Two gay cruise companies book world’s largest vessel

A second major gay and lesbian vacation organizer has announced plans to book a group on Royal Caribbean’s celebrated five-month-old Allure of the Seas. It’s one of the world’s two largest cruise ships.

Houston-based Concierge Travel, company says it will book a block of rooms on the 5,400-passenger vessel from Jan. 3 – 8, 2012. The ship will sail from Fort Lauderdale to the Caribbean for five-nights.

Concierge’s trip is scheduled just two weeks before Atlantis Events, Inc., another gay travel company, charters the entire vessel for a seven-night cruise beginning in Fort Lauderdale and featuring stops in St. Thomas and St. Maarten. Atlantis organized a similar cruise in February aboard the 225,282-ton vessel. That cruise holds the record as the largest gay and lesbian event ever at sea.

Concierge Travel says its event will be a family-friendly outing that includes group dinners, shows, cocktail parties and exclusive entertainment. Fares start at $1,022 per person, based on double occupancy, including taxes and port fees.

Allure of the Seas stands 16 decks high, is nearly 1,200 feet long and offers such features as an open-air “central park” with live trees and a family-friendly amusement area called Boardwalk.