Novels and films set in cruise locations or on cruise ships

The Love Boat was a TV series that took cruising to a mass audience, see our history of Princess Cruises. One could argue that for most of the world, Game of Thrones put Dubrovnik on the map. That is a series, from a book made at a cruise destination. We try and find books that are set purely on a cruise, which make good reading while cruising as you can live the adventure.Cruise novels published by Doris Visits; The parent company previously released films themselves and with distributors Universal and ICON. Doris Visits cruise books must take place against the backdrop of a cruise, so they make ideal cruise reading. Click here for the menu.   Books as Kindle versions are great last-minute presents because they can be bought with a click, cost just a few pounds and are sent to the Kindle or reader in seconds. Before we get books and films on every page, the site needs to be completed with all the ships and destinations available to British Cruisers which is the style and object of the site. Some books and films are now added, like our blog on the Trevi Fountains or the Spanish Steps in Rome that feature in the Talented Mr Ripley, and the Angels and Demons film for Rome. 

BOOKS SET IN PISA Dancing to the End of Love is set in Pisa; When internationally successful singer Siobhan McGovern turns up at the launch of Robert Lanaghan’s latest book in Dublin, it’s the start of a stormy, passionate affair. Kindle under £2 Book available.

BOOKS SET IN FLORENCE My Cousin Rachel is set in partly in Florence; see film review from on board ship, this film plays on ship. Kindle under £6 book avalailble. 

BOOKS SET IN BARCELONA ‘Origin’ by Dan Brown has Barcelona as a main location; Langdon finds himself being hunted. He escapes with the museum’s director, Ambra Vidal. Together they flee to Barcelona in the search of answers, to where Edmond Kirsch once lived Kindle or Hardcover on Amazon 

BOOKS SET IN BARCELONA ‘The Antiquarian’ Novelist Enrique Alonso’s world is turned upside down when he receives an intriguing letter from his adoptive father, Artur, a well-known antiquarian in Barcelona. Kindle or Hardcover on Amazon 

BOOKS SET IN ST MAARTEN: American Portrait. Violet cruised to find love, but as a mature woman was shocked to find interesting employment Then romance, then the employment goes wrong and ends in St Maarten. You will recognise the ship as well as the location. Kindle and book on Amazon

BOOKS SET IN TAHITIThe Water in Between: A Journey at Sea. Following a brief romance and a period of self pity, Kevin Patterson decided to have an adventure and sail in a boat to Tahiti from Canada. Quite a distance for someone who had never been in a boat. On Amazon

BOOKS SET IN HO CHI MINH CITY: RU – Ru: In Vietnamese it means lullaby; in French it is a small stream, but also signifies a flow – of tears, blood, money. Kim Thúy’s Ru is literature at its most crystalline: the flow of a life on the tides of unrest and on to more peaceful waters. In vignettes of exquisite clarity, sharp observation and sly wit, we are carried along on an unforgettable journey from a palatial residence in Saigon to a crowded and muddy Malaysian refugee camp Buy Ru on Amazon – Click here


Was book 1, Her Virgin Voyage written on the Ruby Princess, Ventura or Azura? Set in Madeira, Lanzarote, Tenerife and Lisbon. And was it real inside knowledge to predict that P&O would announce same sex marriages for 2018 which Sally Katz did in book 2, The Perfect storm.


These adventures take place on real cruises, from day 1 embarking to leaving the ship. Book 2 is quite dark and lives are threatened even though it has romance. It sees Violet being offered a job and working as a mature model for the spa and beauty parlour, and starting to get involved with the ships marketing. It covers all the Baltic ports in detail as the story works through them.

Book three sees Violet fly to the Caribbean to start work on a new ship and find she has a new boss. Love, life and work all get terribly mixed up as they sail down the coast of Florida and out to the islands in the Caribbean. All three books are like an Upstairs, Downstairs / Downtown Abbey look at cruise ships.


If you liked Bridget Jones, which got very raunchy in the last film, and you read 50 Shades then down load all three Solo Cruiser books to your Kindle or get the paperback. The audio book is to be recorded in 2018.  The test, half of Chapter 1, of the audio book is free here LISTEN HERE.

If you want to know how a cruise ship runs and don’t want to read Violet’s revealing detail in a novel, here are some more serious and much more expensive books that cover the same topics but without the romance.



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