Need inspiration to book a cruise? Lonely Planet has released The Cruise Handbook.
Designed for first-timers and seasoned cruisers alike, it offers destination insights and expert guidance on everything from booking a great deal, family travel, to making the most of time on shore.
“There’s no travel category as polarising as the cruise,” Lonely Planet acknowledges in its Introduction to the book, “but actually, this is one form of travel that can accommodate all comers.
“Today, destinations are more diverse than ever, onboard food and entertainment have reached new heights and the average cruiser keeps getting younger. Still, the traditional image of a cruise vacation remains outdated.”
Lonely Planet hopes the handbook will refresh those stale perceptions of the cruise experience and show “how cruises today are as diverse as the destinations they unlock and as varied as the vacationers they attract”.
“With industry figures indicating that 27.2 million passengers embark on cruises annually, to dismiss them is to lose out on a range of great experiences,” Lonely Planet adds.