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 week-long 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 innovative 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.