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DREAM CRUISES by Kim Kavin

DREAM CRUISES

By Kim Kavin

Pub Date: Oct. 12th, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-58348-984-0
Publisher: iUniverse Star

A boating magazine editor/marine journalist takes the guesswork out of private yacht charter vacations one knot at a time.

Kavin is no advocate of large commercial cruise ship vacations, especially after juxtaposing them to her field of expertise–chartered yacht voyages. Quick to acknowledge that private yacht charters seem daunting and a luxury solely intended for the "ultra-rich,” Kavin tidily dispels that impression with a comprehensive presentation of the manageable and affordable side of this distinct industry. The benefits of private charter rentals, she explains, are numerous. At-sea vacationers can receive the personalized attention of a ship captain and eat delicious food prepared by an onboard chef while venturing to secluded harbor destinations larger commercial vessels have failed to access, like remote destination Anegada in the Virgin Islands, all while enjoying the independence of self-directed expeditions. Kavin discusses the industry’s inception some 50 years ago then contrasts “bareboating,” setting off with a scant onboard team, to the more contemporary fully crewed yacht management and brokerage businesses. Leaving no detail unexplored, Kavin’s exuberance is palpable and with her 10 years experience in the business, sailing locally as well as internationally, she makes a confident tour guide through yachting vacations for every taste and budget. Charts, diagrams and illustrations provide the basics of boat styles and accommodations, preparing readers for more intensive chapters detailing destination hot spots, pricing comparisons and charter party troubleshooting. Kavin includes several sample itineraries plotting out weeklong excursions in time-tested favorites like the Caribbean and New England to more far-flung destinations like Alaska and the North African coast. The concluding section names reputable charter companies, booking agents and resources galore for those anxious to take the plunge. Without a doubt, Kavin is the ultimate layperson’s liaison to the yachting charter business.

An indispensable guide for cruising enthusiasts.