Two New Gay Caribbean Cruises Planned for 2014

Author: , March 5th, 2013

Gay Caribbean CruisesJust got word about two new gay cruises planned for the Caribbean next year. The first one is by Atlantis, as reported on the Gay Travel Information blog:

March 15th-22nd 2014 – aboard the Celebrity Summit – Ports of call: San Juan-Puerto Rico, St, Barths, Martinique, St. Lucia, Barbados and back to San Juan.

Also from Gay Travel Information, there’s an RSVP cruise next February:

February 15th-22nd, on the MSC Divinia — Ports of call: Miami-Florida, Philipsburg-St. Maartan, San Juan-Puerto Rico, Great Stirrup Cay-Bahamas and back to Miami.

We took a Caribbean cruise with RSVP a few years ago and it was a lot of fun – great mix of guys. 🙂

Gay Cruise News: Singapore to Hong Kong in March; Danube River Cruise Report

Author: , February 21st, 2013

Gay CruiseRainbow Tourism reports on a new Atlantis gay cruise in Asia setting out from Singapore on March 31st:

This March 31 – April 11, set sail on the high seas for a fantastic voyage from Singapore to Hong Kong with Atlantis. The premiere agency when it comes to gay cruises, expect to feel the warm breeze of South-East Asia across your skin as you sail through some of the most memorable and pristine waters that the Earth has to offer. Cruising along with a ship full of like-minded individuals as you explore 4 unique countries is an experience like no other. Atlantis specialises in ensuring that each and every participant has the experience of a life-time and this trip will be no different. So whether you are exploring the amazing beaches of Koh Samui or wandering the streets of Ho Chi Minh, Atlantis has got you covered.

Over at Passport Magazine, Matthew Wexler reports on a gay cruise up the Danube River:

The sun has begun to set. It is the “golden hour” when everything (and everyone) looks warm and inviting. The skeptic in me wants to believe that I am seeing the world through Campari glasses, but my inner wide-eyed traveler reminds me that I have just set sail down the Danube River. Flickering tiny villages give way to vineyards built into steep hills that rise out of the riverbed. Cities appear beyond smokestacks and water locks. On board as the temperature begins to cool, men walk hand in hand along the deck and women snuggle under cozy blankets. I am aboard Brand g Vacations’ inaugural itinerary—a privately chartered cruise from AmaWaterways, one of Europe’s leading riverboat operators. The current carries us down river as a piano player’s tuneful musings rise from the lounge below. How I wish this golden hour would never end.

I remember our RSVP Caribbean cruise fondly – there’s something great about being surrounded by other LGBT travelers – a what-if-the-whole-world-were-gay vibe. 🙂

New Gay Cruise Announced for Greek Islands in August

Author: , June 8th, 2012

Greek Islands Gay CruiseVariety Cruises has announced the addition of Gay Aegean Life, a new itinerary for gay and lesbian travelers sailing the Greek islands of the Cyclades Aug. 24-31, 2012.

Passengers will sail aboard the newly refurbished 49-passenger Panorama II sail cruiser to Greek ports of call including Santorini, Mykonos and hidden island gems such as Folegandros.

Variety Cruises is a member of IGLTA (International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association). Partial proceeds from the Gay Aegean Life cruise will benefit The Trevor Project, a national organization providing crisis intervention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.

Full Story from Travel Agent Central

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Drag Queens on the High Seas

Author: , April 23rd, 2012

Gay Travel: Drag Queens on the High SeasA Florida travel agent, according to USA Today, announced plans to take over a Royal Caribbean ship with a half dozen drag queens serving as onboard entertainers.

While the ‘extravaganza’ sounds like a party on the high seas, there is one major problem–the cruise that is meant to attract gay travelers is docking in notoriously anti-gay Jamaica. According to USA Today: “The seven-night Disco Queens on the High Seas cruise, as it’s being called, will kick off in Port Canaveral, Fla. on Sept. 16 and include calls in Falmouth, Jamaica; Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico; and Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s private beach destination in Haiti.

It’ll take place on the 3,634-passenger Freedom of the Seas.” Along with disco parties the ship will also host a drag queen pageant.

Full Story from Passport Magazine

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New Photo Raises Questions About Gay Travelers’ Account of Arrest in Dominica

Author: , April 1st, 2012

Gay Cruise ControversyAn incriminating photograph has surfaced, reportedly of the two men on an Atlantis gay cruise who were arrested earlier this month and accused of openly having sex on the boat while docked in the Roseau port of Dominica.

Dennis Mayer, 53, and John Hart, were charged with “buggery,” an offense equivalent to sodomy, and indecent exposure after they were seen allegedly having sex on the Celebrity Summit cruise ship by someone on the dock.

Following the ordeal, Mayer said they were not having sex, and that they were “partially clothed.”

