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Irish Ferries Enthusiasts => The Merrion Lounge => Topic started by: giftgrub on May 14, 2013, 09:46:42 PM

Title: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: giftgrub on May 14, 2013, 09:46:42 PM
The latest edition of Ferry and Cruise Review is arriving with subscribers at the moment and it looks and feels quite different. Here's why:

The new edition of Ferry & Cruise Review has now be despatched to all our subscribers this week. With the increased costs of the Royal Mail and Isle of Man Post Office, the Directors of the company have decided to change the paper quality to reduce postage costs for our subscribers. We have been faced with three substantial increases in postal costs over the last two and a half years, for which we have not come back to our subscribers with further subscription increases. In the light of the current economic climate, we do not think it is fair to ask for further monies from our regular customers, so we have reduced the paper quality of the magazine to a standard magazine material. The new paper quality does not reduce the quality and standard of the magazine and we hope that our decision will be understood in the current economic climate. The magazine continues to improve and expand its features and the new issue reflects the changes in the current Ferry and Cruise industry.

http://www.ferrypubs.co.uk/news.asp?
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: cullyburn on May 14, 2013, 11:13:13 PM
Just finished reading the new edition and the reduced paper quality does not detract from the usual indepth news presented.
In the current economic climate we subscribers should praise Ferrypubs in their efforts to continue providing the magazine and its quality of reporting for the price charged.
The accompanying letter with this edition adequately covered the need for economies and the steps taken to reduce costs.
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: Steven on June 25, 2013, 08:58:47 PM
Great to see a company looking at alternative options rather than just passing on cost increases.  I order mine from coastal shipping personally as sometimes can get it locally and sometimes not.
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: Steven on June 29, 2013, 10:24:57 PM
Having now received my copy I must admit I was initially disappointed.  However I soon realised that the quality of paper was still better than most magazines and think I prefer the tweaks that have been made to the magazine layout.  Its a pity they didnt retain the glossy cover tho.  Always thought F&CR was more like a reference book than a traditional magazine as often find myself diving into past issues to read articles, etc and the news section is often out of date by the time the magazine is published such is the speed at which information travels in this day and age.

However, I think this was the lesser of two evils, as I feel the purchase price is already high enough without it being raised to cover costs.
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: ccs on July 09, 2013, 07:14:30 PM
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Having now received my copy I must admit I was initially disappointed.  However I soon realised that the quality of paper was still better than most magazines and think I prefer the tweaks that have been made to the magazine layout.  Its a pity they didnt retain the glossy cover tho.  Always thought F&CR was more like a reference book than a traditional magazine as often find myself diving into past issues to read articles, etc and the news section is often out of date by the time the magazine is published such is the speed at which information travels in this day and age.

However, I think this was the lesser of two evils, as I feel the purchase price is already high enough without it being raised to cover costs.

Agree with all the above. I usually order my copy from Coastal Shipping who for some reason are able to deliver it much quicker than the punlishers!
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: Steven on July 11, 2013, 01:14:40 PM
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Having now received my copy I must admit I was initially disappointed.  However I soon realised that the quality of paper was still better than most magazines and think I prefer the tweaks that have been made to the magazine layout.  Its a pity they didnt retain the glossy cover tho.  Always thought F&CR was more like a reference book than a traditional magazine as often find myself diving into past issues to read articles, etc and the news section is often out of date by the time the magazine is published such is the speed at which information travels in this day and age.

However, I think this was the lesser of two evils, as I feel the purchase price is already high enough without it being raised to cover costs.

Agree with all the above. I usually order my copy from Coastal Shipping who for some reason are able to deliver it much quicker than the punlishers!

It is strange considering ferry pubs are based on the IOM, but I find this also to be the case as well as delivery being cheaper.  I usually get my Ferry Pubs books through coastal as well
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: giftgrub on July 26, 2013, 11:38:01 PM
Next Issue of Ferry & Cruise Review coming soon:

http://www.ferrypubs.co.uk/news.asp?

