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What Time Is the Midnight Buffet?: Tales from the Cruise Adventure of a Lifetime [Paperback]

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Book Description

11 April 2007
Despite the careful research done by author Richard T. Holleran and his wife Kris, nothing could have prepared the couple for both the debacles and delights of their first cruise. What Time Is the Midnight Buffet?: Tales from the Cruise Adventure of a Lifetime chronicles the adventures they experience on that fateful trip-a ten-day Caribbean jaunt in celebration of their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.

Potential first-time cruisers will absorb a wealth of useful information while laughing at Holleran's humorous tales of maritime mayhem. Veteran cruisers will find themselves back on board, vividly reliving wonderful memories of adventure on the high seas. Even those who will never get close to a ship will enjoy a fantastic vicarious voyage to Key West, Mexico, and the jungles of Belize-all from the comfort of their favorite chair.

Let Holleran's What Time Is the Midnight Buffet? teach you how to make the most of your next cruise ship vacation.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse Star (11 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583484884
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583484883
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 297,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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chesterh is the Internet screen name for Richard T. Holleran, who goes by the nickname ?Chester? on a daily basis. He is an aging computer geek who now cruises regularly with his wife, Kris, leaving behind two sons to care for the household pets in Londonderry, New Hampshire . For the author?s latest cruise pictures, go to www.chesterh.com.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's at 12.00 am 5 July 2010
By wolfy
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed this book but I expected it to be funnier, May be our sense of humour is far different to the Americans. Having been on a number of cruises I recognise so many of the happenings. Would I recommend it Yes most certainly..
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1.0 out of 5 stars Glad I only paid a pound 19 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
After reading the reviews, I thought that this would be at least vaguely funny. Alas, no. This reads like a personal diary and was a physical effort to pursue to conclusion. The only benefit of the writing is that the author signposts the 'hilarious' incidents, that were otherwise unidentifiable from the rest of the text. Maybe it is a cultural thing, and American readers will find the book truly amusing. But not I.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A cheerful read 25 April 2012
By EssexReader VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This is basically a cruise diary of a week on board a Caribbean cruise on a US cruise ship. It was interesting to compare experiences of US and our UK cruise ships but there was a little bit too much unnecessary detail at times, particularly on the excursions - I didn't really need to know that he turned left down a particular street and I found myself skim reading through these. A cheerful and interesting read though. If you're a first time cruiser then some of the information may be helpful as some aspects are virtually the same on both UK and US ships, however be mindful that the book was written in 2005 so some of the benefits mentioned may not now be relevant - industry cutbacks! However if you're not interested in cruising then probably not the book for you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read 28 Feb 2012
Format:Paperback
This was an entertaining and very easy book to read.As a cruiser it revived memories of past cruises. For anyone new to cruising it gives a good insight as to what to expect,although being american some things are slightly different.If you want a taste of life at sea give it a try.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 9 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
I bought this book for my Dad who is going on his first cruise this year. He said that it is a very amusing read with some helpful tips. Well worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading especially on a cold winters night 12 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book made me laugh. I was right back on a cruise ship although it is a while since we were in the Caribbean - can't wait to book another.
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If you're expecting any deep insights into cruising, step away from your kindle and look elsewhere. This is just a travelogue report of a fairly dull and uneventful holiday. No secrets or hints and tips about the ship. No comparison between the lines. Just an insight into someone's holiday. If as the title says, it contains "tales from the cruise adventure of a lifetime", I just hope that if I take another cruise, it's more exciting and interesting than this.

Having said that, I'm being rude and churlish - which the author doesn't warrant. I read the hundred pages or so in a couple of hours, and it left me with a firm impression. The author and his wife loved their cruise, and cared enough to write a review of it in the form of a book. Based on its contents, I'd consider travelling with Celebrity X. Their staff were good, and the service that they received was apparently excellent. Maybe next time, I should write a self published book too...only I doubt that some of the other lines would gain such high marks...
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5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining and informative 30 Aug 2013
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I just couldn't stop reading this delightful book. Thanks for making me laugh. I hope that my experience of cruising will be as good.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction
A good introduction to cruise life life but a little to excessive advertisement for the cruise line.Did they get a good discount on their next trip?
Published 9 months ago by David Cleaver
4.0 out of 5 stars Made me Laugh
From the moment I started reading this book I knew I was going to enjoy it. The authors hesitant cruise booking, his trip to the infirmary and all the on shore adventures I enjoyed... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jennifer Cardwell
3.0 out of 5 stars For a cruiser
Found this quite amusing as I have just started cruising. Some interesting information about the ports of call and what to watch out for on a cruise ship.
Published 10 months ago by Jackanne
5.0 out of 5 stars A typical first cruise
Although I have been on many cruises, with different Lines, I was intrigued by the title. It was so similar to my first cruise experionces that it brought back happy memories, but... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. Roy Coleman
5.0 out of 5 stars What time is the midnight buffet?
I thouroughly enjoyed reading this. My wife and I have been on many cruises and though this looks at the cruise experiance from an American point of veiw still gives a good idear... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr R Strong
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
Bought for an Aunt and she enjoyed the book as she enjoys cruises. I think if you like cruises you'd like the book.
Published on 19 April 2012 by James OConnor
4.0 out of 5 stars Reminds me our cruise experience
This book was easy to read but as other people say, I thought it will be funnier. As my first cruise was also on Celebrity Cruises, it reminded me so many experiences that happened... Read more
Published on 2 April 2012 by Denise
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