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Auckland Pride Gay Cruise 2023
LGBT Cruise Auckland New Zealand Gay Pride Cruise

Auckland New Zealand
Gay Pride Cruise 2023

September 08 – 12, 2023

 

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Pacific Explorer

Pacific Explorer

Ship Facts

Gross Tonnage: 77,441

Length: 261 m

Beam: 32.2 m

Draught: 8.2 m

Decks: 10

Guests: 1,998

Crew: 924

 

 

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Auckland New Zealand Gay Pride Cruise 2023

4 nights from/to Auckland, New Zealand

September 08 – 12, 2023
P&O Australia Cruises Pacific Explorer

New Zealand Gay Pride cruiseAll aboard Auckland! Join us for New Zealand's Inaugural LGBTQIA+ Auckland Pride Cruise in 2023, presented by P&O Cruises Australia. Setting sail for 5 days and 4 fun filled nights onboard the newly refurbished Pacific Explorer, Friday 8th September, 2023. Explore New Zealand’s favourite port of Picton and beyond, with 2 full sea days full of Fun onboard this inclusive, all-gay cruise! Singles, couples, families and friends are signing up ready to sail, sip, slide and party, on this Special long gay weekend departure! Everyone is onboard, so let’s bring it on!

A celebratory cruise for members of the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies/supporters, to honour pride in self, the diversity of the community and the endless variety of talented artists, entertainers and educators in it. Our Auckland Pride Cruise will be a safe space for members of the community, something curated just for them.

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Marlborough Sounds New Zealand gay cruise

 

The heart of the Marlborough Sounds

Picton sits at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound and is surrounded by lush, rolling hills. It is the gateway to the South Island of New Zealand, and a launching pad to the many inlets and bays that make up Marlborough Sounds.

Hike the Queen Charlotte Track and Scenic Cruise
Enjoy a walk along The Queen Charlotte Track, cruise aboard "Sounds Adventure", Marlborough Sounds, Mistletoe Bay, Peninsula Loop Track.

Iconic Wines of Marlborough
Visit three vineyards for tastings and stop at Makana, the boutique chocolate producer and watch as divine chocolates are handmade.

Port Underwood Coastal Drive
This off-the-beaten-track tour is specially designed for traveling by private mini-coach, and you’ll explore an area that few New Zealanders visit.

Queen Charlotte Sounds Round the Bays Cruise
Cruise the Queen Charlotte Sounds for an unforgettable experince. Feed the famous pet fish in Double Cove and cruise past the unspoilt bays nestled along the shoreline.

 

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Be Entertained

The Melbourne Pride Cruise on Pacific Explorer will be like your favourite LGBTQIA+ Festival, Fair Day, or Carnivale – all rolled into one and all out at sea!

Headlining the fun with plenty of feathers, sequins and flamboyance, will be international superstar, accordionist and Berlin boy-wonder Hans the German, the award-winning comedy cabaret star who won hearts & found fame on America’s Got Talent.

 

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Leading diversity trailblazers will join the cruise including Queensland Rugby League ambassador Meg Ward who is ‘out and proud’, and Australia’s Simon Dunn, the first openly gay male to represent any country in the sport of bobsled.

They will be joined by an exclusive and wide ranging array of DJs, drag kings & queens, singers, dancers, entertainers, athletes, and comedians from our wonderful LGBTQIA+ community, with many more to be announced.

 

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Your adventure will be filled with laughs, singing, dancing, swimming, eating, drinking, watching, playing, and enjoying all our community has to offer.

From day one, the first-ever "Queer Screen Mardi Gras Film Festival at Sea" will play on the giant outdoor screens, at the huge indoor cinema, and throughout the in-room TV system.

 

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Why We Love Pacific Explorer!

Whiz down waterslides, Walk the Plank or try the Flying Fox by day, then enjoy great restaurants, bars and edgy stage shows at night. There’s something for everyone!

Get splashy and ride our Disco Diver and Super Slider Waterslides as many times as you like, splash out in our interactive water parks or take a dip in one of the pools or spas.

Challenge your mates or family to a friendly game of Barefoot Bowls. Go on, just roll with it!

 

Pacific Explorer pool deck

 

Choose your Adventure with P&O Edge!

The P&O Edge Adventure Park is your ticket to action and excitement. Rock Climbing, The Flying Fox, Walk the Plank and more.

Head back to your teenage years, and visit the Arcade to test your skills with the latest video games.

With 6 pools, spas and a fitness centre included in your fare, it's impossible to NOT relax and enjoy the ambience of gay life onboard!

 

Pacific Explorer deck lounge

 

Dining for Everyone!

Foodies rejoice! There are up to 12 different options included in your fare, to tempt all manner of taste buds:

The Pantry food court with 26 different food options, served to you on request, up to 5 times a day

The Waterfront Restaurant your main dining room featuring an extensive and varied menu.

Dragon Lady the home of spectacular yum cha and a full menu of Asian delights.

Angelos surrounding you with elegance and taste delivered with a decidedly upmarket Italian feel.

