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Ocean cruising
Caribbean ports of call : a guide for today's cruise passengers
Kay Showker with Mary Brennan.
Guilford, CT : Gpp Travel, 2011.
Subtropical temperatures, gentle trade winds, vibrant colors, luscious foliage, and exotic menus-the splendor of the Caribbean and the pleasures of cruising make an unbeatable combination. Cruise expert Kay Showker shows how to plan a carefree vacation at sea and in port, including valuable information on shore excursions. Created for all budgets and tastes, Caribbean Ports of Call includes¬ detailed profiles of¬ the¬ major¬ cruise lines and their ships, as well as practical advice on selecting and reserving¬ the ideal cruise vacation. ¬  Bringing together the author's two previous Ports of Call books (covering the Eastern and Western Caribbean), Caribbean Ports of Call also covers shore excursions through the entire Caribbean-those islands most frequently visited by the major cruise lines-plus the¬ Bahamas and Turks & Caicos. It covers: ¬  * The Bahamas and the Out Islands-Nassau, Freeport, the Biminis, the Abacos, Eleuthera, and many more * British Virgin Islands-Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada * Cayman Islands-Grand Cayman * Central America-Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and the San Blas Islands * Eastern Caribbean-Antigua, St. Barts, St. Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Barbados * Key West-Duval Street, Mallory Square, Caroline Street * Jamaica-Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Port Antonio, Kingston * Mexican Caribbean-Cozumel, Playa del Carmen/Calica, Canc√ļn, Costa Maya * Puerto Rico-San Juan, Ponce * Southern Caribbean-Trinidad and Tobago, Bonaire, Cura√ßao, Aruba * St. Maarten/St. Martin-Dutch Windward Islands, Philipsburg, Marigot, Saba, St. Eustatius, Anguilla * U.S. Virgin Islands-St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix ¬  * ¬  "The bible on the Caribbean, not just for cruise ship passengers." - Los Angeles Times (for Caribbean Ports of Call: Eastern and Southern ) ¬  ¬ 
     
Cruising : all questions answered
Douglas Ward.
Singapore : APA Publications ; Long Island City, NY : Distributed in U.S. by Langenscheidt Pub., 2008.
  1. Includes index.
  2. "Advice for first-timers / Money-saving tips"--Cover.
  3. "The world's foremost authority on cruising"--Cover.
     
The contemporary cruise : style, discovery, adventure
Iwein Maassen.
London : Thames & Hudson, 2007.
     
Wicked night games
Kathleen Lawless.
New York, NY : Pocket Books, 2007.
     

An ocean cruise can be a very exciting and relaxing way to spend a vacation. There are many cruise lines that leave from U.S. ports with a range of prices designed to fit most peopleís budgets.

With the proper planning, preparation, and travel savvy, a cruise may present the opportunity for the vacation of a lifetime.

Before you go, it would be wise to consider obtaining a passport. Beginning in 2008, passports will be required for all individuals traveling by land or sea to foreign destinations, even those countries that are on the immediate U.S. border.

Regarding packing for the trip, one should invest in roll-aboard or rolling luggage on wheels for ease of movement. It is also a good idea to take a smaller carry-on or backpack along with at least one change of clothes and small toiletries within the TSA guidelines just in case oneís luggage is temporarily lost or misplaced. If flying to the shipís embarkation city, it may be best to use curbside check-in at the airport. That way, one only needs check-in at the departing gate to board oneís departing aircraft.

Packing Tips

Label luggage clearly
Roll clothes to prevent wrinkling
Take miniature bottles of toiletries
Don't forget the camera

what you'll need

On the cruise, donít miss the emergency drill before the ship leaves the dock and be quiet during the officersí instructions. It could save your life.

And donít forget to be generous with those of the crew who offer exemplary service. Tips are how they make their living. Have fun. Participate in the cruise activities. The events are designed with you in mind.

Bon voyage!

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff