9 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE A GAY CRUISE

Going on a cruise is one of the most enjoyable and relaxing vacations you can take. The options are limitless ranging from the Mediterranean and Caribbean to the Baltic Sea or even Alaska. Of course the latter will be lacking sun and warm weather and it’s probably not the most gay-friendly option you could choose. So why not consider taking an all-gay cruise? You can opt for a small ship with a more intimate feel or take one of the more popular large boats with companies like Atlantis or RSVP. For the ladies, Olivia is the major player and all 3 companies have been around for 20 years or more. So if you’ve never thought about taking a gay cruise, here are 9 reasons that just might convince you.

Friendly and Social Atmosphere

One great aspect of taking a gay cruise is that most of the guests are friendly and open to meeting new people. On a straight cruise, guests come with friends or family and already have a social group established. On a gay cruise, there are many activities that help connect guests and give you a chance to meet new people.

Options for All: Singles, Couples and Friends

Another benefit on a gay cruise is the amount of different activities that take place on the ship. When we went on our Atlantis cruise a few years back, there were even events geared towards couples and singles. Couples could meet other couples and enjoy a meal together and singles could meet other singles and quickly make new friends.

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On a Gay Cruise, Just One of the Guys – NYTimes.com

Two men in revealing white singlets walked into a piano bar while the cabaret singer Natalie Douglas belted away on stage, accompanied byBrian Nash, a fixture on the New York City piano bar scene. The men were hardly out of place, though — a couple of other men in white shorts and bunny ears were already there.

If I’d witnessed this in New York, at Brandy’s, say, or Don’t Tell Mama, it would have perhaps been bizarre (perhaps, because in New York you kind of never know what to expect). But we were a week into an all-gay Atlantis cruise, and costumes of varying sorts — including those that leave precious little to the imagination — were hardly oddities at this point. It was just another night, another theme party aboard the Golden Princess.

The thumpa-thumpa club scene is hardly my milieu at home, but there I stood an hour later in tight shorts, a short-sleeve dress shirt with a bow tie, and flip-flops, all of it white. I was surrounded by hundreds of people, mostly gay men, some in chef hats or sailor caps, others in dresses, sequined from head to toe, and many wearing nothing but minuscule underwear and a coating of glitter. Nearly everything in sight was monochromatic at this “White Party,” an all-night event and the last big blowout of our eight-day Los Angeles to Mexico excursion.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/12/travel/on-gay-cruise-just-one-of-the-guys.html

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Atlantis Cruises: These are NOT your grandma’s cruises – WeHo News

Combining all the elements of a luxury liner, with a schedule of activities designed for today’s modern gay traveler, a ten day Atlantis cruise of the Mediterranean is definitely NOT your grandma’s cruise. An all-gay cruise is what you make of it. Whether you are traveling as a couple, alone or with a group of friends, the team at Atlantis Events  makes a point of scheduling “something for everyone” and truly living up to their catch phase… “The Way We Play!” Starting with the welcoming boarding bear hug by their omni-present and effervescent cruise director Malcolm, all of this is clearly evident. Yes, there are still the usual hour by hour activities one would find on the Celebrity Equinox  (the ship used in this adventure) such as outdoor spin classes, yoga instructions, table tennis, basketball court shooting, lawn games, the ever-popular bingo, feature films playing in the theater and so much more. But Atlantis Events doesn’t just rest on the laurels of the Celebrity cruise team.  They supplement and even replace much of the standard programming with those oh-so-gay delights including Classic Disco Sunset T-Dances, gay comedians night from Pam Ann, to London based drag impersonator Charlie Hides, a concert with superstar pop and dance diva Deborah Cox, and themed dance parties on deck, under the stars, every night until sunrise. 

via WeHo News | Arts and Entertainment.

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Comedians We’re Proud Of: Brad Loekle | Advocate.com

If you’ve ever set sail on a gay cruise with Atlantis Events, then you may remember (or better yet, not remember) getting drunk with Brad Loekle. His racy and bombastic style of comedy has landed him a headlining spot on cruises in more than five continents.

If staying home to watch TV is more your speed, then catch him every Thursday making fun of the

World’s Dumbest on TruTV. His summer calendar is packed with shows all over the country, so do yourself a favor and get out of the house. You won’t be disappointed by Loekle.

Comedians We’re Proud Of: Brad Loekle | Advocate.com.

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Atlantis Events – 2014 Silhouette Caribbean Cruise

Atlantis 2014 Silhouette Caribbean CruiseOur most popular premium ship comes home to the Caribbean to host the all-new Atlantis February cruise in 2014. We invite you to sail the most modern ship ever designed to the best of the sunny Southern Caribbean as we reinvent our most popular cruise of the year. Our biggest party hits the decks of the stunning new Celebrity Silhouette to host our 2800 guests from around the world. Imagine all the entertainment, excitement, and fun you love in a seductive new setting.

via Atlantis Events – 2014 Silhouette Caribbean Cruise.

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Ten Lessons From A Gay Cruise Virgin | Advocate.com

For the better part of our 10-year relationship, my partner, Dan, has talked about going on a gay cruise. I resisted at every mention, worried that it would be too loud, too crazy and too impossible to find just one good night’s sleep.

Little did I know, I wouldn’t want one.

Out of the kindness of my heart, I finally relented. We decided on Atlantis’ party-heavy Independence of the Seas cruise in the Caribbean, Feb. 2-10. Why not dive in head-first, we thought.

The schedule was a day longer than most of their cruises in the past. Friends of mine told me I’d be very ready for it to be over by the last day. They couldn’t have been further from the truth.

This gay-cruise virgin learned a lot on his first trip with Atlantis. These 10 lessons stick out…

Ten Lessons From A Gay Cruise Virgin | Advocate.com.

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Vacation options for single seniors and gays and lesbians – Magazine – The Boston Globe

FOR GAYS & LESBIANS

A gay-friendly vacation can mean a same-sex couple need not endure being quizzed at check-in about their request for a double bed. Or it can mean a resort that caters exclusively to gays and lesbians. Knowing this demographic is more likely than the overall US population to have a passport and actually use it, mainstream companies from Delta to DoubleTree have launched programs to attract these vacationers. “We’ve seen a huge increase in both gay- and lesbian-owned and -friendly accommodations,” says J. Scott Coatsworth of the San Francisco-based website PurpleRoofs.com. “We’re closing in on 5,000 listings now — and they’re popping up in unexpected places, including China, India, Russia, Zambia, Kenya, and more.”

Small towns and more

You’d expect to find hotels catering to gay vacationers in Palm Springs and P-town. But how about Eureka Springs, Arkansas? In fact, this tiny Ozarks hamlet boasts a sizable gay community and the Magnetic Valley Resort (479-253-0200; magneticvalleyresort.com), a clothing-optional getaway for men. Also off the beaten track: New Hope, Pennsylvania, which marks its 10th annual Pride Week & Parade in May with a mile-long rainbow flag borrowed from sister city Key West. Stay and play at The Raven (215-862-2081; theravennewhope.com), a 10-room inn whose Oak Room bar offers male revues and a Lipstick Mondays drag show and where a Sunday afternoon Tea Dance is held on the deck. If an all-inclusive mega-resort is more your scene, Atlantis Events (800-628-5268; atlantisevents.com) has reserved Club Med Cancun for its gay and lesbian vacationers the last week in April.

Urban destinations

New York may now have THE OUT NYC (212-947-2999; theoutnyc.com), the city’s first hotel catering to same-sex travelers, as well as established gay-friendly attractions, but Las Vegas is nipping at the Big Apple’s heels. This fall, Sin City saw its first Gay Days (888-942-9329; gaydays.com), a collection of parties and outings that has been held annually in Orlando for years. In December, an 80,000-square-foot disco called Krave Massive (702-836-0830; kravemassive.com) and touted as the world’s biggest gay nightclub should open in Las Vegas; it joins Drink & Drag (702-489-3724; drinkanddrag.com), a bowling alley staffed by drag queens that launched this year.

Cruises

In February, Atlantis Events (800-628-5268; atlantisevents.com) will take over Royal Caribbean’s 3,700-passenger Independence of the Seas for an eight-night Caribbean cruise catering to gay men. Meanwhile, Olivia (800-631-6277; olivia.com) serves the female market, with two southern Caribbean trips in January and February marking its 40th anniversary.

Festivals

The party/festival circuit can keep your calendar hopping. Around Thanksgiving is Miami’s long-running White Party Week (305-576-1234; whiteparty.org), offering pool parties, dances, and other events. Then head to the slopes in January for Aspen Gay Ski Week (866-564-8398; gayskiweek.com), featuring hot tub parties, costume races, and more. In February, go down under when Sydney’s Mardi Gras (mardigras.org.au) celebrates its 35th year with an entire month of festivities.

Family-friendly outings

With a fifth of same-sex couples now braving parenthood, savvy vacation outlets are starting to cater to the kiddie crowd. New York-based trip operator R Family Vacations (917-522-0985; rfamilyvacations.com) organizes summer camp experiences at Club Getaway in Kent, Connecticut, and Wonder Valley Ranch Resort in Sanger, California. Or, how about the Happiest Place on Earth? Though not sanctioned by Walt’s people, Gay Days (888-942-9329; gaydays.com) at Orlando’s Disney World is one of the country’s largest pride events, attracting more than 160,000 guests. It will be held May 28 to June 3 in 2013; expect to see a sea of participants’ red shirts at the Main Street USA parade and beyond.

 

BY THE NUMBERS

> Top US destinations for LGBT travelers

1. New York City

2. San Francisco

3. Las Vegas

via Vacation options for single seniors and gays and lesbians – Magazine – The Boston Globe.

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Talking with the man behind Miss Richfield 1981 – Windy City Times

As a special treat, this year’s auction will be hosted by none other than Miss Richfield 1981, a fixture on Atlantis Cruise Lines and spokesperson for Orbitz. WCT caught up with Miss Richfield 1981’s alter ego, Russ King:

Windy City Times: Do you find that you’re continually fine-tuning the character of Miss Richfield?

Russ King: Surprisingly, the essence of the character is consistent with its creation back in 1996 at a traditional drag act in a bar. Even there, Miss R was always clean with no foul language, which is what made the character appealing and different. As I began to do cabaret work in 1997 and onward, Miss R has continued to become more specific, but always true to her Midwestern, family roots.

WCT: I was surprised to read that you never had an interest in drag before creating the character.

Russ King: No. I was a journalist for six years out of college, then the communications director of the Minnesota AIDS Project for five years. I quit that job in 1998 to pursue a performance career—partially funded by freelance writing—until 2003, when I was able to make Miss Richfield a full-time occupation.

WCT: Do Russ King and Miss Richfield have much in common?……

via Talking with the man behind Miss Richfield 1981 – 103 – Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News – Windy City Times.

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