RSVP Vacations began the concept of the gay and lesbian cruise with one idea — to provide a safe, tailor-made vacation environment for gay men and lesbians. It went on to charter its first cruise ship in 1985, hosting their first all-gay cruise, “A Cruise To Remember,” aboard the Bermuda Star sailing out of New Orleans the next year.
Since then, over 100,000 guests have shared the RSVP experience on cruise and land vacations in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Ranging from 21 to 95, from Buenos Aires to Boston, single or coupled, RSVP has served the diverse and broad spectrum of the community.
This year, RSVP will celebrate their 30th anniversary with a cruise through Alaska aboard the Holland Americas‘s Westerdam, August 1-8, 2015. The cruise will feature an all-star lineup of entertainers to keep you entertained while onboard. Confirmed so far is Will & Grace’s Leslie Jordan, with many more to be announced later.
From the entertainers, including singers, comedians, drag performers, and Westerdam’s dazzling production shows to the t-dances and costume contests, to the ship’s world-class spa there will be more than plenty to keep you occupied and busy during your time aboard.
It all starts in Seattle, Washington. From there you sail to Alaska’s capital, Juneau, where you can explore the Mendenhall Glacier, one of the largest in North America, and the immense Juneau Icefields as well as the vast Tongass National Forest.
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The ship then sails on to the highlight of the entire cruise, where you come face-to-face with the ten ever-calving tidewater glaciers of Glacier Bay, the largest UNESCO-protected biosphere in the world. The Westerdam is one of the few ships allowed on this route.
Then it’s on to historic Sitka, once the capital of Russian America and seat of the bishop of Kamchatka, it’s rich with Russian heritage, from the the onion domes of St. Michael’s Cathedral to performances by the New Archangel Dancers.
Next stop is the “The Salmon Capital of the World,” charming Ketchikan on the shores of the Tongass Narrows where you can floatplane through misty fjords, explore the world’s largest collection of totem poles, or watch the salmon run from the famed red Creek Bridge.
Before heading back to Seattle, the Westerdam stops in beautiful Victoria, Canada one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest and the capital of British Columbia. You can explore the historic landmarks and the beautiful Butchart Gardens during the day and check out the nightlife after dark.
Fares start as low as $899 but considering that this is RSVP’s 30th Anniversary Alaska Cruise and based on current availability, it’s more than likely this cruise will sell out long before the ship sets sail.
More information about the cruise, including a full itinerary and an up-to-date list of entertainers is available on RSVP’s website at www.rsvpvacations.com.