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Spartacus Cruise 2023: Couple of MEN AT SEA

Spartacus Cruise 2023: Couple of MEN AT SEA

It’s been a while since our last European gay cruise. All the more, we are looking forward to finally going on a cruise again in May 2023 with Spartacus. This time, we will sail around in the western Mediterranean on the eco-friendly boutique ship Vasco da Gama with stops at the ports of Marseille, Elba, Rome, Livorno, Nice and Corsica. It will be the third edition of the Spartacus cruises of the German-speaking community magazines Blu, Hinnerk, gab, Leo, and rik, which Karl still remembers very well from his time in Berlin. We are already looking forward to our next cruise adventure and seeing you onboard the German gay cruise – from the community for the community!

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Kiss of two men dressed in sailor outfits on a gay cruise ©
In February 2022, will board the Spartacus Cruise to explore the Canary Islands & Madeira. Time for our next European Gay Cruise adventure ©

219 m Boutique Cruise Ship with 630 Cabins & Suites

The eco-friendly boutique cruise ship, formerly known as Pacific Eden, is being operated as Vasco da Gama by Nicko Cruises for German-speaking travelers since summer 2021. The 30-meter wide and 219-meter ship has nine passenger decks that can accommodate up to 1,300 passengers in 630 cabins and suites ranging in size from 16 to 102 square meters. The “Vasco da Gama” offers a Spa as well as a gym, open 24 hours a day with plenty of equipment. In the spa, dry and steam saunas are included in the trip price. On the top deck is the jogging trail. Good to know: Nicko-Cruises is the fourth operator in the world to have converted its propulsion system to a largely low-emission propulsion system called MGO (Marine Gas Oil) with a large investment.

Spartacus Gay Cruise mCruise Canary Islands Madeira Vasco da Gamma
Cruising around the Canary Islands and Madeira with the eco-friendly cruise ship Vasco da Gamma

The program onboard has yet to be confirmed, but the 2022 program looked very promising so far. To name a few: One of the most famous drag queens from Berlin, Nina Queer, will be the Cruise hostess. “Eurovision Song Contest “participant Jendrik will be on board with a gala concert. Karl was excited to read the name DJ U-Seven, resident DJ at the popular Berlin parties “Irrenhouse” and “Schwuz”. For the most recent program updates, click here >

Flying with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines ©

How to get to Southern France?

Our favorite airline KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, offers flights from €136* to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Good to know: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines brings you comfortably from 10 German airports via Amsterdam to over 160 destinations around the globe. *subject to availability / last check: 11-2021

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Route map of the 2022 Spartacus Gay Cruise

The Spanish Canary Islands and the Portuguese island Madeira are popular destinations for European gay and queer travelers, mainly known for their lively LGBTQ+ community, especially Gran Canaria. Nearly perfect weather throughout the whole year and the delicious Mediterranean cuisine undoubtedly contribute to the popularity among LGBTQ+ travelers. So, you can imagine how excited he is to go back again, this time with Daan together.

Spartacus Cruise route map 2022
Spartacus Cruise route map 2022 ©

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Check availability & book here: 08.02.2022 – 18.02.2022 starting in Gran Canaria

Day 1: Gran Canaria (Las Palmas)

We are starting our gay adventure in 2022 on probably one of the gayest islands in the world: Gran Canaria. Known for its gay districts and gay beaches, we cannot wait to finally explore one of the most popular Canary Islands before we sail away, with all the other queer travelers joining us on our trip.

Selfie during our One-Day Travel Gran Canaria ©
Selfie during our One-Day Travel Gran Canaria ©

Day 2 & 3: Madeira

The second stop of the Spartacus Cruise 2022 will be Madeira, also known as the island of eternal spring. The last time we were there, we only had a couple of hours to rush through the capital city, Funchal. This time, we hope to spend a little more time on this spectacular island, made for us nature lovers.

