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Travel Book : Moon Tahiti from Avalon Travel Publishing

Moon Tahiti by David Stanley is a comprehensive guide to French Polynesia. The seventh edition has just been published by Avalon Travel of Berkeley, California.

Avalon Travel Publishing has launched the 7th edition of Moon Tahiti by David Stanley. Since 1989, Moon Tahiti has been the leading travel guidebook to French Polynesia and this new edition incorporates the latest restaurant, resort, and transportation news. Stanley has been
covering the South Pacific for over three decades and he knows the region better than any other travel writer.

Packed into Moon Tahiti’s 353 indexed pages are 53 maps and 122 photos. The maps are clearly labeled without the confusing legends and keys which make other guidebooks hard to use. There are five maps of Tahiti, four of Moorea, and eight of the Leeward Islands.

The 24-page color section at the front of the book has been expanded with four suggested itineraries and three travel strategies. The six travel chapters offer detailed advice on sightseeing, accommodations, food, transportation, and facilities with exact prices are quoted. Must See and Top Pick codes help readers choose what to see and do. Moon Tahiti’s 106 pages of reference material are tucked unobtrusively into the back of the book. The Background chapter introduces French Polynesia while Essentials covers getting there and around.

Moon Tahiti has been designed to compliment other media and internet addresses and emails are provided whenever possible. There is much information not found on commercial websites or in the free brochures. David Stanley researches his books incognito and eschews the “hospitality” many other travel writers enjoy and the listings are thorough and critical. When one considers the high cost of a Tahitian vacation, the price of this guidebook is quite low and the savvy traveler will order a copy.

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Haugan Galapagos Cruises

Haugan Cruises is owned and managed mutually by knowledgeable personnel from both Ecuador and Europe.

They aspire is to give their guests a great Galapagos encounter at “extremely competitive prices and always in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. “

Haugan Cruises operates several ocean vessels, including: Cormorant Catamaran, Ocean Spray Mega Catamaran, Queen of Galapagos Catamaran, Galaven Expedition Motor Yacht, Athala Motor Catamaran and Nina Motor Catamaran.

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Cruising on a Seabourn Ship

Cruising on a Seabourn ship is unlike any other form of travel. The encounter is lavish, yet relaxed; stylish, yet casual; extravagant, yet understated.

These intimate ships visit the most attractive destinations worldwide, sailing to the heart of landmark cities, as well as to hidden gems where larger vessels cannot follow. Seabourn ships attract fascinating people, who seek to share experiences beyond the expected in places beyond the ordinary. Their acclaimed staff offers an exclusive style of sincere hospitality that is thoughtful and personal.

Seabourn is home to a fleet of six ships that carry between 208 and 450 guests each, exclusively in ocean-view suites. They are amiably served by almost the same number of hand-picked crew, who are time and again ranked as the best at sea, earning Seabourn honors as the World’s Best Small Ship Cruise Line in surveys of readers by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure.

Silversea Cruise Ships

Most luxury brands began in Europe, and even today Italy is universally acknowledged as the world-center of style, design, and that intangible allure called la dolce vita. There are the world’s leading fashion designers from Armani to Ferragamo, the temptations of la cucina Italiana, the Chiantis and Brunellos of Tuscany. And in the ultra-luxury travel market — there’s the polished perfection of Silversea.

Onboard, the style is inspired by the golden age of cruising. Decorative Art Deco design elements lend a sophisticated 1930s ambiance to this luxury cruise line. From the ceiling lights in Le Champagne and the sky-lit main staircase, to the innovative Stars Supper Club aboard Silver Spirit, Silversea guests sail the world surrounded by a provocative blend of modern elegance and timeless glamor — the sensations of history’s most romantic travel era.
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