Weekly travel agenda: London Boat Show

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The London International Boat Show opens its doors to the public this week at London's ExCeL Centre, promising fun activities for the whole family and new debuts for boat enthusiasts. Next week, editors from three major magazines will name their picks of the year's best boats, ahead of the start of Boot Dusseldorf January 22.

London Boat Show
January 7-16
London, United Kingdom

New additions to the 2011 London Boat Show include a family area, an indoor watersports action pool and an improved layout which will see the addition of further exhibitions dedicated to outdoors activities and cycling during the final days of the show. Old favorites of the show such as the Classic Boat workshop will also be making a return, along with over 1,000 boats on display for guests.

Hotel de Glace Opening
January 7
Quebec, Canada

North America's answer to the Swedish Icehotel is open for a shorter period than its European counterpart, but offers all the fun - incredible ice art and rooms alongside a 40 ft high "Multimedia Igloo" to celebrate the hotel's 10th anniversary.

Motor Boat of the Year Awards
January 10
London, United Kingdom

Ten picks of the year's best motor boats and yachts will be announced at a gala ceremony on January 10. The jury is comprised of journalists from Motor Boat & Yachting, Motor Boats Monthly and Custom Yachting magazines.

Marina Maiden Voyage
January 22
Barcelona, Spain

Oceania's latest cruise ship Marina departs Barcelona for her maiden voyage January 22, heading to Miami for the ship's inauguration. Capable of carrying 1,250 passengers, she features 10 dining venues - including one by Master Chef Jacques Pépin - a full-service spa and gymnasium, swimming pool, hot tubs, a Lalique-designed grand lobby, luxurious accommodations by Dakota Jackson and Owner's Suites furnished exclusively in Ralph Lauren Home.

42nd Boot Dusseldorf
January 22-30
Dusseldorf, Germany

Boot Dusseldorf is the largest boat show on the calendar and welcomes yachting and watersports enthusiasts from all over the world. As the market recovers, organizers expect 1,550 exhibitors from 50 countries will be premiering their latest highlights, with a special focus on Dutch craft and a redesigned luxury exhibition called "360° elegance live."

Airport Food and Beverage Awards
January 24
Manchester, United Kingdom

Twenty awards covering everything from customer service to quality will be handed out at the Food and Beverage (FAB) awards, which aim to showcase the best of the aviation industry's offerings.

Disney Dream Maiden Voyage
January 26
Port Canaveral, FL, US

Weighing in at 128,000 tons, the Disney Dream will be the new flagship of the Disney fleet and is packed with entertainment for both young and old passengers. Innovations include the water coaster Aquaduck and high-end French restaurant Remy.

Al Ain Aerobatic Show
February 2
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The spectacular Al Ain show draws aviation enthusiasts from across the Middle East for four days of drama in the sky. Highlights this year include Team Viper, the world's only Hawker Hunter fighter jet display squadron and the multi-discipline FAI Desert Challenge, which will see aircraft of all shapes and sizes take part in airborne competitions.