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The Love Boats Hardcover – 1974

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  • Hardcover: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Drake; First Edition edition (1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877496935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877496939
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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This is a very entertaining book, and Jeraldine Saunders, the author, also imparts a lot of informative words about the various places the cruises included in their itineraries. A well-written book, with helpful travel advice for people who might be considering taking a cruise themselves.

Christine T., Lincoln, UK.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x974d5120) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97450d8c) out of 5 stars I Wanted To Love It But... 23 Jun. 2014
By Bijou B - Published on
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On very few occasions can I say that I liked the movie/television show better than the book. This is one of those rare occasions. It was painful to read but I was determined to see my way through to the end. That being said, I think a few of my IQ points may have committed suicide along the way.

Jeraldine Saunders claims that she single handedly saved the cruise industry. I am not sure where she got the notion. Frankly, her telling of life on a cruise ship scares the hell out of me. She repeatedly admits that she lied to get the job and then lied to cruise guests and staff to get out of sticky situations. She tells about tricking guests into believing that the subpar services and outings they paid for are something special and then she turns around and calls them names behind their backs on the occasion that they are unhappy. Throw in the extra special stories of ships running aground, suicide, bomb threats, fights, staff having sex with as many guests as they can on every cruise and drunken officers and you get a glowing review of the cruise industry. The entire book is unfocused and scattered and is band-aided together with her opinions on astrology. As a bonus, in the updated and expanded edition, one of the extra chapters is basically a sales pitch for her other books.

In my opinion, Jeraldine Saunders is nothing more than an uneducated (yet somehow skilled) liar and Love Boats is more of a disservice to the cruise industry than anything else. If this was the only word to go by, the entire industry would be dead. In the description on the back cover of the book, it says it is about her experiences as the first ever female cruise director. This is not entirely true. Less than one third of the book is about her experiences as a cruise director. Nearly all of her stories are of her experiences as a hostess.

In all honesty, her book was the inspiration for the television series. HOWEVER, if anything saved the industry, it was the show, not her book. The truth of the matter is, the book and the television show have very few similarities. The only common threads between the two are the boat and the female cruise director. Very few of her stories were classy enough or appropriate for television.

Save your time and IQ points and read a different book.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97450fd8) out of 5 stars What an interesting woman! 3 Sept. 2005
By Desert Princess - Published on
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I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Sauders and getting a copy of her book. This is an interesting woman who has 'sailed' through many adventures - both on and off the water. She speaks of many of the 'hidden' stories of what happens on cruise ships. The book is written with warm honesty, a quick wit and a great sense of humor.
HASH(0x974523d8) out of 5 stars The perfect book to read on or just before taking a cruise 26 Nov. 2014
By CG - Published on
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An interesting look at what cruising was like a couple of decades before becoming so popular. I read this a few days before taking my 8th cruise, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I wish the book had been twice as long, as the author must have had MANY more stories to tell!
HASH(0x974522a0) out of 5 stars A good autobiography 5 Oct. 2014
By Sheryl Campbell - Published on
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I grew up watching this show on TV and I loved it but I didn't know that the show was based on a book written by Jeraldine Saunders. I bought the book a month ago and I have been reading it and I enjoyed it. It is an autobiography of how she became a cruise director and the paths that she took before she got her first job on a ship. She became the first female cruise director in the business and she was great at her job. The job looked easy on the TV series but it sounds like it wasn't that way in the book. She had a great love for people and traveling to do the many jobs and to take care of the small details to keep the people content on a ship in the middle of an ocean and she passed on her knowledge of what to pack and wear to the many places that the passengers would see on the tours that were set up by the cruise directors. She talks about how to deal with sea sickness which she had when she first started out on her job which is always a good thing to know. I enjoyed reading this book. If you loved the TV show, then don't be to disappointed that it isn't written the same way. Yes, there are some stories of the passengers and of the ship crew but it is a book about Jeraldine Saunders and the years that she spent as a crew member. It is an easy and light fun book to read.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x974527a4) out of 5 stars A treat 29 April 2013
By Leslie Jane Le Mon - Published on
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"Love Boats" by model, nutritionist, and cruise director Jeraldine Saunders is a breezy slice of life aboard classic cruise ships - all the humor, adventure, and romance. Ms. Saunders was the real-life "Julie McCoy" - the first female cruise director, and a true pioneer. She gives the reader an insider's view of life aboard cruise ships in the 60's and 70's. Amid the entertaining anecdotes, Jeraldine has woven her own fascinating story. This single mom showed true grit, working 7 days a week, almost 24 hours a day, year after year, on cruise ships where everything, it seemed, was the cruise director's job, from patching up injured travelers to keeping passengers calm during crises. An inspirational story, and a vibrant time capsule of a time gone by.
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