Miami's LGBT scene will be sizzling come spring. First up on the docket, the Miami Beach Pride, held on April 15 this year, will be bringing buzz back to the Deco District. Last year's event saw 40,000 people march down Ocean Drive, making it the largest single-day event in South Beach's history, and with the addition of the post-Pride party cruise, one of the most unique.
Setting sail Monday, April 16, through Friday, April 20, onboard Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Sky, the Miami Beach Pride Cruise offers a chance to extend the party with a 4-night voyage to the Bahamas with stops in Grand Bahamas, Nassau, and Great Stirrup Cay, the cruise line's private island. A portion of the proceeds will be donated back to Miami Beach Gay Pride's charitable causes.
For this third annual sailing, producer Source Events promises a step up in the VIP amenities and excitement, with offerings that are not available to other passengers, including:
- Souvenir Pride welcome bag
- Complimentary Pride happy hours
- “Sail Away” tea dances
- LGBT movie screening
- Private themed parties throughout the cruise
- Gay beach party on Great Stirrup Cay
And as a private group on the larger ship, all the standard luxuries of Norwegian's “Freestyle Cruising” experience – five restaurants, eight bars and lounges, Sky Club Casino, Stardust Theater, karaoke bar, full-service spa and fitness center, two pools, five hot tubs, and more – are available as well. Plus, the cruise offers the chance to bring family and friends along who want a more traditional cruise experience.
“The Pride Cruise represents an exciting continuation of the Pride festivities, extending the great feeling of Pride to a community at sea,” says Babak Movahedi, president of Miami Beach Gay Pride’s Board of Directors.
Prices start at $329 per person/double occupancy, plus taxes and fees. Visit www.SourceEvents.com (look under “Cruises") or call 888-SOURCE8 to book.
For details on Miami Beach Gay Pride 2012 and related events, visit www.MiamiBeachGayPride.com and for general travel info check out our Miami Travel Guide. Use our Travel Search flight comparison tool for travel deals to get you there.