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Cruise Related Literature

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Hi  Can any of you recommend any good books fact or fiction about cruising.  I have just read a coffee table book entitled "888.5 Amazing Answers to your Questions about the Titanic"  by Hugh Brewster and Laurie Coulter which was published in 1998 from a second hand book shop.  Although it's really a list of facts it was interesting read.  Is there books about cruising and/or ships you can recommend.  The figure mentioned in the title is a reference to the length of the vessel in feet.

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Do not know about books but on the subject of cruising, but the Titanic would have avoided the iceberg had it been fitted with the latest cruise ship propulsion system of azimuth thrusters that replace a rudder and allow a ship to turn very quickly.

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I believe there are several historical books charting the early years of some of the cruise lines, Fred Olsen have one in particular that is quite a good read and it was an eye opener to find out what other companies they are associated with, the book is simply called Fred Olsen Cruise Lines by John Hendy

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I believe there are several historical books charting the early years of some of the cruise lines, Fred Olsen have one in particular that is quite a good read and it was an eye opener to find out what other companies they are associated with, the book is simply called Fred Olsen Cruise Lines by John Hendy

 

I have a copy of the book. Fred Olsen are a huge company of which the cruise arm is a very small part. I visited the Pyramids of Guimar in Tenerife with them and noticed this is a Fred Olsen concern as is Timex watches. They also own wind farms all over Scandinavia, Ireland and the UK together with oil drilling rigs plus the ferries of the Canary Islands. Fred Olsen Jnr., 86 this year, is still the chairman and whom I had the pleasure of meeting last year in London, the company is actually owned, run and managed by his daughter Anette. Just another bit of information that may come in handy on a Fred Olsen ships trivia session.

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Hi  If you enjoy humorous books I have just finished reading Stop the Ship I Want to Get Off by Steve Hopkins.  It won't win the Nobel prize for literature but for anyone who has cruised it does highlight some of the misconceptions about modern cruise styles and the passengers with many laughs along the way.  Ideal reading for those relaxing days at sea.

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. I visited the Pyramids of Guimar in Tenerife with them and noticed this is a Fred Olsen

When i lived in Tenerife, I used to guide a tour here once a week, to see them once was just about interesting (ish) to go every week for 6 years AAAHHHHHHH

 

(Freds own Loro Parque and Siam Park also)

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