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Thought cruising wasn't for you? Here's why you're wrong

Inside travel: Cyprus cash crisis

If you have booked a holiday but decide not to take it, what are your rights? If you go, how should you cope financially?

Two men charged over Barbados shootings

Two men have been charged in connection with the shooting of a British couple on holiday in Barbados, local police said.

Jump racing's vigil for McNamara goes on

McCoy and McManus find grim perspective in the uncertain fate of stricken amateur jockey

Age is no barrier to being a great parent - and I should know

My mother and father had a child later in life and the upbringing they gave me proves just how valuable the experience of years can be

Disney dreams: Families are well catered for

Cruise Report: Baby on board – and the rest of the family too

There is a cruise for everyone, we are repeatedly told, and it is a style of holiday which is increasingly popular with British families. Cruise lines certainly pull out all the stops to vie for their slice of the family market. There are cartoon characters at breakfast, rock-climbing walls, ice rinks, simulated-wave surfing pools, giant waterslides and children's clubs.

Costa Concordia victims tell of terror and chaos

Harrowing descriptions of how the 32 victims of the Costa Concordia disaster met their deaths have been presented to an Italian judge.

'This is your pilot sleeping' - Air New Zealand pilot who fell asleep TWICE during flight blamed London hotels for fatigue

Pilot is reported to have said he fell asleep twice during the flight after not being able to rest because London hotel rooms were either 'too hot or too cold'

'Anything will sink if you put a hole in it': Australian billionaire plays down 'unsinkable' reports as he unveils blueprints for Titanic II - an exact replica of the doomed original

Finnish designers are not quite so cautious however, billing Titanic II as 'the safest cruise ship in the world'

Skoda Rapid

It's cheap but this new Skoda won't set pulses (or anything else) racing

A photo from one of the passengers shows mattresses being placed at the elevators area on one of the floors of the ship

'Fun Ship' that wasn't: passengers kiss ground as they escape cruiser

Angry holidaymakers describe 'sauna of sewage' as they finally get off crippled US liner

Jason Maguire: the jockey told trainer Donald McCain that Peddlers Cross was merely idling

Peddlers' Festival chances divide jockey and bookies

World Hurdle odds drift after unconvincing win in warm-up but Maguire remains confident

Cruise hell: 'sewage running down walls and savages fighting over dwindling food supplies'

Passengers on board the Carnival Triumph using mobile phones to convey tales of carpets soaked in urine and passengers sleeping in tents on deck

Five people killed in Canary Island cruise ship accident after lifeboat falls into sea

Five crew members have been killed, and a further three injured after a lifeboat fell into the sea from a cruise ship tied up at the port of Santa Cruz in the Canary Islands.

Simon Calder: There is no real connection between the Thomson Majesty and the Costa Concordia disaster

Five lives have been tragically lost during a routine drill in the port of Santa Cruz, but this sad event is an industrial accident, not a calamity threatening all on board.

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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona - seven nights from £999pp
Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn – seven nights from £899pp
Sicily – seven nights from £939pp
Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples - seven nights from £799pp
Istanbul Ephesus & Troy – six nights from £859pp
Mary Rose – two nights from £319pp
Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform