The Travelling Professor

Cruising The World

A Colourful Guide to Cruising Eastern Canada and New England:

A Colourful Guide to Cruising Eastern Canada and New England:

2018-19 Edition

Publish Date: 2017-12-10

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Summary:

This new and expanded edition replaces the earlier version of my book on cruising Eastern Canada and New England. In addition to being issued in full colour, it is also filled with much more detailed information regarding each port, and of course loads of great pictures. The text and photos are identical to the black and white version already on Amazon for purchase, but it has the advantage of all the maps and photos being in colour. Unfortunately colour printing does mean a higher production and retail cost, but I know many of you appreciate the impact of such an edition. Eastern Canada and New England are so absolutely breathtaking during the few weeks in late September or October when the trees turn brilliant shades of red, orange, gold and yellow. It is a season to be enjoyed. When you cruise through the St. Lawrence River, the Saguenay River and then along the Atlantic coast of Canada and New England, you do not get an in depth chance to linger in any one area, but you do get the sweeping panorama of so many ports of call, each one different from the last. It is a great way to soak up the beauty that this season has to offer. And this book will serve as an in depth guide without providing too much detail such as the regional guides that are more oriented toward people traveling by car, train or air. This book is concise and will point you in the right direction to make sure your visit is memorable.

ID#:72

A Personal Cruise Guide to EASTERN CANADA and NEW ENGLAND:

A Personal Cruise Guide to EASTERN CANADA and NEW ENGLAND:

2018-19 Edition

Publish Date: 2017-11-25

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This is a totally new and revised book that takes you on a virtual tour of the major and minor ports of call in Eastern Canada and New England during the fall colour season. Of all the cruises in North America, this is the most sought after because of the drama and beauty of the changing colours. However, in recent years with the climates of the world showing a warming trend, it is becoming harder to predict the specific time for peak fall colour. This book explores every aspect of what it means to take a cruise through the St. Lawrence River, the Atlantic Provinces and the coast of New England. The author's many years of experience in the cruise industry combined with his knowledge and love of this part of the world makes this an unrivaled guide. Unlike the large mass-market guides, this one is tailored to what you need to know when spending one day or just a few hours in port while on a cruise through the area. Tips on what to see, where to dine and shop will help you maximize your cruise experience.

ID#:69

A Personal Fall Cruise Guide to EASTERN CANADA and NEW ENGLAND:

A Personal Fall Cruise Guide to EASTERN CANADA and NEW ENGLAND:

2018-19 Edition

Publish Date: 2017-12-10

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Summary:

This is a totally new and revised book that takes you on a virtual tour of the major and minor ports of call in Eastern Canada and New England during the fall colour season. Of all the cruises in North America, this is the most sought after because of the drama and beauty of the changing colours. However, in recent years with the climates of the world showing a warming trend, it is becoming harder to predict the specific time for peak fall colour. This book explores every aspect of what it means to take a cruise through the St. Lawrence River, the Atlantic Provinces and the coast of New England. The author's many years of experience in the cruise industry combined with his knowledge and love of this part of the world makes this an unrivaled guide. Unlike the large mass-market guides, this one is tailored to what you need to know when spending one day or just a few hours in port while on a cruise through the area. Tips on what to see, where to dine and shop will help you maximize your cruise experience.

