(3)
Cruises for Families
31(3)
Family Cruising Tips
33(1)
Cruises for Honeymooners & Anniversary Couples
34(1)
Cruises for Gays & Lesbians
35(1)
Active Travel & Adventure Cruises
35(3)
Getting Married on Board or in Port
36(2)
Cruises for Young People
38(1)
Cruises for People with Disabilities & Health Issues
39(3)
Onboard Medical Care
40(2)
Booking Your Cruise & Getting the Best Price
42(24)
Pricing & Booking: The Short Explanation
42(1)
The Prices in This Guide
43(1)
The Cost: What's Included & What's Not
43(6)
Price Comparisons: Discounted Rates vs. Brochure Rates
44(5)
Money-Saving Strategies
49(2)
Average Cost of Onboard Extras
50(1)
Agents & the Web: Finding the Best Deals
51(3)
Be Savvy & Beware of Scams
53(1)
Recommended Agencies & Websites
54(2)
Choosing Your Cabin
56(2)
Booking Your Air Travel
58(2)
Model Cabin Layouts
59(1)
Reading a Ship's Deck Plan
60(1)
Prebooking Your Dinner Table & Arranging Special Diets
60(2)
Booking Pre- & Post-Cruise Hotel Stays
62(1)
Cancellations & Insurance
62(3)
Putting Down a Deposit & Reviewing Tickets
65(1)
Things to Know Before You Go
66(11)
Passports & Visas
66(1)
Money Matters
67(1)
Keeping in Touch While at Sea
68(1)
Packing for the Different Cruise Climates
69(5)
Tipping, Customs & Other End-of-Cruise Concerns
74(3)
The Cruise Experience
77(21)
Checking In, Boarding & Settling into Your Cabin
77(4)
A History of Cruising
78(3)
Exploring the Ports of Call: Shore Excursions vs. Going It on Your Own
81(1)
A Typical Day at Sea: Onboard Activities
82(3)
Keeping Fit: Gyms, Spas & Sports
85(4)
Programs for Kids & Teens
89(1)
Onboard Dining Options
89(5)
Chosen Voyage Puts the Kosher into Cruising
91(3)
Onboard Entertainment
94(1)
Shopping Opportunities on Ship & Shore
95(3)
Part 2: The Cruise Lines & Their Ships
The Ratings & How to Read Them
98(13)
Cruise Line Categories
98(1)
Reading the Reviews & Ratings
99(11)
Ships at a Glance
100(10)
Evaluating & Comparing the Listed Cruise Prices
110(1)
The Mainstream Lines
111(154)
Carnival Cruise Lines
113(21)
Celebrity Cruises
134(18)
Costa Cruises
152(8)
Disney Cruise Line
160(7)
Holland America Line
167(18)
Imperial Majesty Cruises
185(5)
Mini-Review: MSC Cruises
190(2)
Norwegian Cruise Line
192(23)
Pride of America (Preview)
213(2)
Oceania Cruises
215(6)
Princess Cruises
221(22)
Royal Caribbean International
243(22)
The Ultraluxury Lines
265(64)
Crystal Cruises
267(11)
Cunard
278(9)
Radisson Seven Seas Cruises
287(12)
Seabourn Cruise Line
299(8)
Mini-Review: Sea Cloud Cruises
307(1)
SeaDream Yacht Club
308(7)
Silversea Cruises
315(6)
Windstar Cruises
321(8)
Soft-Adventure Lines & Sailing Ships
329(69)
American Canadian Caribbean Line
332(7)
American Safari Cruises
339(4)
Mini-Review: American West Steamboat Company
343(1)
Clipper Cruise Line
344(8)
Cruise West
352(9)
Like a Road Trip, But by Boat
354(7)
Mini-Review: Delta Queen Steamboat Company
361(2)
Glacier Bay Cruiseline
363(5)
Lindblad Expeditions
368(4)
Mini-Review: Maine Windjammer Association
372(1)
Mini-Review: RiverBarge Excursions
373(1)
Star Clippers
374(10)
Windjammer Barefoot Cruises
384(14)
Part 3: The Ports
The Ports of Embarkation
398(116)
Choosing a Chain
399(1)
Anchorage, Alaska
399(5)
Baltimore, Maryland
404(4)
Boston, Massachusetts
408(6)
Cape Canaveral & Cocoa Beach, Florida
414(7)
Charleston, South Carolina
421(5)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
426(4)
Galveston, Texas
430(4)
Los Angeles, California
434(11)
Miami, Florida
445(5)
Montreal, Quebec
450(6)
New Orleans, Louisiana
456(6)
New York City, New York
462(8)
Norfolk, Virginia
470(4)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
474(7)
Quebec City, Quebec
481(6)
San Diego, California
487(7)
San Francisco, California
494(6)
Seattle, Washington
500(5)
Tampa, Florida
505(4)
Vancouver, British Columbia
509(5)
The Caribbean, The Bahamas & the Panama Canal
514(87)
The Cruise Lines' Private Islands
515(5)
Antigua
520(3)
Aruba
523(4)
Bahamas: Nassau & Freeport
527(6)
Bahamas Golf Excursions
532(1)
Barbados
533(2)
Belize
535(3)
British Virgin Islands: Tortola & Virgin Gorda
538(3)
A Slice of Paradise: Jost Van Dyke
540(1)
Cozumel & the Yucatan Peninsula
541(9)
Curacao
550(3)
Dominica
553(3)
Grand Cayman
556(2)
Grenada
558(1)
Jamaica
559(5)
Montego Bay Golf Excursions
563(1)
Key West
564(4)
Deep-Sea Fishing in Key West
566(2)
Martinique
568(4)
Martinique Golf Excursions
571(1)
Nevis
572(2)
The Panama Canal
574(2)
Puerto Rico
576(7)
San Juan as a Port of Embarkation
577(1)
Walking Tour: Old San Juan
578(5)
Puerto Rico Golf Excursions
583(1)
St. Barts
583(2)
St. Kitts
585(2)
St. Lucia
587(3)
St. Martin/Sint Maarten
590(4)
St. Martin Golf Excursions
593(1)
U.S. Virgin Islands: St. Thomas & St. John
594(7)
Alaska & British Columbia
601(25)
Cruising Alaska's Natural Wonders
602(7)
Glaciers: An Intro to the Ice
606(2)
Cruisetours---'Cause All Alaska Ain't on Water
608(1)
Haines
609(2)
Juneau
611(3)
Ketchikan
614(3)
Sitka
617(3)
Skagway
620(3)
Victoria, British Columbia
623(3)
The Mexican Riviera & Baja
626(15)
Acapulco
626(3)
Cabo San Lucas
629(4)
Small-Ship Cruises in Beja's Sea of Cortez
632(1)
Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo
633(2)
Mazatlan
635(3)
Mazatlan Golf Excursions
637(1)
Puerto Vallarta
638(3)
Bermuda
641(6)
Hamilton
642(3)
St. Georges
645(1)
Royal Naval Dockyard
646(1)
Hawaii
647(15)
Oahu
648(4)
If You're Embarking in Honolulu
650(2)
Kauai
652(3)
Maui
655(3)
The Big Island
658(4)
New England & Eastern Canada
662(14)
Bar Harbor, Maine
664(2)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
666(4)
Small-Ship Ports
668(2)
Newport, Rhode Island
670(3)
Saint John, New Brunswick
673(3)
U.S. River Cruise Routes
676(11)
The California Wine Country
676(2)
The Columbia & Snake Rivers, Pacific Northwest
678(2)
The Hudson River, Erie Canal & Great Lakes
680(3)
The Mississippi River System
683(4)
Index 687

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