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Norwegian the Big Winner in New Cruisers' Choice Awards

Norwegian Cruise Lines has been the big winner in the annual awards organised by Cruise Critic, the world's leading cruise review site and online cruise community, this week. The awards name the best cruise ships of the year, based entirely on UK reviews posted to the Cruise Critic website, so they reflect accurately the views of the people who know, regular cruisers.

Proving popular with UK cruisers, Norwegian Cruise Line sailed away with eight awards. Of the line's Large Ship category award wins, Norwegian Spirit took four, including Best Overall, while Norwegian Escape, which launched in 2015, won Best Entertainment.

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Thousands of Discarded Airport Toiletries Go to Charity

Thousands of discarded toiletries - shampoos, creams, deodorants, pastes and gels - left behind by passengers at Belfast International Airport are being collected and handed over to the charity, Christians Against Poverty, for distribution to people in need.

Under Department of Transport airport security rules, passengers have to leave the items behind as they go through the Central Search area on their way to their departure gates.

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Chance to Experience a Little Piece of Haven

Families travelling with Stena Line have the chance to save up to £300 off the cost of their summer holiday with a seven night self-catering break to Haven from less than £150pp for travel and accommodation for a family of four.

Ireland's leading ferry company has launched its Summer 2016 breaks from only £595 for two adults and up to two children. This great price includes return travel by car on any of Stena Line's Irish Sea routes, seven nights' accommodation at a range of 10 Haven Holiday Parks including Craig Tara in Ayrshire, Seton Sands close to Edinburgh, Cala Gran in Blackpool, Presthaven Beach Resort near Prestatyn in North Wales, and Devon Cliffs in Exmouth, Devon.

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KidZania Inspires Next Generation of BA Pilots

Just six months after the new family experience in London, KidZania, opened, more than 32,500 children have already been through British Airways' Aviation Academy at the Westfield based learning experience. Some 10,352 children have 'trained' to be cabin crew, while a whopping 22,642 have tried their hand at being a pilot.

Proportionately, there's still a gender split though, with around twice as many boys as girls (14,765 vs 7,877) choosing the pilot training option.

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STENA

Electronic Permit Needed for Canada from mid-March

Passengers flying to Canada are reminded they will need an an electronic permit from March 15 this year.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advised the industry that the entry requirements are changing and air travellers will need an electronic travel authorisation (eTA). Passengers who are a dual British-Canadian national won't be able to apply for an eTA, however.

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More World Icons to Turn Green This Year

Tourism Ireland has announced that the Colosseum in Rome, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Sacre-Coeur Basilica in Paris, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro and Nelson's Column in London will go green this year to celebrate St Patrick's Day, as part of the organisation's seventh annual Global Greening initiative.

New 'greenings' for 2016 will include 7 World Trade Center at Ground Zero in New York, the famous Big Wheel on Place de la Concorde in Paris, Mole Antonelliana in Turin (the architectural symbol of the city), the light rail system in Addis Ababa (the first light rail system in sub-Saharan Africa) and City Hall in Tel Aviv.

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Airport's New High in Passenger Satisfaction Ratings

Dublin Airport has hit a new high in passenger satisfaction ratings, according to new survey figures published in the latest round of Quality of Service Monitoring at Dublin Airport.

The airport achieved its highest ever Q4 score for overall passenger satisfaction across the full spectrum of passenger comfort and services as set out by the Commission for Aviation Regulation (CAR).

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Two More Awards for the Giant's Causeway

The National Trust team at the Giant's Causeway are celebrating double success with two prestigious Awards from Tour Operator, CIE Tours International.

This is the fourth 'Award of Excellence' for the team at Giant's Causeway since the opening of the new Visitor Centre and the first time that they have received the 'Gold National Heritage Award' for their continued contribution to visitor enjoyment at the Giant's Causeway.

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