Four years ago, we decided to do our first Atlantis Cruise. Leaving out of New York City, it was just too convenient to pass up! Richard and I got on board, assuming we would know very few people, and immediately we connected with some friends from Dallas. The trip just got better from there.
Fast forward to this past week, we went on our third Atlantis Cruise, taking the mega Allure of the Seas out with 5,200 other gay men out to the Bahamas, Honduras and Mexico.
Needless to say, we had an incredible time. As you can well imagine, a trip like this will be what you make of it. If late-night partying is your game, they have you covered with a well choreographed set of events every day of the week, starting with a “break the ice” Dog Tag Party and ending with the bon voyage White Party. Don’t forget to bring lots of costumes, though, as the 80s/90s Party, the 70s Disco Party and the Civilization Lost party all demand it.
The excursions set up once reaching port in Nassau in the Bahamas, or Cozumel in Mexico, make for some once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to tour Mayan ruins in Chichen Itza or go scuba diving in one of the best diving locations in the world, Roatan, Honduras.
And did I mention the food? As part of the price of the cruise, an all you can eat buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner is included, as is a more formal dining experience each night, where the menu changes daily and the food and the 3-course service is to die for! And you can order as many appetizers, main meals and desserts as you would like!
The entertainment on the ship really rounds out the overall experience… we saw Mama Mia! performed, as well as a wide variety of comedy and cabaret shows, including Matt Yee, Miss Richfield 1981 and the infamous La Voix. Surprise performer Cynthia Erivo belted out one cover tune after another and left us all breathless! We wrapped up our trip watching the Airotic show by Les Farfadais out of Paris… they performed both on stage and during one of the main outdoor dance events as well!
Lastly, there is a lot of wonderful downtime, especially when the ship is out to sea… that’s where a lot of hot-tubbing, lounging poolside with a good book, or just incredible people-watching is in order. It turns out it’s a wonderful way to make new friends!
For an additional take on this Atlantis Cruise, take a look at the article by the Globetrotter Guys here.
And to get a broader perspective of gay life on an Atlantis Cruise, check out the posts here:
Be sure to check out their upcoming itineraries at www.AtlantisEvents.com. If you can’t wait, check out some of the offerings by www.MyVacaya.com or www.BrandGVacations.com… they’re a bit more low-key, and offer a uniquely different experience on each of their cruise and riverboat excursions.
Matt Skallerud and Richard Brower enjoy eating well and traveling more! They met while they were both an active part of the IGLTA team, and are married and now live in New York City. Richard’s talents are finding incredible flight deals from JFK to points all over the world, as well as locating the best eateries along the way. Matt is part of Pink Banana Media, Pink Banana World and the #ILoveGay network, and enjoys merging his personal and professional worlds along the way on these trips.