ID#:71

Around the Coast of Turkey

Around the Coast of Turkey

Publish Date: 2015-04-12

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Turkey is the country we think of as the bridge between Europe and Asia. In reality, geographers do not recognize Europe and Asia as separate continents, but in practice everyone accepts them as two. The correct term should be Eurasia for the one continent. But since society is so accustomed to the division between Europe and Asia, Turkey is that one country where East meets West. And its largest city of Istanbul is on that perceived border. When you cross on either of the two great suspension bridges over the Bosphorus Straits, there are signs in Turkish and English that say either "Welcome to Asia" or "Welcome to Europe." Istanbul in the cultural sense is truly the bridge between the two continents. Founded by the Romans, it was the center of Byzantium and then the Ottoman Empire. Its flavors are those of Eastern Europe mixed with the Middle East. No city is more exotic. And likewise, as you travel into Turkey's larger Asian sector, the farther from Istanbul, the more Middle Eastern the flavor. But along the Mediterranean coast of Asiatic Turkey the cities are modern and quite European, yet with that distinct hint of the Middle East. And everywhere there are ancient ruins of Greek, Roman and Persian civilization. Turkey is a magical country because of its mix of traditions. And it is a warm and friendly country. This book introduces you to all the major coastal cities from Trabzon on the Black Sea through Istanbul to Alanya on the eastern Mediterranean coast. It gives you the geographic and historic background to help you understand what each destination is like. And it offers you all of the major highlights without becoming a compendium of hotels, restaurants and souvenir stores. This is a serious book, but written in a light manner. And it is illustrated with all of my wonderful photographs taken on my four different visits to Turkey. I hope you enjoy it.

ID#:23

CRUISING ALASKA:

CRUISING ALASKA:

A Guide to Alaskan Waters - Full Color Edition

Publish Date: 2017-05-18

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This is a full color version of the black and white edition that is also available through Amazon. By printing this edition in full color, you can see the glorious landscapes of Alaska with all their magnificent drama. Alaska, the largest and most isolated state in the United States, is like a world of its own. It extends from the shores of the North Pacific Ocean to those of the Arctic Ocean. It contains the highest mountains, the most active volcanoes, the largest glaciers, the most pristine of forests and the longest coastline in the entire country. Most of Alaska is virtually inaccessible by road with the exception of the central part of the state from Seward in the south, through Anchorage and on to Fairbanks on the edge of the Arctic Circle. Most visitors come by ship, taking cruises from Vancouver, British Columbia up through the calm waters of the inside passage, and traveling as far as Seward or Whittier, the two ports for Anchorage. A few ships make a twice a year journey between the eastern shores of Asia and Vancouver, eastbound in the spring and westbound in the fall. These ships spend the winter months cruising through eastern and southeastern Asia, and summers on the Alaska coast. On these repositioning cruises, passengers get to visit some of the more remote ports on the Alaska mainland and out into the Aleutian Islands. This book is oriented toward all of the important ports of call between Vancouver and Anchorage and also contains chapters on the outer ports between the Anchorage area and the Pacific shores of Asia. You will find very important tips as to what to see and where to dine in each of these ports of call. And the book is filled with glorious photographs of the sights along the way as well as numerous regional maps. In its 8.5 x 11 inch soft cover format, it is a book you can easily take with you when you cruise.

ID#:28

CRUISING ALASKA:

CRUISING ALASKA:

A Guide to Alaskan Waters

Publish Date: 2017-03-04

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Summary:

One of the most popular cruise destinations in the world is the coast of Alaska. Each summer the major cruise lines offer a variety of options for cruising the Inside Passage and continuing on to Anchorage. Twice a year there are repositioning cruises when ships are moved either to Alaska in the spring from Southeast Asia and again in the autumn when ships return to cruise South East Asia. These cruises continue on past Anchorage and stop in places like Kodiak, Homer and Dutch Harbor in the remote Aleutian Islands. Thus it is possible to sail to Vancouver all the way from Hong Kong or Tokyo in the spring or to Tokyo or Hong Kong in mid autumn. This traveler's companion edition has been produced to provide you with geographic, historic and cultural detail regarding all of the ports of call between Vancouver and the outer Aleutian Islands. Unlike the major guidebooks, it does not provide hotel or restaurant recommendations. You will not be staying over in any Alaskan port except Anchorage, if you choose to remain one or more nights. And in Vancouver most passengers tend to go directly to the airport or arrive at the ship directly from their flight. For those who want to spend time in Vancouver, I do have a wonderful in depth guide called "Hello Vancouver." This volume offers you a detailed look at what makes Alaska special, and the text is augmented by many of the author's personally taken photographs. You will find Cruising Alaska a valuable companion to read before departing or to take with you to refresh you on each port you will visit.It will offer you much insight into each port and give you an idea as to what there is to see. Most cruise lines offer a variety of outdoor activities that get you out of the ports of call since they do not really have much of historic or architectural interest.

