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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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,281,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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 CrusieCritic.com.
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This was a wonderful resource. We brought this on our 11 day Caribbean cruise and each night before heading out to each port we would read up on the highlights, as it was our first trip and was quite helpful as to what was right near the cruise terminals, as far as beaches, when we would need a taxi, how much to expect to pay, currency on each island, etc. It was wonderful, I won't travel back to the Caribbean without it!
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