What a whirlwind month it’s been. The Cruise International awards were a huge success and we’ve also been busy with the latest issue, which is in the shops now.

Liz Jarvis

It’s packed with all the coverage from the awards, plus our selection of the best ships, destinations and itineraries to help you have your best holiday ever.

We have an interview with celebrity chef Eric Lanlard, who famously created cakes for the Beckhams, Madonna and HRH the Princess Royal – he tells us why he’s preparing to join P&O Cruises’ Chefs at Sea, plus he shares his recipe for mince pies and reveals why he’s going to be the chef in space (really).

The news that Pulp and Hot Chip are going to headline Coachella’s first festival at sea heralds a new age of cruising – it’s getting cool. So we’re taking a look at some of the coolest things you can do on a cruise, from joining the party at the Rio Carnival to personal shopping in the Med and chocolate tasting in the Caribbean.

And we also follow a group of war veterans – known as the Polar Bears – who risked everything to ensure that essentials supplies reached Russia during WW2 as they return to the Arctic to remember their fallen comrades. It’s an incredibly moving feature and well worth a read.

Plus you could win a fabulous river cruise on the Rhine for two worth £3700, and we select some of the best Christmas cruises from Venice to the Moselle.

You won’t want to miss it.





Liz Jarvis,