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2013 Berlitz Cruise Guide Details

New Berlitz Cruise Guide reveals their top cruise ships and advises families to book European cruises in 2013 for the best value.

If you have a passion for cruising then make sure to mark down the 15th September 2012 in your diary. Not only does it mark the start of National Cruise Week but also the arrival of the latest Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships, which will be released on the day in an e-book format for the first time.

Written by respected cruise critic Douglas Ward, the best-selling Berlitz Guide is in its 28th year of publication and has won many awards and accolades for its depth of cruise ship information and its independent, candid reviews.

The latest edition packed full of cruise-related articles and advice, including a guide on how to ignore pricing gimmicks to find the best cruise fares and how families should head to Europe on their cruises in 2013 for the best value. Ward also takes a look at the affect of the Costa Concordia tragedy with an expansive review of cruise ship safety.

Berlitz 'Best Cruise Ships' Winners

The 2013 Berlitz Guide reviews and ranks 284 cruise ships across four categories with a view to providing the definitive guide of the best and worst cruise lines. Taking into consideration a variety of elements of the cruise ship experience, such as accommodation, cuisine, size, public spaces, amenities, and facilities, Ward and his team offer both experienced cruisers and those looking to book a cruise for the first time the most complete cruise guide available.

The top 3 cruise ships for each category are as follows:

Large Ships (resort-style, over 1750 passengers)

1) Queen Mary 2 (Grill Class)
2) Celebrity Equinox & Celebrity Solstice (joint award)

Mid-size Ships (751-1750 passengers)

1) Crystal Serenity
2) Oceania Riviera
3) Crystal Symphony

Small Ships (251-750 passengers)

1) Europa – Hapag Lloyd
2) Seabourn Quest
3) Seabourn Odyssey

Boutique Ships (50-250 passengers)

1) SeaDream II
2) SeaDream I
3) Seabourn Legend

The 2013 Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships will be released in a digital format on 15th September 2012 with a physical version available from 1st October, along with a smartphone app.

If you would like to enquire about cruises sailing on any of the ships above, please call one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677. We have a variety of attractive cruise deals and low fare offers to suit all tastes and preferences and would be delighted to answer any questions you might have.