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I took a 7-day cruise aboard MSC Grandiosa in late September, after a full COVID-19 test. For more, click on the Ocean Talk tab.


Thinking about your next cruise?  Be prepared – read the Berlitz Cruise Guidebooks first!

Read all the company and ship information in this book and you’ll be better informed about booking your next cruise. Buy the print edition from your bookseller and have it delivered to your door. It comes with a free e-book version for your smartphone or tablet.
The books have no sponsorship or advertising, nor connection with any cruise line, concession, cruise supplier,  or travel agency. They are totally independent and trusted world-wide.



Author: Douglas Ward, 760 pages (print and e-book versions).


Author: Douglas Ward. 320 pages, published June 2018 (print and e-book). 

The books also make excellent Christmas and birthday (or any day) presents. 

ALSO AVAILABLE: Chinese language abridged e-book edition.

AWARD: BERLITZ CRUISING AND CRUISE SHIPS 2018 edition was the  joint winner of the “Guide of the Year” category of the UK’s prestigious Travel Media Awards which took place at a special awards ceremony in London in October 2018.

Over 70  cruise companies provide ocean-going cruise vacations to around 30 million ocean-going passengers annually (plus approximately one million river cruise passengers with more than 30 river cruise operators). It is important that you choose the right ship, for the right reasons.

The evaluations and ratings were created to be totally objective by the author in 1985 – set the standards for the cruise industry.

Douglas Ward: “I have been in the cruise industry since 1965, and testing cruise ships and riverships professionally for more than 35 years. It’s a serious business.”

Douglas Ward is considered the world’s foremost independent authority on cruising and cruise ships. He continually strives to promote high standards within the industry. With over 6,400 days at sea on more than 1,100 cruises (including 159 transatlantic crossings) under his belt, he is a man of, in, on, and about cruise ships and the cruise industry.

Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships 2020 and Berlitz River Cruising in Europe and the USA are available from:, your favourite bookstore or online retailer.

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