 

Pacific Explorer pub

 

Not enough choice yet?
These additional speciality options will overwhelm:

We’re raising celebrity chef dining to a whole new level with something truly special, with "Luke’s" by Australian Celebrity Chef Luke Mangan.

Enjoy a mouth-watering signature burger at lunch or a delicious 3 course la carte dinner with the sunset.

Or try the award winning pizza in 400 Gradi, in partnership with award-winning Melbourne chef, Johnny Di Francesco.

 

Pacific Explorer bar

 

After Dark Extravagance or Intimate Experiences - You choose!

Grab craft and small batch beers, then relax in the cosy The Explorer Hotel, enjoy a cocktail at The Ocean Bar or head to The Blue Room for some live entertainment with a huge roster of LGBTQIA+ artists over the 3 nights!

Speakeasy? Why not visit The Bonded Store In partnership with Archie Rose Distilling Co.

Sit, swill and savour the finest liquors and set your tastebuds free in this glamorous speakeasy as our mixologists serve up fantastic cocktails.

Or get inspired during a gin or whisky masterclass - Bring home your own blends!

 

Pacific Explorer Black Circus

 

Black Circus Enjoy new levels of entertainment with exclusive dinner and show packages and a glamorous cabaret style show, Love Riot. Get ready for a fetish-laced acrobatic feast for the senses. It’s the ultimate night out full of spectacle and outrageous fun.

Blue Room Hit the dance floor and cut some shapes to some funky live tunes in the Blue Room. You’ll catch some home grown live acts every night.

Stage Shows - It's Showtime! All of our original stage shows are developed and choreographed by a leading Australian production company exclusively for Pride Cruise by P&O Australia, so you can’t see them anywhere else. With an exciting program of shows to choose from, you’ll want to catch them all.

 

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Auckland New Zealand
Gay Pride Cruise 2023 Itinerary

Date

Port

Arrive

Depart

 08 Sep Auckland, New Zealand    4 PM
 09 Sep Fun Day at Sea!    
 10 Sep Picton, New Zealand 8 AM 5 PM
 11 Sep Fun Day at Sea!    
 12 Sep Auckland, New Zealand 9 AM  
Auckland Gay Pride Cruise 2023

 

The four-night getaway will feature plenty of fun and flair, including an entertainment line-up starring renowned drag artists Coco Jumbo and Etcetera Etcetera, who both recently appeared on the first season of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under’.

 

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Day 1 - Auckland, New Zealand
We set sail at 4.00pm
Auckland is the biggest city in New Zealand and home to its best gay scene. It’s a modern, exciting city perched on the edge of the world. The weather is good, the nightlife is well worth exploring and you’ll find many Polynesian influences. Built on volcanic hills, Auckland has a wild, rugged quality. The harbour is very charming. You’ll find many boats – Auckland is known as the “City of Sails.” Auckland is also surrounded by beaches.

 

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Day 2 - Fun Day at Sea!
Take it fast. Or slow.
Luxuriate in a long day to hang out with your new friends, enjoy the beauty of the wide blue sea and take full advantage of all the ship has to offer.

 

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Day 3 - Picton, New Zealand
Gateway to Queen Charlotte Sound
The heart of the Marlborough Sounds, this picturesque port town is home to great cafés, restaurants, galleries and specialty shops. There’s also a floating maritime museum and an aquarium. Local operators can take you cruising, fishing, dolphin watching, sea kayaking or mountain biking.

 

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Days 4 - Amazing Day At Sea!
Slow down, relax, and lounge in the sun.
Whether your ideal day is filled with relaxation or participating in one of the many activities, sea day offer lots of ways to meet new people, reconnect with old friends and try something new.

 

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Day 5 - Auckland, New Zealand
Cruise home for disembarkation at 9.00am
Gay Auckland – a cosmopolitan city in one of the world’s most liberal countries – is increasingly becoming a sought-after tourist destination in its own right. Long overlooked for the raw natural beauty that exists in many other parts of New Zealand, Auckland finally seems to have found it’s footing in the past decade. Today, it is a rapidly changing city building a reputation for beautiful design, fine dining, thriving nightlife scene, and multi-cultural atmosphere. Plus, having all those volcanos, beaches, islands, and rainforest dotted around probably doesn’t hurt!

 

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Guests: 1,998 • Crew: 924 • Gross Tonnage: 77,441 • Length: 261 m • Beam: 32.2 m • Draft: 8.2 m • Decks: 10

