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Caribbean Festival at Sea – Olivia Trip for WOA?

| April 10, 2016

 Caribbean Festival at Sea - Olivia Trip for WOAIf you’ve never been on an Olivia Cruise, you’re not alone.  I haven’t been able to cross that off my bucket list yet but maybe now we can do that together.  The Caribbean trip is (February 4-17, 2017) but the cabins are already starting to book.  This cruise is action packed with events, ports of call and great entertainment for an affordable price.  If we can get 10 people together from Women Out And About to sign up, we can go as a group and be eligible for discounts.  I’ll get back to you on exactly what those are in the column next week.  Olivia has payment plans to make it even more convenient and affordable. Please shoot me a quick email or feel free to call me to confirm or ask questions. 

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Our inventory changes on a daily basis, so for the most up to date information on availability, please call 800-631-6277 or 415-962-5700 option 1 and ask to speak to an Olivia Travel Consultant.

It’s our biggest entertainment extravaganza yet! Music, comedy, theater, dance shows, workshops and so much more abound under the warm Caribbean sun, along with 2,100 lesbians on board Holland America’s ms Eurodam. An amazing experience for any festival goer, we’ll have all the latest and greatest lesbian comediennes, musicians, dancers, actors, and workshop leaders. If you’re wondering what there is to do in port, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered there, too. We’ll visit Half Moon Cay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and Key West, islands with clear, turquoise waters, snorkeling galore, and beaches that stretch for days. Book early; this trip will sell out quickly

Our Itinerary:

  • Fort Lauderdale, FL -Welcome to Fort Lauderdale! There is an abundance of things to see and do in the area: visit the Fort Lauderdale Beach and cafés, stroll the historic Riverwalk, shop the luxurious stores on Las Olas Boulevard or venture to the Everglades for an intriguing air boat excursion.
  • Half Moon Cay, Bahamas – Enjoy the perfect day of play on our pristine private island, from sunning on two miles of white sand to watersports, nature hikes, deep sea fishing, and more. Relax the day away and reserve a private air-conditioned cabana by the sea. For the adventuresome, feed the gentle rays at Stingray Cove, ride a horse into the surf, snorkel below or parasail above the turquoise sea, or visit Half Moon Lagoon, the island’s aqua park
  • Georgetown, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands – Georgetown, the country’s capital, is a crayon box of shops (look for a piece of colorful Caymanite or black coral), restaurants, and history, including the Cayman Islands National Museum and the Maritime Treasure Museum. In the shallow waters of the West Bay, you can swim into Stingray City, where the rays will let you touch, feed, and hold them. About a mile west, on the other side of the island, lies Seven Mile Beach, an emblematic stretch of Caribbean bliss. The harbor offers endless water activities, including snorkeling, scuba diving, and glass-bottom boat tours.
  • Cozumel, Mexico –Only 90 miles from Cuba (and the southernmost point in the continental U.S.), colorful Key West is full of history, culture, and even has a thriving LGBT scene. Rent a bike for the day and head to Ernest Hemingway’s house – you’ll see generations of cats with six toes! Mallory Square is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir and eat famous Key lime pie and conch. If you just want to go for a stroll, walk down historic Duval Street; for those more adventurous, take a kayak tour through a protected mangrove forest. And don’t worry, we set sail at sunset so you won’t miss it!
  • Key West, FL – Only 90 miles from Cuba (and the southernmost point in the continental U.S.), colorful Key West is full of history, culture, and even has a thriving LGBT scene. Rent a bike for the day and head to Ernest Hemingway’s house – you’ll see generations of cats with six toes! Mallory Square is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir and eat famous Key lime pie and conch. If you just want to go for a stroll, walk down historic Duval Street; for those more adventurous; take a kayak tour through a protected mangrove forest. And don’t worry, we set sail at sunset so you won’t miss it!What’s Included:
  • Accommodations for 8 days/7 nights on signature class ship – ms Eurodam
  • Dine in six restaurants (Rotterdam Dining Room, Lido Restaurant, Terrace Grill, Pinnacle Grill*, Canaletto*, Tamarind Restaurant*)
  • Bars and lounges throughout offering premium alcohol and soft drinks along with the Explorations Café featuring specialty coffee drinks (beverages are an extra charge)
  • Culinary Arts Center powered by Food & Wine Magazine
  • Two swimming pools and Jacuzzis
  • Casino, fitness center, internet café, full-service Greenhouse Spa, Signature Shops
  • Gratuities, port charges/taxes, which are covered in NDA fees
  • Stateroom amenities featuring luxurious beds with euro-top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens, Elemis bath products, deluxe bathrobes, Egyptian cotton towels, massage showerheads, 5x magnifying make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers, flat-panel TV and DVD player, secure safe, complimentary fresh fruit on request, 24-hour room service, ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown
  • Olivia’s signature entertainment – the largest line-up of entertainment yet
  • Olivia’s signature programming and staffing assistance throughout

