FROM THE MAGAZINE SHELF is an occasional feature of the FOUNTAINDALE LIBRARY REFERENCE BLOG. Postings will highlight titles that you might find of interest, but haven’t picked up up to read and explore. In addition to the titles that are in the Magazine Area on the 2nd Floor of our library, postings will also include titles from Zinio, the library’s digital magazine collection.

cruise_travel_magazine_nov_dec_2016_Thanksgiving officially ushers in the holiday season in the United States. It’s a time to reconnect with family and friends, a time to remember and observe customs and traditions, and for many families, the winter holidays offer the perfect opportunity to travel on board a cruise ship.

Our library currently subscribes to CRUISE TRAVEL. The  magazine was recommended for our collection by one of our customers.

Six times per year, the bi-monthly magazine provides information on ships, ports, schedules, and prices. Each issue has a number of regular features:

  • Port of the Month
  • Homeport Spotlight
  • Cruise of the Month
  •  If You Only Have One Day In
  • Ship of the Month

Additional features vary by the issue and are interesting and informative.

To give you more of a sense of what the magazine looks like on the inside, I’ve included some snippets from the NOV./DEC. 2016 issue.


The PORT OF THE MONTH for this issue was Bergen, Norway. This port is also known as the City of Seven Mountains. The article was part history lesson and part travel guide. It really made you want to visit the city which was founded  in the year 1070 by King Olav Kyrre.

Among the places I would want to visit there was the Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen, which was the famous composer’s home.  And I certainly would want to make a stop at Baker Brun for the traditional skillingsbolle or cinnamon bun.

Included in these PORT OF THE MONTH articles is a helpful section called KNOW BEFORE YOU GO. It has information on which cruise lines call on the port, details about the climate and weather, money  / currency details, and who to contact for more information on travel to that particular port.


The liner that was featured  as this issue’s SHIP OF THE MONTH was the Koningsdam. It is Holland America’s largest cruise liner ever. This ship is the first in a new platform of vessels called the Pinnacle Class.

The article includes deck plans and a comprehensive listing of information about the liner on its FACTS & FIGURES PAGE. The article and photos were prepared based on a six night stay on the ship.

By the time I finished the 6-page feature, I was definitely ready to book a cruise!




Taking a family cruise requires planning to make it both affordable and enjoyable. CRUISE TRAVEL can certainly provide you with information that should help in that process.

So, if you are thinking about a cruise in the future, have a look at this magazine. Issues are located on the 2nd Floor of our library in the Magazine Area.

Bon Voyage!

-Tom D.

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