Books to Bring on Your Next Cruise


It’s always a good idea to bring a book with you on vacation. Since there never seems time to read an actual book at home, a trip can be the perfect opportunity to catch up on reading. In addition, books are nice companions when you need to eat alone, can’t fall asleep or have to do some waiting

Antarctica Cruise Reading

If your next trip is going to be an Antarctica cruise, you can plan on some quiet time in your cabin. A fun thing to do would be to read about adventures on cruises or about the Antarctic.


For novels that take place on cruises, you can’t lose with any of the following choices. In fact, maybe you should choose two or three in case you can’t put one of them down.


For something contemporary, you could choose, “The Woman in Cabin 10” by Ruth Ware. The protagonist’s cruise is anything but relaxing after she sees a body being dumped into the ocean. For something more vintage, there is always, “Death on the Nile” by Agatha Christie. Since the cruise takes place both long ago and on a river, you can be free of worries that something similar will happen on your cruise, but still get a thrill. If non-fiction is more your thing, you’ll want to take along “Cruise Confidential by Brian David Bruns. You’ll learn about what goes on away from the passengers, which could be either shocking or amusing.


As for Antarctica, we all know that there is a plethora of non-fiction concerning its exploration. However, if you’re in the mood for something less grim, try “The Black Penguin” a love story by Andrew Evans. Another great choice would be “The Comet Seekers”, a magical tale about lovers in search of (yes) comets by Helen Sedgwick.

Hawaiian Cruise Reading

Cruising off to somewhere tropical, especially if you’re starting from somewhere frigid, requires mood-building. Confined to your cabin for the first few days because that ocean breeze is so cold, invites you to read about your destination and mentally leave your current surroundings behind.


There are many novels as well as history books set in the Hawaiin Islands. If you want to go the classic route, you can choose “Hawaii” by James Michener. It was published in 1959 when Hawaii became a state and is a massive and completely captivating historical novel. You can relive it via the movie when you get home. If romance is your thing, try “Island Of Flowers” by Nora Roberts. For an exciting mystery try “Death of a Messenger” by Robert McCaw.


Prefer fact over fiction? You will enjoy reading “Seeking the Sacred Raven” by Mark Jerome Walters. It deals with politics and the extinction of species. For an even more sober read, try “The Spirit of Father Damian” by Jan de Volder, a theology professor. Fr. Damian is the one who lived in a leper colony in Hawaii as a missionary.


For something totally different and amusing, choose “The Stench of Honolulu” by Jack Handey. an American humorist.

Staycation Reading

If you don’t actually have a destination except for your favorite reading chair, give yourself time to escape through a book. Unplug your devices and visit your local bookstore. You will not only have fun browsing, but you will also help keep a small business afloat.


Local bookstores often have a “staff picks” display as well, to help steer you in a good direction. Even though it’s true that you can’t judge a book by its cover, some recent releases do have great cover illustrations.  Some examples are “The Gilded Ones” by Namina Forna, “A Swim in a Pond in the Rain” by George Saunders and “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah.


Whether you’re staying home or going on a long trip, try to get more reading into your life. If you read any of these suggestions and decide you like the author, their other books can keep you occupied for a long time.

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