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5.0 out of 5 stars Complete and easy guide
Nothing missing in this guide easy to use. Everything you need to know about your vessels and ports. Very convenient when you prefer to go by yourself, than to buy ship excursions
Published 9 months ago by JEAN FANCOIS FAURE

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2.0 out of 5 stars Does Not Cut It I Am Afraid
I suppose I should have expected some overlap between this book and Fodor's European Ports of Call, 2nd Edition which I had already. However, what I was not expecting was about 500 pages devoted to ports of call which are word for word identical with that book. Hence from my point of view this book, in the main, just duplicates what I have already and is hence a...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Does Not Cut It I Am Afraid, 16 Oct 2012
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Brett H "pentangle" (Brighton) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Fodor's The Complete Guide to European Cruises, 2nd Edition (Fodor's Complete Guide to European Cruises) (Paperback)
I suppose I should have expected some overlap between this book and Fodor's European Ports of Call, 2nd Edition which I had already. However, what I was not expecting was about 500 pages devoted to ports of call which are word for word identical with that book. Hence from my point of view this book, in the main, just duplicates what I have already and is hence a complete waste of time.

So the first advice to potential purchasers of this book is do not buy the European Ports of Call book as well. Actually this is the better book to purchase as it is longer and includes a couple of hundred pages on cruise lines and individual ships serving the European market which are not in the other book. Dipping back into my review of the ports book, the problems with the coverage are that many ports including significant ones such as St Peter Port, Belfast, Liverpool and Glasgow, to name a few from a recent cruise we were on, are just not covered. Those that are covered are unhelpful in giving sufficient information for the cruise passenger to avoid overpriced shore excursions from the cruise line, and many of the maps are just not up to scratch.

As far as the additional content goes, the information on cruise lines and individual ships is useful and, for example, includes information on tipping. However, there is no information on alcohol policies and prices which vary enormously, or any guidance on the price of shore trips. Hence this is useful in parts, but there is better information elsewhere and I would not recommend a purchase. As far as cruise lines and ships are concerned I think the Berlitz: Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships 2013 (Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships)is a far better bet
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complete and easy guide, 16 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Fodor's The Complete Guide to European Cruises, 2nd Edition (Fodor's Complete Guide to European Cruises) (Paperback)
Nothing missing in this guide easy to use. Everything you need to know about your vessels and ports. Very convenient when you prefer to go by yourself, than to buy ship excursions
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2.0 out of 5 stars OK to a point, 25 Aug 2011
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This review is from: Fodor's The Complete Guide to European Cruises, 2nd Edition (Fodor's Complete Guide to European Cruises) (Paperback)
I bought this book hoping to be able to view information about many of the ports I will be visiting on a forthcoming cruise. I was disappointed to find a good half of the book relates to ship descriptions which appear to be lifted from another guide, and many of which are simply a cut and paste job with the same descriptions being word for word the same as other ships on other lines - careless and shoddy work.
The descriptions of the ports do not go into enough detail, and many common ports are missing. The maps are difficult to read, being printed in orange on white, and much information appears to be missing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars DESTINATION HELPER, 16 May 2011
This review is from: Fodor's The Complete Guide to European Cruises, 2nd Edition (Fodor's Complete Guide to European Cruises) (Paperback)
Book arrived on time, this will help us when we go to caribbean, it could of given more links to tour companies that are on the island of choice, but pleased with book. also have european ports of call
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