Seventeen Seas by Bronwyn Elsmore


Seventeen Seas by Dr Bronwyn Elsmore

Seventeen Seas

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Is there really a stowaway in one of the lifeboats? And what’s the truth about Germans and deckchairs? On a cruise ship full of passengers from a variety of countries there’s bound to be plenty of fun.
Seventeen Seas follows the voyage through ten countries, fifteen ports, across seventeen seas, for forty-six days. Stories of the journey itself and the multiple destinations are told through the viewpoint of a variety of characters.
Seventeen Seas is a travel-book with a difference. Reviewers say:
“I have recommended the book both to my friends who cruise as well as people who have never cruised and would like to. This book gives a realistic view of what cruising is like in a fun and fictionalized manner.”
“It is dryly humorous…It offers interesting viewpoints on countries and cultures encountered, through eyes of the characters in the book.”
“…everyone will see portrayed someone they know or have met. A great travel book.”
“The antics of the aptly named passengers are described with wit in an easy to read style. I am sure everyone will see portrayed someone they know or have met. A great travel book.”




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About the Author

Bronwyn ElsmoreBronwyn Elsmore has written over a range of genres, fiction and non-fiction, and is the author of a large number of published works – short stories, articles, and books. She has won many short story and playwriting competitions, and earned other writing awards. Bronwyn is delighted to live in Auckland, New Zealand, where she is a full-time writer, now preferring to write fiction and plays. She also revels in sunny days and patting cats.          Find out more at

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By Sheri A. Wilkinson on March 11, 2015

Format: Paperback

Seventeen Seas by Bronwyn Elsmore

Seventeen Seas is a non-fiction book that tells stories of a recent cruise. from New Zealand to the United Kingdom. The stories told are real, the places visited were told from the point of view of each character. That was very enlightening.

I liked the stories and felt the photos added more to the story. It helped me get a visual on what I was reading. The fact that Seventeen Seas is a true story was very appealing to me. As I never have been on a cruise, I found this read quite enjoyable. I recommend to readers of all genres.


By L.Emerson on May 14, 2014

Format: Kindle Edition

I enjoyed the wry humor of this book. And while the subject matter seems light, there is a depth in the characterization and a hidden seriousness that gives the text more depth, and makes it a more fulfilling read. As other reviewers have said, this may be the book for you if you’ve been on a cruise and want to smile at the characters you met, or it might be just what you need to read if you’re thinking of going on a cruise and want a taster of what it will be like. I fall into neither of these categories, but I enjoyed the skill and wit of this New Zealand author.


Format: Kindle Edition

An enjoyable read. Convinced me that I do not want to visit the ports of their call. I hate being pushed to buy things and detest being expected to always tip. The characters were realistic and the author was very clever with some of their names. I felt there was ‘something’ that was missing. However, it was a good book, especially as a first book. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review


By Rurenga on July 7, 2012

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

This is the story of an ocean voyage – a voyage of discovery through cultures that takes the voyagers half-way round the globe. Intertwined with astute observation and humour the author questions the travelers’ direction and the evolution of their own culture.
Readers who have been on a cruise liner will recognize and laugh at the carefully drawn characters and comic situations the author has generated.


By Nancy K on September 14, 2014

Format: Kindle Edition

While I am not an avid traveler, especially not a cruiser, I still enjoyed this novel. The wry and often subtle humor was refreshing.
I particularly like the fact that this book did not get overly political, romantic, or historical. It was as it purported to be, an odyssey of passengers on a lengthy cruise.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. .
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