The new edition of Ferry & Cruise Review will be published during the week commencing 22nd July and includes features on the Viking Grace, the Stena Nordica at Stranraer and Carnival. The newly designed publication includes more pictures than previous editions and of course includes all the usual features which the magazine has brought over the last 17 years.
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: Steven on July 29, 2013, 01:19:15 AM
Which Stena Nordica are we talking about here, the one chartered to BR in the 60's or the current one which doesn't operate to Stranraer?  Im confused!
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: giftgrub on July 29, 2013, 08:52:03 AM
The current one, I would imagine its a typo as it covered Belfast - Cairnryan earlier this year.
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: Steven on July 31, 2013, 02:04:39 PM
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The current one, I would imagine its a typo as it covered Belfast - Cairnryan earlier this year.
Thought that was probably the case Though a historical article would have been interesting as well.  Annoyed I didn't manage to get a pic while she was up here.
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: giftgrub on August 10, 2013, 07:33:16 PM
My mistake, turned out to be a historical article, another good issue of the magazine though a few spelling and date errors are in some articles, they must try to keep the standards up.

Good issue but could do better.
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: Irish Sea on August 10, 2013, 09:57:03 PM
Does anyone know of a stockist of Ferry and Cruise Review in Ireland?
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: Alastair H on August 10, 2013, 11:41:05 PM
Might as well just order one online from Ferrypubs. I wish they could keep their glossy covers though.

Alastair
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: Steven on August 11, 2013, 04:35:31 PM
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Might as well just order one online from Ferrypubs. I wish they could keep their glossy covers though.

Alastair
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).

EDIT:
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.
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: Matt73 on August 13, 2013, 06:39:26 PM
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Might as well just order one online from Ferrypubs. I wish they could keep their glossy covers though.

Alastair
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).

EDIT:
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.

Matt

 
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: giftgrub on August 13, 2013, 09:28:49 PM
Interesting reports, the fact that information is out of date, is fine for me as I would only follow Irish Sea stuff normally and the publication does provide plenty of info on other areas, I always find the Isle of Wight stuff interesting, given the many vessels that sail in those waters. While the web can give instant info I still enjoy a good read of Ferry & Cruise when it arrives. The review of the Viking Grace in the current issue is very good and provides plenty of info on the next generation car ferry.

Personally I could do without the cruise ship stuff and have more articles from the main contributors but I presume the Cruise stuff is of interest to a lot of people and widens the consumer base.

The first copy I ever purchased was also an A5 edition with the Felicity on the cover, I think it was one of the first editions and I have purchased every copy since, for a long time in the late Marty Barrett's shop in the Rosslare Terminal and for the last number of years on subscription.

I do not like the new paper they are printing the magazine on and would love them to offer a better quality print, but the forces of economics as work are obviously behind this change and  I would prefer the magazine to still publish like this rather than switch to Ipad only or similar.
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: Matt73 on August 13, 2013, 10:34:44 PM
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Interesting reports, the fact that information is out of date, is fine for me as I would only follow Irish Sea stuff normally and the publication does provide plenty of info on other areas, I always find the Isle of Wight stuff interesting, given the many vessels that sail in those waters. While the web can give instant info I still enjoy a good read of Ferry & Cruise when it arrives. The review of the Viking Grace in the current issue is very good and provides plenty of info on the next generation car ferry.

Personally I could do without the cruise ship stuff and have more articles from the main contributors but I presume the Cruise stuff is of interest to a lot of people and widens the consumer base.

The first copy I ever purchased was also an A5 edition with the Felicity on the cover, I think it was one of the first editions and I have purchased every copy since, for a long time in the late Marty Barrett's shop in the Rosslare Terminal and for the last number of years on subscription.

I do not like the new paper they are printing the magazine on and would love them to offer a better quality print, but the forces of economics as work are obviously behind this change and  I would prefer the magazine to still publish like this rather than switch to Ipad only or similar.