We will come back Madeira, promised! ©
We will come back to Madeira, promised! ©

Day 4: On Sea

It is time for some relaxation on board the Vasco da Gama with Spa and Pool time, as well as meeting new cruise friends. Although the program is not ready today, we expect exciting theme parties, performances, and events.

Enjoying some warm winter moments in the pool onboard the cruise ship
Enjoying some warm winter moments in the pool onboard the cruise ship ©

Day 5: Lanzarote

Lanzarote, our next stop, is known for its spectacular volcanic landscape. We will be able to spend a whole day on the island, hoping to take some fantastic new photos for our blog and social media.

Stunning view from Mirador del Río on Lanzarote ©
Stunning view from Mirador del Río on Lanzarote ©

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Check availability & book here: 08.02.2022 – 18.02.2022 starting in Gran Canaria

Day 6 & 7: Tenerife

Our schedule was too tight to spend more time on the island during our last trip to Tenerife. However, we are looking forward to adding some new, wonderful gay cruise moments to our cruise memories!

Gay Selfie in front of the Auditorio de Tenerife „Adán Martín” ©
Gay Selfie in front of the Auditorio de Tenerife „Adán Martín” ©

Day 8: La Palma

Top on our list for the Volcanic island La Palma is the National Park ‘Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente’. Starting in Santa Cruz de La Palma, we plan to take a public bus over the mountains through an adventurous tunnel. After arriving at the ‘Centro de Visitantes de La Caldera de Taburiente,’ the National Park visitor center, we started our two hours hike inside the Caldera. Soon, more about our One-Day Trip to La Palma!

Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente on La Palma ©
Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente on La Palma ©

Day 9: La Gomera

On La Gomera, dense forests of ferns and moss-covered trees await us in the mists of the high-altitude Garajonay National Park. We cannot wait to explore La Gomera finally!

We love to be dressed as sailor men for our 1st Gay Cruise by Open Sea Cruises x Axel ©
We love to be dressed as sailor men again on the Spartacus Cruise 2022 ©

Day 10 & 11: Gran Canaria

Back in Gran Canaria, an overnight stay is planned before everyone disembarks to travel back home or extend their gaycation in Maspalomas, visiting the gay beaches (and famous dunes) for yet another cruising adventure.

Gran Canaria Gay Cruising Guide Our tips for Cruising on Gran Canaria
Our tips for Cruising on Gran Canaria

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Check availability & book here: 08.02.2022 – 18.02.2022 starting in Gran Canaria

German Gay Cruise by Spartacus

The best-known gay magazines have joined forces to offer a tour for German-speaking countries that combines all the advantages: on a not-too-big ship to the most beautiful cities and beaches of the Mediterranean. Onboard, gay travelers will find a handpicked selection of the most famous gay/lesbian stage culture artists. Our partners are the most famous scene parties from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland and guarantee the finest club feeling every evening.

We are looking forward to becoming a part of their story and, of course, telling you all about it on our blog and social media. And don’t forget – Check out the available cabins and join us next February!

Website: Spartacus Cruise 2022

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European Gay Cruises

RuPaul! Live on stage, Lady T-Dance Party and the best of the Canary Islands: We joined three European Gay Cruises exploring the western Mediterranean Sea and Spain departing from Barcelona and Lisbon in the past couple of years. You can find our highlights, tips, and best things to do offshore here on our blog!

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Do you want to know more about our gay travels around the world? Stay tuned on FacebookTwitterYouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram. See you again in Spain, Portugal, Europe, and somewhere around the world!

Karl & Daan.

Please note: Our gay cruise experience in Spain and Portugal will be made possible in close collaboration with Spartacus Cruises and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. A special thanks for tips and support goes to our wonderful readers, followers, new and old friends from all over the world. Nevertheless, our texts, photos, videos, and our opinions are our own, as always.

Joanita romantic dsouza

Wednesday 7th of September 2022

Thanks so much!! Been looking for the perfect lgbtq friendly cruises! Juanita Dsouza

David Lewis

Friday 22nd of July 2022

That's pretty good. Thanks for sharing!