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Auckland New Zealand Gay Pride Cruise 2023 Rates
Category Description
Double
Per Person
$ USD
Penthouse Suite Pacific Explorer Penthouse Suite Take it all in with a balcony that look over everyone's favourite view - the ship's wake, priority spa and dinner reservations included and so much more. Personally-controlled air con; Private Balcony with outdoor furniture; Bathrobe and slippers; CD/DVD player; Coffee Machine; Desk with chair; Ensuite Bathroom; Floor-to-ceiling Windows; Fresh towels each day (on request); Fridge; Fresh fruit basket; Hairdryer; In-room safe; Priority embarkation; Room serviced twice daily; Room service - In room dining (costs apply); Spacious living area; Flat-screen TV; Wardrobe and dressing area; Window/Porthole $ 1,890
Suite Pacific Explorer Suite Offering the high life on the high seas with a balcony, sitting area, priority embarkation, complimentary laundry service and even a coffee machine. Personally-controlled air con; Private Balcony with outdoor furniture; Bathrobe and slippers; CD/DVD player; Coffee Machine; Desk with chair; Ensuite Bathroom; Floor-to-ceiling Windows; Fresh towels each day (on request); Fridge; Fresh fruit basket; Hairdryer; In-room safe; Priority embarkation; Room serviced twice daily; Room service - In room dining (costs apply); Spacious living area; Flat-screen TV; Wardrobe and dressing area; Window/Porthole $ 1,390
Mini Suite Pacific Explorer Mini Suite Fresh air and far out views are all part of the furniture in our Mini-Suites. Equipped with everything you need to enjoy while you're at sea. Personally-controlled air con; Private Balcony with outdoor furniture; Bathrobe and slippers; Desk with chair; Ensuite Bathroom; Floor-to-ceiling Windows; Fresh towels each day (on request); Fridge; Fresh fruit basket; Hairdryer; In-room safe; Room serviced twice daily; Room service - In room dining (costs apply); Spacious living area; Flat-screen TV; Wardrobe and dressing area $ 1,149
Balcony Stateroom Middle Pacific Explorer Balcony Stateroom Open your doors and let the outside in! Make the most of your time at sea with your own private Balcony Room and enjoy all the beauty of living on the ocean. Personally-controlled air con; Private Balcony with outdoor furniture; Desk with chair; Ensuite Bathroom; Floor-to-ceiling Windows; Fresh towels each day (on request); Fridge; Hairdryer; In-room safe; Room serviced twice daily; Room service - In room dining (costs apply); Flat-screen TV; Wardrobe and dressing area $ 869
Balcony Stateroom Pacific Explorer Balcony Stateroom Open your doors and let the outside in! Make the most of your time at sea with your own private Balcony Room and enjoy all the beauty of living on the ocean. Personally-controlled air con; Private Balcony with outdoor furniture; Desk with chair; Ensuite Bathroom; Floor-to-ceiling Windows; Fresh towels each day (on request); Fridge; Hairdryer; In-room safe; Room serviced twice daily; Room service - In room dining (costs apply); Flat-screen TV; Wardrobe and dressing area $ 829
Oceanview Stateroom Pacific Explorer Oceanview Stateroom Oceanview rooms feature a window or porthole so you can let that natural light stream in. Welcome to your cosy sanctuary, equipped with everything you need. Personally-controlled air con; Desk with chair; Ensuite Bathroom; Fresh towels each day (on request); Hairdryer; In-room safe; Room serviced twice daily; Room service - In room dining (costs apply); Flat-screen TV; Wardrobe and dressing area; Window/Porthole $ 699
Interior Stateroom Middle Pacific Explorer Interior Stateroom Wake up with your loved ones! Equipped with everything you need, it's the perfect sanctuary after a full day of adventure on deck and ashore. Personally-controlled air con; Desk with chair; Ensuite Bathroom; Fresh towels each day (on request); Hairdryer; In-room safe; Room serviced twice daily; Room service - In room dining (costs apply); Flat-screen TV; Wardrobe and dressing area $ 649
Interior Stateroom Pacific Explorer Interior Stateroom Wake up with your loved ones! Equipped with everything you need, it's the perfect sanctuary after a full day of adventure on deck and ashore. Personally-controlled air con; Desk with chair; Ensuite Bathroom; Fresh towels each day (on request); Hairdryer; In-room safe; Room serviced twice daily; Room service - In room dining (costs apply); Flat-screen TV; Wardrobe and dressing area $ 599
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All prices are per person, double occupancy in $USD per person

Please ask for Triple & Quad occupancy prices

Pride Cruise Fare Includes:
• accommodation (cabin);
• entry into all bars, pubs and nightclubs onboard the ship
• all meals (except for drinks and speciality dining additional charges)
• swimming pools and spas
• fitness centre and spa retreat
• organised ship activities, e.g. karaoke, shows, and cooking demonstrations
• party nights and laser light shows
• production shows, cinema, live music and more!

Taxes, charges & gratuities of $89 pp, and 3% payment card charges are additional.

A deposit of $200 per person is required upon booking. Final payment due 90 days prior to sailing.

Traveling alone? Ask about our single roommate share program to help you avoid the single supplement of 100% of the per person double occupancy rate.

Fares are subject to availability and may change without prior notice.

Please ask for further details.

On a budget?
Ask about our Go Fares, as these can save you between $35 and $80 per person depending on cabin type. Non-refundable deposit fare. A room number is allocated to you within the week prior to sailing. This is the cheapest, no frills fare!

Value Plus Fare
Ask about upgrade to Value Plus Fare, with more flexibility. Package includes soft drinks package, and Wi-Fi Package (250 MB) for the first two guests in room! For only $49 per person extra!

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