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December 26, 2005

More 2006 Guidebooks on the Shelf, Planning a cruise is easy with each book's valuable advice.

CruiseCompete interviewed the authors of several 2006 cruise guidebooks this fall. We continue our review of the best ones available:

Cruise Vacations for Dummies, Heidi Sarna and Matt Hannafin, John Wiley & Sons Inc.
The authors' book is geared toward cruisers of all ages who are young at heart. It is written in a light, conversational style and the authors' sense of humor comes through as they try to dispel a number of common myths about cruise travel. The book provides a great overview of the industry and all of the popular cruise regions around the world. It also lists many of the authors' favorite cruise ships, including smaller, more intimate vessels. "Our book is a humorous, quick read with an irreverent slant - perfect for younger cruisers," Sarna said.

Econoguide Cruises, Corey Sandler, Econoguide Travel Books/ Word Association Inc.
Sandler comes from a newspaper background and approaches his job from the perspective of a reporter rather than cruise enthusiast. He has been on more than 100 cruises during the past several years, from ultra-luxury sailings to simple ships touring the Erie Canal. His book focuses on how to get the most cruise for your money by taking advantage of all discounts and other promotional items available from the cruise lines. Each edition of his book features special discount coupons. "In addition to a great amount of detail on the ships, our book features exclusive cruise diary entries to help the reader secure a feel for the flavor of the cruise line," Sandler said.

Insight Guide North American & Alaskan Cruises, Lesley Gordon (managing editor), Langenscheidt Publishers Inc.
Gordon, a 10-year travel veteran, said this book contains detailed coverage of North American ports, including Alaska and Hawaii. Written for both the novice and experienced cruiser, it is full of "how to" tips and images of what ships and destinations look like. Experienced cruisers will find the information on big ship and small ship experiences useful. The book provides colorful and detailed coverage of virtually every major North America port-of-call. These include stops on the west coast to Alaska, across Canada and eastern seaboard, through the Deep South. Great Lakes ports and stops on many of the major rivers crisscrossing the country are also covered. "Insight Guide North American & Alaskan Cruises includes details of what to see and do in each port. This is particularly useful if you only have a few hours in town. There's also plenty of advice and suggestions for people spending a few days in a port before or staying on after a cruise," Gordon said.

Each of these books are available at

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