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Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Is Lanzarote a good idea for a warm mid-winter welcome?

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Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Am I better off paying my Mexico wedding package by credit card?

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Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Is London's Iberia route to Bogota under threat?

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Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: How can we stay sane on our family trip to Disneyland Paris?

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Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Can I source a bike box free for my easyJet flight?

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Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: What will Iberia's cuts mean for UK-Spain fares and services?

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Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: What's happening to the end of the easyJet boarding scrum?

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Sail away: P&O's 'Aurora' in Southampton

Cruise Report: Christmas cheer on a Caribbean cruise

Christmas is just over six weeks away. And if the prospect of turkey followed by more turkey, darkness before teatime, and all those sitcom specials on television makes your heart sink, then it isn't too late to plan your escape. Book a cruise now and, rather than peeling sprouts on Christmas morning, you could have a leisurely breakfast in the sunshine and then do only what you want to all day long.

Jackson Hole reveals its softer side

This famed resort isn’t just about extreme skiing, says Matt Carroll

Nearly one in five cruise holiday customers cannot swim

Nearly one in five cruise holiday customers cannot swim, according to a survey.

Disgraced cruise ship captain faces survivors

The man accused of causing the Costa Concordia disaster earlier this year, in which 32 people lost their lives, has come face to face with survivors at a hearing that may see him stand trial for manslaughter.

Francesco Schettino leaves court yesterday after his hearing

Cruise ship's black box reveals confused orders

Disgraced skipper of stricken liner may face manslaughter charges

Get me out of here: Chicago, Iceland, Cervinia

Now... See the Windy City before winter sets in. Hayes & Jarvis has a five-night break at the Hilton Chicago for £799pp, which overlooks Grant Park and Lake Michigan, with an American grill restaurant and a gourmet market. It includes Delta flights from Heathrow via Detroit on 24 Oct (hayesandjarvis.com).

Church of Scientology is in the middle of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise divorce

Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce case concludes

The Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce case is closed, court records show.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee