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Northern Europe by Cruise Ship: The Complete Guide to Cruising Northern Europe [With Color Pull-Out Map] (Ocean Cruise Guides) Paperback – August 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: Ocean Cruise Guides
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ocean Cruise Guides; Pap/Map edition (August 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098095732X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980957327
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With her crisp writing and in-depth reporting, Vipond's created a terrific series of cruise guide books." --Cruise Critic

"Anne Vipond goes beyond the standard cruise-guide fodder of ship and port descriptions..." --Chicago Tribune

"...there are few books better on cruising than those by Anne Vipond" --Globe & Mail

About the Author

Anne Vipond, author of several guidebooks to cruising, draws on a sailing background to impart her enthusiasm for cruise travel. From her Vancouver home, she travels extensively by cruise ship. Her cruising articles have been published in magazines and newspapers throughout Northern America and overseas. She has also authored several books on cruising for publishers in Europe and has been a featured guest on televised travel shows.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By rgpersson on January 16, 2011
Northern Europe By Cruise Ship is another in an excellent series of Ocean Cruise Guides guidebooks that are written specifically for ocean cruisers who like to maximize the value of their time while on shore in each port. It does not describe, nor compare, shore excursions offered by the ship nor could any guidebook, as these offerings often change each season.

The author recognizes that cruisers typically have a very short time in port and her clear, concise writing style reflects that by presenting the information in a logical manner that makes it easy to quickly plan for the type of sightseeing trip that you want while on shore.

Each book in the series begins with an overview of life aboard a cruise ship, providing tips that will help first time cruisers in particular, navigate their way around the ship and its crew while gaining a comfort level on the subjects of tipping, dress and what to do while at sea. "Old hands" may be surprised to find a thing or two they don't know in this section as well.

The guidebook's format next provides a brief overview of the history and culture of each country and port city that you will visit on your cruise. Again, the author's concise and easy to follow style as well as a good selection of quality color photos, leaves you feeling well informed and will likely trigger your desire to see some particular points of interest when planning your sightseeing adventure. Serious historians may want to supplement this book with historical publications about the region although as a cruising enthusiast myself, I have never felt the need to do that from a sightseeing planning perspective.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. Cols on June 28, 2012
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I had hoped that this book would help us plan independent walking tours of the ports on a Baltic cruise, since information from other travel guides is overwhelming for a 1-day visit, and usually don't include a detailed street map (or show where the ships dock). Online information is incomplete. But this book is quite a disappointment. The first 80 pages are right out of a high school history book; while knowing the history of an area is interesting, I can find that anywhere. The pull-out map is a joke, only includes London, Paris, Stockholm, St Petersburg, and Copenhagen. The other side of the pull-out map looks like it came from a 3rd grade social studies book -- and outline of European countries with a star marking the capital city -- like I really don't know where these countries are?? They could have included more street maps on that side. Suggestions for things to see on walking tours are a minimal part of the information on each port, so it looks like I'll still be trying to pull together bits and pieces from whatever I can find. Don't waste your money on this book. (Just for reference this is my 9th major cruise and not my first to Europe.)
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amber-eyed Aardvark on August 30, 2010
Unfortunately, independent travelers are the black sheep of the cruiser flock. Cruise lines go out of their way to avoid providing any information about ports which could assist independent travelers, so other good sources of information are necessary. THIS BOOK IS NOT ONE OF THEM; SAVE YOUR MONEY. Sure, it has some pretty pictures, but there is very little information about docking locations or getting around using public transportation. A better choice for information about Scandinavia and Talinn is Rick Steves' guidebook. For location not covered by Rick (Gothenburg, for example) and for the rest of the Baltic, you're on your own (which is not bad, you know!).
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I am taking a Baltic cruise later this year, and this book describes the things to see in every port I will be visiting, from Copenhagen, Denmark to Saint Petersburg, Russia. There are itineraries for walking tours beginning where the ships dock. I have found the book interesting to read, and I anticipate that it will help me get more out of my trip.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Russell Mason on March 10, 2012
I enjoyed Northern Europe By Cruise Ship and found it very useful on my Baltic cruise. The attractions are tied in with the city tour maps and this was especially useful. The maps also show exactly where the ships dock, so it's easy to figure out the best way to get around in a port without buying expensive shore excursions. My family is originally from Denmark and I found the content on, Copenhagen, to be very good. Excellent guidebook, and most definitely worth the money.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Marathon Cruiser on January 15, 2011
We bought this book shortly before a Baltic cruise at the end of last summer and it worked great for us. There are lots of color maps (and pretty pictures) but both maps and pictures helped us in locating landmarks and getting around in each port. And, the maps most definitely show where the cruise ship docks in each port covered. There are excellent recommendations for independent travel (tips for St. Petersburg alone are worth the price of the book) and getting around on foot. Front part of the book has sections dealing with history, life on a cruise ship, tipping tips, what to wear etc. and a in-depth look at art and architecture. I would have liked more detail on the cruise ships but the destination information was excellent.
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