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Fodor's European Ports of Call, 2nd Edition Paperback – 16 Jun 2011

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Fodor; 2nd Edition edition (16 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307480518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307480514
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 878,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 May 2012
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I have normally found Fodor's guides very useful, so it is disappointing to have to write a less than wholly enthusiastic review here.

The big question for anyone on a cruise is, for any particular port, is it feasible to do my own thing rather than pay the, often extortionate charges which the big cruise companies like to make their money on. This book is a reasonable starting point in that firstly it gives you information on the time it is going to take to get into town, whether on foot or if not too near, the available alternative forms of transport and the cost.

Major local attractions are covered, as are the most popular excursions. Unfortunately detail is very limited. However, this is often useful stuff. For example a popular excursion from the port of Le Havre is Paris. Once it emerges that the likely transfer time is two and a half hours each way, many travellers will look elsewhere. Then we discover that Le Havre itself is a World Heritage site, so spending the day in the locality begins to look more sensible. It is information like this which is invaluable to the cruise customer. However, far too often the other local attractions are mentioned without any information on the feasibility of getting there. Again using Le Havre as an example, Honfleur, Bayeux and the D Day Beaches of Normandy are mentioned, but there is no indication of how the cruise passenger is supposed to get there or the cost, which would be essential information for anyone contemplating such a visit. There are some maps, but a map of every port would be more than useful.

Overall the information given is very limited and lacks detail. A suggested local itinerary to fill a day would have been very helpful. Additionally the list of ports covered is hardly comprehensive.
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By P Lincoln on 22 Mar. 2013
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Covers everything I need to know about the ports I will be visiting. Helps to know how easy (or not) it is to get to the sites under your own steam and what are the most interesting things to see when you only have limited time at any place.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By annie jessie on 7 Oct. 2011
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It doesnt really give you much information on any particular port but it's OK as a starting point. Might be useful if you go on lots of cruises.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
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I deleted my earlier review where I gave this book 3 stars. The reason why I changed my mind and decided to give this book 5 stars was because as I started to plan my shore excursions for my upcoming European cruise, I realized how, make that VALUABLE... this book was! This book became an integral part of my planning and I saved a lot of money by making my own plans and not have to rely on the cruise ship's shore excursions. I especially appreciated the info on the unfamiliar ports and how far they were to the major cities by transportation. I mean, really, I've never heard of Livorno! Where on earth was Malaga? (Livorno is a port in Italy to go to Florence/Pisa and Malaga is a port in Spain to go to Granada.) One of the reason why I initially did not liked the book was because the chapters were sorted in an alphabetical order; thus, if I have several ports in one country, I have to flip back and forth. I resolved this problem by buying colored tabs and I assigned each country a color code (i.e. green tab for Spain, blue tab for Italy, orange for France, etc, etc.) This solved my irritation and now I am happy with the book. This book will give you glimps of ports of call with maps and insights. Highly recommended if you are going on European cruise and have never been there before.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Cruise ports help 23 Aug. 2009
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We are a group of travel friends who took a cruise from Istanbul to Venice with stops in Greece, Italy, Montenegro, etc. Shore excursions are very pricey on ships - this book save us a huge pot of money since it was clear a number of our ports were small walled cities in which we could wander with the guidebook. We did take tours in Athens because of time constraints and its size but the rest was easy to follow. Highly recommended.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Helpful and concise, but you can find better 22 April 2010
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I bought this book to help plan my excursions for a Mediterranean cruise my wife and I will be taking. If you plan to do the cruise liner's expensive tours, then you will find this book contains all the helpful info you need. But if like us, you are heavy on adventure (and perhaps a little light on cash) and you plan to take the do-it-yourself approach, then you will need much more info. In that case, you should turn to the internet. If you love to have the info in book form, then Rick Steve's books are a better choice (although you may need 5 or 6 of them as opposed to one).

This book is good for helping you decide which sights to see. But if you plan to do it on your own, you'll need to know where the train station is and how to get there. Websites like tripadvisor, portreviews and cruisecritic are great, as are the Rick Steve's books and website.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Good overview, but lacks depth 26 Mar. 2011
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It you're planning a European cruise, this book is useful for a brief introduction to a wide range of possible ports of call. But once you have booked a cruise, you will want more detailed from the country or region books.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Very Dissappointing and of Little Value 27 Jun. 2012
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We have a Mediterranean cruise planned and bought this book to get ideas for visiting the ports of call and/or surrounding areas. Unfortunately, this book is cursory and superficial at best. It does cover the central port areas adequately, but leaves out information about most of the outlying sights. It also gives no information or recommendations about shore excursions and providers. For example, the Naples chapter says almost nothing about the towns in the Amalfi coast area such as Positano, and touring options. In covering all of Europe, Fodor's spread themselves too thin for a book of this size. I recommend Rick Steve's book on Mediterranean cruises instead.
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