Item description for Insight Guides Mediterranean Cruises by Brian Bell...
Insight Guides, the world's largest visual travel guide series, in association with Discovery Channel, the world's premier source of nonfiction entertainment, provides more insight than ever. From the most popular resort cities to the most exotic villages, Insight Guides capture the unique character of each culture with an insider's perspective. Inside every Insight Guide you'll find: .Evocative, full-colour photography on every page .Cross-referenced, full-colour maps throughout .A brief introduction including a historical timeline .Lively, essays by local writers on the culture, history, and people .Expert evaluations on the sights really worth seeing .Special features spotlighting particular topics of interest .A comprehensive Travel Tips section with listings of the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions, as well as practical information on getting around and advice for travel with children
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Reviews - What do customers think about Insight Guides Mediterranean Cruises?
Poorly written, unhelpful advice, excellent pictures Mar 18, 2006
I am thoroughly disappointed with the information in this book. I was looking for a guide that would help me with all of my shore excursions. Instead, each of my cities have half of a page or so of basic information.
The book is poorly written. Parts of it are incomprehensible. It is written for the British traveller but is not written in the Queen's English! Other parts are filled with travel agent gibberish.
The pictures were outstanding, as is true of most Insight Guides. I was just hoping that with the Discovery Channel affiliation that the content would have improved. I was wrong.
"All the information you will ever need on cruising the Med" Jan 5, 2006
Of the many guide and reference books that mention cruising in the Mediterranean, I think I may have come across the ultimate reference book on the subject -- "Mediterranean Cruises", a compilation of expertise from a number of well-known journalists, editors and contributors.
Like other reference guides, this book arms the reader with all the information required to decide on when and where one might select as cruise destinations within the Mediterranean. However, apart from the detailed and accurate descriptions of places, sites, cities and towns, I would also recommend this book solely on the quality of its photography. Should any college or university offer credit- hours on Mediterranean Cruises, here is a book that, in my mind, would certainly qualify as required reading.
However, I wouldn't suggest the book be read like a textbook. You may want to pick and choose your areas or places of interest. Here is where you will find the book's index to be second to none. And, while surprises are oftentimes pleasant, I believe when it comes to cruising, being prepared with as much information as possible prior to departure can prevent an unpleasant cruise experience. Having taken several Mediterranean cruises years ago with my family, I would have welcomed having this "bible" handy during those preparations.
Like all other Insight Guides, in addition to providing detailed maps and superb descriptions of all destinations, this book offers its readers a wealth of travel tips. If I may borrow the motto from the Boy Scouts, I believe anyone who reads "Mediterranean Cruises" prior to actually taking one will certainly be prepared.