Despite choppy waters hitting the cruise industry in recent months, it is estimated that more than 20 million people will still be thinking of booking a cruise in 2013 - the majority of them overwhelmed by the number of ships and voyages on offer.
The 28th edition of Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships (£17.99) is the only ‘tool’ to provide cruise-goers with all possible criteria with which to help them make their selection. Although the paper edition of this ‘bible’ of cruising will be published on October 1, the digital edition, Berlitz Cruise Ships 2013 App (£6.99), will be arriving in good time for the start of National Cruise Week (September 15-23). In the light of the Costa Concordia disaster, the newly expanded chapter on how safe cruise ships actually are will be of particular interest to readers concerned about safety measures.
This annual best-seller helps many thousands of readers to identify the cruise that best suits them, so their hard-earned holiday represents money well-spent. Completely independent and accepting no sponsorship, this annually updated Guide is the result of painstaking investigation carried out each year by its legendary author, Douglas Ward, the world’s most highly regarded cruise authority.
The 2013 edition of both the book and app will also be more fact-packed than ever before, with 284 candid reviews – that’s virtually every ocean-going ship in the world. So highly regarded is Ward’s work, the Guide sets the internationally recognised ratings system for cruise ships worldwide. Its frank and forthright opinions tell readers everything they could ever want to know about the cruise experience, warts and all.
The beauty of the Berlitz Cruise Ships 2013 App for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch is that with, just a couple of taps, would-be cruise-goers can quickly search through all 284 ocean-going cruise ships according to their needs, whether for family travel, quality of cuisine or accommodation, size of ship and many other criteria, making this the perfect cruise-planning tool. Featured are fully updated ship reviews, an easy-to-use filter for choosing the right ship by preference, plenty of insider knowledge on cruising and cruise lines and lots of new photos.
WHAT’S NEW IN THE ‘COMPLETE GUIDE’
The new paper edition looks ahead to 2013, rating 11 brand new ships, previewing seven new-builds and identifying nine renamed ships, as well as focusing on the new facilities on board existing ships.
More emphasis has been placed on the following chapters: what the brochures don’t tell you, where to cruise, onboard cuisine, expeditions and nature cruises, around the world cruises, how to choose the right cabin and smaller operators. The majority of images are new and, as experienced cruisers become more adventurous, there is a greater focus on expedition ships, reflecting this expanding area of the industry.
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