ID#:43

CRUISING AROUND SOUTH AFRICA 2016-17:

CRUISING AROUND SOUTH AFRICA 2016-17:

Getting to Know the Land and its People

Publish Date: 2015-01-10

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Summary:

South Africa is a land of superlatives. This is the most geographically spectacular country on the continent of Africa. Its rugged coastline, gentle interior valleys of the Wine Country, towering cliffs of the Drakensberg and windswept grasslands of the high Veld provide for great landscape diversity. The human landscape is also very diverse thanks to its long history of Bantu, Dutch and English settlement. South Africa is the most economically advanced and diverse of all the sub Saharan countries on the continent. But for centuries it suffered from white imposed racial segregation that reached its peak of indignity under the Apartheid Laws enacted in 1948. Decades of struggle by the black community finally led to universal suffrage in 1991, and today Apartheid is nothing but a bad memory. Thanks to the brilliant leadership of Nelson Mandela, the country emerged from white dominated rule without a "blood bath" and there has been forgiveness and true cultural integration. The next big obstacle to be overcome is economic disparity between the larger black majority and the small white minority. But a black middle class is slowly emerging and the country shows hope for a better future. The government and people place great emphasis upon education, which will benefit all. Crime is still a problem in the urban centers, and this often scares potential visitors. This book will dispel many of the myths of life in South Africa. It will introduce you to all the ports of call, and also to the great high Veld with its major cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria. And since many cruise ships also visit neighboring Namibia, there are three chapters on that country.

ID#:19

CRUISING BETWEEN BUENOS AIRES AND VALPARAISO:

CRUISING BETWEEN BUENOS AIRES AND VALPARAISO:

2018-19

Publish Date: 2017-12-23

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If you are planning to cruise between Buenos Aires, Argentina and Valparaiso, Chile this book will provide you with concise information regarding what to see and do in each port, with a few good recommendations regarding dining or shopping. The book also provides you...

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CRUISING BETWEEN BUENOS AIRES AND VALPARAISO:

CRUISING BETWEEN BUENOS AIRES AND VALPARAISO:

2018-19 COLOUR EDITION

Publish Date: 2017-12-22

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During Northern Hemisphere winter many cruisers head to South America to experience one of the most magnificent cruises on earth. Cruising between Buenos Aires, Argentina and Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile is comparable in...

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ID#:86

CRUISING NORWAY 2017-18:

CRUISING NORWAY 2017-18:

Color Edition

Publish Date: 2017-05-18

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This is a full color edition to compliment the regular black and white edition that is also available. The fjords of Norway are almost legendary for their magnificent landscapes, which combine dramatic skies, snow capped mountains, steep sided gorges and deep water inlets. During the last Ice Age, the fjords were carved by tongues of ice that carved through preexisting river valleys, gouging them into deep gorges. When the ice started to melt around 10,000 years ago and sea levels rose, these gorges were flooded to become today's fjords. The best way to enjoy the 1,500 kilometer or 1,000 mile long coast of Norway is to see it from the deck of a ship. You can choose between local ferries and a variety of cruise ships that vary in luxury from basic to ultra luxurious. This book explores each of the ports of call generally visited by cruise ships. It provides a detailed account of the geography and history and then offers suggestions as to what you should see and where you should dine or shop. The book contains a vast array of my pictures, all displayed in full color. In its 8.5 x 11 inch format, it is easy to use while on the trip as well as in planning for your Norwegian cruise. Happy cruising and may my book be helpful.

ID#:25

CRUISING NORWAY:

CRUISING NORWAY:

