This is a different kettle of fish for Lonely Planet. For the first time ever, they have released cruise port guidebooks to help travellers discover the best onshore experiences.

The new cruise books come as the world’s interest in cruise travel is absolutely exploding.

According to Cruise Lines International Association, the Australian cruise market grew by 4.4% in 2017 with more than 1.34 million Australians taking an ocean cruise last year.

Australasia also accounted for 5.4% of global cruise passenger numbers in 2017.

With this in mind, Lonely Planet has penned a Cruise Ports series to be published this month with guides to Alaska, Scandinavia & Northern Europe and the Caribbean.

Glacier Bay in Mountains, Alaska, United States

The books feature colour maps, highlights, reviews and tips on how to save time and money.

Lonely Planet describes the guides as “essential resources to help travellers personalise their cruise experience”.

Whether traveling solo, as a couple or a family, each book features all you need to know to plan your trip – from essential information to local life and cultural insights to month by month events.

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In addition to the best shopping, eating and things to do in each port, Cruise Ports offers advice on how to choose the right cruise for you.

“With Lonely Planet’s Cruise Ports, both experienced and beginner cruisers alike will have everything they need to have a richer, more rewarding trip,” Lonely Planet says.

The three new releases are:

Top 10 Alaska Cruise Ports Seattle, Vancouver, Ketchikan, Sitka, Juneau, Haines, Skagway, Whittier, Seward and Anchorage.

Top 12 Caribbean Cruise Ports St-Martin/Sint Maarten, St Kitts & Nevis, Curacao, Barbados, Bonaire, Aruba, St Thomas & St John, Grand Cayman, Grand Turk, Antigua, San Juan and Cozumel.

Top 12 Scandinavia & Northern Europe Cruise Ports Berlin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Oslo, Bergen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Tallinn, Reykjavik, Riga and Gdańsk.

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