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Fodor's Caribbean Ports of Call (Travel Guide) Paperback – October 16, 2012

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Product Details

  • Series: Travel Guide (Book 15)
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Fodor's; 0015- edition (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030792940X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307929402
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,107,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Linda Coffman is a freelance travel writer who has been dishing out cruise travel information and advice for nearly two decades. An avid cruise passenger who enjoys sailing on ships of every size to any port worldwide, Linda spends most of her time cruising the Caribbean and writing for Fodor's Travel Publications and She is the author of Fodor's The Complete Guide to Caribbean Cruises, co-author of Fodor's The Complete Guide to European Cruises, and contributes to these Fodor's guidebooks: Caribbean Ports of Call, Alaska Ports of Call, European Ports of Call, Bermuda, Greece, Greek Isles, and Essential Scandinavia: The Best Cities, Sights, and Cruises guidebooks.

In 1997, when the Internet was experiencing growing pains, Linda developed and maintained two travel information web sites for a network of niche-specific sites rated as a top ten digital media/web property by Media Metrix. Under Linda's expertise until March 2000, the cruise site was recognized as one of the Internet's leading sources of cruise travel information by such publications as The Washington Post, The Montreal Gazette, The New York Times, Porthole Magazine, Forbes, The New Yorker, Yahoo! Internet Life, The Jacksonville Business Journal, and USA Today. Cruises was also named a Top Ten site in 1999 by PR Newswire and the prestigious National Geographic Traveler.

Sailing solo, Linda created in February 2001 to provide unbiased and practical cruising information to the thousands of Internet users who research their travel choices online. was named a "Best of the Web" Leisure Travel web site by USA Today. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says, "The Cruise Diva's site has good information, lots of practical tips and lots of attitude."

As a recognized authority on cruise travel, Linda is often interviewed by major national news outlets. She has been called upon to provide on-air commentary as a cruise travel authority with Peter Greenberg on his nationally syndicated radio show, as well as making appearances on Martha Stewart Radio's Living Today, National Public Radio's Savvy Traveler,, USA Radio Network, and the Michigan Talk Radio Network. She has been quoted in outlets nationwide, from The New York Times to CNN.

Linda has appeared on ABC News, ABC's "Good Morning America," and has served as the cruise expert for The Travel Channel and USA Today online. A featured host in "Cruising Do's and Don'ts" on The Travel Channel, Linda was profiled as "Queen of the High Seas" in the November 2007 edition of Columbia County Magazine.

Linda's columns and articles have appeared in print in Cruise Travel, Porthole, Consumer's Digest, Travel Age West, Travel Agent, Impressions, New Jersey Savvy Living, Vacation Agent, Freestyle Cruiser, and Marco Polo magazines, as well as the Chicago Sun-Times and Denver Post.

Over the past two decades Linda has sailed numerous times on all the major cruise lines. When not at sea, she makes her home in Georgia with her husband Mel and their "Unofficial Presley" Tabby Cat Family, Elvis, Pricilla, and Lisa Marie.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Bryant on November 4, 2012
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I purchased both the Frommer's and Fodor's guide to the Caribbean Ports of Call after already booking my criuse to the region. This book would have been more helpful before booking. It does a really good job of discussing the specifics about the different cruise lines, the departure ports and the ports of call. This guide would be beneficial in helping to make those decisions. Since I had already made these decisions, it only took me 45 minutes to read all the information about my selected ports. One reason I prefer Fodor's guides to other companies offerings is the Fodor's picks, I have been using them for 10+ years and they haven't pointed me wrong yet. One thing this guide lacked was reviews/recommendations of the excursions offered by the cruise companies.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By V. Soffel on October 11, 2013
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I beg to differ from all the positive reviews, but this guide is not what I expected.
Having previously used the excellent Rick Steves' Mediterranean Cruise Ports for a Europe Cruise, the Fondor's Guide is a big letdown in comparison.
What I expect from a cruise guide is information on how I can get around on my own at ports of call - if I wanted to book the cruise ship's excursions I wouldn't need a guide book, would I?
This book has very little useful information in that regard. The book focuses on shortly describing a few highlights for each port on about 4..5 meager pages per port. You can get about
the same information by reading the cruise line's excursion descriptions.

One reason for me to go to the Caribbean is to dive and snorkel and again this book has no useful information. It lists a few dive operators but absolutely no information on where you can find good snorkel or dive sites. Just to give you an example on the "quality" of the information provided:
For Aruba it says under the heading "Diving and Snorkeling":
"With visibility of up to 90ft the waters around Aruba are excellent for snorkeling and diving. Advanced and novice divers alike will find plenty to occupy their time, as many of the most popular sites - including some interesting shipwrecks- are found in shallow waters ranging from 30 to 60 feet."
That's it!! No mention of where those "excellent sites" can be found at all. Note even a mention in the "Beaches" section which of those beaches may also be good for snorkeling. This is in my opinion useless garbage to fill the meager 4...5 pages of information provided on each cruise port with platitudes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By glenaire93 on February 20, 2013
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This book gives excellent explainations of what to expect in these ports and extremely helpful pointers. We plan on utilizing before, during and possibly after our trip. Very easy to read and we believe will save us money and possible wasted time on vacation had we not had this book.

We would recommend to anyone going on a cruise to the Caribbean
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Leonard on August 23, 2013
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bought this book as it is an update from a earlier version. not much of an update but a good guide never the less. if you do not have this book and are planning a trip to the area this is a excellent guide.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Moore on March 29, 2013
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Although there is a lot of useful general information, I was disappointed in the lack of guidance for cruise ship shore excursions, which is what I was trying to ascertain. If that's the information you're seeking, just use
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