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31Dec/100

Book early for 2011 as holiday prices set to increase!

A travel study highlighted in The Sun has revealed that many top destinations are set to cost holiday makers extra in 2011. But its not all doom and gloom as other popular destinations are predicted to cost LESS!

Trips to Turkey, Egypt and the United States could cost up to £149 more per person, a travel firm study found.

But the good news for cash-strapped Brits is that traditional Western Med favourites like Spain and Portugal will actually be CHEAPER.

The Algarve looks the best value destination, with a family of four saving an average £96, followed by the Costa Dorada and Majorca.

You can still take advantage of cheap villa rental rates in the USA and Europe by searching Bargain Villas.

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11Dec/100

Disney Dream cruise ships vital statistics

• Port: Port Canaveral

• Tonnage: 128,000 tons

• Length/Beam: 1,115 ft./125 ft.

• Total Staterooms: 1,250

• Total Passengers: 4,000

• Amenities: First water coaster at sea, AquaDuck. Atrium lobby features Enchanted Art: still artwork that comes to life when a guest walks in front of it. Virtual portholes in all inside staterooms which offer a real-time view outside the ship from high-definition cameras. Disney's Oceaneer Club and Disney's Oceaneer Lab youth areas include living characters: Disney characters appear on a 103-inch plasma screen to talk, joke and play with passengers.Goofy's Sports Deck, Nemo's Reef water-play area, Quiet Cove Pool and Cove Bar for adults only, Pixie Hollow kids area, children's and teen activities, family pools, various restaurants including three adult-only establishments, spa and salon, and much more.

• Staterooms: Concierge family oceanview stateroom with verandah, deluxe family oceanview stateroom with verandah, deluxe oceanview stateroom verandah, deluxe family oceanview stateroom, deluxe oceanview stateroom, deluxe inside stateroom, standard inside stateroom, concierge 1-bedroom suite with verandah

• Inaugural Sail Date: Set for January 26, 2011

• Shipyard: Papenburg, Germany

• Country of Registry: Bahamas

• Officer Nationality: International

• Web site: disneycruise.disney.go.com

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7Dec/100

Golf at Champions Gate Orlando Florida

The National Golf Course – Champions Gate Orlando, Florida

With four sets of tees, Golfers of all abilities will be able to play from a distance that suits their game.  The Par 72 ChampionsGate National Golf Course measures 7,128 yards from the blacks, with a demanding rating of 75.1 and a slope of 133. The remaining pin placements are blues at 6427/126 slope, the whites at 5937 /124, and the golds at 5150/111.

Besides the complimentary GPS on all carts, The National course also provides yardage blocks at 100/150/200, marked sprinkler heads and tees, and daily pin placement information.

The classic American parkland course design has 18 contiguous holes that wind through 200 acres of secluded woodlands, wetlands, and former orange groves. With its lush fairways and greens, and the stunning natural beauty integrated into the design by Greg Norman, playing the National Golf Course is truly an Orlando golf adventure.

The National Course at ChampionsGate features gently sweeping fairways, 80 sculpted bunkers, greens maintained in tour condition, clever doglegs and scenic water hazards. Water comes into play on many holes, but few forced carries means that this layout can be maneuvered by all levels of players. The sharply framed golf holes end up on smaller greens, making it a shot maker’s delight. Wayward shots will quickly unravel your round.

The par-4 fifth hole is typical of challenges facing the golfer. At just 323 yards from the black tees (311 from the blues) long hitters are tempted to take a shot at the green. However, there is trouble everywhere – wetlands that you have to carry and that run down the entire left side of this dogleg left; large bunkers on the right with ball-gobbling trees right of the bunkers. If you are playing in a scramble, hit a safe hybrid or long iron, then have your big hitter go for it.

Course Detail
Year Built: 2000

Architect: Greg Norman
Fairway Grass: GN1 Bermuda
Green: FloraDwarf
Winter Fairway: Rye
Winter Green: Poatrivialus

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The International Golf Course in Orlando, Florida

Measuring a lengthy 7,363 yards from the blacks, ChampionsGate International has the highest course rating in Florida, boasting a challenging 76.3 and a slope of 143. The remaining pin placements are blues at 6793/137 slope, the whites at 6239/132 and the golds at 5618/118. (Interactive course tour at bottom of page)

The golf course follows a classical pattern of two out-and-back loops of nine holes, has the look and feel of a links-style layout in the British Isles – except for the addition of water hazards. The International was designed, constructed and seeded to offer a hard, fast playing surface similar to those found on true links courses.

The golf course features high-side dunes, planted with swirling grasses that grow down literally into the banks of the hazards and to just paces off the fairway. Scattered throughout the course are randomly placed pot bunkers - over 160 in all. Miss hit shots can frequently lead to difficult lies in thick grass in the wind swept dunes, or out of tricky pot bunkers. The Greg Norman designed course rolls its way through Central Florida Wetlands, adding both beauty and challenges to the round. Welcome to Orlando Links Golf.

There are consequences for missing the fairways, but there’s also plenty of room to drive the ball with wide, reachable fairways. Players able to shape shots will be rewarded, but shaping is not a priority - club selection is. The proper way to approach the course is where is the best located to miss?

The green complexes are always in excellent tournament playing conditions. Green sizes and shapes vary greatly and most golfers will continually find themselves off the putting surface wondering how to navigate the bumps and steep slopes to get the ball back on.

Course Detail
Year Built: 2000

Architect: Greg Norman
Fairway Grass: GN1 Bermuda
Green: FloraDwarf
Winter Fairway: Rye
Winter Green: Poatrivialus

More course info

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