Mardi Gras 2007 finishes in style with first ever gay cruise

For the first time in history, this year’s Mardi Gras festivities will mark the lead-up to NaviGAYtion – Australia’s inaugural gay cruise.

NaviGAYtion sets sail from Sydney on 29 March for three days of celebration and recuperation.

Spots are still available for anyone wanting to join this landmark event on the Pacific Sun cruise liner, which has been specially chartered for by

NaviGAYtion will see more than 1800 gay and lesbian passengers and friends from all over Australia, New Zealand, and as far away as the USA and Canada come together to celebrate the first gay cruise off Australian shores.

“The all-gay cruise is an exciting first for Sydney and furthers our reputation as the world’s hottest gay travel destination,” said James Macbeth of DNA Magzine, one of NaviGAYtion’s sponsors.

Gay cruises have been a popular option in the US for more than 15 years, and NaviGAYtion promises to establish the same tradition down under.

You don’t have to be gay to join the fun. But don’t forget your tiara!

Theme nights, celebrity entertainment, cocktail parties and a special Mardi Gras celebration are planned for those wanting to reignite festival fever after a short break in Sydney. There will also be a swimwear contest sponsored by DNA magazine with over $10,000 in prizes up for grabs.

For guests preferring to wind down the pace, there are plenty of opportunities to kick back, right away from the stresses of metropolitan life, including health spa treatments, massages,
swimming pools, sun-drenched decks, and a variety of bars and lounges.

AllGayCruises can organise accommodation for those staying on after Mardi Gras to join the cruise, with a special room rate available at vibe hotel.

The emphasis throughout NaviGAYtion will be on attentive service, as AllGayCruises brings on board its own staff to work alongside the existing crew, adding the company’s stamp of
quality and assurance to the charter.

Cabins are selling fast, but there are still some single, double, triple and quad-share cabins available, ranging in price from $550 for an inside quad-share to $1770 for an outside single (queen size) for the full three days.

For those who miss out, the next cruise – a longer, five-star holiday – is already in the planning stage. Keep an eye on for information.

Further information
NaviGAYtion is a cruise charter organised and run by AllGayCruises.

Pacific Sun crew and security staff will be supplemented by 50 AllGayCruises staff with assistance from community-based organisation, ACON. “Rovers” will liaise with security staff to promote a secure, comfortable and drug-free environment for all guests at all times.

Cabins and pre/post cruise accommodation can be booked online at, by calling 1300 88 0419 or by emailing

For more information on NaviGAYtion, visit or contact Dave Drummond on (02) 8399 3734/0014 or