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Olivia announces New Year’s cruise to Virgin Islands

Jost Van Dyke, British Virgi Islands

Jost Van Dyke, B.V.I. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Olivia has announced that it is ending its 40th anniversary year with a New Year cruise to the Virgin Islands, Dec. 28, 2013, to Jan. 4, 2014.

The cruise will be aboard the luxurious, 5-star Windstar Wind Surf, which is equipped with newly refurbished staterooms and open, uncrowded teak decks. This intimate, upscale cruise ship will call on Phillipsburg, St. Martin; Falmouth Harbor, Antigua; Soper’s Hole, Tortola, B.V.I; Jost van Dyke Great Harbor, B.V.I.; Virgin Gorda, Prickly Pear Beach, B.V.I.; and Gustavia, St. Barthelemy.  

“We are excited about setting sail on this gorgeous ship for a week of visiting ports that the larger cruise ships simply can’t get to. The amazing beaches, gorgeous waters and the renowned special guests and entertainers we have on board means we will finish our 40th Anniversary year in a very special and meaningful way,” said Tisha Floratos, Olivia’s vice president of travel and business operations.

Special guests for the cruise include marriage-equality advocate Edie Windsor, tennis legend Billie Jean King, recording artists Cris Williamson, and retired Col. Grethe Cammermeyer and Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith. These guests will be joined by an impressive lineup of Olivia performers, including comedian Vickie Shaw, comedian/musician Roxanna Ward and spoken-word artist CC Carter.

“Olivia has always been a company with a social mission, and as such we seek to honor and celebrate our collective history on our trips; in keeping with this, we have brought together these amazing women who have worked for changes that directly benefitted women and the LGBT community over the past five decades. To have women of such caliber on board, sharing our 40th anniversary, is an incredible honor,” said Judy Dlugacz, Olivia’s president and founder.

More information about the cruise is available at Olivia.com.

 

Troy Petenbrink is Metro Weekly's contributing writer for food and travel. He can be reached at thegaytraveler@gmail.com.

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