The Greatest Novels to Read On a Cruise

We know you’re going to be busy enjoying all of the benefits of your cruise holiday. After all, with the exciting nightlife, the fantastic food as well as all of the spas, when will you find the time to read a book?

The thing is, a cruise is the perfect time to catch up with a novel in between all of the fun and games onboard. While you’re lounging by the pool, what could be more natural to retreat into the realms of fantasy with a captivating novel? Here’s our selection to make your cruise even more of a dreamlike experience…

The Canal Boat Cafe by Cressida McLaughlin

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A story that’s centred around adventures on water is always going to attract your attention when you’re on a cruise. A daughter comes to the rescue of her mother’s failing cafe that’s set onboard a narrow boat, and you’ll be able to follow the trials and exasperating tribulations of Summer Freeman in her bid to improve her mother’s situation when reading this book.

If you enjoy a wonderful romcom, this is the book for you. You’ll encounter a dashingly handsome photographer, a business that needs saving and a whole host of other adventures. Who knows, life may even imitate art and introduce you to a romantic hero of your own once on your cruise.

The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje

This novel is set on a ship and details the story of an 11-year old boy, Michael, and his experiences in taking a world cruise from Colombo, through the Suez canal en route to the UK. The journey itself and and Michael’s adventures form the basis of the plot.

When reading this engrossing novel you’ll learn about the workings of a large cruise liner in the 1950s, and the thrills of encountering so many different passengers and learning a little bit about so many strangers. Although based half a century ago, you’ll soon recognise some similarity with the heroes of this novel and your travelling companions, making it a wonderful book to curl up with at the end of an exciting day.

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to re-invent yourself and start life all over again, be sure to read this novel first. The heroine, Ursula, dies and is then reborn – and this time she does things differently.

This is a curious read that’s perfect for after you’ve had a cocktail and is certain to get you thinking about the meaning of life while waiting to head to the restaurant and enjoy the evening’s gourmet meal.

Murder on the Celtic by Conrad Allen

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Conrad Allen knows a cruise ship inside out, as most of his mystery novels are set on one. This particular novel is set in 1910 and follows the adventurers of ship’s detectives George Porter Dillman and Genevieve Masefield, coincidentally travelling with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – talk about a detective surplus.

The book is fun, the adventures are barmy and the plot is very easy to follow. Full of atmosphere and mystery, it’s sure to have you looking at your fellow passengers in a different light. Just remember, it’s all fiction.

The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten

The author is a famous food critic, and if spending time during your cruise wining and dining in first class restaurants has whet your appetite to discover more about food, you’ll love this book.

Although not strictly a novel, this read is humorous and follows Mr Steingarten’s travels around the world in pursuit of the perfect chip, among other wonderful dishes. Whether such a thing exists is another question – but you’re bound to enjoy the travels and adventures that entailed while chasing perfection.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

The book surpasses the film and the radio series, and you will laugh out loud when reading. The Hitchhiker’s Guide is a comedic work of science fiction, recounting the adventures of Arthur Dent and his friend Ford Prefect as they travel around space.

This is light reading at its best, fun with a capital F. You might be comfortably ensconced in a luxurious cruise ship, but you’ll still be able to explore much of planet earth on your cruise.

What’s your favourite read?

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