Queer vacation organizer, Concierge Travel, has announced plans for a group sailing on Royal Caribbean’s much-ballyhooed, five-month-old Allure of the Seas.
The US based travel company says it will host a gay group on the 5 400-passenger vessel — one the world’s two largest cruise ships — from Jan. 3-8, 2012. The ship will be sailing a five-night itinerary to the Caribbean out of America’s Fort Lauderdale.
Concierge Travel’s trip on Allure of the Seas will take place just two weeks before gay and lesbian cruise organizer Atlantis Events, Inc., charters the entire vessel for a seven-night gay exclusive sailing to the Caribbean out of Fort Lauderdale. Imagine being on a cruise ship filled with 5 400 gay only passengers for a whole week.
Atlantis Events, the world’s largest company specializing in gay and lesbian vacations, already has chartered the 225,282-ton Allure of the Seas once before, in February, for a group voyage that sold out in three weeks. The sailing holds the record as the largest gay and lesbian event ever at sea.
“Our guest response to this first Allure of the Seas sailing was incredible,” Atlantis CEO Rich Campbell said in February. “We knew they would love this cruise, but had no idea just how strong the response would be.”
Concierge Travel says its group sailing on Allure of the Seas will be a family-friendly outing that will include group dinners, shows, cocktail parties and exclusive entertainment. The company has booked a block of rooms on the ship but unlike Atlantis is not chartering the entire vessel. Fares start at US$1,022 per person, based on double occupancy, including taxes and port fees.
Like its sister Oasis of the Seas, which has been the talk of the cruise world since it arrived in November 2009, Allure of the Seas is 16 decks high, nearly 1,200 feet long and chock full of such never-before-seen-at-sea features as an open-air “central park” with live trees and a family-friendly amusement area called Boardwalk.