* Specialty restaurants have a nominal cover fee


amy rayAmy Ray

Amy Ray has gone country, and her scenic-route detour was not as out of the way as some fans might think.

The singer-songwriter, best known as half of the Grammy-winning Indigo Girls folk-rock duo, has produced a solo album, Goodnight Tender, which is country music in the purest — and purist – sense of the word. Recorded at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, N.C., this collection of 11 originals by Ray, along with a cover penned by Heather McEntire, was released in January of 2014 from Ray’s Decatur-based company, Daemon Records. Her latest release, The Tender Hour – Amy Ray Live from Seattle,  does what any satisfying live record should do-it puts the listener in the room and immerses them in the humanity of the show-complete with stories, blunders, an incredible band, and an energetic heartfelt night of music!

vicky shawVickie Shaw

Vickie Shaw is the funniest comedian EVER! She said so herself! Vickie has been making people laugh until their faces hurt and ribs cracked! She has traveled the entire US and many overseas locations making people laugh. She gets her comedy from her life, with her partner Sargent Patch, their three children and now three grandchildren. She has been in movies, “Laughing Matters More”, television, Comedy Central, four comedy specials on the LOGO Channel, Late In Life Lesbians, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, just to name a few. She headlines on Olivia Cruises, HRC events, Lambda Legal, GLAAD, and the list just gets bigger. If you have a chance to see her you absolutely must. Don’t miss her.

elvira kurtElvira Kurt

When Elvira Kurt is not writing about herself in the third person, she’s a Canadian Comedy Award winning, three-time Gemini Award nominated stand-up comic and Second City veteran, who’s starred, hosted or appeared in too many TV shows and comedy specials to mention. Except for these: Popcultured with Elvira Kurt on The Comedy Network, the first late night talk show hosted by a woman that she also created and produced; The Gayest Show Ever, co-created, co-produced and hosted by Elvira which won Best Pilot at the Banff World Television Festival, Queer as Jokes, with Elvira as host and headliner of CBC’s first ever all gay comedy special and Big Girl Now!, Elvira’s award winning one-hour CTV comedy special.

shelly dotyShelley Doty

Shelley Doty has a voluminous career as a solo artist, band leader, band member, hired gun, and musical director, among other things. Shelley’s comprehensive styles include jazz, fusion, R&B, “avant-punk-classical”, rock and acoustic folk. At various junctures on her musical journey, Shelley has been involved with Jambay, The Shelley Doty X-tet, Sistas in the Pit, Skip the Needle, Vicki Randle, Bonfire Madigan, and the list goes on. In 1999, she won the Lilith Fair Acoustic Talent Search and closed the show playing guitar with Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan, and Chrissie Hynde in front of 22,000 cheering fans. Guitar Player Magazine praises her voice as “smoky, (and) soulful.” My favorite thing about Shelley is her willingness to stretch herself out of her comfort zone when asked, and create something unique. I can’t wait to see what she will come up with for 2015! Check out the full article from Guitar Player Magazine, as well as her amazing bio, both found at

kofyKofy Brown

Kofy Brown has been in performing for over 20 years, touring worldwide with her uncompromising stage show, winning national audiences in Europe, Canada and the United states. Kofy Brown has thrived by following her own creative path. She and her band the KBB have developed a reputation for putting on an outstanding live show. Her music is a soulful combination of funk, rock, blues and hip-hop topped off with a singing and rap style she calls word song.