Full Story from LGBTQ Nation

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Questions Remain About Dominica Arrest of Gay Couple

Author: , March 29th, 2012

Gay Cruise and DominicaAfter authorities in Dominica arrested two gay men aboard an Atlantis cruise, some are questioning why a gay cruise would visit a nation that criminalizes gay sex.

Just days into the Atlantis-sponsored Caribbean cruise, Palm Springs couple Dennis Mayer and John Hart were called to guest relations on the Celebrity ship Summit and arrested for allegedly having sex on their balcony, according to several accounts, bringing to an abrupt end their vacation, and marking the beginning of a legal drama.

Representatives from Atlantis Events did not respond to several attempts by the Blade to discuss the incident, however the company’s president, Rich Campbell, posted a statement addressing the controversy on the Atlantis Events Facebook page on March 22.

Full Story from The Washington Blade

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Why Did Gay Cruise Company Choose to Visit a Homophobic Country?

Author: , March 23rd, 2012

Gay Cruise, DominicaWednesday night, March 21, KCBS News, the local CBS News affiliate in Los Angeles, lead their news-heavy broadcast with the story out of West Hollywood about how two gay men had been arrested for “buggery” (sodomy) by Dominican police on their Celebrity Summit cruise ship docked off the small Caribean country.

Travel agent Jess Kalinowsky told KCBS Channel 2: “Number one, the travel agent should have told their clients about these destinations. And number two, Atlantis should have told the clients about the destinations. And number three, the clients should have kept their windows shut.”

The real question is: why would the WeHo-based Atlantis Events cruise to anywhere near Dominica, Jamaica, the Bahamas or the Cayman Islands where they know sodomy has long been illegal?

Fox News reported an interview with President Rich Campbell, who is aboard the cruise: “Many countries and municipalities that gay men visit and live in have antiquated laws on their books,” he said. “These statutes don’t pose a concern to us in planning a tourist visit.”

Full Story from Frontiers LA

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Two Men Arrested in Dominica for Having Sex on Gay Cruise

Author: , March 23rd, 2012

Gay Men Arrested in DomenicaTwo California men on a gay cruise have been arrested for having sex in Dominica, a Caribbean island country where sex between two men is illegal.

The Associated Press reports that the men, ages 41 and 43, were seen having sex on the Celebrity Summit cruise ship by someone on the dock and subsequently arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure and sodomy. The exact date and time of the incident was unclear, but the men were not charged. Their hometowns were not released.

The cruise was organized by Atlantis Events, a Southern California company that specializes in gay travel. A spokesman with the company said all employees were on the cruise ship and could not be reached.

Full Story from the LA Times

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Atlantis Plans Gay Cruise to Mexico

Author: , March 4th, 2012

Atlantis Gay Cruise in MexicoAs many of you know, the October Atlantis Mexican cruise has become one of the big annual events on our local party calendar, with lots of San Diego boys saving up and eagerly planning for it every year. I promised in an earlier column that I’d let you all know as soon as the 2012 cruise went on sale to the public. And so … here it is!

As you can see, there are two ports of call this year, Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, same as last year. Mazatlan was eliminated from the schedule due to safety concerns; again not a surprise, as this happened last year as well.

What is interesting is that we’ll be getting two days in Cabo, with the ship sailing out of port on the evening of Day 3, then cruising offshore in a circle somewhere, then steaming back into port the morning of Day 4.

Full Story from SDGLN

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Gay Cruises in 2012

Author: , February 16th, 2012

Gay CruisesPassport magazine presents our annual International Gay and Lesbian Cruise Calendar, an expansive list of the world’s best gay and lesbian cruises in 2012. Whether it’s a European river cruise, a transatlantic voyage aboard the QM2, or a Caribbean party ship with 4000 gay men, we have it all! The options this year are plentiful, the itineraries intriguing, and the possibilities for fun and romance are endless.

AQUAFEST: Aquafest offers unforgettable LGBT cruises at unbeatable prices. As one of the nation’s largest sellers of gay and lesbian group cruises, the company melds the best that its full gay charter competitors have to offer with unmatched LGBT-inspired entertainment and event packages. Enjoy afternoon T-dances, singles get-togethers, gay beach parties, and more. For those who’d like a more intimate adventure, Aquafest also helps schedule smaller gay and lesbian groups on world-class cruise lines. Offering a variety of discounts and celebrations for every holiday, Aquafest will please cruisers of any taste or budget.

ATLANTIS EVENTS: Atlantis is no longer just a mythical underwater kingdom. Above sea level, Atlantis Events offers fabulous, one-of-a-kind escapes so guests can leave their worries behind and let loose. The company prides itself as the largest gay and lesbian tour operator in the world, attracting some 20,000 travelers each year. Top-rated ships and resorts, exclusive parties, and signature entertainment are just a part of their style. Their trips promise something for everyone, whether you’re looking to meet a diverse group of newfound friends or just hoping to relax alone by the pool. On these cruises, you choose the way you want to play.

Full Story from Passport Magazine

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