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September 27, 2019 Cruise No Comments Email Email

These are among author Douglas Ward’s cruise experience highlights from the 35-year span of this book, the world’s most authoritative and longest-running guide to cruising and cruise ships, written by the world’s foremost independent expert on the subject

In this 35th edition, the 2020 ratings of 310 ocean-going ships are revealed, and this time the top 20 ships in each category (Large Resort, Mid-size, Boutique and Small) are highlighted in the extended Star Performers section. The book has increased to 760 pages, with a new “Ship as a Destination” chapter and several other chapters expanded – Cruising Uncovered, Expedition Cruising, Choose Where to Cruise, and Cuisine. The “Top of the Range” chapter has also been revised, with extensive insights into what to expect from luxury cruise experiences.

The varied needs of couples, families, seniors and solo travellers are explored, with vital information for first-timers, innovative ideas for ways cruise-goers can enhance their experiences, and a fascinating piece on what’s ahead for the industry. In addition, purchase of this book gives access to a free app and eBook, which contains the same invaluable content as the print edition.

The book is also available for the first time as an abridged Chinese-language eBook featuring fifty ships most relevant to the Chinese domestic market. Of this exciting new endeavour, author Douglas Ward says: “The cruise industry in Asia has experienced extensive growth, led by China as the world’s second largest source market, and it is my goal for the Chinese edition of this book to serve as the definitive guide for the rapidly growing cruise community of cruise travellers in the region.”

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