I remember reading an earlier message recommending a general book on cruising (Idiot's guide to cruising? or something similar). To be quite honest forgot whether it was Anne or Fran who wrote it and the correct title.
There were two mentioned---The Complete Idiot's Guide and The Unofficial Guide. Both could be useful, however, I bought them AFTER we booked. I feel the Unofficial Guide would have been more helpful in our selection process, I just bought it too late. I will be bringing the Idiot's Guide with me in Nov.
Folks, I have a *great* book to recommend, and it's cheap, too!
It's called "The Essential Little Cruise Book" -- no lengthy dissertations, just tidbit after tidbit of hints and suggestions. I read the whole thing in a matter of 3 hours, but dog-eared it to death.
Rest assured, I scoured the Internet for tips beforehand, and still came away with a wealth of tips. For example, "bring a Highlighter pin with you to note in the ship's newsletter the activities you want to take part in each day." I thought that was a great idea.
It's only $7.95 on www.amazon, and I think it was worth every dime.
Fran. I knew that one of the CruiseMates staff wrote on of the books but didn't remember who it was. As a matter of fact, my original message was trying to find out about your very book so thanks. Now, need to know is it available in Canada?
Sorry it's taken so long to reply. Our internet connection's been down since Sun.
I have Fran's Idiot's Guide. Of the two I mentioned (Idiot's Guide and Unofficial Guide), I found the Idiot's Guide MUCH more helpful. I got both of these books after we booked our cruise. The Unofficial Guide seemed to have more info. and advice about choosing your cruise, which we had already done.
I also found the Idiot's Guide easier to read and much more entertaining.
I'll have to remember that when getting books in the future. BTW, did you see that Fran has a brand new book out now too, sounds good. Glad you got your connection back, ours was out too for awhile on Sat, very frustrating