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IF YOU ARE FANTASISING ABOUT THE LESBIAN TRIP OF A LIFETIME WHERE YOU CAN TRAVEL IN
STYLE AND BE OPEN ABOUT YOUR SEXUALITY, CONSIDER OLIVIA CRUISES. A LOTL FEATURE.
Imagine being on a cruise of the Greek Islands or the
Bahamas, dining on 6-star cuisine and being entertained
by internationally acclaimed celebrities the likes of k.d. lang,
Wynonna Judd, Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter or
the cast of The L Word. Olivia Cruises makes such day-
dreams come true by chartering entire ships and resorts, and
designing innovative and unique vacation experiences
specifically for lesbians -- couples, singles and families.
The San Francisco-based company was founded in 1973
and has been dedicated to empowering women's travel and
leisure experiences ever since. Each year they dream up
extraordinary vacations for women to unbelievable
destinations like Tahiti, the Caribbean and Alaska. Each cruise
incorporates special events like a lesbian film festival, eco-
adventure, romantic wedding packages, or sports tournament
at resorts such as Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
In spite of all the health and happiness such cruises are
likely to bring, there's no doubt that the prospect of on-board
entertainment from lesbian figures like The Indigo Girls or
k.d. lang to lesbian chefs and sports stars provides a major
incentive for booking.
What a relief to be able to leave port and wander about a
luxurious cruise ship with other like-minded lesbians. To hold
hands, talk and laugh freely, and after dinner to dance cheek-
to-cheek, without those hetero honeymooners, annoying
single males or old married couples usually found on cruise
ships giving you disapproving glances.
Imagine a floating world of comfort, luxury and security
en route to some of the world's most beautiful destinations.
It's not much to ask to be yourself when on vacation and to
enjoy some pampering as well. Founder and president of
Olivia Cr uises Judy Dlugacz has been on a 30-year mission to
spoil each and every lesbian, and there have been tens of
thousands of them --- from the number of towels in your
room, to the dinner seating, to your choice of daily activities.
THE DREAM BOAT
Each cruise is a voyage to paradise onboard a specially
chartered ocean liner. Upcoming vacations take in the
Caribbean, Alaska, the Greek Isles, Venice, Tahiti, the Mexican
Riviera, the Galapagos Islands, and The Great Barrier Reef. For
full itineraries visit olivia.com. The cruise we're especially
interested in is in April 2005 -- and with good reason.
With its impossibly blue waters, sugar-white beaches and
unique landscape, the eastern Caribbean is paradise found.
Imagine a leisurely journey from one dreamy island oasis to the
next, enfolded in the warmth of the Caribbean sun. Explore the
diverse terrain of the Bahamas and Virgin Islands -- plus
snorkelling, beach combing and eco-tours. Not to mention all
the tropical food and duty-free shopping. And imagine onboard
entertainment in the form of Melissa Etheridge! The two-time
Grammy winning rock star will indulge guests with an intimate
acoustic performance on board in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Throughout the cruise a host of other lesbian entertainers and
comics will provide plenty of good cheer.
This cruise features the luxury and style of the grand dame
of Holland America's five-star fleet, the new vista-class MS
Westerdam. The spacious Westerdam features a room-per-
passenger ratio, reser vations only restaurant, spa, Lido pool and
A LESBIAN VENTURE
Amy Errett, CEO of Olivia Cruises has dedicated herself to
fulfilling lesbian lifestyle goals. "Being the CEO of Olivia is an
amazing experience. I get the privilege of running a company
that continues to have such a strong social mission and really
changes the world every day. We are at such an incredible time in
history, where LGBT issues are in the forefront of the news and
the ability to change people's hearts and minds exists. I truly
believe Olivia is part of that equation and that we need to keep
on doing what we have been doing for 30 years, which is giving
people the equality they deser ve and live their lives authentically."
It is Amy's first venture running a company focused on the
lesbian market. However, she has always been out as a lesbian in
her other jobs, even when they were with very conser vative
businesses. She understands the value in providing a travel
option where lesbians can totally relax and be themselves.
"The perks of my position are really clear. I get to create joy
for women in an environment where they are safe and free to be
exactly who they are. We think of ourselves as a lifestyle
company, not a travel company. And what that means is that
Olivia is the organisation that celebrates, empowers and
transforms the lives of lesbians, their families and friends.
A very special experience
Enjoy privacy, romance and good food
on beautiful Sydney Harbour.
Prices range from $80 to $220
Ring Marg on (02) 9571 4874 or visit www.sydneygondolas.com.au
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