The issue with the Felicity on the cover was the third!  I have just checked on my book shelf!

Matt
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: giftgrub on August 13, 2013, 11:00:09 PM
Thanks Matt, the Third Edition, Not bad, knew it was an early one.
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: giftgrub on October 15, 2013, 09:32:11 PM
Next issue coming soon: and available in digital dowload format as well !!!! feature on the current Stena Nordica in this issue.

The new edition of Ferry & Cruise Review will be published in the week commencing 28th October and includes features on the history of Irish Ferries on their 40th anniversary. The magazine also includes features on Stena Line’s Stena Nordica, Eckero Line’s new Finlandia and the demise of Newhaven as a ferry port. As from the autumn issue of Ferry & Cruise Review, the magazine will be available as a digital download. Those people wishing to download the magazine by this method should visit our site as from 28th October 2013.

Leading up to Christmas we have a number of new books which are due for publication, including the following:
Free Enterprise I This limited edition book follows the history of this pioneering vessel on the English Channel and in Greece. Published early November 2013.
Dover-Calais This updated edition of the history of the Dover-Calais service, written by John Hendy, brings the history of this famous route up-to-date, including establishment of DFDS and MyFerry Link’s operations on this famous service. Published late November 2013.
Silja Line – From De Samseglande to Tallink This new book gathers together for the first time the entire histories of Silja line and Tallink. Written by Kalle Id. Partly bilingual text in Finnish. Published early December 2013.
Ferry & Cruise 2014 This review book replaces our annual which we have produced since 2009. The publication has a wide variety of articles to interest both ferry and cruiseship interests. Published early December 2013.
For 2014 we have various new titles which will be published over the year, including the Ostend Ferry, TransEuropa Years, Folkestone for the Continent 1843-2001, and the SB Ferries. One of the major highlights for 2014 will be the publication of our book on the history of Sealink, written by Matthew Murtland and Richard Seville. The book not only covers the history of this famous ferry company but also looks at where the vessels operated after their careers with Sealink. Advance orders are being taken for this book at a special discounted price.

http://www.ferrypubs.co.uk/news.asp?

and also on their website

We have taken the step to change the grammage and paper quality of the magazine in the light of continued postal increases - we have absorbed the last three postal increases without increasing the cost to our readers. In the light of this we have written to all our regular subscribers explaining the situation, the majority of which have accepted the situation. Obviously there have been some who have been disappointed with the change and are concerned that the quality of the magazine will not be the same in the future. FCR is being printed on standard accepted European quality paper and there is no reason for the quality or production of the magazine to differ from that of its previous editions. Whilst the publishers accept that we did have some photographic issues with the last edition these are being addressed for the summer edition, which should contain high quality pictures as our readers would expect.
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: Steven on October 21, 2013, 12:51:36 AM
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Next issue coming soon: and available in digital dowload format as well !!!! feature on the current Stena Nordica in this issue.

The new edition of Ferry & Cruise Review will be published in the week commencing 28th October and includes features on the history of Irish Ferries on their 40th anniversary. The magazine also includes features on Stena Line’s Stena Nordica, Eckero Line’s new Finlandia and the demise of Newhaven as a ferry port. As from the autumn issue of Ferry & Cruise Review, the magazine will be available as a digital download. Those people wishing to download the magazine by this method should visit our site as from 28th October 2013.

