P&O Australia has announced that its first ever LGBT+ Pride cruise will set sail next year, including lectures, educational and spiritual events, same-sex weddings and… sequins.
The three-night cruise, which will depart from Sydney on 4 November, 2022, will be a “celebratory weekend” for the LGBT+ community and their friends, families and allies, and will “honour pride in self, the diversity of the community and the endless variety of talented artists, entertainers and educators in it”.
Australian LGBT+ organisations will be onboard, including the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation, Australia’s longest-running HIV charity, and Queer Screen, which will be putting on its first Queer Screen @ Sea Film Festival.
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— Queer Screen (@Qscreen) March 23, 2021
The cruise will also feature a queer entertainment line-up “with plenty of feathers, sequins and flamboyance”, featuring America’s Got Talent star and self-described “international superstar, sex symbol, accordionist and Berlin boy-wonder” Hans the German.
The cruise will also be welcoming LGBT+ sports stars and “diversity trailblazers” like Simon Dunn, the world’s first openly gay bobsledder, and queer Australian rugby league player Meg Ward.
As well as enjoying the entertainment and activities, cruisers will even be able to get married or renew their vows on the ship.
The cruise company‘s president Sture Myrmell said: “P&O Cruises has long been a supporter of diversity and inclusivity, championing marriage equality and working with campaigners of inclusivity like Madeline Stuart, the world’s first professional adult supermodel with Down Syndrome.
“Our inaugural Pride cruise is yet another reflection of our strong commitment to diversity and inclusivity, and we couldn’t be prouder to include it in our 2022 offerings.”
P&O partnerships manager Chris Rich added: “Guests on the Pride cruise will be able to celebrate the themes of love, compassion, respect and understanding through lectures, educational and spiritual events, same-sex marriages and renewal of vows.
“There’ll be something for everyone – as well as the unique blend of love and laughter that makes the LGBT+ spectrum so special.”
Tickets for the Pride Cruise go on sale on 7 April, 2021.