Details and Itinerary for HIV Cruise Retreat #19
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Fort Lauderdale is one of the “hottest” cities in the U.S. today! It has lots of wonderful museums, points of interest, activities, and restaurants. Explore famed Las Olas Boulevard. Take a water taxi ride through the Intercoastal waterway to view homes of the rich and famous. Attend our traditional pre-cruise cocktail party. We’ve been able to secure a special group rate from the incredibly well-located Courtyard by Marriott on Federal Highway.
Aruba is one of the most popular islands in the Caribbean – and for good reason! It has year-round sunshine and magnificent white sand beaches PLUS great shopping and dining. While you could easily spend your entire time on a beach sipping a tropical drink, there are wonderful excursions to a Butterfly Farm or the National Archeological Museum.
Curacao is an absolutely charming Dutch Island with a magnificent waterfront, colorful colonial buildings and wonderful shopping. While in port, you can visit the 17th century Fort Amsterdam, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, or shop in open-air markets or go below the surface on a reef dive to view otherworldly stalactites and stalagmites. While there, be sure to try some of its famous Indonesian cuisine!
Bonaire is another Dutch Island located in the leeward Antilles. Kralendijk is its sleepy capital, lined with delightfully pastel stucco houses, in pinks, oranges and lime greens. Famous for its diving, the lively world under the sea is the primary allure of this laidback island. (The island is surrounded by a marine park that starts at the beach and extends 200 feet in depth and covers its entire coastline.) Our cruise to Bonaire also offers such treats as flamingos, hiking and the only barefoot casino in the Caribbean.
Rates begin at only $1399.00 per person for an inside cabin (plus $123.46 per person port tax). Your Cruise Retreat rate includes all your meals, basic beverages and entertainment plus a drink package, free wifi and cruise gratuities. Our shipboard events and excursions are all private.
The rates reflected were in effect as of October 2023. When you reserve we will find you the very lowest fare available. Feel free to email us for the current rate.
- All rates are per person based upon two sharing a cabin and include the special perks below.
- Single occupancy is 2x the stated rates. Triple and quad rates as well as suites or any other category are available upon request. ** See additional details for Cruise Designs match program.
- Please add the port tax of $123.46 per person to rates.
In order to participate in group activities or dine with our group, all reservations must be made through us (there are no exceptions).
With 200 anticipated guests in our group, you will feel at home right from your very first day. Our collection of amazing men and women are all-embracing. Included are private events such as cocktail parties and exclusive shore excursions. PLUS, on our days “at sea” we plan several fun shipboard events and activities. In the dining room we will have our own block of tables, which is always a great way to get to know people. Feel free to table-hop each night so you can meet as many people as possible. Our mission has always been, and continues to be, welcoming. You will feel at ease from the get-go as our members really look forward and take care of each other.
Although a predominantly gay group, we welcome everyone of all sexual persuasions. A contingent of heteros come every year and always have a blast and add tremendous energy to the entire group. We welcome your family, partners and friends regardless of serostatus.
Traveling solo? Fear not, as our cruises attract a large number of single travelers. We offer a cabinmate matching program to help keep your costs down, as a single occupancy cabin is up to double the normal rates.
It is most gratifying to see the large number of long lasting friendships that develop each year. Your new community awaits you. We are privileged to have many, many cruisers join us for three, five and even ten sailings. Some never miss a year! These repeat guests give you an inkling of a new extended family waiting to meet you.