Leading up to Christmas we have a number of new books which are due for publication, including the following:
Free Enterprise I This limited edition book follows the history of this pioneering vessel on the English Channel and in Greece. Published early November 2013.
Dover-Calais This updated edition of the history of the Dover-Calais service, written by John Hendy, brings the history of this famous route up-to-date, including establishment of DFDS and MyFerry Link’s operations on this famous service. Published late November 2013.
Silja Line – From De Samseglande to Tallink This new book gathers together for the first time the entire histories of Silja line and Tallink. Written by Kalle Id. Partly bilingual text in Finnish. Published early December 2013.
Ferry & Cruise 2014 This review book replaces our annual which we have produced since 2009. The publication has a wide variety of articles to interest both ferry and cruiseship interests. Published early December 2013.
For 2014 we have various new titles which will be published over the year, including the Ostend Ferry, TransEuropa Years, Folkestone for the Continent 1843-2001, and the SB Ferries. One of the major highlights for 2014 will be the publication of our book on the history of Sealink, written by Matthew Murtland and Richard Seville. The book not only covers the history of this famous ferry company but also looks at where the vessels operated after their careers with Sealink. Advance orders are being taken for this book at a special discounted price.

http://www.ferrypubs.co.uk/news.asp?

and also on their website

We have taken the step to change the grammage and paper quality of the magazine in the light of continued postal increases - we have absorbed the last three postal increases without increasing the cost to our readers. In the light of this we have written to all our regular subscribers explaining the situation, the majority of which have accepted the situation. Obviously there have been some who have been disappointed with the change and are concerned that the quality of the magazine will not be the same in the future. FCR is being printed on standard accepted European quality paper and there is no reason for the quality or production of the magazine to differ from that of its previous editions. Whilst the publishers accept that we did have some photographic issues with the last edition these are being addressed for the summer edition, which should contain high quality pictures as our readers would expect.
Interesting that they are making it available digitally - I wonder if it will be cheaper?  Another thing is how is photographers work going to be protected as obviously printing/screen grabbing from a file on a computer has better quality than scanning of a magazine.  I have toyed with the idea of sending some pics in previously but to date haven't sent anything in (I sent an email about acceptable formats and got 2 totally different answers) but given the problems some are having with flickr some might be interested to know what ferry pubs are doing to protect their work (which isn't paid for either from what I understand).

The message at the bottom has been on the site for the past couple of issues IIRC.  The Sealink book sounds interesting!
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: Steven on November 20, 2013, 07:46:28 PM
The latest issue arrived with me via the postman this morning from Coastal Shipping.  I would say it is one of the best issues in a long time.  I haven't "proof read" the issue for mistakes, but the print quality issues seem to have been addressed.  The Irish Ferries feature runs to some 8 pages including photographs.  For those of you looking to order a copy online I recommend Coastal Shipping as it is cheaper to get it delivered from them both to the UK and Ireland than it is from the publisher.  Cant find any trace of a digital edition either btw so cant comment on pricing.

The next issue looks promising with features listed as being:7
Impressions of the Normandie and Bretagne
Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey Upgrades
Stena Line 20 Years of Fast Craft
and Southern Baltic Sojourn - A visit to Poland

I hope this is the start of a turnaround for the publication
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: giftgrub on November 20, 2013, 09:07:49 PM
Just got my copy this evening, looks good so far, only gripe is one single page for Irish Sea news, just one page !

However pages of detail on Irish Ferries and the Stena Nordica nearly make up for this, also a very interesting photo of the Norwegian Epic docked next to a ferry in the med, and a great shot of the Normandy just after Irish Ferries purchased it, all debranded.
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: Steven on November 20, 2013, 10:31:19 PM
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Just got my copy this evening, looks good so far, only gripe is one single page for Irish Sea news, just one page !

However pages of detail on Irish Ferries and the Stena Nordica nearly make up for this, also a very interesting photo of the Norwegian Epic docked next to a ferry in the med, and a great shot of the Normandy just after Irish Ferries purchased it, all debranded.

It looks to me like the list of contributors to the ferry pubs material has been increased as well - just looking at the forthcoming (and recent) publications would indicate this.  Its good to see more variety in the photographers used as well in this issue.  I'm also loving the shot of Normandy in white and red.  Hopefully the Irish Sea news being so brief is a one off (and lets face it there's already the arrival of Epsilon and Stena Hibernia for starters as well as all the fleet shuffling for Christmas to be covered in the next issue which should take up more space than this months whole Irish sea section to be discussed next time around).  Its actually less than half a page as half a page is an advert for Sealink and Beyond and almost a third of the remaining space is taken up by a picture of Celtic Horizon with a generously spaced caption.  Very poor in comparison to the last issues 3 pages including photographs!  However, as the news is generally way out of date by the time of publication its not as big a deal for me than non-existent special feature articles.
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: Steven on February 07, 2014, 10:00:48 PM
Has anyone managed to get hold of the latest winter 2014 issue yet?  Is it worth me seeking out (strangely nowhere seems to have it apart from Ferry Publications themselves and their shipping costs take the p a bit!), specifically whats the Stena Visentini and fast craft articles like?

Cheers

Steven

P.S. this is my first post on the shiny new board
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: giftgrub on February 07, 2014, 11:15:18 PM
Just got the Winter 2014 issue with the Daniya formerly the Stena Navigator on the cover.

Features the now usual typos and incorrect picture explanations but does have a good feature on the Stena Fast Craft developments, plenty of very nice images of the Stena Lagan/Mersey and also a preview of the 100th issue which is published on the 28th April.

From Ferrypubs.co.uk

http://www.ferrypubs.co.uk/news.asp?

The new edition of Ferry & Cruise Review has just been published and includes features on Stena Line’s fast craft operations, Brittany Ferries’ Normandie and Bretagne, and the upgrades of the Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey. The magazine celebrates its 100th edition with the Spring edition, which will include a wide variety of articles from those working in the industry today. For the 100th edition of the magazine, we hope to make the magazine available as an App download.
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: Steven on February 08, 2014, 03:49:55 PM
Just got the Winter 2014 issue with the Daniya formerly the Stena Navigator on the cover.

Features the now usual typos and incorrect picture explanations but does have a good feature on the Stena Fast Craft developments, plenty of very nice images of the Stena Lagan/Mersey and also a preview of the 100th issue which is published on the 28th April.

From Ferrypubs.co.uk

http://www.ferrypubs.co.uk/news.asp?

The new edition of Ferry & Cruise Review has just been published and includes features on Stena Line’s fast craft operations, Brittany Ferries’ Normandie and Bretagne, and the upgrades of the Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey. The magazine celebrates its 100th edition with the Spring edition, which will include a wide variety of articles from those working in the industry today. For the 100th edition of the magazine, we hope to make the magazine available as an App download.

Cheers Giftgrub, will continue in my search for a copy then!
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: giftgrub on April 27, 2014, 11:00:18 PM
Coming soon to a postbox near you:

ISSUE 100 !

The new edition of Ferry & Cruise Review has just been published and includes features from the industry on 25 Years in the Ferry Industry from P&O Ferries, Some views from Roscoff, Ireland’s Ferry Market by Irish Ferries, Stena Line - A bigger and Bolder Business and Rolling Back the Years by Matthew Punter.

http://www.ferrypubs.co.uk/news.asp?
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: Steven on May 06, 2014, 11:04:52 PM
Latest book publication dates now updated on my website.  Might be worth having a look on this if you have anything pre-ordered from Ferry Publications, it may be a bit later than you thought!  I try to update this at least once a month.

http://www.niferrysite.co.uk/?p=240 (http://www.niferrysite.co.uk/?p=240)

