World's Largest Gay Cruise Sets Sail on Sunday

Royal Caribbean's 5,400-passenger Allure of the Seas, the world's newest, largest cruise ship, sets sail this weekend on the world's largest gay and lesbian cruise.

The two-month-old ship was chartered by Atlantis Events, which specializes in the gay and lesbian market. The sold-out weeklong sailing leaves from Ft. Lauderdale and will visit Nassau, Bahamas; St. Maarten; and St. Thomas.

"Our guest response to this first Allure of the Seas sailing was incredible, with the charter selling out in three weeks with no advertising whatsoever," says Atlantis' CEO Rich Campbell in a statement.

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The 225,282-ton Allure of the Seas is so big it has "neighborhoods," such as a Boardwalk with a real carousel; an open-air Central Park with thousands of real plants and trees; a Royal Promenade as wide as a road; and an elaborate Pool and Sports Zone with four pools and activities including a zip line. There's even the first Starbuck's to be on a cruise ship.

The ship also has the first shipboard production of "Chicago: The Musical." DreamWorks Animation characters, which are typically on the ship, will not be featured on the gay and lesbian sailing, according to an Atlantis spokeswoman.

Atlantis says it will be bringing an original lineup of gay and lesbian talent, including comedians, singers, cabaret stars and performance artists for its guests, as well as top DJs who will spin at theme parties.

If you missed the boat this time, there's always next year. The company has chartered the Allure of the Seas on the same itinerary in 2012. Reservations open on Feb. 23. The cruise will sail from Ft. Lauderdale on January 29, 2012.

Photos, Atlantis Events, Royal Caribbean
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