Might as well just order one online from Ferrypubs. I wish they could keep their glossy covers though.Works out £1 cheaper from Coastal Shipping to Ireland http://www.coastalshipping.co.uk/ferry-cruise-magazines/1075-ferry-cruise-review-summer-2013-9770958186804.html.
Always had top class service from Bernard as well. Get most of my Ferry Pubs stuff from him (unless significantly cheaper elsewhere).
Regarding the publication itself, it never ceases to amaze me how many errors slip through the net. Also getting increasingly unimpressed with the paper quality. Whilst the previous paper was overkill I find the current paper very poor for photographs and it reminds me a little of wet paper to be honest (especially when turning pages). The reasoning behind the change in quality (increase postage costs) doesn't hold much water with myself, as I feel the publishers prices are already inflated anyways (hence my refusal to order direct or subscribe as its cheaper elsewhere).
Whilst I accept F&CR has quite a small circulation and so higher costs the paper doesn't feel as good as other magazines at the same sort of price with many more pages. Unless the basic editorial errors can get sorted out I fear readership will continue to decline. Furthermore, the current issue has ferry "news" on some 32 pages and cruise news on a further 6 - all of which is long out of date by the time the magazine is published (thanks to the internet). The first article appears on page 40 meaning there are only 22 pages left for any articles (including photographs). The book reviews section seems to be a challenge to sum up a book in 100 words or less, often not telling us much more than we could have deciphered from the books title anyways.
I also feel the magazine needs to focus more on providing quality articles and features and less opinion. Would be great to see some technical features for instance rather than glorified voyage reports. Would also like to see the return of readers letters and the centrespread pictures.
On the positive side I think the layout is much better than it was in the European Ferry Scene days.
I'm old enough to remember the very first issue of British Ferry Scene, back in 1989! It was A5 size and in black and white. By today's standards, it was very primitive. It improved in leaps and bounds after that with the advances in IT and desktop publishing in the 1990s. It soon moved to colour printing and was of a very high standard.
I can also remember when they unilaterally increased the cost mid-way through the subscription year in, I think, 1998/99 to pay for the increased costs associated with better quality paper and printing, not to mention the postage. That was, I felt, sharp practice and I terminated my subscription at that point, only to subscribe again shortly afterwards.
European Ferry Scene, as it had by then become, was probably the most informative journal of its type at the time, aside from Russell Plummer's column in Ships Monthly. He is still going strong and always worth a read.
We're now in a totally different world with the internet and, as you say, the information is often out of date by the time these journals hit the doormat. The typos also used to infuriate me, as did the poor quality of some of the writing in certain sections of the magazine. I no longer subscribe as forums like this more than cater for my interest.
Ferry Publications books are still unbeatable in terms of quality, but you do pay for it as it is such a niche market and expensive to produce high quality books like that.