You already know that Atlantis Events produces the best vacations for gay men, offers top-of-the-line service on the most luxurious cruise ships and stops in the world's most beautiful and exciting ports. But nothing can top sailing out of New Zealand through the Southern Pacific, eventually landing in Sydney for Mardi Gras, the world's largest gay celebration. This year marks the 40th anniversary of this singular event, so theres no better time to take that long-delayed trip Down Under.
This cruise offers the awe-inspiring natural wonders of New Zealand and the cosmopolitan charm of Melbourne. You'll depart from Auckland, a peninsular city that blends Polynesian and European culture. Then it's on to Napier, in the heart of New Zealand's wine country. Wellington, the capital, is known for its dining and spectacular scenery. Christchurch is a typically "English" city on the other side of the world. In Dunedin, visit ancient castles and wonder at the fascinating wildlife.
You'll even make a stop in Hobart, the capital of the Aussie island state of Tasmania, one of the most remote and interesting spots in the planet. Then, it's on to Melbourne, a beautiful Victorian city that is Australia's cultural capital.
Holland America's Noordam is a top-of-the-line ship with everything you could ever want on a cruise. Get the full treatment at the luxury spa. Or just relax, sunbathe and man-watch at one of the two pools or or join in a zany pool game. Bingo with Miss Richfield. You can even take culinary classes or learn at one of the lectures.
Dining choices range from vegetarian and low-carb to sumptuous Italian cuisine. With open seating and no dress code, the atmosphere is always casual. After sunning and funning by the pool, working out or just working it, there's a T-dance, then gay-fave entertainers and themed dance parties with brand-name DJs. The Noordam has plenty of deck space for dancing under the stars.
In Sydney, get set for a Gay Pride that attracts people from around the world. The parade is a spectacle of glamorous drag queens and whole platoons of unbelievably chiseled men. Afterward, tens of thousands of revelers flock to the huge dance parties that extend far into the night.
Remember that Down Under, this is the peak of summer, so don't bring the winter clothes — just plenty of sunscreen! And all of this in the warm, friendly atmosphere that has made Atlantis the gold standard for gay cruises. Reserve your berth now, and get set for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.