The travel publisher Lonely Planet has launched its first guidebooks to cruising.
The three new books out this summer are "Cruise Ports Alaska," ''Cruise Ports Caribbean" and "Cruise Ports Scandinavia & Northern Europe."
The books include color maps, reviews, recommendations for activities and outings in ports of call including shopping and dining, as well as tips on how to save time and money.
The guide to Scandinavia and Northern Europe offers sections on Berlin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Reykjavik and St. Petersburg; Tallinn, Estonia, and Riga, Latvia; Gdansk, Poland; the Shetland and Orkney islands; and Oslo and Bergen in Norway.
The Caribbean guide to "perfect days on shore" covers Miami, Cozumel, Mexico, the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Martin, Turks & Caicos, Aruba, Antigua, Bonaire, Curacao and Barbados.
The Alaska guide includes sections on Seattle and Vancouver, where most Alaska cruises originate, along with a look at Alaskan ports, parks and destinations like Ketchikan, Sitka, Juneau, Haines, Skagway, Whittier, Seward, Anchorage, Glacier Bay and Denali national parks.
The guides also have sections on trip-planning, including month by month guides and advice on choosing the right cruise for you, along with tips on everything from visas to ground transportation to tours.
The books retail for $20.