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VINE VOICEon 5 April 2011
Northern Europe by Cruise ship (368pp) Anne Vipond (2010)

This is the latest in a series of cruise guides by Anne Vipond (covering Alaska, The Caribbean, The Mediterranean, The Panama canal, Hawaii and The Complete cruise Handbook).
Although clearly targeted to visiting Americans , nevertheless the book is an excellent guide for anyone to the itineraries and Northern European cruise ports adjoining the Channel , North and Baltic seas ( France, Holland Belgium, Belgium , England , Wales, Scotland ,Ireland, Iceland, Denmark / Faeroes ,Norway , Sweden , Finland , St Petersburg ( Russia) ,Poland and the other Baltic States,)
These books follow a standard pattern of being in two parts
1) Introduction to cruising/cruise ships/ports/excursions and preparation for cruising. The (to be visited) countries histories/art/culture/architectures/natural phenomena gets a quick overview.
2) The possible itineraries and ports are covered in more detail. Local port maps and key sights are provided as are indications of other excursions. The ports / countries are enlivened by relevant photographs. There is a Northern Europe "pull out" map A selection of cruise ships/lines finishes the book
The level of detail is geared to the limited visiting time available to typical cruising visitors. (For more detailed views see individual country guides)
Overall - an excellent overview for visitors cruising round Northern Europe.
Other books to be considered:-
Fodors "Complete guide to European cruising" (806pp) - has more detail on individual ships but the ports are listed alphabetically and there are no pictures
For those cruising the Baltic to St Petersburg, the Thomas Cook Travellers "Baltic cruising" is a nice compact pocket sized guide - still covering key items of interest
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on 12 April 2016
Very thorough and informative. Nice format.
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on 30 August 2013
A simple descriptive guide, not particularly relevant for a tourist guide. Much simplified history story telling.
Not very many maps of the ports. Disappointing for someone expecting interesting details about the attractions of places. Reads like a children's guidebook.
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on 21 May 2015
Lovely informative book
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on 31 August 2014
Excellent book. Gives overview of Northern Cruise ports. Ideal for checking on-shore attractions without the Cruise lines' sales pressure for their excursions.
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on 9 February 2013
I've bought guide books in this series for the med and Caribbean and found both very helpful haven't really got into this yet but my initial view is that it will meet our needs for our upcoming Baltic cruise.
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