Kofy Brown is co-creator/bass player and one of the lead songwriters and vocalist in the legendary all black girl rock trio Sistas in the Pit.

katie cashKatie Cash

To watch Katie Cash manhandle a mic, strangle her Strat, and command an audience with authentic rock star charisma, one would hardly envision her as a diligent, straight-A student. But Katie is an overachiever, tireless when it comes to music, and absolutely committed to every aspect of her creative path. She writes songs. She sings. She plays both rhythm and lead guitar. She produces. She manages and books many of her projects, handling every detail, down to the merchandise. And she recently completed her studies of harmony, theory, counterpoint, and composition at Mills College. 

Aalisonlyson Palmer

Aly Palmer is the singer/songwriter, producer/director and performance artist best known for her ongoing three decades of work with the popular rock band, BETTY. She is the Music Director who created the popular feminist variety show, CHIX, which was the closing finale set of the last eleven Michigan Womyn’s Music Festivals. Featuring the immense talent that gathers at festivals, themed CHIX shows have featured Holly Near, Cris Williamson, Amy Ray, Vicki Randle, Toshi Reagon and dozens of other brilliant performers and comics in shows like Rock Chix, Chix Sings The Blues, Southern Fried Chix and more. Aly is author of the essay collection, Wonderland. With BETTY, her music has been featured on scores of ads, television series and films, including Life With Mikey and The L Word.

mouthMouths of Babes

“If I was forced to categorize it, I’d call it modern folk. It’s powerful. It’s romantic. It’s giddy. And the two are insanely infectious together onstage, like a musical and a personal love fest all at once.” – Huffington Post

With more than a dozen albums and over a thousand shows between them, Ty Greenstein and Ingrid Elizabeth are no strangers to the contemporary folk music scene. For years, their respective bands Girlyman and Coyote Grace captivated thousands of loyal fans as they criss-crossed the country, rocked festivals and toured with the likes of the Indigo Girls and Dar Williams. Now, as Mouths of Babes, Ty and Ingrid have distilled the very best of the songwriting, humor, and musicianship of their previous groups into a new power duo that brings more style and depth than ever before.

margaMarga Gomez

MARGA GOMEZ has appeared on LOGO’s “One Night Stand Up,” Showtime’s “Latino Laugh Festival,” Comedy Central’s “Out There” and HBO’s “Comic Relief” at the invitation of Robin Williams who called her “Amazing… a lesbian Lenny Bruce.” She has been a guest on leading comedy podcasts Marc Maron’s WTF and the “Keith and The Girl Show.”  Marga’s comic style has been described as “deliciously cheeky and incendiary” by the New York Times and “salaciously surreal” by the San Francisco Chronicle. She is a regular at SF Comedy Day and has been featured at numerous comedy festivals including SF Sketchfest, Montreal’s Just For Laughs, and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The SF Weekly named Gomez one of “2016’s Artists To Watch.” She is also a GLAAD award winner and triple winner of the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s “Best of The Bay Comedian Award.” Marga is also the writer/performer of eleven solo plays which have been presented Off-Broadway and internationally.

sarah danceSarah Bush Dance Project

Sarah Bush Dance Project (SBDP) is an Oakland-based contemporary dance company. Formed in 2007, SBDP promotes innovative artistry, community interaction and feminist ideals through the creation and presentation of multimedia dance, as interpreted by the artistic work and vision of Sarah Bush. Our core values are: Feminism, Diversity, Excellence, Authenticity, Accessibility, Empowerment, Versatility, and Innovation

jenny blockJenny Block

Jenny Block is a frequent contributor to a number of high-profile publications from Huffington Post to Playboy, and is the author of “O Wow: Discovering Your Ultimate Orgasm.” She has appeared on a plethora of TV and radio shows from Nightline to Tyra Banks and from Playboy Radio to BBC.

kate mKate Munger

Kate Munger has been passionate about community singing since she was 8 years old at Girl Scout Camp and has led community singing now for over 35 years. In 2000 at age 50 she founded the first of now 130 Threshold Choirs around the world. Today at 66 she has retired from running the Threshold Choirs and has returned to her passion of singing at the bedsides of people who are dying, in coma and with folks who are incarcerated.

DJDJ Rimarkable

Redefining the word “remix”, DJ Rimarkable is a renaissance woman indeed. This Detroit native is a DJ, vocalist, producer, drummer, and instructor.  Her multiple talents have taken her to many stages. Truly mastering the DJ technique of “Reading the Crowd”, she has earned the moniker, “Rimarkable” after rocking everything from Jazz to Disco to Hip-Hop, on international dance floors for more than a decade.

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