Berlitz – The World’s Most Respected Cruise Guidebooks


Berlitz is the world leader in publishing over 300 travel and language books, including award-winning author  Douglas Ward‘s much-acclaimed 760-page Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships 2020 (published October 2019), and 320-page Berlitz River Cruising in Europe and the USA 2018-2019 (published June 2018).

NOW AVAILABLE: The new 2020 edition of Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships – published on 1 October 2019 – is a whopping 760 pages! The book makes an excellent and much appreciated present. 

ALSO AVAILABLE (online only). Special Chinese language abridged edition.

AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT: The 2018 edition of Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships was the  joint winner of the “Guide of the Year” category of the UK’s prestigious Travel Media Awards which took place at a special awards ceremony in London in October 2018.

Over 70  cruise companies provide cruise vacations to around 28 million ocean-going passengers annually (plus approximately one million river cruise passengers). It is important that you choose the right ship, for the right reasons.

The books (and this website) are totally independent, and not supported by advertising or sponsorship of any kind. There is no connection with any cruise line, cruise industry supplier, or concession. The Berlitz evaluations and ratings – created objectively by the author – have set the standards for the cruise industry.

Douglas Ward: “Testing  cruise ships and riverships is a serious business. I have been doing it professionally for more than 34 years, and have been in the cruise industry since 1965.

Ship montage - Cruise Berlitz

Douglas Ward is considered the world’s foremost independent authority on cruising and cruise ships. He continually strives to promote high standards within the industry. With over 6,300 days at sea on more than 1,100 cruises (including 159 transatlantic crossings), he is a man of, in, on, and about cruise ships and the cruise industry.

Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships 2020 is available from:, or your favourite bookstore or online retailer.

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