Beginner's Guide to Cruising

Thinking about going on a cruise and unsure of the whole cruising process? Not sure where to begin? This book will become your traveling companion. You will learn the process to take that first cruise from choosing a destination, booking the cruise, what to do when you arrive at the pier the first day, activities onboard and ashore, and tips to make your cruise vacation memorable. This book will help you become an expert cruiser before you set foot onboard your first cruise. There is a chapter dedicated to all the activities available onboard the ship to dispel the myth of "being bored" (zip lining, bowling, walking in the grass, etc) on a ship.  A packing list is provided to help make sure you have everything you need with you - and not left behind. Start packing and enjoy your cruise vacation.
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New guide offers tips and advice for first-time cruise vacationers

Beginner's Guide to Cruising by Aaron Mase seeks to explain the best way to select a cruise line, plan activities and get the most out of the cruise experience

NEW BRIGHTON, Pa. – Beginner's Guide to Cruising by Aaron Mase offers detailed suggestions for enjoying the cruise experience and seeks to reveal the inside workings of an operating cruise ship.

According to Mase, less than 20 percent of the U.S. population has ever taken part in a recreational cruise. With that in mind, the book is geared for readers considering a first cruise experience and presents tips on how to select a cruise, which ship to choose, how to book the vacation and more. Mase contends that cruising is not only for the elderly and retired, arguing instead that cruises can provide an exciting experience for all ages.

During our cruises, fellow passengers often asked my wife and I if we had tips or suggestions to help them,” Mase says. “Those discussions planted the seed for what would become a valuable resource to help the undecided understand the cruising process.”

Each chapter of the book aims to define a different step or process in an effort to help the reader understand the cruising experience. Topics include onshore activities, packing advice and common onboard events and opportunities. Mase argues that cruising, when planned correctly, is an adventure that readers will enjoy and want to experience again and again.

Beginner's Guide to Cruising is available for sale online at Amazon.com, BookSurge.com, and through additional wholesale and retail channels worldwide.

About the Author Aaron Mase is a writer, pilot and professional in the direct mail industry. A lifelong fan of cruising, he worked as a deckhand for an American cruise line on voyages on the Mississippi River and Intracoastal Waterway. Today, Mase spends his vacation time on cruises around the oceans of the world.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Aaron Mase

Web: www.aaronscruisechatter.com

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From Charlotteobserver.com

Travel books

Posted: Friday, Feb. 12, 2010

BEGINNER'S GUIDE

TO CRUISING

By Aaron Mase

BookSurge Publishing. $15.

People considering a cruise for the first time can be overwhelmed by choices: which cruise line, ship, itinerary? These and other questions are answered in Mase's book, a short primer on the complexities of cruise travel. He also offers advice on what to do when you finally board and how to handle the last day of the cruise. In addition, he comments on topics from the crucial (seasickness) to the mundane (laundry).

June Sawyers

 

From Chicago Tribune

Travel

Resourceful Traveler

January 24, 2010

"Beginner's Guide to Cruising"

BookSurge Publishing, $15

People considering a cruise for the first time can be overwhelmed by choices: which cruise line, ship, itinerary? These and other questions are answered in Aaron
Mase's book, a short primer on the complexities of cruise travel. He also offers advice on what to do when you finally board and how to handle the last day of the cruise. In addition, he comments on topics from the crucial (seasickness) to the mundane (laundry).

 

From The Salt Lake Tribune

Travel Reading: Book offers basics for beginners

The Salt Lake Tribune

Updated: 01/14/2010 01:33:45 PM MST

 

If you have been thinking about taking a cruise but don't know much about cruising, a good place to start would be Beginner's Guide to Cruising by Aaron Mase.

Mase writes that less than 20 percent of the U.S. population has ever taken part in a recreation cruise. The book is geared for readers considering a first cruise experience and presents tips on how to select a cruise, which ship to choose and how to book the vacation.

Each chapter of the book aims to define a different step or process in an effort to help readers understand the cruising experience. Topics include onshore activities, packing advice and common onboard events and opportunities.

From The Resourceful Traveler: Reviews Of New Travel Books

Posted on Mon, Feb. 01, 2010

BY JUNE SAWYERS

Chicago Tribune

"Beginner's Guide to Cruising" BookSurge Publishing, $15

People considering a cruise for the first time can be overwhelmed by choices: which cruise line, ship, itinerary? These and other questions are answered in Aaron Mase's book, a short primer on the complexities of cruise travel. He also offers advice on what to do when you finally board and how to handle the last day of the cruise. In addition, he comments on topics from the crucial (seasickness) to the mundane (laundry).

