Cruise ships such as the Norwegian Dawn traverse the seas and provide guests a few days on the ocean. Photo Credit: Captain Tucker

Atlantis Events is the largest provider of gay and lesbian cruises. They are celebrating 25 years and offer cruises throughout the year. Upcoming cruises include: Venice to Barcelona, July 29-Aug. 6; Barcelona to Athens, Aug. 15-25 and San Diego to Mexico, Oct. 29-Nov. 5. Entertainment ranges from comics, singers, drag queens, DJs, cabaret acts and more. Past performers include Patti LuPone, Idina Menzel, Kathy Griffin and Jennifer Hudson.

RSVP Vacations has hosted gay and lesbian cruises for over 30 years. They are credited with creating the all-gay cruise concept. RSVP was acquired by Atlantis Events in 2007. They have three upcoming cruises scheduled: Legendary Danube River Cruise, from Budapest to Prague, July 19-26; European Splendor River Cruise, from Prague to Amsterdam, July 26-Aug. 2 and Koningsdam Carribean Cruise, Feb. 5-12, 2017. RSVP cruises have long featured not only entertainment but also presentations, panels and Q&As with various notable personalities and professionals in both the arts and entertainment and political worlds.

Olivia Travel offers cruise, riverboat, resort and adventure vacations specifically for lesbian clientele. The company was founded in 1973 and offered its first all-women cruise in 1990. Upcoming cruises include the Tahitian islands, Aug. 20-27 and the Pacific Coast, Sept. 25-Oct. 2. Sarah McLachlan will provide entertainment on the Pacific Coastal cruise. Previous entertainers of note have included Patti LaBelle, Whoppi Goldberg, Lily Tomlin, Indigo Girls, Melissa Etheridge and Margaret Cho.

Olivia Travel/R Family Vacations
Olivia Travel and LGBT vacation entertainment company R Family Vacations are teaming up for a Hard Rock Vallarta cruise July 9-16. R Family Vacations has also announced the upcoming Broadway Cruise V for sometime in 2017, with a date yet to be announced. More information is available online.

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