Fran Wenograd Golden is travel editor of the Boston Herald. She is also the author of TVacations: A Fun Guide to the Sites, the Stars, and the Inside Stories Behind Your Favorite TV Shows (Pocket Books, 1996), and coauthor, with Jerry Brown, of Frommer's Alaska Cruises and Ports of Call and Frommer's European Cruises and Ports of Call. Raised mostly in West Hartford, Connecticut, she lives north of Boston, and is the proud parent of Erin and Eli. Jerry Brown was born in Scotland and worked as a reporter for Scottish newspapers before joining the news department of the London Daily Mail. Later, for 31 years, he was the West Coast Bureau Chief for a leading U.S. travel trade newspaper. Now he co-writes books with Fran (see above) and writes travel stories on a freelance basis. He and his wife, Margaret, have two grown sons, two daughters-in-law, a granddaughter, Victoria Rose, and a grandson, Mason Patrick. No book of this scope could be possible without more than a little help from our friends. We'd like to send a special thank you to contributors Art Sbarsky (cruise reviews), Mark Chapman (gambling and activities/entertainment chapters), Felicity Long (family and Caribbean chapters), the cruise lines' public relations departments, and our patient editor Amy Lyons. And a big thanks to our families, for putting up with us.Golden, Fran Wenograd is the author of 'Cruise Vacations for Dummies 2005', published 2004 under ISBN 9780764569418 and ISBN 0764569414.