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Alaska By Cruise Ship - 8th Edition: The Complete Guide to Cruising Alaska
 
 

Alaska By Cruise Ship - 8th Edition: The Complete Guide to Cruising Alaska [Kindle Edition]

Anne Vipond , Mel-Lynda Anderson
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For over 20 years, this comprehensive guide has been a popular choice for readers planning a cruise to Alaska. The 8th edition has been revised and updated and includes over 400 color photographs and maps and with all aspects of this exciting cruise. Exciting details of both the Inside Passage and Glacier cruises, from Seattle to Fairbanks, are inside. Includes two giant color pull-out maps with a mile-by-mile references to help readers track progress during their cruise. Includes special sections on glaciers, native culture and wildlife with a full-page whale-watching map.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 34753 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ocean Cruise Guides Ltd.; 8 edition (20 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J7YK3NE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,618 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My daughter and I are planning a cruise to Alaska over the next year. A once in a lifetime holiday cruise needs careful planning to get the best out of what you can afford. This book was superb, not only does it give information on the passages and routes taken by the cruise ships and the pros and cons of all of them, it also gives advice on what are the best value onshore trips to book. There are all sorts of tips for onboard and onshore. What type of ship to consider. All those little questions you want to know; like do you tip? What stateroom (cabin) to book and why, what is the weather going to be like throughout the season, and what wildlife will you be able to see. The book also gives some history and travel advice. It has enabled me to sort out what I want for this holiday, and know what I don't want.

All in all it is one book you should get if you are considering a cruise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As much a guide to cruising as a guide to Alaska 1 April 2014
By Jon L. Albee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book equally emphasizes the two subjects of its title: Alaska and Cruise.

Part traditional travel encyclopedia, and part pragmatic "how to" cruise guide, if it has to do with cruising in Alaska, it's probably here. That said, there is an awful lot of information in this book, which means that it can stretch very thin in certain places. This is not a traditional travel guide with listings of hotels, restaurants and sights, but is a travel narrative that describes each destination and related physical features.

The practical information is comprehensive. Coverage of the lower ports of call is extensive, as is coverage of geography and wildlife. Historical and cultural contexts are concise and interesting. Coverage of upper and central destinations (Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai, Seward) is thinner, but is still satisfactory. Readers should keep in mind that this is not a detailed guide to the cruise operators or cruise ships themselves, so there are better resources for people looking for that information.

The real standout features of the book are its comprehensiveness, its many color photographs, and its dependable information which has been refined over eight editions.

The pull-out, mile-by-mile map is excellent, and adds an additional level of enjoyment when planning or taking your cruise. Altogether, it's a very good, high-quality publication that is indispensable for Alaska cruisies.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful pictures, but where's the practical information? 1 May 2014
By William E. Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm planning on taking a Princess CruiseTour to Alaska later this year, and this book was a gift from a friend. I appreciated it; the information is helping me get psyched (as if I needed it.) The pictures are of great quality for a paperback, the text is gushy and obviously written by a person who loves Alaska (to the point that she sometimes fails to be objective.)
There's a load of information about animals and sea life you may or may not see, and the "Life Aboard a Cruise Ship" is must reading for anyone who wishes to know more about the architecture and technology of the ship you'll be sailing on. The maps and text of the ports provide a great overview (although some of the maps fail to include a scale.)

But . . . Do you want to know the good and bad points of the various cruise lines? Do you want in-depth analysis of the itineraries? How about a discussion of which shore excursions to take? Do you, in short, want 'practical information'? Then this is not the book for you (or me.) For example, the author has a paragraph on the Mt. Roberts tramway in Juneau, a five-minute funicular; it would have been very helpful to list the exorbitant $30 round trip price.

It seems to me that the author has created a fairy-tale book, rather than one you can actually use.
As a parting shot, I’ll suggest to the author and editor that in the next edition they include a complete index instead of the anemic version that exists now.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to get the most out of your cruise 9 May 2014
By Stephen Carew - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I took an Alaska cruise four years ago and used an earlier edition of this book which was excellent and very useful. My niece just gave me the new 8th Edition of Alaska By Cruise Ship and I love it. The color is great and the book has been updated. It delves into the history and wildlife but also provides excellent detail on the itineraries, ports and shore excursions. There is a large mile-by-mile map so you can figure out exactly where you are, and there are close up maps of every nook, cranny and port along the way. It is written with enthusiasm and I would say a love of Alaska. The author even went back to Alaska in a small sailboat boat to get up close to this beautiful land. The book focuses on the things you can do while on any one of the cruises to Alaska, highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guidebook 27 July 2014
By Russell Mason - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
We used this guidebook, along with another one, on our Alaska cruise and found this one very helpful. I liked the detail on the attractions and shore excursions which really gave a good feel of each port. There is also lots of information on getting around by yourself and on several ports we took advantage of the suggestions in this book. The front part of the book is devoted to background of Alaska including history but it also includes glaciers, native culture and wildlife. These areas are especially well covered and added to our understanding of this beautiful coastline. Each chapter in the second part of the book focuses on a port and includes great port maps which shows exactly where the ships dock and made it really easy to get around. Highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alaska by Cruise Ship for my clients! 24 Jun 2014
By Gina Richards - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am a Cruise Specialist and I always purchase the Alaska By Cruise Ship (Anne Vipond) as a Bon Voyage gift for my clients!
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