RSVP Plans First Gay Cruise to Hawaiian Islands

Published Date Author: , March 18th, 2010

Celebrating a special anniversary with a special trip is not that unusual, but it might come as a surprise that the original gay/lesbian cruise company is just now making its first foray into historically rainbow-friendly Hawai’i.

RSVP Vacations, established in 1985 as a charter cruise operator, is marking its 25th anniversary with an inaugural Hawai’i itinerary. The company is offering a one-week interisland cruise on NCL’s appropriately named Pride of America, departing Honolulu Oct. 30 and calling in Kahului, Hilo, Kona and Nāwiliwili (Kaua’i) before returning to Honolulu the morning of Nov. 6.

The RSVP vacation is apparently the first such fully chartered cruise (versus gay-themed “group travel”) in the Hawaiian islands, although they’ve been commonplace in the Caribbean for years. In addition to the typical excursions to Hawai’i’s breathtaking sights, the RSVP cruise will feature gay-themed entertainment at pool parties, “T-dances,” cabaret piano bars and shows in the ship’s two-story theater. We suspect a certain amount of action will be taking place in Pride of America’s six Jacuzzis as well. (For a description of the 2,138-passenger ship’s other amenities, see Chronicle Travel Editor Spud Hilton’s writeup of his inspection in 2005.)

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gay cruise - Gravatar gay cruise said on March 30, 2010, 6:55 am:

In addition to sailing the first all gay and lesbian charter cruise – aboard the Bermuda Star in 1986 – RSVP also chartered the first ever all-gay cruise to the Mediterranean, in July 1989 on the Stella Maris. RSVP cruises have visited ports on five continents, from Puerto Vallarta to Phuket and Montevideo to Mykonos.

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