Get on board the big­gest gay cruise in his­tory

Ottawa Citizen - - TRAVEL - Daniel Dro­let for the Ot­tawa Cit­i­zen

At­lantis Events does things in a big way. It bills it­self as the world’s largest travel com­pany spe­cial­iz­ing in the gay mar­ket and for 20 years it has been or­ga­niz­ing cruises, tours and gay weeks at re­sorts. Next year it is or­ga­niz­ing what it says is the largest gay cruise in his­tory. The com­pany has char­tered Royal Caribbean’s Al­lure of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, and it hopes to put 5,400 gays and les­bians on board for a week­long tour of the Caribbean. The cruise leaves Fort Laud­erdale, Florida, on Jan. 29, and re­turns there on Feb. 5. There are only three ports of call: Labadee in north­ern Haiti, and Costa Maya and Cozumel, both in Mex­ico’s Yu­catán Penin­sula. In be­tween, the com­pany prom­ises top-notch en­ter­tain­ment, elab­o­rate par­ties and in­nov- ative ways of in­tro­duc­ing peo­ple to each other. There are, for ex­am­ple, five dif­fer­ent dance venues show­cas­ing dif­fer­ent types of dance par­ties. Many types of rooms on the ship are al­ready sold out; prices for re­main­ing rooms start at $1,400 U.S. per per­son, based on dou­ble oc­cu­pancy.

❚ See at­lanti­sev­ Al­lure-caribbean-cruise for more in­for­ma­tion. At­lantis also has gay cruises planned for the Baltic, the Mediter­ranean and the south­ern Caribbean over the next year.

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