2017-18

Publish Date: 2017-04-25

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What is a fjord? It is a deep water channel where glaciers cut into a former river valley and created a very deep gouged out valley that was later flooded by the sea at the end of the last Ice Age. There are fjords in Alaska, southern Chile, Greenland and the South of Island of New Zealand. But the most spectacular and dramatic fjords are found along the 1,000 mile long coast of Norway. The very word fjord comes from the ancestral language of Norway. Here people have learned to live on narrow plots of land that often cling to the steep shorelines; fishing, farming and becoming very adept at making the most out of difficult conditions, yet developing a great love for and pride in their land. Norway is without question one of the most magnificent of European nations. And the best way to appreciate the beauty and drama of this exceptional landscape is on board a cruise ship or even a local ferry where you can travel in and out of the many fjords without the trauma and tension of attempting to travel overland. There are good roads and rail services, but to truly relax and allow the countryside to roll by without having to rush, cruising is the best way to see the fjords. And a ship can often get into places where roads do not exist or are very limited. So you end up seeing more but doing so in comfort. Summer is the most popular season of the year when temperatures are mild and daylight seems to be almost perpetual. Actually between mid June and the early part of August if you are north of the Arctic Circle, there is 24-hour daylight. During winter the days are very short, or above the Arctic Circle there is perpetual darkness. But this is the time to see the snow-covered landscape illuminated by the dancing shimmer of the Northern Lights. Norway will excite and amaze you. This book is a guide for cruising Norway. I have made many recommendations as to how to best enjoy each port of call, dine in style and come away with lasting memories.

ID#:36

CRUISING THE BALTIC SEA:

CRUISING THE BALTIC SEA:

NEW EDITION 2018-19

Publish Date: 2017-12-26

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This is my newest and most up to date edition of Cruising the Baltic Sea. The book is very concise and provides those cruising the Baltic Sea with just the right amount of geographic, historic and socio-political information to enable everyone to fully appreciate the countries and...

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CRUISING THE BALTIC SEA: New Colour Edition 2018-19

CRUISING THE BALTIC SEA: New Colour Edition 2018-19

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Publish Date: 2017-12-26

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This is a totally new full colour edition of Cruising the Baltic Sea. This edition compliments the black and white edition also being issued at the same time. But for those of you who want to see the ports of the Baltic Sea as they appear in reality, this edition provides that extra beauty and...

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CRUISING THE EASTERN AUSTRALIA COAST:

CRUISING THE EASTERN AUSTRALIA COAST:

Revised 2017 Edition

Publish Date: 2014-11-18

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Australia - The Land Down Under! The most remote and unique of the world's continents, Australia always enchants the visitor. Where else in the world will you see kangaroos dashing across the landscape, or watch as hundreds of brightly colored parrots take to the sky. Where else can you walk through forests of eucalyptus, inhaling the pungent aroma of sweetness. Where else can you roam over thousands of square miles or kilometers of red, sandy desert where nobody lives. Only in Australia. But to truly get to know this continent, it takes a lot of time that most travelers do not have. So one way to at least begin to comprehend the land and people of Australia is to take a cruise along its more populated eastern coast. The ultimate cruise would be around two to three weeks, extending from Hobart, Tasmania in the south up to the Barrier Reef coast of Queensland in the north. Here you would visit the major cities of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane as well as taking in the coral wonder of the Great Barrier Reef. A more extensive cruise might start on the south coast in Adelaide and wrap all the way around the eastern coast and up to Top End, the tropical north at Darwin. Or you may only visit the two major cities of Melbourne and Sydney, often the ending of a cruise that begins across the Tasman Sea in New Zealand. Which ever cruise you take, you at least get an introduction to Australia, and I guarantee you will want to come back for more. After all no visit is complete without spending some time in the deep Outback, that frontier region where life is hard and the landscape is both beautiful but challenging. This book will give you an introduction to the entire continent, its history, the customs and lifestyle of its people and then take you on a journey along its eastern shores. So as the Aussies say, "G'dai mate!" or good day mate, and welcome to the Land of Oz.

ID#:18

CRUISING THE WEST COAST OF MEXICO:

CRUISING THE WEST COAST OF MEXICO:

A Cruise Adventure in Full Color

Publish Date: 2017-05-21

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Summary:

Mexico is the most visited country by Americans and Canadians of all the other nations in the Western Hemisphere. It is famous for its long history, many layers of culture dating back to the first great civilizations in the Americans and for its magnificent beaches. One of the most popular ways to visit Mexico is by cruise ship. There are Western Caribbean cruises that include the major ports of the Yucatan Peninsula, but the most extensive are the West Coast cruises that visit ports from Ensenada in the farm north to Acapulco in the south. Mexico's West Coast has outstanding weather, especially during the winter months, as many of the ports are in arid to semi-arid environments. Ports of call such as Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Ixtapa and Acapulco have become almost legendary with regard to their charm and flavor. But in recent years, the drug wars have discouraged many visitors from doing extended vacations in the major beach resorts, many preferring the safety and security of being on board a cruise ship and just spending a day in each port. This book is designed to present you with all of the important need to know information on all of the West Coast ports of call. It also contains important recommendations for dining and shopping while ashore. And it covers the security issue most adequately. The book is filled with maps and beautiful photographs all taken by the author and presented in this edition in vivid color.

