Variety Cruises, Greece’s leading small ship cruise company is a long-standing member of the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA), a strong supporter of the Trevor Project, the leading suicide prevention line for queer youth, and is one of the first cruise lines to implement optional preferred pronouns in its day-to-day operations to support diversity and gender expression.
Pioneering Pride In The Cruise Industry: How Greece’S Variety Cruises Continues To Honor The LGBTQ2+ Community
Dedicated to its pillar of Gender Equality, Variety Cruises, Greece’s leading small ship cruise company is a long-standing member of the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA), a strong supporter of the Trevor Project, the leading suicide prevention line for queer youth, and is one of the first cruise lines to implement optional preferred pronouns in its day-to-day operations to support diversity and gender expression.
Constantine Venetopoulos, Director of Communications & PR for Variety, part of the third generation of this Greek and family-owned cruise line, will be joining guests on board this year’s Limited Collection LGBTQ+ itinerary which sets sails on October 28, 2023. Constantine has been a volunteer counselor of The Trevor Project, whose mission is to end suicide among LGBTQ young people since 2011, and is also the director of the film Draw With Me which was the first documentary on transgender history to be presented at the United Nations during the 50th anniversary of the Stone Wall riots. He now vigorously leads the Gender Equality pillar of the Variety Cares foundation.
Celebrating Pride Month by showcasing its continued commitment to LGBTQ+ travelers and its support for the community, the cruise line is offering a limited time offer for its LGBTQ+ Cruise in the Seychelles. The cruise highlights include an Off-Broadway-at-Sea night led by a guest host, influencer, actor and model Edward Pishiyskiand soft adventure tours exploring the beauty and rich culture of the destination. For bookings made until June 30, 2023, cruisers benefit from a 10% discount on double occupancy.
The Seychelles are famous for being the perfect destination for both summer and winter cruises due to its warm climate, and voyagers get to enjoy this paradise and experience a unique island-hopping adventure that is only really possible with a small boat. This eight-day itinerary is a round trip to Mahé island and takes passengers to multiple destinations where they get to explore the extraordinary fauna and flora within a yacht environment. Optional excursions offer further opportunity to dive into a breathtaking underwater world or walk through tropical jungles and capture heavenly beaches.
The rates on the 148ft (45 meters) Pegasus for the Limited Collection LGBTQ+ Cruise start at $3,050 USD ($470 USD port taxes excluded).
Terms and conditions:
- Guests are required to mention ‘LQBTQ Seychelles 2023’ at the time of their booking otherwise full rates will apply.
- Offers are valid for new bookings made by June 30, 2023, and are valid for a limited number of cabins, are capacity-controlled and may be withdrawn at any time without prior notice.
- All reservations are on request and on a first-come-first-served basis.
- Port charges and shore excursions are excluded from these discounts.
- Offers are not combinable with any existing or future offers. Variety Club membership benefits are combinable with these special offers.
ABOUT VARIETY CRUISES: Transformation in seven days. That’s what third-generation Greek shipowner and CEO Filippos Venetopoulos claims about the company his late grandfather started in the 1960s. Now at the helm, he is redefining the concept of “home at sea”. While the company name is Variety Cruises, the product is very much an odyssey, using small vessels to enter small ports around the globe. The Greek, family-owned Variety Cruises has a passion for hospitality that remains unchanged since 1949: an alchemy that blends enriching oneself educationally and exploring the true identity of a destination, while enjoying the comforts and unique benefits of small ship sailing. A signature 360º approach to operations starts with designing and building state-of-the-art vessels, crafting and executing detailed itineraries, to ensuring the safety and comfort of guests. Today, Variety Cruises is the number one fleet of small ships hosting no more than 72 guests on board. All Variety Cruises ships abide by safety measures classified by the latest International “Safety of Life at Sea” (SOLAS) standards.