Personally I am currently waiting on Sealink and Beyond, The Transeuropa Years, and The Ostend Ferry.  Very disappointed in the Transeuropa title being pushed back!
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: giftgrub on August 18, 2014, 08:22:15 PM
Issue 101 of Ferry & Cruise has been published and contains the usual plus a feature on the Irish Ferries latest vessel Epsilon and a great feature on Fjord Line ferry Bergensfjord becoming Oslofjord.
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: giftgrub on May 06, 2015, 10:02:51 PM
Latest issue of Ferry & Cruise Review issue 104, has arrived and features the usual updates and now customary spelling and typo errors, however also has a very nice article on Brittany Ferries "four ferries in four days", DFDS Dover/Dunkerque review and plenty of Superfast X images and Newhaven Dieppe feature, well worth a read. ( also a recent image of the Stena Alegra moored off Batum Island)
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: giftgrub on July 28, 2015, 09:58:05 PM
All New website now online at ferrypubs.co.uk, next issue of magazine due soon.
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: ccs on July 29, 2015, 10:49:00 AM
All New website now online at ferrypubs.co.uk, next issue of magazine due soon.

Looks well and a lot easier to navigate than before. Ferry pubs do great books but their delivery to Ireland is very slow. I usually order from someone like Bernard McCalls Coastal Shipping who have a same day despatch of items that are in stock.
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: Steven on July 29, 2015, 11:03:18 AM
My copy should hopefully be here today, courtesy of Bernard and Doreen at Coastal Shipping.  TBH, not sure why I keep buying this as sloppy mistakes continue to plague the publication.

On a related note, apparently this issue is a limited print run.  I think (personally) they have taken this limited print run thing a bit far now!!!!!
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: PaddyL on August 06, 2015, 11:35:28 PM
Is limited print run another way of saying "not as popular as it used to be"!
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: Steven on August 08, 2015, 06:12:20 PM
Is limited print run another way of saying "not as popular as it used to be"!
Quite possibly. Seems to have disappeared from Eason's as well.  I wonder what the circulation/readership figures are like these days, and whether a significant number of magazines have been unsold in the past.

Seems all of the "limited print run" books published over the past year are still available as well.  Perhaps it would help if they actually published on time instead of letting publication dates lapse constantly (in some cases by over a year so far!)
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: giftgrub on November 11, 2015, 09:50:57 PM
New Issue out this week, includes feature on Dun Laoghaire
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: ccs on November 12, 2015, 01:40:40 PM
Got it ion the post the other day. Good article and pics in the Dun Laoghaire feature.
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: giftgrub on November 17, 2015, 10:13:21 PM
Just got my copy today, also nice review of Malo Seaways and a former Pride of Winchester, as usual a few errors but they make it more interesting these days.
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: giftgrub on January 26, 2016, 09:27:20 PM
Latest issue posted today, includes feature on Stena's Rosslare -France operations

http://www.ferrypubs.co.uk/product-category/ferry-cruise-review-magazine/latest-edition/
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: Steven on January 26, 2016, 10:34:12 PM
Latest issue posted today, includes feature on Stena's Rosslare -France operations

http://www.ferrypubs.co.uk/product-category/ferry-cruise-review-magazine/latest-edition/
Impeccable timing, given she is currently in a 2 week long dry-dock/refit in Belfast!
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: giftgrub on January 23, 2018, 10:21:24 PM
All change again with Ferry & Cruise Review, new look, new editor Richard Kirkman replacing the now retired John Henry, new Dover port based reporter.


https://www.ferrypubs.co.uk/product/issue-115-winter-2018/

This is the first edition of Ferry & Cruise Review under new editorship and this issue features a number of design changes.
Last of the Line – Stena Line’s Sassnitz.
Azamara Expands – Adonia to join the fleet.
Caribbean Cat and Funky Ferry – Algeciras-Ceuta services.
Cruising on Braemar – The Lochs, castles and coasts of the British Isles.
Jadrolinija’s Sis – Still in service.
Plus all the news from the UK, Europe and beyond.