ID#:26

CRUISING THE WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN

CRUISING THE WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN

Publish Date: 2017-03-15

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The Mediterranean Sea is one of the most popular destinations in the world in which to cruise on a luxury ship, enjoying the warm weather, beautiful scenery, romantic countries and gorgeous beaches. And I must mention the crystal clear blue waters of this sea that has been home to so much of Western history. The Mediterranean Sea has been the birthplace of the ancient Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Moors and many other smaller civilizations. Even ancient Egyptians are believed to have left the confines of the Nile River and traded along its shores. Today the Mediterranean Sea serves as the cultural divide between the Islamic World to the south and the European nations to the north. For thousands of years, trade across its waters has created many great ports of call that today are visited by tens of thousands of tourists each year. And the easiest way to enjoy the Mediterranean is by ship. But it is not possible to cruise the entire sea in one journey because of its vast size and the scope of its many nations. This book is the first of three volumes that will be issued over the next year on the topic of cruising the Mediterranean. This volume covers the ports of call in France, Spain, Portugal and Morocco. The second volume will explore cruising the ports of Monaco, Corsica, Sardinia, Italy, Malta and Tunisia. The third and final volume will explore the ports of Croatia, Montenegro, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Israel and Egypt. In this first volume you will learn about such romantic places as Nice, Marseille, Barcelona, Valencia, Malaga, Cadiz and Lisbon as well as the three major ports of Morocco, which are Tangier, Casablanca and Agadir. Although the Portuguese and Moroccan ports are primarily in the Atlantic Ocean, they are often included on Western Mediterranean itineraries. I hope you find this book useful and enriching. This is not a comprehensive guide to hotels, restaurants and every sight possible, as those types of books flood the market. This is a more specific book that introduces you to the history and culture of the ports with recommendations for the best restaurants in which to have lunch during your brief call.

ID#:41

CRUISING THE WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN:

CRUISING THE WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN:

Publish Date: 2016-04-16

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The Mediterranean Sea is one of the most popular destinations in the world in which to cruise on a luxury ship, enjoying the warm weather, beautiful scenery, romantic countries and gorgeous beaches. And not to mention the crystal clear blue waters of this sea that has been home to so much of Western history. The Mediterranean Sea has been the birthplace of the ancient Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Moors and many other smaller civilizations. Even ancient Egyptians are believed to have left the confines of the Nile River and traded along its shores. Today the Mediterranean Sea serves as the cultural divide between the Islamic World to the south and the European nations to the north. For thousands of years, trade across its waters has created many great ports of call that today are visited by tens of thousands of tourists each year. And the easiest way to enjoy the Mediterranean is by ship. But it is not possible to cruise the entire sea in one journey because of its vast size and the scope of its many nations. This book is the first of three volumes that will be issued on the topic of cruising the Mediterranean. This volume covers the ports of call in France, Spain, Portugal and Morocco. The second volume will explore cruising the ports of Monaco, Italy, Malta and Tunisia. The third and final volume will explore the ports of Croatia, Montenegro, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Israel and Egypt.

ID#:12

CRUISING THROUGH THE PANAMA CANAL:

CRUISING THROUGH THE PANAMA CANAL:

Revised for 2018-19

Publish Date: 2017-12-28

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The Panama Canal is one of the great engineering feats of the world. It is now in its second century of operation, saving ships thousands of kilometers or miles, especially on voyages between the east and west coasts of the United States and Canada. It is also a major link in transport...

