A cruise catering to gay travelers will sail from Buenos Aires on Dec. 12 for a four-night trip across the Plata River Estuary and on to the Atlantic seaboard, with stops at Uruguay’s Punta del Este resort town and Montevideo.
Argentina’s legalization of same-sex marriage last year has catapulted Buenos Aires to the forefront of gay tourism in South America, said Jose Maria Jaroslavsky, director of the tour operator Thesys, one of the cruise's organizers.
The cruise, dubbed "EGO," will take to the seas during the Southern Hemisphere’s summer on the luxury liner MSC Opera. Seven bars, four restaurants, pools, a spa, theater, casino, eight disc jockeys and themed parties will be on hand to quench hedonistic pursuits.
Cruise fares, which do not include airfare, start at $999 per person for a triple and go up to $1,598 per person for a double with balcony and ocean view. Included are three meals and two snacks a day; Argentinean taxes and port taxes; and gratuities. Packages are also available for pre-cruise hotel stays in Buenos Aires.