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Old April 17th, 2010, 09:37 AM
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Default Silly question but how are the libraries on board?

Just wondering. Trying to figure out how much reading material I need to bring. Thanks in advance.
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Mrs. Kuki makes extensive use of onboard libraries, and she tells me Celebrity's are very well stocked.

She now also carries a Kindle, with a bunch of books downloaded.
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I appreciate your response. I'm an avid reader but have no kindle yet. Not certain if I'm going there or not. Everyone tells me to but I've yet to do it.
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I was disaapointd with the "library" on Fantasy. There was a feeble collection of books that were under lock and key and only accessible during very limited times.

I understand if people are walking away with books, they would need to be locked up. But why even HAVE a library?

This was my first cruise so I'm hoping all ships don't have such restrictive policies.
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Epic - a new NCL boat

have NO library at all
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Azamara Journey had an excellent library. If I had known, I would have taken less books with me!

I don't have a e-reader - I enjoy reading hardbacks too much.

I cannot see me sailing on a vessel with no library.
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Old April 17th, 2010, 02:34 PM
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Trouble with a library is.... if you don't finish the book......
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Default that's pretty funny!

If you don't finish the book, I mean. Well, you can make up the ending. No, I mean it; I had a relative, dearly departed, who did just that. It was always a happy ending. How good is that.
Ok, that's it. I'll be packing books. HAL has fantastic libraries, as does the city I live in, so I was hoping. It was time for a new Kate Spade bag anyway.
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My worry would be not to finish the book, accidentally get it ruined, etc.I have never used the library, but have enjoyed the space...I have a kindle as well, but still bring a book along, for the beginning and end of the flight...
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I read no books on bord, normally they have
some extreem boring stuff there,
nevetheless I think the nice library is very important,
for any ship.

Only nice library gives me a feeling I am on the ship
and not in a big hotel.

So I saw the great library on R8,
but a lot of other ships don't care a lot
about libraries - of cource I can understand them one can not get any
money with library .

Library is important but they know nobody would
write a lot of kritik if there is an ugly one or no library at all.
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that is a funny respose. I think I wil most certainly bring my books aboard. So funny!
So what do you read if there is nothing?
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Wife and I bring our Kindles with us, great for lounging at the pool. Just have to keep an eye on it....Im currently reading three books so not having to carry them is great..

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Accidently I discovered that the first thing you should do is run to the ships library and pick up a few books, otherwise the shelves are cleaned off..What happens is that slowly the most popular books are returned.. I do bring a crossword puzzle book. This might sound tacky, but I enjoy the Readers Digest Condensed books because you can read a few stories and then not feel guilty about not finishing them. On the Pacific Princess last y ear we discovered the most up to date library..even had a book that had just been published that we had ordered.. The NCL Gem had a library only opened when there was somebody there to check y ou in and out and the facility was in a very inconvenient spot. Celebrity had two story libraries mid-ship..and I just love their daily crossword puzzle.. Mostly lounging around I love to people watch..so between my crossword puzzles and condensed stories.. Im in business.
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When on our recent Noordam cruise in November 2009, I picked up a book but half the pages had been ripped out! Can you imagine?!!! (Robin McGraw). So, I would bring a book onboard and go from there.
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Just wondering. Trying to figure out how much reading material I need to bring. Thanks in advance.
Celebrity's ships have fairly large libraries with a varied selection of books. On the ships of the Celebrity Millennium class, they are two-level affairs. I think that they stock them with used books, so they often have a wide variety of literature that often included titles that are no longer readily available. They also have a decent reference section.

And in 13 Celebrity cruises, I have yet to find the shelves depleted to any significant degree. Certainly you'll be able to find some works that intrigue you!

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Good information to know. I tend to be a bit picky about my reading material, so this is helpful.
As the cruise date draws nearer, I am getting psyched!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I also bring my Kindle on trips---saves weight & space . The number and kind of books is almost unlimited---one of my best purchases ever.
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