Auckland New Zealand Gay Pride Cruise 2023
4 nights from/to Auckland, New Zealand
September 08 12, 2023
P&O Australia Cruises Pacific Explorer
All aboard Auckland! Join us for New Zealand's Inaugural LGBTQIA+ Auckland Pride Cruise in 2023, presented by P&O Cruises Australia. Setting sail for 5 days and 4 fun filled nights onboard the newly refurbished Pacific Explorer, Friday 8th September, 2023. Explore New Zealand’s favourite port of Picton and beyond, with 2 full sea days full of Fun onboard this inclusive, all-gay cruise! Singles, couples, families and friends are signing up ready to sail, sip, slide and party, on this Special long gay weekend departure! Everyone is onboard, so let’s bring it on!
A celebratory cruise for members of the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies/supporters, to honour pride in self, the diversity of the community and the endless variety of talented artists, entertainers and educators in it. Our Auckland Pride Cruise will be a safe space for members of the community, something curated just for them.
The heart of the Marlborough Sounds
Picton sits at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound and is surrounded by lush, rolling hills. It is the gateway to the South Island of New Zealand, and a launching pad to the many inlets and bays that make up Marlborough Sounds.
Hike the Queen Charlotte Track and Scenic Cruise
Enjoy a walk along The Queen Charlotte Track, cruise aboard "Sounds Adventure", Marlborough Sounds, Mistletoe Bay, Peninsula Loop Track.
Iconic Wines of Marlborough
Visit three vineyards for tastings and stop at Makana, the boutique chocolate producer and watch as divine chocolates are handmade.
Port Underwood Coastal Drive
This off-the-beaten-track tour is specially designed for traveling by private mini-coach, and you’ll explore an area that few New Zealanders visit.
Queen Charlotte Sounds Round the Bays Cruise
Cruise the Queen Charlotte Sounds for an unforgettable experince. Feed the famous pet fish in Double Cove and cruise past the unspoilt bays nestled along the shoreline.
The Melbourne Pride Cruise on Pacific Explorer will be like your favourite LGBTQIA+ Festival, Fair Day, or Carnivale – all rolled into one and all out at sea!
Headlining the fun with plenty of feathers, sequins and flamboyance, will be international superstar, accordionist and Berlin boy-wonder Hans the German, the award-winning comedy cabaret star who won hearts & found fame on America’s Got Talent.
Leading diversity trailblazers will join the cruise including Queensland Rugby League ambassador Meg Ward who is ‘out and proud’, and Australia’s Simon Dunn, the first openly gay male to represent any country in the sport of bobsled.
They will be joined by an exclusive and wide ranging array of DJs, drag kings & queens, singers, dancers, entertainers, athletes, and comedians from our wonderful LGBTQIA+ community, with many more to be announced.
Your adventure will be filled with laughs, singing, dancing, swimming, eating, drinking, watching, playing, and enjoying all our community has to offer.
From day one, the first-ever "Queer Screen Mardi Gras Film Festival at Sea" will play on the giant outdoor screens, at the huge indoor cinema, and throughout the in-room TV system.
Why We Love Pacific Explorer!
Whiz down waterslides, Walk the Plank or try the Flying Fox by day, then enjoy great restaurants, bars and edgy stage shows at night. There’s something for everyone!
Get splashy and ride our Disco Diver and Super Slider Waterslides as many times as you like, splash out in our interactive water parks or take a dip in one of the pools or spas.
Challenge your mates or family to a friendly game of Barefoot Bowls. Go on, just roll with it!
Choose your Adventure with P&O Edge!
The P&O Edge Adventure Park is your ticket to action and excitement. Rock Climbing, The Flying Fox, Walk the Plank and more.
Head back to your teenage years, and visit the Arcade to test your skills with the latest video games.
With 6 pools, spas and a fitness centre included in your fare, it's impossible to NOT relax and enjoy the ambience of gay life onboard!
Dining for Everyone!
Foodies rejoice! There are up to 12 different options included in your fare, to tempt all manner of taste buds:
The Pantry food court with 26 different food options, served to you on request, up to 5 times a day
The Waterfront Restaurant your main dining room featuring an extensive and varied menu.
Dragon Lady the home of spectacular yum cha and a full menu of Asian delights.
Angelos surrounding you with elegance and taste delivered with a decidedly upmarket Italian feel.
Not enough choice yet?
These additional speciality options will overwhelm:
We’re raising celebrity chef dining to a whole new level with something truly special, with "Luke’s" by Australian Celebrity Chef Luke Mangan.
Enjoy a mouth-watering signature burger at lunch or a delicious 3 course la carte dinner with the sunset.
Or try the award winning pizza in 400 Gradi, in partnership with award-winning Melbourne chef, Johnny Di Francesco.
After Dark Extravagance or Intimate Experiences - You choose!
Grab craft and small batch beers, then relax in the cosy The Explorer Hotel, enjoy a cocktail at The Ocean Bar or head to The Blue Room for some live entertainment with a huge roster of LGBTQIA+ artists over the 3 nights!
Speakeasy? Why not visit The Bonded Store In partnership with Archie Rose Distilling Co.
Sit, swill and savour the finest liquors and set your tastebuds free in this glamorous speakeasy as our mixologists serve up fantastic cocktails.
Or get inspired during a gin or whisky masterclass - Bring home your own blends!
Black Circus Enjoy new levels of entertainment with exclusive dinner and show packages and a glamorous cabaret style show, Love Riot. Get ready for a fetish-laced acrobatic feast for the senses. It’s the ultimate night out full of spectacle and outrageous fun.
Blue Room Hit the dance floor and cut some shapes to some funky live tunes in the Blue Room. You’ll catch some home grown live acts every night.
Stage Shows - It's Showtime! All of our original stage shows are developed and choreographed by a leading Australian production company exclusively for Pride Cruise by P&O Australia, so you can’t see them anywhere else. With an exciting program of shows to choose from, you’ll want to catch them all.