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Carnival Victory to sail out of San Juan next year Carnival Cruise Line will base Carnival Victory in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from November 2016. The 2,758-passenger ship will offer seven-day southern Caribbean cruises, with ports of call including St Thomas, Barbados, Saint Lucia and Saint Maarten. carnival.co.uk


Premier offers agents £5 for every island booking Premier Holidays is offering agents £5 for every booking to the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, Isles of Scilly, Sark, Alderney or Herm before October. trade.premierholidays.co.uk


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From left: Brian May, astrophysicist Garik Israelian, Stephen Hawking and Carlos Alonso, president of the Tenerife Island Government


Stephen Hawking and Brian May to speak at Tenerife’s Starmus Festival


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Theoretical physicist Professor Stephen Hawking and Queen guitarist Brian May shared a stage to launch the third Starmus Festival, which will take place in Tenerife. The event, which brings together leading astronauts, astronomers and astrophysicists, plus a selection of famous musicians, celebrates the stars and music inspired by them. The 2016 festival, which takes


place from June 27-July 2, will be a tribute to Stephen Hawking. Keynote speakers will include Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, astronomer and


Did you know . . ? It’s coming! Do you know what it is? If so, shhh…otherwise keep your eyes peeled for more information.


Celebrity initaitive offers chance to bid on summer events


Celebrity Cruises is giving agents the chance to bid on tickets for two summer events using their Celebrity Rewards points. Tickets are up for grabs for Taste of London and Kew the Music and agents will have the chance to bid for a pair of tickets.


musician Brian May and the professor himself. As well as lectures and round-


table discussions, there will be music performances, art exhibitions, visits to observatories and star-gazing parties. Tenerife’s Teide National Park is one of the world’s best locations for star-gazing due to its high altitude and low light pollution, and is home to one of the world’s most advanced observatories. The full programme and


delegate package costs are still to be confirmed, but organisers said they were likely to be similar to last year’s price of €400. starmus.com


Taste of London


Nelson Mandela’s lodge home opens for business Nelson Mandela’s former home in Shambala Game Reserve will open to the public for the first time this month. The Nelson Mandela Centre for Reconciliation, north of Johannesburg, was a retreat for the former president and his family from 2001 until his death in 2013. Small groups will be able to rent the luxury lodge in its entirety. zulucamp.co.za


Four Seasons to manage property on Côte d’Azur Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is to manage the Grand-Hotel du Cap Ferrat on the Côte d’Azur. The luxury hotel, which is more than 100 years old, sits on seven hectares of land on the Saint Jean Cap Ferrat peninsula and offers views over the Mediterranean. grand-hotel-cap-ferrat.com/uk


Hotel Garonda reopens following redevelopment Hotel Garonda in Playa de Palma, Majorca, reopened this week following a major redevelopment. The five-star hotel offers 149 rooms. The 30 junior suites which have doubled in size and now feature a whirlpool bath and outdoor terrace. A spa and indoor pool are among further additions. Rooms start at £99 a night. hotelgarondamallorca.com


The winning bidders will also


receive a package of goodies. For Taste of London, agents will also get wine glasses, a case of red and white wine, and a food hamper. For Kew the Music, the prize also includes an iPod Nano and Beats by Dr Dre headphones. Bidding for Taste of London will


take place on May 7-8 and for Kew the Music from May 12-15. celebrityrewards.com


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