From the Back Cover
Experience the best a place has to offer on the cruise that's right for you. Frommer's. Your trip begins with us.
Detailed coverage of the hottest trends in cruisingtrips departing from all major U.S. ports to the Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii, Bermuda, Mexico, and Canada
Exact prices, including cruise rack rates and the average discounted rates for every ship that we review, so you can plan the perfect trip no matter what your budget
Extensive descriptions of all the major cruise ships sailing in North America, from cabin amenities and ship facilities to shore excursions and recreational activities
Comprehensive ship ratings that grade the essential elements of a cruise experience (dining, activities, children's programs, entertainment, service, overall enjoyment, and overall value) from "poor" to "outstanding"
Special coverage of popular river cruise routes in the United States, including the Mississippi River, California's Wine Country, the Hudson River Valley, and the Columbia and Snake Rivers
About the Author
is a freelance writer, editor, and musician based physically in Portland, Oregon, and spiritually in his hometown of New York, New York. Author of Frommer's Day by Day Vancouver & Whistler,
he also writes the daily Cruise Blog and biweekly travel features for Frommers.com and freelances for various newspapers, magazines, and websites. He's written on topics ranging from speed traps and genealogical travel to minimalist art and the 2008–09 world financial crisis; provided writing and editing services for congressional candidates, global consulting firms, and UN agencies; and performed concerts of Persian classical music, Ukrainian and Sephardic folk music, and contemporary improvisation for audiences of 2 to 2,000. He's married to do-gooder lawyer and pianist Rebecca, is the father of ridiculously handsome and talented 2-year-old Malcolm, is best friends with an Irish terrier named Rooster, and is also good buds with mother-and-son felines Musetta and Puccini.
Heidi Sarna is not a cat person, but loves dogs and people, especially her adorable twin sons and cute husband. She's a freelance writer who has sailed the oceans blue for more than a decade in ships of all sizes all over the world. Author of Frommer's Day by Day Singapore, and a contributor to several other guidebooks, she also writes regular travel columns for Frommers.com and Porthole magazine. She's written for countless magazines, newspapers, and websites on travel and cruising, but also covers diverse topics from relationships to charities, furniture, nutrition, and interesting people. Go figure.