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Atlantis Partners With Cruise Critic to Launch World's First 'Virtual Gay Cruise'

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Writers and Photographers Will Provide Daily Updates From Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas, the Largest Gay and Lesbian Cruise in History

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Atlantis Events, Inc., the world's largest company specializing in all-gay and lesbian cruises and resort vacations, is partnering with Cruise Critic, the leading online cruise community, to launch the world's first virtual gay cruise. Atlantis has chartered the world's largest passenger ship -- Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas -- for an all-gay Caribbean cruise departing Miami on January 28.

Writers and photographers will be onboard to document the daily events, activities, and ports -- and answer readers' questions -- as the 160,000 ton vessel tours the Caribbean over seven days with 3,700 gay and lesbian guests aboard from around the world. Their writings and photographs will be posted daily to the CruiseCritic.com website, one of the most popular online cruise communities with over 160,000 registered members.

"Our Freedom cruise sold out in record time, and we are excited to partner with Cruise Critic to provide a glimpse into this historic sailing for those people who weren't able to join us," said Rich Campbell, Atlantis CEO.

Atlantis is bringing more than 20 entertainers, including some of the world's top DJs, comedians, singers and performers to create a truly unique experience for its guests.

"The groundbreaking facilities on this spectacular ship, combined with Atlantis' signature entertainment, are sure to create an all-gay vacation like no other," said Campbell. "Creating the world's first virtual gay cruise seemed like a natural match for this trip, and Cruise Critic was the perfect partner."

"The Virtual Gay Cruise is a great way for those who have never traveled with us before to get a sense of our experience, and for everyone to share in on the excitement," Campbell continued.

In addition to the Freedom of the Seas sailing, Atlantis is offering seven other all-gay cruises in 2007, and three all-gay resort weeks, more than any other gay and lesbian tour operator. Destinations include the Mediterranean, South America, Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Baltic. In October 2006, Atlantis was voted best-in-category for all-gay tour operators, in Out Traveler's prestigious Readers' Choice Awards.*

* Out Traveler is a leading travel publication for the LGBT community, and is published by LPI Media, a subsidiary of PlanetOut Inc.

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