Like backpacking and budget travel guides, Cruising Guides can provide the crucial information that means the difference between a great cruise and a difficult one. Having a book written by someone who's been where you're going can greatly reduce the stress and increase the enjoyment of a voyage in unfamiliar waters. Typically these guides are not produced as high gloss books, but focus on delivering inside tips that won't be available from any other source.
- They can greatly enhance your navigation with hand-drawn charts of anchorages, notes on water depth in poorly charted areas, or tips on the anchoring ground and the protection against prevailing winds
- In addition, they divulge information about restaurants, points of interest and the quality of fishing, snorkeling and diving
- We have noticed mosquito warnings in cruising guides of the western Caribbean, a piece of information that is not directly related to navigation, but could make the difference between a pleasant or miserable night at anchor