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TWO IN THE COCKPIT

Canada moves quickly
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27 MAR 2015:  Canadian airlines and the federal government moved swiftly on Thursday to tighten security policies after it was revealed the pilot of the airliner that crashed in the French Alps this week was locked outside the cockpit. MORE

SLIPPED THROUGH THE SAFETY NET

The question is WHY
By JEN SAVEDRA
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27 MAR 2015:  In a bluntly honest  admission, Carsten Spohr, the head of Lufthansa which owns Germanwings,  admitted yesterday that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had slipped through the safety net with devastating consequences. MORE

JOLLY GOOD

Disney will offer UK cruises
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27 MAR 2015: Disney in 2016 will offer its first cruise to the British Isles and will return to Norway and Iceland for a second year, the line announced today. Disney says the 1,754-passenger Disney Magic will sail a 12-night voyage departing from Dover, England on June 5, 2016.   MORE

NEW BROCHURE FOR SUNWING

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27 MAR 2015: Sunwing Vacations 2015-16 brochure is now available. Boasting a fresh new look with an updated logo, it features over 30 different vacation destinations across the Caribbean, Cuba, Mexico and Central America on direct Sunwing flights from 32 gateways. MORE

QUITE A STORY

Author christens Avalon Tapestry ll
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27 MAR 2015: On a rainy, good-luck-kind-of-day in Les Andelys, Avalon Waterways christened its ninth Suite Ship, the Avalon Tapestry II. Acting as the ship’s godmother, Diana Gabaldon – author of the award-winning, No. 1 New York Times -bestselling OUTLANDER novels - led the christening ceremony. MORE

TRANSAT ADDS SUN FROM WESTERN CANADA

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27 MAR 2015: Transat Holidays has announced that it will be enhancing its flight offering by adding new routes to its 2015-2016 South programme in Western Canada. Departures are offered in the systems and are available for sale effective immediately. MORE

ALLURE AND OASIS HEAD FOR PUERTO RICO

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27 MAR 2015: Puerto Rico is preparing to welcome the world's two largest cruise ships for the first time next year. The executive director of the island's Tourism Company says Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas will bring an estimated 60,000 passengers to San Juan in 2016. Next year's visits are expected to generate an estimated US $6.4 million in revenue. MORE

BIGGER AND BETTER

Carnival will add nine ships
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27 MAR 2015:   Carnival Corporation  has signed two strategic memorandums of agreement that will add a total of nine new cruise ships to the company's fleet over a four-year period from 2019 - 2022. The shipbuilding agreements, which include options for additional ship builds in the coming years, are subject to several conditions, including satisfactory financing. MORE

MIAMI NICE

Metropolitan by Como givesretro a chic new vibe
By WALLACE IMMEN
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27 MAR 2017:  There must be a million mojito muddlers in Miami, but I’m nominating  the crew at  the Metropolitan by Como hotel as numero uno bar team. No, I haven’t had one too many; it’s a fact that the staff at this hotel pay so much attention to every detail that I can’t imagine getting a finer, fresher drink north of Havana.  MORE
In case you missed yesterday (or last week)... here is a selection of recent stories:

A DELIBERATE ATTEMPT TO DESTROY THE AIRCRAFT

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26 MAR 2015: There was a "deliberate attempt to destroy the aircraft," Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin says about the Germanwings crash. The most plausible explanation of the crash is that the co-pilot, "through deliberate abstention, refused to open the cabin door” to the chief pilot, and used the button to cause the plane to lose altitude, Robin said. He emphasized that his conclusions were preliminary. MORE

TICO CHARGES WOMAN

Operating without a licence
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26 MAR 2015: Alicia Kielek has been charged with one count of operating as a travel agent without registration contrary to section the Ontario Travel Industry Act, 2002. Kielek operated in Toronto and elsewhere in Ontario. MORE

OVATION FOR CHINA

Royal Caribbean increases Chinese commitment
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26 MAR 2015: Royal Caribbean International clearly believes in the importance of China to cruising. It has announced that the Ovation of the Seas will be deployed to China in 2016. The 4,180-passenger ship will be homeported in Tianjin, near Beijing, adding a fourth port in China to Royal Caribbean’s lineup and is the second newbuild that the cruise line will dedicate to the Chinese market. MORE

TUNISIAN MUSEUM DELAYS OPENING

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26 MAR 2015: The curator of the Tunisian museum targeted by a terrorist attack has announced it is postponing its reopening, for logistical and security reasons. The National Bardo Museum in Tunis was scheduled to reopen Tuesday for the first time since gunmen opened fire on tourists March 18. The attack killed 21 people, and two gunmen were killed by police. MORE

CELINE DION RETURNS TO LAS VEGAS

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26 MAR 2015:  Celine Dion has announced that she will return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Thursday, Aug. 27 to resume her Las Vegas show, Celine. The residency, which is presented jointly by AEG Live and Caesars Entertainment, has been on hiatus since August 2014 when Celine put her show business activities on hold to focus on her husband Rene, their family, and associated health issues.  MORE

THE FLAVOUR OF TOFINO

Creative culinary scene in BC surfing town
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26 MAR 2015:  One of the more memorable meals chef Tim May says he prepared in Tofino on British Columbia's remote West Coast was a wedding feast for a young couple who just eloped. The newlyweds from Toronto exchanged vows on the beach, ran back to their honeymoon nest and watched as May, described locally as a culinary rock star, cooked their romantic dinner. MORE

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

Nature rules in Antarctica
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26 MAR 2015: They trekked snow-covered mountains, gasped at seals flopping along the coastline and oohed at penguins waddling along on the ice, and even took in the spectacle of a humpback whale flapping its tail amid a sea of melting icebergs. MORE

RYANAIR MEETS FANTASIA

O'Leary gets board-slapped
By DAVID TAIT
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26 MAR 2015:  So, what you may well ask (again) is going on at Ryanair? Last week the Irish airline, famous for CEO Michael O’Leary’s attention grabbing spoofs, like standing-room-only fares and ’pay-to-pee’ for onboard loos, was once again all over the headlines – albeit with an unfamiliar script and a different presenter. For once it wasn’t the airline’s bellicose boss doing the talking. MORE
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