Eyjafjallajokull made me do it. Eyjafjallajokull is not some obscure name for the devil from the apocryphal gospel of Skippy. Eyjafjallajokull is an Icelandic volcano that scrambled air travel in 2010. I was corrupted by Eyjafjallajokull better than Beelzebub himself could have done. Eyjafjallajokull introduced me to sailing, indirectly. Since then my finances have suffered, my once promising career has stalled.

I am less public minded, and I am absent from home more. Eyjafjallajokull induced me to travel to the Bahamas by the slowest means of travel known to man. the sailboat. Nevertheless, the sailboat is fast compared to waiters in Paris. I had spent the last two big vacations in Paris struggling to become more cultured. When Eyjafjallajokull spewed its wrath onto the ionosphere, we were thinking of going there for a third year.

Our European vacation plans seemed risky with air travel to the old world interrupted by the eruption of a volcano that no-one could pronounce. With our plans to soak up European culture in a fortnight covered in ashes, we refocused our attention on soaking up the sun. It was our last big vacation as a childless couple. My wife was pregnant with our daughter. Any future vacations were going to revolve around cartoon mice. This one had better be good...

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The original intention of the authors of this book is to ensure that all readers will have a perfect cruise vacation, memorable and relaxing. They have made a good attempt to anticipate all possible questions the readers may have about the cruise vacation experience, and answer them. The book will be very valuable for the first-time cruiser as it will tell them what to expect from the cruise experience.

And the main goal is to make the cruise vacation experience very familiar even for those who have never stepped on board a ship. All info in the book has been laid out in a style easy to understand. The authors of the book have reviewed the best cruise lines that were available at the time of the publication and also performed the overviews of the most popular cruise ports of the world, including Alaska, the Caribbean, Hawaii and other popular destinations. The top popular attractions and shore excursions have also been recommended to the readers intending to undertake their first sea cruise. Just take this book with you and use it as a good and very useful reference tool, it will definitely help you a lot when making the final decisions. Many interesting and practical tips on sightseeing have also been provided together with the planning advices, information about the vessels etc.

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The book by Philip Hoare is covering the whaling industry from a very broad perspective. It should be noted that it should not be treated as a pure biology textbook, and that was not the author's intention. This is an easy to read publication about the whales and whaling in general, filled with interesting facts.

The work reveals so much of useful information about whales and their history and is a sort of footnote to Melville and his Moby Dick novel. The readers are offered to learn a very interesting history of the actual interaction between humans and whales. The content is very well thought owing to the great experience of the author.

According to the review by Mark Kurlansky, the books is unpredictable, amusing and informative. It is a lively travelogue through the real history and lore of the whales called kings of the sea, a moving and truly extraordinary volume that will be greatly appreciated by all environmentally and socially conscious readers anywhere in the world.

Just have a look and we promise you will be taken away with how the author describes the subject. Numerous professional reviews of the book conducted by the world recognized experts support the opinions of the general readers and recommend the title.

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Well, it is true that maybe no vessel in history has ever managed to engender such remarkably continued fascination as the world famous Titanic of the White Star Line. The Titanic used to be literally the largest of the man-made objects ever to move at the time of the delivery in 1911. The ship was built at Harland & Wolff's ship construction yard in Belfast. Everything about Titanic was truly impressive.

And, though the design of the ship and all workmanship applied at the time of design and construction made her branded as "unsinkable ship", we all know what did happen. The content of the present publication provides the information about this liner, which may be quite difficult to be found in any other publication, and this approach has gained popularity to this volume.

We would recommend this publication not only to the marine enthusiasts and lovers of the nautical history and story of Titanic but to the general reader and also to the ship designers and naval architects who may wish to check different opinions on the design and construction features of the ship. Such experience has resulted in many lessons learned which should all be reviewed by the specialists. The readers from different parts of the world have already appreciated the book and found it very interesting and deserving attention.

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A bestseller title devoted to the round-the-world ocean trip by the authors. The content of the book presents a contrast to so many other publications about the bluewater voyages. The volume will tell readers a nice story of the cruise - according to the numerous reviews submitted by the readers, the book will present particular interest to the people willing to get some practical advice in connection with the long-distance sailing.

The adventure started the very moment when Yanghan left Stockholm port. Both of the authors have left their jobs intending to undertake the completely different sort of challenge - just imagine, they wanted to circumnavigate the planet. The book contains all information about this remarkable travel, and this not the most valuable part of it. In fact, there is something much more important - the personal impressions of the sailors.

The authors have shared their personal experience, they have provided some practical tips on how sailors should equip their yachts to be able to cope with the circumnavigation in various conditions, they have given some practical criteria to be applied to the route and weather analysis. This is not a navigation or seamanship textbook - the volume is rather aimed to show people what can be done by someone who has made a decision to change his lifestyle and move to a new kid of life...

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This interesting volume will tell readers how to make nearly eighty different knots and also explain their uses from relatively simple hitches and up to quite complex knots and rope tricks. Each of the knots is explained in detail and provided with informative step-by-step illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions. According to the reader reviews, the book present a remarkable collection of knots. It will teach you a lot about forming different types of knots.

Taking into account that the author has made all explanations very user-friendly, we may recommend the book even to the absolute beginners. The content of the volume is covering a variety of tricks and knots and each of the subjects covered in the pages of this book is accompanied by perfectly looking hand-drawn images and clear explanations.

It shall serve as a perfect reference source for anyone interested in working with ropes since it contains dozens of different knots explained that will be useful for so many purposes. Each of the chapters opens with an explanation of one particular use of knots. All of the diagrams are nicely drawn and very informative. Any beginner willing to know how to make knots will definitely find this publication very useful.

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One of the most popular publications for the broad audience with the interest in ships, their history and development. According to the readers, the content features truly great prose supplemented with the excellent pictures. The author of the book is bringing to life the remarkable voyage of the famous Captain Cook - it was an exploration voyage aboard the Endeavour ship leading to the South Pacific.

Nearly twenty years back a crew made of volunteers sailed aboard an exact replica of that bark to retrace the stretch of one of the most original sea voyages in the history, from the Great Barrier Reef to Indonesia. The volume will tell readers the glorious story of Captain's Cook journey using the experience of the volunteers crew. Numerous maps and drawings together with the artworks and photos add even more value.

The efforts of the author have resulted in this inspiring study of the past and present of maritime life telling a truly compelling story of maritime adventure which is combined with detail. It will be appreciated by all people who like sea and ships, not only to the people directly engaged in the maritime industry but also to the future mariners and those willing to know a bit more about the wonderful world of sea adventures.

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For so many centuries people used seaways for transporting their cargoes, ideas and cultures, but the seaways have never been as busy as they are today. Even though the mankind's normality is highly dependent on maritime shipping, it is still a world passing mainly unconsidered, unrecorded and in many cases even unseen. Day and night in every part of the sea and in all weather conditions seafarers handle gigantic vessels keeping the landed life in order and afloat.

These people in fact live truly extraordinary and interesting lives noting the pressures they are under and the dangers that are quite hard for others to imagine, including but of course not limited to the pirate attacks, hurricanes and harsh weather. The author joins two container vessels, traveling with their captains and crew members; in the excellent prose contemporary shipping industry battles with the implacable forces while the vessels cross the seas of history and the seafarers unfold their stories.

The author draws a beautiful but sometimes terrifying picture of the oceans and people, presenting a study of the world-scale business done afloat. The book will be interesting to all people fond of maritime shipping, seas, oceans and ships...

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