Cruising guide

This item appears on page 85 of the February 2009 issue.

“Stern’s Guide to the Cruise Vacation” by Steven B. Stern (2009, Pelican Publishing. $26 paperback) covers the history, vital statistics, physical details and price categories of nearly 430 ships from more than 50 cruise lines and rates the ships and lines (1 to 6 stars). Photos of ships, decks and interiors are included.

The guide also gives info and tips on major ports of call, including attractions and restaurants. It is available at bookstores, online or by calling Pelican Publishing (800/843-1724,