Best of luck to all involved, still great to get a printed magazine in the post.
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: Steven on February 05, 2018, 07:06:22 AM
All change again with Ferry & Cruise Review, new look, new editor Richard Kirkman replacing the now retired John Henry, new Dover port based reporter.


https://www.ferrypubs.co.uk/product/issue-115-winter-2018/

This is the first edition of Ferry & Cruise Review under new editorship and this issue features a number of design changes.
Last of the Line – Stena Line’s Sassnitz.
Azamara Expands – Adonia to join the fleet.
Caribbean Cat and Funky Ferry – Algeciras-Ceuta services.
Cruising on Braemar – The Lochs, castles and coasts of the British Isles.
Jadrolinija’s Sis – Still in service.
Plus all the news from the UK, Europe and beyond.

Best of luck to all involved, still great to get a printed magazine in the post.
John Hendy.  That was a ferrypubs like typo GG 😉
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: giftgrub on February 06, 2018, 11:16:20 PM
So So Wish the typo was intentional, could have claimed some F&CR related influence, purely down to using ipad.

New issue is certainly different and with a new editor taking charge will take a few issues to settle in.

After my first read would comment, images seem to be less, much more use of Bold print for vessel names, big reduction on images to illustrate articles, full page on Ulysses with not one image, surely same text over two pages with images would have worked.

I do still get enjoyment of having a magazine delivered and sitting down to read it, so love the fact that they are still in business, bought my first copy issue 2 on board the Felicity many years ago and have managed to read nearly every issue since, purchasing in Marty Barrett's shop in the Rosslare terminal four times a year and then on subscription when funds allowed commitment to the three year sub.

Well aware they have annoyed some of the contributors on this forum but it is the only dedicated ferry magazine we have in Ireland and UK and I hope they build on the foundations that they have and develop the magazine further
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: Steven on February 08, 2018, 05:46:41 PM
So So Wish the typo was intentional, could have claimed some F&CR related influence, purely down to using ipad.

New issue is certainly different and with a new editor taking charge will take a few issues to settle in.

After my first read would comment, images seem to be less, much more use of Bold print for vessel names, big reduction on images to illustrate articles, full page on Ulysses with not one image, surely same text over two pages with images would have worked.

I do still get enjoyment of having a magazine delivered and sitting down to read it, so love the fact that they are still in business, bought my first copy issue 2 on board the Felicity many years ago and have managed to read nearly every issue since, purchasing in Marty Barrett's shop in the Rosslare terminal four times a year and then on subscription when funds allowed commitment to the three year sub.

Well aware they have annoyed some of the contributors on this forum but it is the only dedicated ferry magazine we have in Ireland and UK and I hope they build on the foundations that they have and develop the magazine further
I wonder if the reduction in images is to get the page count down?  Can’t see any other reason as AFAIK they don’t pay for their use!
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: giftgrub on November 07, 2018, 10:55:12 PM
Just got my copy of the Autumn 2018 magazine and has a great feature on Dublin Swift, amongst all the usual articles also a large feature on New York ferry services.

Plenty of good stuff as always and the usual odd typo, Stena Forerunner marked as Stena Forwarder on a photo caption (not a problem easy to spot when not rushing to check before print deadlines).

Also https://www.niferry.co.uk/ got a mention as the most comprehensive source of info on the Stena E-Flexer series, credit to both author Matt Davies for the mention and the team behind niferry for the info.

In this digital first age, still great to arrive home and see the magazine in the post ( I know it only comes out four times a year but still great to have a physical product).
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: Steven on November 10, 2018, 12:20:31 AM
Just got my copy of the Autumn 2018 magazine and has a great feature on Dublin Swift, amongst all the usual articles also a large feature on New York ferry services.

Plenty of good stuff as always and the usual odd typo, Stena Forerunner marked as Stena Forwarder on a photo caption (not a problem easy to spot when not rushing to check before print deadlines).

Also https://www.niferry.co.uk/ got a mention as the most comprehensive source of info on the Stena E-Flexer series, credit to both author Matt Davies for the mention and the team behind niferry for the info.

In this digital first age, still great to arrive home and see the magazine in the post ( I know it only comes out four times a year but still great to have a physical product).
Bit of a long post this but as someone who read the magazine pretty religiously since the BFS A5 format days and stopped buying it in the past couple of years I thought I’d give my opinion on the latest edition.

