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CRUISERS LIKE 'EM

The top ships, from the Cruisers' Choice poll on CruiseCritic.com:

1. Radisson Seven Seas Mariner

2. Disney Magic

3. Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Sea

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4. MSC Opera

5. Norwegian Jewel

6. Tahitian Princess

7. Disney Wonder

8. Sea Princess

9. Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas

10. Celebrity Constellation

EXPERIENCE HARRY

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DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Currently showing on the giant screen in the Quad Cities is the latest full-length adventure "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: The IMAX Experience!" This special engagement film is playing now through March 16 at the Putnam Museum's IMAX Theatre in Davenport, Iowa.

This is the fourth installment in the Harry Potter franchise, and the second movie to be digitally re-mastered into the IMAX experience, following "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The IMAX Experience." 

; Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; and $7 for youth ages 3-12.

HOT TICKET

STRONG CITY, Kan. -- If you haven't bought your tickets to the state's newest outdoor music concert, then you might want to get going.

Even without an official announcement about the start of ticket sales, people from across the United States have found out about the Symphony in the Flint Hills outdoor music concert, and have been buying tickets at a steady pace. Organizers of the event at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve near Strong City, Kan., on June 10 have confirmed that close to 1,000 of the 5,000 available tickets have already been sold.

Advance tickets are $28 for adults, $17 for students, and $7 for children ages 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased by phone from Select-a-Seat at (316) 755-7328 or online at www.symphonyintheflinthills.org. An additional $3 convenience fee will be added to each ticket purchased through Select-a-Seat.

If tickets are still available on June 10, tickets purchased at the gate will be $36 for adults, $25 for students and $15 for children ages 12 and under.

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SURVEY SAYS ...

MINNEAPOLIS -- A survey of business travelers around the world shows that most -- 61 percent -- would rather not see cell phone use permitted on airplanes.

Europeans -- 70 percent of them -- were most strongly opposed while North Americans were most amenable, with just 57 percent against cell phone use during a flight.

Cell phone use is not now permitted on airborne planes for fear that it might interfere with navigation, but a new communications system designed to avoid that problem is scheduled to debut on a couple of European airlines later this year.

The survey of business travelers from 12 countries was commissioned by Minneapolis-based Carlson Wagonlit Travel, one of the world's largest travel firms.

The survey showed that pet peeves vary among business travelers by region. The top annoyance among business travelers in the Asia-Pacific region is crying babies; Europeans are bothered by travelers not checking bags when they should; Brazilians can't stand being disturbed by other passengers; and the No. 1 annoyance among North Americans is people stowing luggage far forward from their seat. All agreed that vacationing travelers are the least of their annoyances.

-- Associated Press

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