For its already 6th edition, The Cruise, the European gay cruise, will go completely Spanish with a 100% Iberian tour in one of the most gay-friendly countries in the world. Departure is set on July 9, 2016 in Barcelona, with stops in Malaga, Cadiz, Ibiza and Valencia. After a week of discovery in southern Spain and its historical treasures, gastronomy and beaches, the "Sovereign" will be back in the port of Barcelona on July 16.
Málaga © Steven Gerner - Flickr
After the departure from Barcelona’s cruise port on Saturday, July 9 at 6PM, the 2,300 passengers will enjoy one night and one full day at sea to get to know each other before the first stop, on July 11 in the morning. The ship will dock in the port of Malaga, second most populated city in Andalusia, famous for its carefully restored historic center, dominated by "the Manquita" Gothic Cathedral. You will not miss the visits of the Roman Theatre, the fortress of the Alcazaba or the Gibralfaro castle with its panoramic views of the city. Museum lovers will enjoy the Picasso museum, a native of the city and the newly opened Malaga Centre Pompidou. Two-hour drive excursions will take you to discover Ronda or Granada’s iconic Alhambra.
After another night at sea, the ship will cross the Strait of Gibraltar to switch to the Spanish Atlantic coasts, with a stopover in Cádiz, from where Christopher Columbus once, weighed anchor to the New World . This charming Andalusian city with narrow streets and picturesque views is your gateway to the spectacular capital of Andalusia, Seville, 1h30 drive.
After this last Andalusian stop, The Cruise will cross the Strait of Gibraltar again for a long day at sea that will take passengers to the mythical and ultra trendy Ibiza. The old town is now classified World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The waters are crystal clear, the sunsets are legendary and the beach of Es Cavallet is one of the most famous gay beaches in the world.
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias © KA13 - Flickr
Finally on July 15, The Cruise will dock in the cruise port of Valencia, Spain’s third largest city. Valencia is a wonderful bridge between tradition and history (the cathedral, the old town, the spectacular Llotja de la Seda and its huge twisted columns) and modernity embodied by the City of Arts and Sciences, a jewel of contemporary architecture. One tip for the foodies, Valencia is also the birthplace of paella, a perfect dish to perk up big hunks after a week of parties by la Démence.
Yes, aside from the excursions and the lazy afternoons by the pool, The Cruise is about having a LOT of fun : afternoon tea dance parties, early evening shows and performances, huge themed nights and after parties... The hilarious Koka, The Prohibida, the fabulous Maman et ses filles, will headline the event again, just like La Diva Live. The full program will be announced soon.
You can find much more information on The Cruise 2016, the European gay cruise on their website the-cruise.eu. Reservations are open since November 20 and many cabin categories are already fully booked. Currently, and until December 31, you can receive a €400 discount per cabin!
And to be sure not to miss the departure of the Sovereign on July 9, book already your night before in Barcelona and stay at a gay-friendly accommodation from misterbandb.com