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CRUISING THROUGH THE PANAMA CANAL:

CRUISING THROUGH THE PANAMA CANAL:

Revised Colour Edition for 2018-19

Publish Date: 2017-12-28

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This new edition in full colour takes you on a journey through the Panama Canal in both directions to bring to light just what you will see on a transit of the canal cruise. Large mega ships will now be using the new system of locks that just opened in...

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ID#:82

THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN ISLANDS:

THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN ISLANDS:

Visiting the Lesser Antilles: REVISED EDITION FOR 2016

Publish Date: 2015-02-04

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Summary:

The islands of the Lesser Antilles are the most dramatically beautiful of all the Caribbean. Most rise dramatically out of the sea and are fringed with palms that sway in the cooling Northeast Trade Winds. The waters surrounding these islands are crystal clear and kiss the shores of each island with either a soft embrace, or on their windward side with pounding surf. Culturally they represent a matrix that includes the descendants of African slaves, British, French and Dutch colonists, giving each its own unique identity. The islands form an arc that stretches from Puerto Rico in the northwest all the way to the edge of Venezuela on the southeast. Such fabled names as Martinique, Saint Lucia, Barbados and Grenada are among the many islands making up the Lesser Antilles. Island hopping can be quite expensive, as air services between each country is limited. Ferryboat or hydrofoil service exists in a few area. So the most practical way to visit more than one island is by means of a cruise ship. Long cruises do ply between Florida and Barbados, and shorter cruises between San Juan, Puerto Rico and Barbados. These are the three major ports for beginning or ending an Eastern Caribbean cruise. After visiting several islands on a cruise, you can then decide which you would like to return to visit for an extended vacation. There is a certain magic to the Eastern Caribbean that must be experienced to be fully appreciated. This is an updated edition that includes more information as to places to enjoy along with a few dining options

ID#:20

THE WEST COAST OF MEXICO:

THE WEST COAST OF MEXICO:

A Cruise Adventure

Publish Date: 2016-01-25

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Summary:

This is a special edition for those who plan to take a cruise along the west coast of Mexico, either the short cruise to Ensenada or the longer cruise all the way to Acapulco or beyond. Mexico is a country that has lately been given so much bad publicity because of the violence that is continuing, especially along the border, due to drug trafficking. But the coastal resorts have experienced far less of a problem than the border or major interior cities. And traveling by ship, spending a day in each port often on group excursions, is the best way to appreciate the beauty and historic charm of this great country. Unlike a guidebook, this small edition is designed to present the geography, history and socio-economic aspects of each of the ports of call along Mexico's west coast where cruise ships routinely stop. If you are planning a trip, this book will be of immense value. It also informs you as to how to keep yourself safe and maximize the enjoyment of the trip. There are limited restaurant listings, mainly places close to where the ships dock since it is not recommended to use local taxis in any of the ports of call. I hope you find this book useful.

ID#:13

TRANS PACIFIC CROSSING:

TRANS PACIFIC CROSSING:

Between Hong Kong and Vancouver

Publish Date: 2015-05-16

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Summary:

Twice each year cruise ships are repositioned either from Southeast Asia to Alaska for the summer season or from Alaska to Southeast Asia in the fall. These cruises give passengers a rare opportunity to sail a route that is both highly scenic as well as being culturally exotic. Regardless of the direction, either eastbound or westbound, you experience the wilds of the outer reaches of Alaska's Kodiak and Aleutian Islands, the even more majestic and isolated Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia and Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan. You get a good taste of the historic urban core of Japan by visiting Tokyo and Osaka-Kyoto and the subtropical southern island of Kyushu. Touching on South Korea, visiting Shanghai and Hong Kong rounds out an itinerary that crosses the northern fringes of the Pacific Rim. If you travel eastbound in April-May, there is a good chance of reaching Japan just at the time of cherry blossoms, a magical and somewhat sacred time of year. And if you travel westbound in September, you will experience the brilliance of autumn colors in Alaska, Russia and Japan. There are other repositioning cruises offered such as spring or fall Trans Atlantic crossings, transits between New York and Vancouver in spring or from Vancouver to Miami in the fall and crossings between the U. S. East Coast and the Mediterranean. But none offers the absolute splendor of crossing the North Pacific Rim. And this book details the countries and ports of call of such a journey.

ID#:21