The Dummies series of books are pretty good. (Honeybound, I am not suggesting you are a dummy. ). There is one called Cruise Vacations for Dummies. Here is the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...002-0928538-7928847?v=glance&s=books&n=507846 There are some other good books too. What's not covered in the books, you can find on the internet or on this forum. As for working on a ship, if the pay wasn't so low, I would love it. But in my case, it would be a cross between Love Boat and a John Waters movie. LOL. Have fun planning your cruise! You will be an old salt before you know it!