 

From the Wichita Eagle - Kansas.com The Resourceful Traveler: Reviews Of New Travel Books

Posted on Mon, Feb. 01, 2010

BY JUNE SAWYERS

Chicago Tribune

"Beginner's Guide to Cruising" BookSurge Publishing, $15

People considering a cruise for the first time can be overwhelmed by choices: which cruise line, ship, itinerary? These and other questions are answered in Aaron Mase's book, a short primer on the complexities of cruise travel. He also offers advice on what to do when you finally board and how to handle the last day of the cruise. In addition, he comments on topics from the crucial (seasickness) to the mundane (laundry).

 

From Hartford Courant

January 24, 2010

 

"Beginner's Guide to Cruising"

BookSurge Publishing, $15

People considering a cruise for the first time can be overwhelmed by choices: which cruise line, ship, itinerary? These and other questions are answered in Aaron
Mase's book, a short primer on the complexities of cruise travel. He also offers advice on what to do when you finally board and how to handle the last day of the cruise. In addition, he comments on topics from the crucial (seasickness) to the mundane (laundry).

From All TravelsTourism Informations

Travel Reading: Book offers basics for beginners (The Salt Lake Tribune)

If you have been thinking about taking a cruise but don t know much about cruising, a good place to start would be Beginner s Guide to Cruising by Aaron Mase.

Jan 15, 2010

 From Smart Brief

Travel Book: "Beginner's Guide to Cruising"
Denver Post, The |
"Beginner's Guide to Cruising" ($15, BookSurge Publishing) "Stern's Guide to the Cruise Vacation" ($26, 2010 edition, Pelican) People considering a cruise for the first time can be overwhelmed by choices: Which cruise line, ship, itinerary? These and other questions are answered in Aaron Mase's "Beginner's Guide," a short primer on the complexities of cruise travel.

 From Daily Press - dailypress.com

January 24, 2010

"Beginner's Guide to Cruising"

BookSurge Publishing, $15

People considering a cruise for the first time can be overwhelmed by choices: which cruise line, ship, itinerary? These and other questions are answered in Aaron
Mase's book, a short primer on the complexities of cruise travel. He also offers advice on what to do when you finally board and how to handle the last day of the cruise. In addition, he comments on topics from the crucial (seasickness) to the mundane (laundry).

  From the Morning Call

"Beginner's Guide to Cruising"

BookSurge Publishing, $15

People considering a cruise for the first time can be overwhelmed by choices: which cruise line, ship, itinerary? These and other questions are answered in Aaron
Mase's book, a short primer on the complexities of cruise travel. He also offers advice on what to do when you finally board and how to handle the last day of the cruise. In addition, he comments on topics from the crucial (seasickness) to the mundane (laundry).

 

From TRAVEL-NEWS-TODAY.COM

 

"Beginner's Guide to Cruising"

BookSurge Publishing, $15

People considering a cruise for the first time can be overwhelmed by choices: which cruise line, ship, itinerary? These and other questions are answered in Aaron Mase's book, a short primer on the complexities of cruise travel. He also offers advice on what to do when you finally board and how to handle the last day of the cruise

 From the Baltimore Sun

"Beginner's Guide to Cruising"

BookSurge Publishing, $15

People considering a cruise for the first time can be overwhelmed by choices: which cruise line, ship, itinerary? These and other questions are answered in Aaron
Mase's book, a short primer on the complexities of cruise travel. He also offers advice on what to do when you finally board and how to handle the last day of the cruise. In addition, he comments on topics from the crucial (seasickness) to the mundane (laundry).

 

 From Denverpost.com

book your vacation

Travel Book: "Beginner's Guide to Cruising"

By The Denver Post

Posted: 02/14/2010 01:00:00 AM MST



(The Denver Post)

"Beginner's Guide to Cruising" ($15, BookSurge Publishing)

People considering a cruise for the first time can be overwhelmed by choices: Which cruise line, ship, itinerary? These and other questions are answered in Aaron Mase's "Beginner's Guide," a short primer on the complexities of cruise travel. He also offers advice on what to do when you finally board and how to handle the last day of the cruise. In addition, he comments on topics from the crucial (seasickness) to the mundane (laundry). Meanwhile, more experienced travelers — and those not intimidated by sheer size (736 pages) — can turn to Steven B. Stern. Updated annually, the book's 20th edition covers virtually everything you need to know about cruise vacations. In addition to the preparation procedures, he has chapters on all kinds of specialty cruising such as for singles, tennis buffs and joggers, and cruising with children. He also offers detailed descriptions of European riverboats and barges. Of course, the cruise lines and their vessels themselves get the full treatment.

 

From the Seattle Times

Travel / Outdoors

 

Here's a look at some newly published travel books:

Beginner's Guide to Cruising (BookSurge Publishing, $15)

People considering a cruise for the first time can be overwhelmed by choices: which cruise line, ship, itinerary? These and other questions are answered in Aaron Mase's book, a short primer on the complexities of cruise travel. He also offers advice on what to do when you finally board and how to handle the last day of the cruise. In addition, he comments on topics from seasickness to laundry.

