What was to be the South Pacific’s largest gay cruise has been cancelled by its organisers just months after they announced the event.
The Liberati All Gay Cruise was to see 2,400 gays and lesbians taking over all eleven decks of the Royal Caribbean line’s Rhapsody of the Seas from October 5 to 12 next year but organizers announced yesterday that the cruise would not be going ahead.
‘To all our valued customers,’ an announcement read on Unity Events’ Liberati website.
‘Due to logistical issues beyond our control, Unity Events is sad to announce that we will be unable to proceed with the sailing of Liberati in 2013. We will do our best over the coming months to rectify these issues, with the aim of rescheduling Liberati to a later date in 2014.
‘We have instructed all travel agents to immediately proceed with issuing any customers booked on the cruise with a full refund on your deposit … We hope we can soon come back to you with good news on the future of Liberati so we can once again all focus on a fabulous cruise to the South Pacific.’
The cruise, styled as an LGBT festival at sea was to set sail from Sydney for a seven day South Pacific Cruise to New Caledonia and back and had only been announced in late August.
Responding to online speculation as to the reasons for the cancellation, Unity Events released a further statement.
‘We are not at liberty to disclose the exact nature of these issues but we can confirm that, despite incorrect information being circulated by travel agents and other parties, it was not in any way related to the availability of the ship or securing entertainment on board,’ the statement read.
‘We would like to take this opportunity to thank the artists – both advertised and due for announcement – for their commitment to Liberati, and to the wider LGBTI community for embracing us.’
Some of the acts that had already been announced included comedian and entertainer Bob Downe, musical comics the Top Twins, drag star Trevor Ashley and lesbian Australian country music star Beccy Cole.