For me there are still some worrying errors - does the editor proof read or just stitch what he is sent together to send to the printers?  Stena Forerunner is definitely longer than 96m and her shorter part-sisters definitely aren’t 98m long either!!!  To be honest anyone who knows anything about the ferry industry should realise Stena don’t have 96m long roro freighters these days!!!  This isn’t so much a criticism of the contibutor to be honest as it’s easy to make mistakes, as much as the error checking and proof reading that goes on back at HQ who still seem to struggle with putting the correct captions on pictures.   Hopefully though the magazine has started to turn a corner with someone new at the “helm”, the format has certainly moved around a bit and it’s nice to see smaller services get a mention in the “England and the Islands” news.  Matt Murtlands piece near the end with the 1980 P&O brochure was a nice inclusion - would be good to see more of this type of thing, and for me at least it would make the magazine a more worthwhile buy (this is the first issue I’ve picked up in about a year I think).  It will of course take time to make real changes and get the processes in place to stop the sloppy errors (which we all make, but that’s why I often get NIFS proof read by someone else for example - in the contributors defence I know from experience it’s easy to miss things when you proof read your own work) but at least changes seem to be happening. 

For me there’s too much space given over to “news” which in this day and age is out of date before the copy date never mind the publication date which is about 6 weeks later!  It makes half the publication largely irrelevant and such a dependence on old news to fill the magazine will only see sales slide in future IMO.  It’s not exactly an easy publication to track down as it is so why will people continue to make an effort to do so if they can get up to date news emailed to them every week (Mike Louagie’s ferryshippingnews.com mailing list) unless there is enough new content in there to justify them doing so!!!  It’s nice to have a recap but by my count it takes up half the publication - perhaps more “news” could be put in the “in brief” section?  I’m also mindful this is just my opinion and perhaps others value the news sections more of course, but it just doesn’t seem sustainable to me as the core of the product.  It would also be good to see more things like the New York ferries feature and MD’s Danube ferry article too - stuff like the aforementioned P&O piece that isn’t easy to find just anywhere.

It’s nice to see book reviews return but reviewing only books published by the company themselves with the corresponding advert for said books opposite is a little cheeky in my opinion and really just a 2 page advert!  Speaking of adverts, the GABRIELLA mooring winch article reads a bit like one!  Perhaps it would have been better if it had looked at the development of these systems or looked at alternatives such as fully automated mooring “arms” for example rather than just one system on one ship?

It was very good of Matt to mention NIFS - I sent him a message on here to say thanks but looks like he isn’t active on here anymore.

Will I buy the next issue?  Probably not if I’m honest but I’ll at least give it a flick through to see if there’s anything in there worth buying it for.
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: giftgrub on November 10, 2018, 10:27:15 AM
Would agree to some of your points but still like to have the news for all areas, reading about the Scottish services and Europe In addition to UK and Ireland still find have a printed resource is very good and nice to sit down and read something that you can go back to without turning a machine on.

Some tweaks required but nice to get in the post four times a year.
Title: Re: All change with Ferry & Cruise Review
Post by: Steven on November 12, 2018, 10:37:32 PM
Would agree to some of your points but still like to have the news for all areas, reading about the Scottish services and Europe In addition to UK and Ireland still find have a printed resource is very good and nice to sit down and read something that you can go back to without turning a machine on.

Some tweaks required but nice to get in the post four times a year.

For me (despite my ramble) the main thing is at least they seem to be trying to change things, and it was good to see some different features from outside the Northern European and Mediterranean comfort zone.

 You’ll never please everyone all of the time of course.  I imagine there will be a certain amount of resistance to change as well (which is only natural), after all Miles has remained “Deputy Editor” and it seems all submissions go through him.  I wouldn’t want to see the “news” disappear totally, but it could at least be accurate/proof read!?!