Travel Lore

On our 2008 Alaska trip on MS Volendam we met a fabulous cruise planner, David Giventer. Not only a font of knowledge on Holland America’s ships and cruises, he is just a nice person to chat with in one of the quiet bars onboard.

He gave us a list of Required Reading on The Subject of Ships and The PAssengers Who Enjoy Them.

The Sway of the Grand Saloon – John Malcolm Brinnin

Beau Voyage – John Malcom Brinnin

The Only Way to Cross – John Maxtone Graham

Liners to the Sun – John Maxtone Graham

Cruising and Crossing – John Maxtone Graham

His final words of wisdom before we left the ship:

Three Final Thoughts:

My Favourite Ship: The one I am on

My Favourite Cruise: My next One

Why Book On Board?

The only antedote to the melancholy of final disembarkation is the knowledge that your next cruise is already booked

If you are interested in buying one of these books, check out places like Abe Books or Alibris, they are great places to find new and used books at very reasonable prices.