© 2019 by Brian David Bruns

“The real party is going on in the crew’s quarters.”—USA Today

“Bruns paints a clear picture of 'how the sausage is made'.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“I couldn’t put it down.”—Chicago Sun-Times

Cruise Confidential is a juicy tell-all.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Bruns doesn’t hold back.”—Thomas Cook Magazine (UK)

“Witty and self-deprecating [Bruns] has a flair for dialogue.”—Blogcritics Magazine

“I found it absolutely hysterical!”Peter Greenberg, Today Show

 
Cruise Confidential, Book 1

 

From Booklist

This is a very funny, behind-the-scenes exploration of a cruise ship. Imagine a combination of Innocents Abroad and The Love Boat, with a dash of Peyton Place, and you’ll have a good idea of what to expect. Although this isn’t an exposé of cruise lines so much as a lighthearted adventure, readers planning a cruise will glean lots of useful information, and cruise veterans may find themselves looking at their familiar turf in a new, slightly suspicious way.

 

Book of the Year, HumorForeword Magazine

Book of the YearBenjamin Franklin Awards

Finalist—New England Book Festival

 

Cruise Confidential is a deliciously addictive read, a blistering kiss-and-tell about the dysfunctional life working on cruise ships. The reality is worse than you imagined…we get a good look at the orgy-like crew parties, a frightening management style that’s a mix of Old Testament and Mafia, and a unique view of how cruising Americans are viewed by the patient foreigners who pamper them day and night.”

—Doug Lansky, The Travel Channel

Cruise Confidential, Book 2

 

From Midwest Book Review:

Perhaps the icon of excess, cruise ships carry many strange diversions for those with money to burn. Ship for Brains looks into…the twists and turns of politics that often occur when one lives on a ship and what can be experienced upon it. With a grand dose of humor and a good dose of memoir, Ship for Brains is a fine pick, not to be overlooked.

 

Book of the Year, finalist—Foreword Magazine

Bronze—London Book Festival

Finalist—New York Book Festival

Finalist—San Francisco Book Festival 

 

Returning with his award-winning wit and delightfully candid narrative voice, Bruns brings us the first and only exposé of art auctioneering on the mighty liners, where the tenet of "what happens at sea, stays at sea" has always been observed - until now. We are transported to the sea as our likable guide vividly shares his misadventures, triumphs, flirtations, and, above all, his amusing and astute insights into human nature.

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Cruise Confidential, Book 3

 

From Foreword Magazine:

The series shines a harsh light on the ugly realities of working in the cruise ship industry, but in this latest book these hardships are secondary to the woman Bruns endures them for. With a candid, no-muss style, Bruns shows just how smitten he and Bianca are with one another, though they're not without their jokes and stubborn streaks. Beneath the playful jabs and willful tempers is a force of gravity that binds them, even when the waves get rough.

Humorous and heartfelt, this book explores the depths one man will dive to for the woman he loves. This daring spirit resonates throughout the narrative, ringing true for anyone who's ever defied his circumstances and demanded something more.

 

WinnerUSA Best Book Awards

SilverParis Book Festival

Bronze—London Book Festival

Bronze—Hollywood Book Festival

Book of the Year, Humor finalist—Foreword Magazine

Book of the Year, Travel/Essay finalist—Foreword Magazine

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Cruise Confidential, Book 4

 

From Midwest Book Review:

Cruise ships are now the height of luxury in society. Brian David Bruns shares more stories from his life in the cruise ship industry, sharing his humorous adventures upon cruise ships, following up on his previous works on the subject. The people you see on these cruises and the attraction of high class luxury makes [High Seas Drifter] a read that shouldn't be missed for those who love good stories about life and what passes for it.

 

“This man has seen it all.”—Deborah Roberts, ABC 20/20

 

While plying the Mediterranean on the world’s largest sailing vessel, Bruns finally becomes a part of a ship family. But one of these kindred souls—perhaps the ship photographer, perhaps the chief officer—scuttles his career at sea once and for all. It wasn't the betrayal that bothered him so much, but the lawsuits. 

See why Brian David Bruns is the only cruise writer to be featured on 20/20—on two separate occasions!

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