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Cruise Ships: The Small-Scale Fleet [Hardcover]

Peter C. Smith
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Book Description

18 April 2014
Peter C. Smith presents us here with the second release in his visually splendid Cruise Ships series. Whilst his first book concerned itself with the large-scale ships currently cruising through our seas (those weighing 40,000 GT and more) this volume focusses on the other end of the market; the ships that weigh in at less than 40,000 GT, but which are often much more stylish and aesthetically pleasing than their larger-scale counterparts. The elegant interiors and luxurious features on display in today's vast fleet of cruise liners remain unrecorded in all but holiday brochures. This book carries on in the tradition of Peter's last release, giving a complete overview of the best of these ships, the cream of the crop, so to speak. Each colour profile includes external and interior views of the featured ship. Details of the design, building and service history of each vessel are provided with vital statistics of the ship and its facilities. This is a book of reference for maritime enthusiasts, would-be holiday cruisers and those who have been passengers. It serves as an impressive visual tribute to the best of the smaller scale fleet currently cruising globally.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd (18 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781592810
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781592816
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 24.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,452,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Peter C. Smith is one of the world's leading authors on all things maritime and is highly respected throughout the world. Previous Pen and Sword publications include; Midway: Dauntless Victory (2007), Torpedo Bombers 2007), The Battle Cruiser HMS Renown 1916-48 (2008), Cruise Ships (2010), and Offshore Ferry Services of England and Scotland (2012).

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This book purports to be a reference book to small cruise ships but unfortunately it is riddled with errors, terrible text and mistakes. The book description says that

'Each color profile includes external and interior views of the featured ship. Details of the design, building and service history of each vessel are provided with vital statistics of the ship and its facilities.'

This is simply untrue. There are a handful of interior pictures in the back of the book but otherwise this is composed of exterior pictures, mainly from the cruise lines' own publicity material. Where there have been two ships with the same or similar name, the author often uses the wrong ship to illustrate it. But not just similar names causes this problem. Check out the Hebridean Princess, Orient Queen II, Lord of the Glens, Wind Spirit for examples of those incorrectly illustrated.

The so called facts in the book are a random collection of unclear information. For dimensions, the book doesn't know how many decimal places to use and they are different for sister ships. For 'class', the author confuses ship type, classification society, base design, ice classification and more to provide a hodgepodge of incompatible information.

There is no obvious reason why 2 river cruise ships are includes, yet many companies are left out altogether. Many of the ship names are confused and some ships appear twice under different operators. Former names of ships are included but in no apparent order. They are sometimes wrongly spelt or referring to a different ship of the same name.

Even though this book is new, it somehow manages to be years out of date for some ships and yet for others, it gives them names from their new owners even though the sales are not complete.
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