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Mediterranean by Cruise Ship: The Complete Guide to Mediterranean Cruising Paperback – August 1, 2010

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

"...Anne Vipond goes beyond the standard cruise-guide fodder of ship and port descriptions. It is a comprehensive work." --Chicago Tribune

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Here is an indispensable guide for anyone taking a Mediterranean cruise. Detail at your fingertips on: Ports of Call, Shore Excursions, Archaeological Sites. Art & Architecture, History & Culture, Shopping Tips, Cruise & Land Tour Options.

Mediterranean By Cruise Ship focuses on the ports, islands and places of interest of this fascinating destination from the view of the cruise traveller. Each chapter provides historical background and practical information and includes accurate walking maps showing exactly where ships dock, tips on getting around, concise descriptions of local attractions and beautiful photographs that capture the essence of each locale.

Veteran cruise writer Anne Vipond, author of a series of cruising guides, has created a reliable reference book that helps cruise travellers make the most of their time in port. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Mediterranean by Cruise Ship: The Complete Guide to Mediterranean Cruising
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ocean Cruise Guides; 5th Edition, with pull-out map edition (August 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980957346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980957341
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,163,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
There are so many guides available for Europe, but most of them do not address the cruise traveler. Anne Vipond has, finally, written a guide that is relavant to the Mediterranean cruise experience. Forget the voluminous descriptions of hotels and restaurants, for Anne concentrates on the ports of call and the activities available. Want to know where the ship docks in Naples (or any other port)? You'll find an excellent map of the port area along with attractions within walking distance of the port. The historical background sections are useful, and the book is organized in a very understandable manner. Aside from a good cruise agent, this book is a Med-bound cruise traveler's best friend! It is an excellent sequel to Anne's previous title, Alaska by Cruise Ship.
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Wow - What beautiful photographs that capture the essense of each destination. Excellent information on ports of call throughout the Mediterranean - including, Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Italy, Spain, France, Greece, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and others. This book has a nice history section followed by a nice discussion of Art and Architecture. There are short descritions (and beautiful photographs) of various points of interest along the way -- as well as helpful maps of some of the ports of call. If you're looking for a cruise guide that concentrates on the Mediterranean desinations, this book is for you. If you're looking for a book about various cruise ships, this book is not what you're looking for.
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It's about time! Cruisers have waited a long time for a well-written destination guide to cruise ports in the Med! Good advice, excellent city maps (including pier locations), and descriptions of the highlight spots to see. Cruising the Med is much more complicated than Alaska or the Caribbean, so it is essential to have a good guide book, coupled with the latest updated information from your cruise agent.... Use this book in conjunction with the shore excursion guide from your cruise line. You'll save the price of this book many times over in the money you save...
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This book has a nice history section and some beautiful photographs. However, it does little to help the cruise traveler to know the highlights of each port. It offers nothing as alternatives to the ships shore excursions. It does not provide best use of time or potential itineraries. It does not provide recommended tour companies, restaruants or travel options from the ship. It is a nice overview of the port and history, not all that different than what the ship provides while at sea. I wanted a book to help me maximize my time and value in each port and give me some options other than buying the ships limited shore excursions. For my purpose, this book was disappointing.
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As a travel agency owner, I have been giving these series of guides to my clients for a number of years and have gotten rave reviews...this particular guide is no exception. It contains

much in the way of useful info, especially for first-time cruisers to the Med. It's packed with details of the history of the area, good photos, maps (including a great pull-out map with additional city street maps on the back), travel tips such as currency and shopping info and a pretty comprehensive index. Most travel agents give wine or flowers as gifts; these guides leave a lasting impression and folks are quite appreciative. Highly recommended, even if visiting on a land vacation!

Dennis Hubbs, Owner

D&D Travel

Bloomfield, CT
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I thought this new edition was very good. It has the info on shore excursions but also provides tips on getting around independently in all the ports. The excellent color photos and maps add greatly to getting a handle on the attractions and focusing on what you what to see. The background on the Mediterranean is also quite helpful. How can you go to this destination without knowing, and wanting to know, the fascinating history of this region.
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When we decided we were going on a Mediterranean Cruise we knew exactly what we would need - Anne Vipond's "The Complete Guide to Mediterranean Cruising." Her books are compact, but filled with information needed for a succesful cruise. The book does not go into great detail about the history of the different ports but what it does have is great information on life on a cruiseship, and what to expect at each port such as: docking information, shore excursions, safety, and maps of each port.

We used her "Cruising the Panama Canal" a couple years ago and found it indispensable.
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We took the "Mediterranean by cruise ship" book on our Mediterranean cruise and were reading it as we visited places. The book offers general info on the countries, some historical references and more detailed excursions on some of the most popular cruise stops. Its compact format makes it useful especially to "first-timers" in Europe.

We would like to mention, though, that we noticed some historical inaccuracies and omissions.
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