Ocean Cruising


This 760-page print book is in its 35th year of continuous publication (the author has been in the cruise industry for 54 years). It can also be downloaded as an e-book from Google Play or the App Store.

What’s new in the 2020 book:

New Chapter: The Ship As A Destination.

The Top 10 cruise ships charts have been expanded to the TOP 20 cruise ships (in each of the four size categories).

The Expedition Cruising Uncovered chapter has doubled in size.

Also, many other details (too numerous to mention here) have been updated or changed in the book.

ANNOUNCEMENT: The 2018 edition was the joint winner of the “Guide of the Year” category of the UK’s prestigious 2018 Travel Media Awards at a special awards ceremony in London, October 2018.

The guidebook is the most highly regarded source of comparative information, and up to 400 separate items are taken into account during the evaluation and rating of cruise ships. Scores are painstakingly calculated and filtered into five at-a-glance results: 1. Hardware (the ship); 2. Accommodation; 3. Cuisine/Dining; 4. Service; 5. All Other Aspects.

About Ocean Cruising

The book helps you define what to look for, and how to find the right ship for your needs. It profiles, evaluates and rates ocean-going cruise ships, from the largest resort ships to the smallest. From high luxury to budget. From state-of-the art to dated and tired. The book tells it like it is.

Chapters: New to Cruising?; What’s Ahead; Cruising Uncovered; Cruising’s Growth; What’s Ahead; Choose Where to Cruise; Ship as a Destination (NEW); Choose the Right Ship; Choose Your Accommodation; Cruising for Families; Cruising for Solo Travelers; Cruising for Romantics; Cruising for Seniors; Cruising to Suit Special Needs; Cruising to a Theme; Expedition Cruising Uncovered; Coastal Cruises; Cruising Under Sail; Transatlantic Crossings; World Cruises; 35 Wonderful Cruise Experiences; Life aboard; Cuisine/Dining; Entertainment; Casinos; Excursions Ashore; Spas and Wellness Facilities; Top of the Range (NEW); The Major Cruise Lines; The Smaller Cruise Lines; What to do If; Cruising and the Environment; Cruising and Safety; How We Evaluate the Ships (criteria);? The Rating Results.


Cruising for Families p58


Cruising for Families p59


Types of Cruising p80


Celebrity Silhouette p326


Crystal Symphony p374


Grand Princess p415

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