The Love Boats Hardcover – 1974
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Christine T., Lincoln, UK.
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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.