Chosen best nonfiction book by the 2016 Seven Sisters Book Awards and gold medal winner of the 2016 Wishing Shelf Book Awards, “Cruising the Mediterranean” is a feel-good day-by-day exploration of some of Europe’s greatest cities.
From Amsterdam’s Red Light District and Athens’ rickety Acropolis lift to Istanbul’s bustling Grand Bazaar, readers enjoy delicious fun, playful adventure and dazzling beauty.
Even before taking off on their bucket list cruise, the Lockwoods devise a way to defeat jet lag so that from the moment they arrive in Amsterdam, they’ll be alert, awake and ready to discover all that the city has to offer.
Join this spirited couple as they explore historic canals, scout picturesque neighborhoods, and wander cobble-stone streets.
In Venice, get a bird’s eye view from the tallest structure in the city. Walk with wonder through St. Mark’s Basilica, glimmering in gold and candlelight.
Climb the Bridge of Straw to photograph the famous Bridge of Sighs.
Wander colorful neighborhoods with jigsaw puzzle streets and magical waterways.
Visit the oldest neighborhood in Athens, the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, and the stunning Greek island of Santorini.
And connecting all the historic sites in this dream-come-true trip, is the cruise ship Nieuw Amsterdam. At 86,700 tons, it is a floating resort boasting restaurants, lounges, shops, swimming pools, decks, artwork, a library, a live theater and the surrounding scenic beauty of the sea.
If you like being swept away to beautiful places and entertaining adventures, you’ll love Cruising the Mediterranean.
“We write for readers who love to travel or who dream of traveling,” says Sunny Lockwood, a former newspaper reporter and columnist. “When they read our books they discover how great travel is. No matter what your age, travel renews you. It energizes you. And it gives you lots of good stories to share with friends.”
Al and Sunny Lockwood met after he’d retired from engineering and she’d retired from daily newspaper reporting. They spent much of their time exploring California, Al with his camera and Sunny with her notebook and pen. But a serious car wreck changed their lives.
In 2012, while they waited at a red light, a driver paying more attention to her phone than her driving, slammed into them at 60 miles per hour. The collision totaled both cars and filled the Lockwood’s summer with doctor appointments, pharmacy visits, and endless wrangling with insurance companies.
The wreck also woke them up to the reality that life is fragile and there’s no guarantee you’ll have it for long. “We decided to stop putting off our travel dreams for some day in the future,” Sunny says. “We’ve made ‘someday’ today.”
Their first dream cruise was through the Panama Canal. They loved the trip so much, they wrote a book about it: Cruising Panama’s Canal, savoring 5,000 nautical miles and 500,000 decadent calories.
The book was a finalist in the 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards.
Then Al and Sunny visited Amsterdam and cruised the Mediterranean, stopping at Venice, Athens, Istanbul, and various Greek islands.
Their travel memoir Cruising the Mediterranean won Best Non-Fiction Book from the 2016 Seven Sisters Book Awards, and also won the Gold medal in the 2016 Wishing Shelf Awards (Adult Non-Fiction Books category). It was a finalist (Nonfiction Narrative category) in the 2017 Best Book Awards.
“We write to encourage people to make their travel dreams come true,” Sunny says. “We want our readers to know that travel enhances health and enriches life. So step out of your everyday routine for a week or two and take a chance on adventure and fun.”