• Dean Nelson

VACAYA LGBTQ Cruise for 2022

Updated: Jan 19

The team at VACAYA have been working non stop with travel partner Celebrity Cruises to find the perfect week of sailing with our LGBTQ family.

They have been able to lock in new dates of January 10-22, 2022 kicking off the 2022 LGBTQ cruise season with much anticipation and with your health and safety top of mind.


AN ALL-NEW CARIBBEAN ADVENTURE FROM VACAYA!

VACAYA has got a never-before-offered adventure waiting for you and the LGBTQ community! Sailing 7 nights from convenient Fort Lauderdale on the beautiful and fully-revolutionized Celebrity Millennium, they are taking you deeeeeeep into the Southern Caribbean to explore two of the most idyllic islands in the world – Aruba and Curaçao! There’s no way to get to these islands in 7 nights on a standard cruise. Only VACAYA can take you there. And with this cruise sailing over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Weekend, it’s the perfect way for US-based travelers to maximize vacation time!

VACAYA CARIBBEAN 2022 ITINERARY


VACAYA Jan 10-17, 2022 Deep South Caribbean Cruise Map

DAY 1 | MON, JAN 10, 2021 | FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA | 26°N 80°W | DEPART: 4PM

DAY 2 | TUE, JAN 11, 2021 | A DAY OF SHENANIGANS AT SEA

DAY 3 | WED, JAN 12, 2021 | A SUN-SOAKED DAY AT SEA

DAY 4 | THU, JAN 13, 2021 | ORANJESTAD, ARUBA | ARRIVE: 8AM | DEPART: 11:59PM

DAY 5 | FRI, JAN 14, 2021 | WILLEMSTAD, CURAÇAO | ARRIVE: 8AM | DEPART: 4:30PM

DAY 6 | SAT, JAN 15, 2021 | A STAR-STUDDED DAY AT SEA

DAY 7 | SUN, JAN 16, 2021 | A FUN-FILLED FINAL DAY AT SEA

DAY 8 | MON, JAN 17, 2021 | FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA | ARRIVE: 6:30AM

VACAYA day by day exploring the deep southern Caribbean

MON, JAN 10, 2022 FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA – PORT EVERGLADES DEPART: 4PM

Our journey begins in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, one of America’s LGBTQ Meccas! VACAYA traditions are already starting to take shape and we’ll celebrate our coming together tonight in fun new ways. After all, that’s what these vacations are all about – connecting with old friends and making countless new ones, all the while having endless fun. CONNECT. LAUGH. PLAY.


TUE, JAN 11, 2022 A DAY OF SHENANIGANS AT SEA

Our first day at sea gives you the chance to soak in the Caribbean sunshine while we all get a little silly. Will you spend a couple hours with Sister Helen Holy and her bingo shenanigans? Or will you be tempted by our Clothing Optional Deck? Or both?!? Our first V-Dance of the week will be this afternoon and you can be sure it’ll give you endless ways to connect with fellow guests. LIVE. LOVE. DANCE.

WED, JAN 12, 2022 A SUN-SOAKED DAY AT SEA

Now you’re getting it… the VACAYA rhythm is finally starting to wash over you, and it’s as bright and as warm as the Caribbean sun overhead. Millennium offers endless opportunities to fill your day – from The Spa to our poolside fun and games. Today, the choice is all yours. RELAX. INDULGE. FROLIC.

THU, JAN 13, 2022 ORANJESTAD, ARUBA ARRIVE: 8AM | DEPART: 11:59PM

When you hear the word “Aruba,” a few things immediately come to mind: turquoise, clear waters, year-round sunshine, and white sand beaches. And it’s true – Aruba lives up to the hype. It’s an unquestionable oasis. Some say Aruba is difficult to beat as far as paradise goes. The motto of Aruba is “one happy island,” and both locals and visitors make that motto come true every day of the year.


We’ll dock at the island’s capital and port city, Oranjestad. From there, the choices are endless. You could easily spend your entire time in Aruba on a beach or drinking a refreshing cocktail at any of the beachiest bars. However, you’ll also have the chance to discover more history and nature preservation efforts than you might expect, which you’ll experience on excursions to the Aruba Butterfly Farm, a trip to the National Archeological Museum, or at the Santa Cruz Donkey Sanctuary.


If paradise had a flavor, it would taste like Aruba. The food here borrows heavily from Dutch, Indonesian, Spanish, Portuguese, and African traditions, and there are a wide range of restaurants around Oranjestad – from romantic, fine-dining destinations to beachside grills serving fresh seafood and Dutch pancakes. Our favorites include Carte Blanche, Driftwood, and Pinchos Grill & Bar.


Although there’s not technically a “gay beach” on the island, Eagle Beach is incredibly gay friendly and is very popular with both LGBTQ locals and tourists alike.

EXPLORE. UNWIND. FEAST.


FRI, JAN 14, 2022 WILLEMSTAD, CURACAO ARRIVE: 8AM | DEPART: 4:30PM

Bright, airy, and beachy Willemstad may feel like a Dutch city, but don’t let the colonial pastels and European-style streets fool you—you’re on one of the Southern Caribbean’s greatest islands! Beautiful beaches, clear waters, and incredible diving and snorkeling will quickly steal your heart. During your day in Curaçao, stroll along Willemstad’s Old Town and quaint harbor, both designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Soak up the sun at Mambo Beach or take to the floating Queen Emma Bridge for sweeping city views over the water. Savor the fusion of Dutch and Afro-Caribbean cuisine on exclusive culinary experiences with local chefs. And enjoy your time ashore at one of Curaçao’s award-winning eateries. Some of our favorite places for a fantastic lunch are Mundo Bizarro, BijBlauw, and Ginger.


Cas Abao is the island’s gay beach. This is a popular local beach with a great sandy coast, perfect for swimming and snorkeling. There’s a fantastic bar, restaurant, and dive center. Head up to Cas Abao early to get a prime chair so you can swim and sun yourself in total comfort. Cas Abao is about 45 minutes north of Willemstad and can be reached via taxi.

DISCOVER. CHILL. SHINE.


SAT, JAN 15, 2022 A STAR-STUDDED DAY AT SEA

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