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Product Details

  • Series: Rick Steves
  • Paperback: 1304 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598808362
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598808360
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4.6 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thank goodness someone finally wrote a practical book that is worth the money.
GirlyGirl
He writes about each port and shares the best sites, do-it-yourself tours, local transportation options, and all sorts of valuable information.
Jeanette Swindell
If anyone is planning a cruise to the Mediterranean, they won't be disappointed with Rick Steve's book.
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97 of 101 people found the following review helpful By GirlyGirl on June 19, 2011
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I have yet to even finish this 1000 page book, but know already that its going to be invaluable for my Mediterranean cruise in October. It does exactly what I need; tells you how to get to the places you want to see in the fastest and most efficient way possible, offers invaluable insight into the idiosyncrasies of each port destination, and of the cruise ship experience in general, and provides very practical guidance all around. This is going to be my cruise ship "bible," without a doubt, I will be carrying this little thing with me wherever I go. This book is targeted at the adventure travelers who want to make the most of every port city. Rick Steves offers invaluable advice as to which excursions are worth paying for and which are a run fro your money. If you're going on a cruise to the Med, this is the best book there is. Thank goodness someone finally wrote a practical book that is worth the money. I've seen what else is out there--why waste $20 plus for a book of color photos of sights you're going to see in person? Why waste $20 on a book that mostly gives you a history lesson? I can get that on the internet for free. This book does for me what I can't do; provides all the inside advice for each port that only a seasoned traveler would know, that will streamline, simplify, and enhance my own experience!
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Emra on October 16, 2011
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I am a huge fan of Rick Steves' books. My husband and I enjoy cruising and will try to arrive a few days before we leave in order to explore the town of embarkation on our own. We've used Rick's books for independent touring of London, Barcelona, Rome and Naples and found them to be perfect for our needs. This year we had a 14 day Mediterranean cruise planned for October - I bought this book and it was just what we needed to plan port days on our own in several of the cities we visited. Previously we almost always took a shore excursion. While pricey, we've lucked out with very good tour guides. However we also wanted to go out on our own - to do that backdoor traveling Rick encourages. With Rick's new book we toured Venice (his vaporetto tour of the Grand Canal is excellent), Corfu, Mykonos, Split and Dubrovnik on our own - and we enjoyed every moment! Even if this book results in you buying one less shore excursion, it will have paid for itself. The book is terrific - only one of our ports was not covered (Messina Sicily) but we had already planned on taking one of the ship's shore excursions for that port. Buy this book without hesitation - his recommendations are spot on too when it comes to restaurants, best gelato in town, locations of public WC's, and my particular favorite - his walking tours.
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57 of 66 people found the following review helpful By V. Edwards on August 29, 2011
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I find Rick Steves to be very knowledgeable and helpful with his advice. He explains things in such an easy to understand way that some of the nervousness you may have had about exploring a foreign place for the first time goes away. As a first attempt at doing a cruise destinations book, it isn't bad. I was looking forward to bringing this guidebook along on our cruise. However, I was disappointed to discover that only 2 out of the 4 ports we will be visiting were included in the book. It didn't include Messina in Sicily or Kusadasi in Turkey. We will be travelling on the popular Royal Caribbean line, not a private cruise company going to exotic out of the way locations. Given that, I felt like the book wasn't a good value for me. The two ports that are included are very detailed with lots of helpful tips. I referenced the website mediterranean-cruise-ports-easy.com for those ports not included in the book. It would be helpful if the Amazon information section explaining what the book is about included the ports that are covered in the book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By James Kunz on July 13, 2012
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I'm a guidebook aficionado, with dozens sitting around my house, but my recent cruise was really the first time I had used a Rick Steves guide. I think part of me resisted his cultish popularity, and another part of me felt that I didn't want
somebody telling me what to do with my time--figuring that out is part of the fun.
However, if you're taking a cruise through the Mediterranean, I'm convinced this is the only guide you should consider buying. Cruising gives you such a limited time in each city that you *need* someone who can tell you how to manage your time effectively. And Rick does that in a way that none of the other guidebooks do.

Let me try to list the ways that this book is incredibly useful.

-Gives you a lot (140 pages) of information about cruising. This includes, among other things, overviews of various cruise lines, tipping etiquette, when/how to book a cruise, the difference between docking and tendering, etc.
-Detailed information on almost every single major port in the Mediterranean, from Spain to Turkey (23 in total)
-The information and recommendations are designed to maximize your time and minimize your hassle. Unlike, say, Fodors or Eyewitness, he'll tell you if something is overrated and not worth your time.
-Breaks down transportation options very well and provides useful maps for every destination
-Gives walking tours through ancient sites and city centers

There are a few things to bear in mind, however. The first is that Rick covers 23 ports but that's by no means all of them. If your Mediterranean cruise goes to Bodrum in Turkey or Kotor in Montenegro or Valletta in Malta or anywhere in Israel, Egypt, or Tunisia, Rick won't be able to help you.
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