We are on our way to Alaska, the last frontier, not by dog sled to find gold in the Yukon, but a more modern, luxurious style of transport, the beautiful Celebrity Solstice. It's a brilliant, hot, late summer afternoon in Seattle harbour for our departure. The sun, gracefully setting over the crowded marina, provided perfect pink and lilac hues. That must be the cocktail hour ambiance we preordered. We are on our way to see magnificent glaciers, towering fiords, breaching whales and wild bears in one of the world's most pristine environments.
Celebrity Solstice was our home away from home cruising from Sydney to New Zealand with a group of gay guys from Pied Piper Travel.
It's 12:30pm Venice time. Our taxi pulls up on the dock beside the super liner Celebrity Constellation. We will be soon joining our Pied Piper group for an eleven day voyage, leaving Venice, cruising along the Dalmatian Coast and ending in Rome. Seasickness already? Or is it just immense excitement and anticipation making our stomachs rock and roll?
We're wandering through a crowd of 1600 gay men, some in swimwear, many with shirts off, revealing polished pecks and buffed definition, others in their best resort wear. The music is thumping, the sun is beaming and the exotic, island cocktails are poured. No, we're not caught up in an advertisement for the latest Aussiebum swimwear or Ray Ban sunglasses, it's an Atlantis Baltic cruise on board the Holland American Line cruise ship, Eurodam and we have just set sail from stunning Copenhagen on
It's at least 28 degrees, brilliant blue skies, a gentle eight knot breeze and seas are calm for embarkation. We are on our first gay Pied Piper cruise on the super-liner Celebrity Millennium. We arrived in time for lunch and we were so excited about spotting other members of our group, we couldn't have cared less about the food. Drinks, well that's another matter. One has to celebrate boarding such an amazing vessel in appropriate style. Yes, fill it up!!