 

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People considering a cruise for the first time can be overwhelmed by choices: Which cruise line, ship, itinerary? These and other questions are answered in Aaron Mase's "Beginner's Guide," a short primer on the complexities of cruise travel.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Cruising

Despite the all-inclusive nature of a cruise and the added convenience of

year-round cruising from local home ports like Baltimore, many Americans

remain intimidated by the idea of taking a cruise vacation. Aaron Mase tries

to take some of the mystery out of cruising in his Beginner’s Guide to Cruising,

available through Amazon.com or Booksurge.com.

Mase takes a hands-off approach when it comes to naming names — he

doesn’t give particulars about specific cruise lines — but he does provide

some guidance on choosing an itinerary and ship that fit your needs, as well

as booking the cruise itself.

Perhaps most useful for the neophyte are chapters that help to de-mystify

the two ends of the cruise experience: arrival and boarding and the last couple

of days when attention shifts to details like customs forms, tipping, luggage

retrieval, and making the connection to get home. (This last, of course,

is not a problem for those sailing from Baltimore.) One segment prepares

first-time cruisers for the potential sticker shock of the final bill for onboard

spending and gives things to consider when deciding whether to charge onboard

purchases or put yourself on a pay-as-you-go program.

Mase offers some personal recommendations when it comes to issues like

tipping and luggage transport, but he also offers continuing reassurance with

the advice to attend the cruise director’s session on end of the cruise procedures

and to watch the daily newsletter for information on activities.

When it comes to the all-important heart of the matter — the lazy days at

sea and in ports of call — Beginner’s Guide to Cruising provides some very

basic insights on things from shore excursions to fees for internet and phone

use. There’s even a list of 150 things to do onboard and 101 things to do

ashore. “Attending the port of call lectures is one way to maximize your enjoyment

of the experience,”Mase says.

While probably too basic for cruising veterans and even seasoned travelers,

Beginner’s Guide to Cruising does get the new cruiser beyond the brochures

and the cruise lines’ websites. Mase also has an interactive website with tips

and reviews: www.aaronscruisechatter.com.

By Jane and Marvin Bond

 Travelin’ Tales.com

Just Published Guide Gives Tips to First-Time Cruisers

Aaron Mase’s new book, Beginner’s Guide to Cruising, offers detailed suggestions for enjoying the cruise experience and seeks to reveal the inside workings of an operating cruise ship. According to the author, less than 20% of the U.S. population has ever taken part in a recreational cruise. With that in mind, the book is geared for readers considering their first cruise experience and presents tips on how to select a cruise, which ship to choose, how to book the vacation and more. “When planned correctly, cruising is an adventure that readers will enjoy and want to experience again and again,” noted Mase, a pilot and former deckhand. Available online at www.Amazon.com and www.BookSurge.com, the book has a MSRP of $15. For more information, visit www.aaronscruisechatter.com.

 

From MMD Newswire: Press Release News Wire

Beginner's Guide to Cruising by Aaron Mase seeks to explain the best way to select a cruise line, plan activities and get the most out of the cruise experience

NEW BRIGHTON, PA (MMD Newswire) December 8, 2009 -- Beginner's Guide to Cruising by Aaron Mase offers detailed suggestions for enjoying the cruise experience and seeks to reveal the inside workings of an operating cruise ship.

According to Mase, less than 20 percent of the U.S. population has ever taken part in a recreational cruise. With that in mind, the book is geared for readers considering a first cruise experience and presents tips on how to select a cruise, which ship to choose, how to book the vacation and more. Mase contends that cruising is not only for the elderly and retired, arguing instead that cruises can provide an exciting experience for all ages.

"During our cruises, fellow passengers often asked my wife and me if we had tips or suggestions to help them," Mase says. "Those discussions planted the seed for what would become a valuable resource to help the undecided understand the cruising process."

Each chapter of the book aims to define a different step or process in an effort to help the reader understand the cruising experience. Topics include onshore activities, packing advice and common onboard events and opportunities. Mase argues that cruising, when planned correctly, is an adventure that readers will enjoy and want to experience again and again.

Beginner's Guide to Cruising is available for sale online at Amazon.com, BookSurge.com and through additional wholesale and retail channels worldwide.

About the Author
Aaron Mase is a writer, pilot and professional in the direct mail industry. A lifelong fan of cruising, he worked as a deckhand for an American cruise line on voyages on the Mississippi River and Intracoastal Waterway. Today, Mase spends his vacation time on cruises around the oceans of the world.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Aaron Mase
Email: armmra@msn.com
Phone: (724)847-4316
Web: www.aaronscruisechatter.com

REVIEW COPIES AND INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE

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