MS Europa: Simply the Best! (“The Sunday Times” 29.01.12)

When cruising’s most feared critic, Douglas Ward, recently awarded the title of best ship in the world to the Europa, it didn’t make any headlines. Why? Because it’s the 12th time he’s done it. In 12 years. “I know it’s boring, but it’s simply unmatched,” Ward says. He’s right. It’s all in the detail: the cuisine is outstanding (there’s even a restaurant from the superchef Dieter Müller), the service is attentive (they’ll spray you with Evian to keep you cool by the pool), the decor tasteful and the ambience supremely civilised. And it isn’t even that expensive. A six-day cruise from Nice to Malta, departing on May 20, starts at £1,930, full board, through Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. EasyJet flies to both Nice and Malta.

For further details please call Gay Scruton at The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail