VACAYA BLISS CARIBBEAN CRUISE ON CELEBRITY MILLENNIUM
JANUARY 10-17, 2022

Find out more about our response to Covid-19 HERE.

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The Vacayans are hard at work planning each and every detail of our premiere Caribbean cruise. And of course, we’re super excited to share many of those details with you along the way. As we have new information to share, you’ll find it here.

We’ll also house an email archive on this page, too. This archive will feature all the trip-specific communications we have with you throughout your pre-cruise experience with us. That way, if you happen to lose a general email somewhere along the way, you’ll be able to find it right here.

And from party themes and entertainment previews to those incredibly valuable cruise line booking numbers, VACAYA’s mission is to give you everything you need with plenty of time to ensure a totally stress-free experience. Get ready for your vacaya!

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30 DAYS TO GO!

We’re now just 30 DAYS from our time together on Millennium and as promised, it’s time to discuss vaccinations, Covid testing, and safety protocols. So grab a drink, settle in, and read on…

 

COVID VACCINATIONS
All sailings departing the USA are subject to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). As such, both VACAYA and Celebrity Cruises require all guests to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, with all initial doses administered at least 14 days prior to sailing. Guests with a mixed series of any two of the following vaccines taken within a minimum of 28 days between doses, will also be considered fully vaccinated: Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Sinopharm, or Covaxin.

COVID-19 Booster shots are not required to sail, but if it’s been more than 6 months since your last inoculation, we recommend getting boosted prior to the cruise. And as you’ve probably heard over the past several days, Pfizer’s Booster appears to handle the Omicron variant quite well, and the variant itself seems to be the milder form of the virus we’ve all been waiting for as the possible bridge to endemicity. Still lots to learn, but good news all around.

 

We recognize there are a million and one individual circumstances regarding vaccinations. Ultimately, Celebrity is the final arbiter. So if you have questions about your particular situation, please contact Celebrity directly at 877.200.2897. If you’re given a direction that’s outside of the basic policies, we highly recommend you get that in writing (with follow-up contact details) in order to better navigate the multiple checkpoints at the terminal. The margin for error here is almost nil, so be sure to button up each and every requirement.

NOTE: Once you upload your Vaccination Card to the Celebrity App as part of check in, know that it won’t be validated until 1 week prior to our cruise. Once validated, a green check mark will appear next to the Vaccination section of the check-in checklist.

 

PRE-CRUISE COVID TESTING
A negative test result is required of all guests to board the ship. Many cruisers have already found testing in and around Fort Lauderdale (or in their hometowns) for their required pre-cruise test. If you have, by all means, stick to your plan. Just know that the test needs to be conducted no earlier than Saturday, Jan 8. You can take either an antigen or PCR test. While most guests are likely to take their test on Saturday or Sunday, there’s also the option of getting a qualified rapid test on Monday morning (assuming you can get the written results back before you board the ship later in the day), but waiting until Monday is not a highly recommended strategy since results could be delayed. As a reminder, all aboard on Monday, Jan 10 is 3:30pm and we set sail at 4pm sharp.

For those who haven’t yet scheduled their test, we’ve partnered with TestTent.com in Wilton Manors to provide a no-cost option for your pre-cruise testing. You can schedule your test online with them. They also accept walk-ins, but it’s always better to schedule an actual appointment time. If you test in the morning with Test Tent, you’ll get results back the same day. If you test with Test Tent in the afternoon, you’ll get results back the next morning.

For Test Tent appointments, you’ll need to bring your insurance card with you to your appointment. The cost of the test is covered by most insurance plans. If you don’t have insurance or if your insurance doesn’t cover the cost of the test, the tests conducted by Test Tent are also covered by the CARES Act, so there’s no out-of-pocket expense for anyone using their services.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH TESTTENT.COM

 

Once Test Tent appointments have been exhausted, there are also other testing sites around Fort Lauderdale. Celebrity has provided a list of sites HERE.

For guests booked at our official pre-cruise hotel (Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Downtown), you will be tested on-site on Sunday morning. We’ll provide a booking link to schedule your appointment shortly.

In addition, there are a couple at-home testing options, as well:

Monitored Self-Test Kit – Abbott BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card:
Approved Self-Test Kits are available for order pre-cruise. Complete your pre-cruise test kit at home or any place of your choosing with the help of live video supervision by a Certified Guide. Your results will be ready in 15 minutes. ORDER HERE

Concierge Testing Service:
In partnership with Bio-reference, a concierge testing option is also available. Bio-reference will send a qualified medical technician to your home, office, hotel, or any place you choose to perform the test. Your results will be ready in about 48 hours, so this option would only be an early Saturday morning option. RESERVE HERE

 

WHAT DO I DO WITH MY NEGATIVE TEST RESULTS?
Within 24 hours of our sailing, you will upload your negative test results to the Celebrity App. Simply follow the in-app instructions to upload your results. In addition, this is also when you’ll complete your compulsory pre-boarding Health Questionnaire. If you’re facing technical issues with the app in those last moments, no worries. Just bring a written or electronic copy of your results with you to the pier and have them ready to show at the first checkpoint.

Important Note: Guests arriving at the terminal without a negative COVID-19 test result will be denied boarding. So please don’t do that.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I TEST POSITIVE AND CAN’T SAIL?
We recommend everyone keep a low social profile after the holidays. That will certainly help mitigate the risks of exposure. Although we’re all vaccinated, breakthrough cases still happen. If you test positive the weekend before our sailing, you will be unable to sail. And unfortunately, Celebrity isn’t offering any type of refund for charter cruises – not to you or to us. So that brings us to the topic of travel insurance…

We’ve obviously provided non-stop advice regarding purchasing travel insurance and, as you know, we offered the opportunity to purchase a policy through our partner Travel Guard at the end of your cruise purchase. Assuming you’ve purchased travel insurance, your policy likely covers you for trip interruption, but you’ll want to confirm the specifics prior to sailing. For those without travel insurance, there are companies out there who will still write a policy to cover such instances, but as with all insurance, you must secure that coverage prior to the actual moment of need. So again… we encourage everyone to protect their investment with coverage. In general, Cancel For Any Reason policies can only be purchased within 14 days of booking a trip, but general trip interruption insurance can be purchased at any time prior to the trip.

Important Note: Because we’re not licensed insurance brokers, The Vacayans are not allowed to talk policy specifics with you. It’s against the law. So please reach out to your carrier for specific questions.

 

POST-CRUISE TESTING
US citizens are not required to show a negative test result for their onward US-based air travel after the cruise. Citizens from countries other than the US who require a negative Covid test result prior to their flight home have the option to receive a complimentary PCR test onboard prior to disembarkation. Proof of return travel scheduled within 24 hours of disembarkation will be required. You will schedule this test through Guest Services once onboard.

 

SAFETY PROTOCOLS
With everyone vaccinated and tested just prior to boarding, on the surface this cruise will look more “normal” than not. Masks are only required in the following areas:

  • In the terminal while going through security and check in
  • In all VACAYA performance venues: Celebrity Theater, Rendezvous Lounge, Sky Lounge

The only way to bring you the caliber of talent we’ve secured for this cruise was for us to follow the vaccination and masking guidelines currently being instituted by Broadway theaters. We trust that everyone will follow this protocol without issue. It’s important to understand that there’ll be no negotiating on the policy; it’s black and white. While you can certainly take your mask down for a moment to take a sip of your drink, we ask that you replace it between sips. All of The Vacayans and the stars we’ve aligned for this incredible journey appreciate your cooperation inside the performance spaces.

That being said, if it’ll make you feel more comfortable wearing your mask around the ship at all times, feel free. No one will judge you for doing so and no doubt many will be thankful.

If you’d like to dive deeper into all the protocols that are happening behind the scenes, we’ve posted Celebrity’s safety protocols in this section HERE.

 

OUR FINAL THOUGHTS

As we’ve said so many times, it’s important for everyone to recognize that while we’re going to create a fairly normal experience onboard, nothing is normal behind the scenes.

The companies that have managed to survive this global disruption are working feverishly to implement myriad new cleanliness and safety protocols with the same sized (or less) staff as before the pandemic. So we ask everyone to muster every bit of patience, flexibility, and grace you can as we get closer to this cruise.

Then onboard, please remember… KINDNESS IS EVERYTHING. Every Vacayan and Celebrity crew member will be there to help you navigate the experience, but there may be times when we don’t know all the answers or perhaps something you request takes a little longer than it might have in the past. In those cases and in true VACAYA spirit, we’ll put our heads together, craft a plan, corral the resources, and get it done. So we thank you in advance for your patience in those situations. 
 
As we get ever closer to our time together, our most frequent updates come via the cruise’s Official Facebook Group, where you’ve undoubtedly been watching our Entertainment Preview (which will continue daily through Christmas). And of course you should keep a close eye on this page until we set sail, as well.

In the nearly 50-year history of lesbian and gay cruising, no US-based charter company serving the LGBT+ community other than the matriarch and patriarch of the industry has sold out a big-ship cruise. VACAYA’s 2022 Caribbean Cruise is the first, and we couldn’t be more thankful to have you with us for this HISTORY-MAKING sailing.
 
Now, let’s make this THE BEST CRUISE EVER! We’ve all earned a fabulous time!

 


AIRLINE DISCOUNTS

As a VACAYA guest, special airfare discounts are available to you for flights to/from Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL), Miami, FL (MIA), and West Palm Beach, FL (PBI) on Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, and codeshare flights with Delta partners (must be Delta designated). The discounts are as follows:

For US and Canada flights to/from Reykjavík:

  • Receive 10% off F, J, C, D, Y, P, and I class tickets
  • Receive 5% off B, M, H, Q, K, and L class tickets
  • Receive 2% off U, T, V, and X class tickets

International flights, not including Asia/Australia:

  • Receive 10% off J, C, D, W, Y, B, and M class tickets
  • Receive 5% off I, Z, H, Q, K, L, and U class tickets
  • Receive 3% off T class tickets

International Transpacific flights from Asia/Australia:

  • Receive 20% off J, C, W, and Y class tickets
  • Receive 10% off D, I, B, M, H, Q, and K class tickets
  • Receive 5% off Z, L, U, and T class tickets
  • Receive 3% off X and V class tickets

International Transpacific flights from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND):

  • Receive 25% off J, C, W, and Y class tickets
  • Receive 15% off D, I, B, M, H, Q, and K class tickets
  • Receive 10% off Z, L, U, and T class tickets
  • Receive 8% off X and V class tickets

To make an online reservation with Delta, click BOOK NOW just below:

You can also call Delta at 800.328.1111 (Monday-Friday, 7am-7:30pm Central Time). Be sure to use Meeting Code NMUKW when making your flight bookings via phone. Please note there is no ticketing charge for working with a live Delta agent to book your flights.

Discounts will be available for flights to/from South Florida (FLL, MIA, and PBI) December 31, 2021 – January 27, 2022.

 


 

BEVERAGE PACKAGES

VACAYA has been called a “Game Changer.” Well here’s a great reason why… CELEBRITY’S UNLIMITED BEVERAGE PACKAGES WILL BE AVAILABLE TO YOU ON THIS CRUISE! Once online registration opens shortly before the cruise, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase one of the myriad unlimited Alcoholic or Non-Alcoholic Beverage Packages directly from Celebrity.

At VACAYA we’re all about demystifying the charter cruise experience and one of the first myths we’d like to bust is that it’s not possible to offer drink packages on charter cruises. Let’s be clear… unlimited alcoholic drink packages are difficult to pull off on charter cruises because if they’re offered, everyone onboard is typically required to purchase one. However, working with the fabulous Celebrity team, we’ve come up with a plan to allow you to enjoy the packages usually unavailable on big-ship charter cruises.

The biggest concern with offering unlimited packages has always been that charter cruises are simply different than standard cruises. Charter cruises like those produced by VACAYA are all about bringing people together, with cruisers making many new friends along the way. And based on the industry’s experience, package abuse – where guests with an unlimited package “buy” drinks for guests who don’t have a package – is a real concern. It’s theft. So it’s been easier to simply eliminate the possibility of theft than to deal with the real-world consequences of those abusive actions.

But here at VACAYA, we kept asking ourselves, “Are our guests the type of people who’d walk into a convenience store and put a few beers in their pocket and walk out without paying? Or go to a restaurant and leave without paying their bill?” No matter how we asked the question, the answer for us was always “no.”

We trust you not to abuse the system. Not to steal. And it’s that level of trust, combined with Celebrity’s state-of-the-art monitoring, that will hopefully allow this to become a standard part of all future VACAYA vacations. But now it’s up to you to ensure that all guests play by the rules in regard to these new package offerings.

The Fine Print
  • Packages can be purchased directly from Celebrity after receiving your Celebrity Booking Number from VACAYA just before the cruise.
  • All occupants of a single stateroom are required to purchase a beverage package. For roommates where one person drinks and the other does not, the non-drinker is required to purchase the equivalent non-alcoholic package, e.g. Premium and Premium, or Classic and Classic. There is an exception for STEP participants, who may book any package, regardless of their roommate’s selection (or lack there of).
  • Packages may not be shared, and do not include beverages sold in gift shops, mini-bar (unless part of your specific package), or room service (meaning you can’t order a vodka soda to be delivered to your room).
  • All listed prices on Celebrity’s site are in USD and are subject to change without notice.
  • A 20% service charge will be added to Soda, Wine, Water, Classic, and Premium Package prices when purchased.
  • Packages are sold on a per cruise basis, and not on a per day or any other basis.
  • Purchased packages may be modified up to four days prior to sailing by canceling and reordering the package.
  • Cancellations or refunds will not be issued onboard the vessel after embarkation day.
  • Availability of beverage packages varies by ship.
  • You must be at least 21 years of age to purchase any alcoholic package and to consume alcohol.
  • The security systems employed – both point-of-sale and CCTV – will alert Celebrity of any abuses.
  • The triggers that will immediately raise the red flag of potential abuse with Celebrity include:
    • Ordering drinks in rapid succession at the same bar
    • Ordering drinks from different bars within the same area over a short period of time (for example, a drink at the Pool Bar, then 5 minutes later a drink at a satellite bar)
    • Each night, each guest’s consumption is reviewed. Any abnormalities will result in further investigation, including, but not limited to a review of video surveillance footage.
  • If caught abusing the system by “buying” drinks for others, the offender will immediately lose their Unlimited Beverage Package and no refund will be offered.
  • Other terms and conditions apply.

 

PREVIEW AVAILABLE BEVERAGE PACKAGES*

 

*Promotional offers on Celebrity’s preview page (e.g., Casino Promo Chips, etc.) are not available on charter events.

 


 

CLOTHING OPTIONAL SUN DECK

VACAYA will offer a clothing optional space onboard where sun lovers can sunbathe in the nude. It will be on both the Port and Starboard sides of Deck 11 Aft directly under the X smokestack. The area starts at the mid-ship elevators and goes to the aft wall. When moving outside of these areas, please put your swimsuit back on. There won’t be beverage service in this area, but the nearest bars – Sunset Bar on Deck 10 Aft and the Mast Bar on Deck 11 Mid – are not far away. The clothing optional sun deck is ONLY available on Sea Days. While in all of our ports, swimsuits are required on the upper decks.

And obviously… we ask that cameras not be used in this area.

 


 

CURRENCY

US Dollars are accepted in all ports of call.

 

 


 

DINING

Celebrity Millennium offers myriad included dining options – Metropolitan Restaurant, Oceanview Café, Spa Café, Mast Grill, snacks at Café al Bacio, and Room Service (complimentary from 6am-10:59pm).

Specialty Dining options (with a service fee) include Qsine, Sushi on 5, and Tuscan Grill.

Dedicated dining for Suite Guests is available at Luminae and for AquaClass Guests at Blu.

 


 

DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

US Citizens are encouraged to travel with a valid Passport, although a valid Driver License and Original Birth Certificate (with a raised seal) will suffice.

Non-US Citizens are required to have a valid Passport.

Visas are not required for US Citizens, but may be required of other nationalities. You can check the visa requirements HERE.

Guests from countries that require a visa MUST obtain a valid visa before leaving home. Laws do not allow a guest who requires a visa to board the ship without required visa(s). SPECIAL NOTE: Even if you’re told you won’t need a visa if you plan to stay on the ship, this is NOT TRUE. If a visa is required of your nationality, you MUST have a visa even if you plan to stay on the ship.

United States Permanent Residents who possess an Alien Registration Card (Green Card) do NOT require a visa.

These travel documentation requirements are government regulations and policies. They are subject to change without notice. It is the sole responsibility of each guest to identify and obtain all required travel documents and have them available when necessary. These appropriate valid travel documents (such as passports and visas) are required for boarding, entry into other countries, and reentry into the United States.

We strongly recommend that all guests travel with a passport that’s valid for at least six (6) months beyond the end of their cruise. This greatly assists guests who may need to fly out of the United States to meet their ship at the next available port should they miss their scheduled embarkation in a U.S. port; guests entering the U.S. at the end of their cruise; and guests needing to fly to the U.S. before their cruise ends, because of medical, family, personal, or business emergencies, missing a ship’s departure from a port of call, involuntary disembarkation from a ship due to misconduct, or other reasons.

The name on your VACAYA reservation must match the name on your passport or other identification documents.

Guests who do not possess the proper documentation may be prevented from boarding the ship.

Unfortunately, no refunds will be given to individuals who are denied boarding due to improper documentation.

 


 

DOORS

Part of the fun of any cruise – but especially an LGBT+ cruise – is decorating your stateroom door to give it a bit of pizzazz and to show your personality. You’re welcome to decorate it as you see fit, keeping the following guidelines in mind:

  • Electrical components are not allowed (including those which are battery powered)
  • No pornographic images
  • Decor cannot restrict or interfere with passage through the hallway
  • Do not use any materials that could damage or mar the surface of the door, its frame, or the hallway. Any costs involved with fixing damage caused by your decor will be charged to your onboard account.

Standard Stateroom Doors are 6′ 6.5″ tall by 2’4″ wide.

Most Suite Doors are 6′ 6.5″ tall by 3′ wide.

All stateroom doors are metal. Magnets make for a great way to affix decor items.

 


 

DRESS CODE

DAY: With warm temps, shorts and T-shirts will be your best bet while in port.

NIGHT: VACAYA’s dress code is “Evening Chic” – smart and stylish. But what does that actually mean?

Dress pants/designer jeans, collared shirts, cocktail dresses, and skirts with a nice top fit the bill perfectly.

We never want to limit your creative freedom as far as dress is concerned, so know that there are no hard and fast rules in regard to what’s acceptable and what’s not. But here are some specific recommendations that will help you decide what’s most appropriate for Millennium’s elegant and casual dining spaces throughout the evening:

  • Tank Tops in the Metropolitan Restaurant for dinner aren’t the best choice. Let’s be real… only a few of us (and we applaud you fetishists) would want to see a hairy armpit while enjoying filet mignon and lobster.
  • Dress Shorts are ok in Metropolitan Restaurant for dinner. Swimsuits are not.
  • Dress Sandals are ok in all restaurants for dinner. Flip-flops? Not so much.
  • If you’d like to keep your dress super casual for dinner, Oceanview Café provides a perfect dining choice. And flip-flops are a-ok around the clock in Oceanview.
  • Shorts and T-shirts are discouraged in the elevated dining experiences of Luminae, Blu, Qsine, and Tuscan Grille.

PARTIES: Our theme parties will provide you with endless opportunities to show off your style with imaginative costumes. Just keep in mind that your penis and balls, gentlemen, and your vagina, ladies, have to be covered. But by all means don’t be afraid of the exciting world of sheer fabrics… we love them! Because Oceanview Café will be open late into the night (and we know you’re going to want a burger at 2:30am), we ask that if you’re wearing a costume that exposes your butt cheeks, that you wrap a towel around yourself while dining. Towels will be available at the entrance of the café.

 


 

ENTERTAINMENT PREVIEW

We’re delighted to provide you with a preview of the fabulous entertainment we’ve lined up for this cruise. We’ll be adding new talent to this list through Christmas.

Please note that the schedule is subject to change slightly as we get closer to sailing. Ultimately, the daily program onboard Millennium – Celebrity Today – will contain each day’s complete schedule of activities and entertainment. You’ll receive the following day’s Celebrity Today in your stateroom each night at turndown.

 


 

VACAYA’s first Caribbean Cruise is FINALLY here and we’ll kick off the celebration with what has now become a VACAYA tradition… the main restaurant and the theater will be closed on Night 1 and instead, we’ll all head up to the upper decks for a full evening together! At 4pm, make your way up to Decks 10 and 11 for our sail-away from Port Everglades. Come exactly as you are – comfortable and ready for an evening of fun! We’ll celebrate our departure with drinks through the sunset. Then at 6pm, a Gala Buffet Dinner will be served on the Pool Deck and in Oceanview Café.

At 8:30pm, our all-star entertainment kicks off with the incredible MEGHAN MURPHY!

After Meghan’s show, we’ll clear the dance floor and head right into our THIS IS ME party, which will go until the wee hours!

All guests. All evening long. Together, as it should be. We’ll see you there!

 

MEGHAN MURPHY is an actor/singer/producer/cabaret & recording artist currently based in Chicago. A show-stopping powerhouse, she’s garnered the nickname “Big Red” and has delighted audiences all over the world with her impressive range of musical styles, razor-sharp wit, and old-school Hollywood glamor. Her multifaceted talents have been showcased on many different stages in the worlds of Theater, Music, TV/Film, & Cabaret. As an actor, you may have seen Meghan in musical productions across the US, including inNYC & Chicago, for which she’s a five-time Joseph Jefferson Award nominee for her performances. You may also recognize her from the film CAPTIVE STATE or as the current commercial face of Honey Nut Cheerios. As a singer & cabaret artist, she’s been in countless concerts throughout the world and has been touring her critically-acclaimed one-woman show THE BIG RED SHOW both around the country and internationally.

Recently, Meghan created a new travel/performance web-series called ADVENTURES FROM A BROAD, featuring her travels as a guest entertainer on the high seas, and STOOP SESSIONS, another online series to raise awareness and elevate Chicago-based BIPOC & LGBTQIA+ organizations. Both shows can be found on Instagram (@meghanmurphybigred), YouTube, & Patreon. As a recording artist, Meghan has two self-titled Ep albums of her Chicago-based blues/soul band Everybody Says Yes available on all streaming platforms and her holiday album BIG RED & THE BOYS, LIVE AT FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, available at bigredandtheboys.bandcamp.com. For more info about Meghan or to get on her mailing list, go to bit.ly/PatreonMeghanMurphy or to her website MEGHANMURPHYBIGRED.COM.

“Statuesque in her stilettos, Big Red is a towering inferno of talent” – Broadway World

“The Powerhouse Diva with a dynamite voice.” – Chicago Sun Times

“She’s a pied piper in red sequins, leading the way for the people, the fans, and the newcomers to the tribe.” – Broadway World

“Sultry, Sexy & Spellbinding.” – Aroundthetown.com

“This woman is doing what she was born to do.” – Broadway World

 

 


 

We’re so excited to welcome ERICH BERGEN to the VACAYA family! As an actor, singer, writer, and producer, Erich is best known as Blake Moran from the hit CBS drama MADAM SECRETARY, and for his critically-acclaimed performance as Bob Gaudio in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical JERSEY BOYSa role he originated in the National Tour and in Las Vegas. Erich reprised the role in the feature film adaption directed by Clint Eastwood. Recently, Erich starred on Broadway in WAITRESS, opposite Katharine McPhee, Jennifer Nettles, and Shoshana Bean. Other television and theatre credits include GOSSIP GIRL, BULL, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, THE TEMPERMENTALS, and many more.

As a producer, Erich has produced over 75 live, virtual, and television events, helping non-profits raise over $30 million, including work with President Obama, Clive Davis, John Legend, Michael Kors, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Producing credits include the WE LOVE NYC concert in Central Park, SATURDAY NIGHT SEDER, THE ROSIE O’DONNELL SHOW VIRTUAL SPECIAL, UNICEF WON’T STOP, and THE CAROUSEL OF HOPE BALL.

Erich will perform 2 shows the evening of Tuesday, January 11 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm in the theater.

Follow Erich on Twitter @erichbergen.

 

 


 

Before heading out to the pool on Wednesday morning, throw on your best 80s swimsuit and join us on the upper decks! Cruise Director Christopher and The Vacayans will be on the lewk-out for the best all-around 80s fashions. So show us what you’ve got! The 10 Best Looks will compete at Pool Gaymes for the ultimate prize… an autographed cassette tape of Duran Duran’s Reflex! Psyche! We’ve got something WAY MORE FUN in store!

At 4pm, we’ll kick off our second V-Dance of the week – CARTOON LAGOON – an all-80s dance fest, with costumes inspired by your favorite Saturday morning cartoons!

Then tonight, one of our favorite TV stars of the 80s and a lifetime supporter of the LGBT+ community, MARILU HENNER (TAXI and literally a thousand other credits), struts her stuff on the VACAYA main stage! Under the musical direction of our resident MD MICHAEL ORLAND (AMERICAN IDOL), Marilu will share never-before-heard tales from her days on one of TV’s biggest hit shows. And oh yeah… she’ll also wow you with her killer voice and her superior autobiographical memory skills!

After Marilu soars in the theater, we’ll all hit the upper decks again as we journey from the late 80s into the 90s with our Choose Your Own Adventure Party Winner, IT’S ELECTRIC! We’re turning off all the lights tonight and YOU will provide the radiance! So give us your sexiest, glowiest, shimmeriest, shiniest, gleamiest, sparkliest outfits as we dance under the stars to your favorite late-80s/early-90s icons!

Marilu will perform 2 shows the evening of Wednesday, January 12 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm in the theater.

Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @TheRealMarilu.

 

 


 

We are beyond thrilled to welcome the amazing AMBER RILEY to the VACAYA family! Amber is best known for her role in GLEE, for which she won the coveted Screen Actors Guild Award. She was also nominated for 3 Teen Choice Awards, 3 NAACP Image Awards, and a Grammy Award. Now known simply as RILEY, she’s also guest-starred on THE SIMPSONS and CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, co-starred in NBC’s THE WIZ LIVE! and ABC’s THE LITTLE MERMAID LIVE!, and she even WON Season 17 of the hit ABC show DANCING WITH THE STARS!

RILEY has also starred on-stage in COTTON CLUB PARADE in New York, HAIR at the Hollywood Bowl, and recently played the iconic role of Effie White in the West End’s critically-acclaimed and award-winning production of DREAMGIRLS. She WON the Olivier Award for “Best Actress in a Musical” for the role. Her self-titled 2020 EP “RILEY” garnered over 5 million streams and is available on all streaming platforms.

RILEY brought the holidays in with a new 2021 Christmas movie: CHRISTMAS DEJAVU, which you can stream on BET+. She’s also starring in a new movie being released on Lifetime in 2022, so stay tuned for more details!

RILEY will perform 2 shows the evening of Thursday, January 13 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm in the theater. She’ll be accompanied by the fabulous MICHAEL ORLAND.

 

AMBER RILEY, GLEE

 


 

We’re beside ourselves with excitement to welcome the one and only SHANGELA to the VACAYA stage! Shangela is recognized as one of the most memorable and “professional” contestants to compete on three separate seasons of the Emmy Award-winning RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE (Seasons 2, 3, and All Stars 3) and for co-hosting and co-producing HBO’s Emmy-nominated series WE’RE HERE. Shangela also recently appeared as a guest on THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON.

As an actor, Shangela (aka D.J. Pierce) showed her skills alongside Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in A STAR IS BORN. Other films include HURRICANE BIANCAKISS ME KILL MEHURRICANE BIANCA 2, and a new independent feature that will be released in 2022. Pierce has also guest starred on television shows like STATION 19, LOVECRAFT COUNTRY2 BROKE GIRLSGLEEBONESTHE MENTALISTX-FILES, and more. You can also catch Shangela on YouTube in the 4-part scripted series, JENIFER LEWIS AND SHANGELA.

Shangela has twice been named one of OUT Magazine’s “100 Most Compelling People” and in 2015 was featured on Forbes.com for his drag management company Say What Entertainment. Among other accolades, Shangela was named to TIME magazine’s “100 Next List” in 2019 and was awarded the Vanguard Award by the DFW Black Tie Dinner for commitment to the LGBTQ community in 2021.

He’s written and released music (including the anthem hit “Werqin Girl”), performed alongside Miley Cyrus on the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, hosted the televised NYC GLAAD AWARDS, performed as Beyoncè for Beyoncè, co-produced the successful WERQ THE WORLD tour as creative director, and toured his self-written stand-up comedy show SHOOK. 

Shangela will perform 2 shows the evening of Saturday, January 15 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm in the theater. Halleloo!

 

 


 

 

THE SKIVVIES are LAUREN MOLINA and NICK CEARLEY, singers/actors/musicians performing stripped down arrangements of eclectic covers and eccentric originals. Not only is the music stripped down – cello, ukulele, glockenspiel, melodica, but The Skivvies literally strip down to their underwear to perform.

The Wall Street Journal calls them “smart, sophisticated…ingenious,” and Out Magazine says, “The Skivvies have managed to carve out a niche that we never knew needed to exist: part Weird Al-parody and part sexy burlesque…an unusual explosion of satire and sultry.” People Magazine named The Skivvies “The Most Playful Performers” in The Most Talked about Bodies issue and Sports Illustrated named them “Favorite New Band.” The New York Times calls them “a hot musical comedy duo specializing in unexpected arrangements, incongruous mashups, and of course, highly toned displays of skin.” They were also nominated for a MAC award for show of the year.

Lauren (Broadway’s ROCK OF AGES, SWEENEY TODD, Mary Zimmerman’s CANDIDE – Helen Hayes Award, MARRY ME A LITTLE) and Nick (Broadway/First National ALL SHOOK UP, PAGEANT, BUYER & CELLAR) met in 2003 performing in Theatreworks USA’s national tour of the JUST SO STORIES. Quickly becoming best friends and musical collaborators, they began performing together in the city, with clothes on. The Skivvies were born in 2012, when they became YouTube sensations with their unique covers of artists like Robyn, Carole King, and Rihanna. The videos led to live shows, and now this “musically thrilling,” undie-rock, comedy-pop duo continues to perform to sold-out audiences in New York and beyond. And now they’re making their VACAYA big-ship debut, and we couldn’t be happier to have them with us!

Get to know The Skivvies @ theskivviesnyc.com and enjoy them in Sky Lounge on Tuesday and Saturday night.

 

 


 

She’s baaaaaaaa-aaaack! SUSIE MOSHER made her VACAYA debut on our 2019 Ptown Cruise and our guests have been talking about her ever since! She is a one-of-a-kind musician whose genius has to be seen to be believed. Susie brings her smash Birdland show, THE LINEUP WITH SUSIE MOSHER, back to VACAYA. A wild, anything-goes variety show, each LINEUP is unique and promises to deliver an unforgettable night of quintessential entertainment featuring Susie and the fantastic entertainers of VACAYA and YOU!

Susie’s been performing professionally since she was sixteen – first in the West Coast premiere of GODSPELL at The Old Globe Theatre, then in various night clubs, theaters, television shows, and movies through the years. On the big screen, you’ve seen Susie in LOST SOULS, VIEW FROM THE TOP, IT’S PAT, THE WEDDING PLANNER, and BEAR CITY 2. On television, she’s been featured in BEVERLY HILLS 90210, SNOOPS, VERONICA’S CLOSET, THE L WORD, and NURSE JACKIE. Susie finally obtained her childhood dream of being on Broadway when she was cast as “Prudy Pingleton” in HAIRSPRAY and played the role for the last two years of the show’s amazing six-year run. Susie is finally living her best life with her wife of twenty-five years and their beautiful son, Hudson.

Susie is joined by MICHAEL ORLAND on the keys and you’ll find them in Rendezvous Lounge on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday nights.

Explore the wonderful world of Susie @ susiemosher.com.

 

 


 

After memorable performances at our Oasis events and on our 2021 Iceland Cruise, Victor makes the leap to our big-ship Bliss cruises! Originally from Venezuela, Victor has made a splash in the South Florida cabaret scene since his arrival in 2014. He’s been a resident artist at several renowned piano bars, including The Cabaret South Beach, Magnum Lounge, and the prestigious National Hotel.

Known for his theatricality and his ample repertoire, Victor has performed with the Miami Symphony Orchestra at the Arscht Center for Performing Arts, done sold-out shows in Vienna and the Greek Isles, and has also appeared in a lead role in the world premiere of the new musical MAD HATTER, which premiered in London in July 2019.

He’ll be joined by legend RICK LEONARD on the keys. Rick is a popular seasoned performer and musical director who’s been familiar to South Florida audiences for over a decade. Hailing from New York City, Rick enjoyed renowned residencies at such famed venues as Tavern on the Green, The Russian Tea Room, The Firebird, One If By Land, Two If By Sea, and many more.

As a musical director, he founded The Cabaret by the Bay in Cherry Grove, NY, and presented top-tier cabaret artists there for over 7 years. In addition, he has served as musical director for such artists as Belinda Carlysle (The Go-Gos), Kimberley Locke, (AMERICAN IDOL and hit recording artist), Broadway’s Shoshana Bean (WICKED), famed actress Sally Struthers, and many more.

In South Florida, Rick was the resident artist for 10 years at the now legendary Magnum Lounge Supper Club, as well as performing in venues such as The Manor in Fort Lauderdale.

Rick is currently a resident artist at “Live at the National” at the National Hotel in Miami Beach and he’s thrilled to be among the amazing roster of talent on VACAYA’s big-ship cruises, small-ship adventures, and all-inclusive resorts.

Victor and Rick will perform in Rendezvous Lounge on Monday and Saturday nights.

Get to know Victor @ victorvaldezmusic.com.

 

 

 


 

VACAYA’s Piano Bar will feature Nate Buccieri and Magnolia Applebottom!

When NATE BUCCIERI (@NateontheKeys) isn’t singing behind the piano in oodles of NYC piano bars and clubs, he’s traveling with his music around the world! Singer/songwriter, improv artist, music director, and piano man, Nate boasts an enormous repertoire of pop, Broadway, and standards. He’s always happy to field a request or just make a tune up on the fly!

Nate will be joined by MAGNOLIA APPLEBOTTOM (Jeremy Bernstein), who’s become a fixture at the Blue Moon, Purple Parrot, and Milton Theatre drag shows in and around Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Magnolia has appeared on Bravo’s REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC and was featured in photographer Leland Bobbe’s portraits of drag performers both in and out of makeup for “Vogue Italia.” Magnolia has also opened for Internet sensation Randy Rainbow and Broadway legend Jennifer Holiday.

Combined, these two are certain to keep you entertained for hours on Wednesday and Friday night!

 

 

 


 

We’re so happy to welcome comedian GENE MOORE to VACAYA. Gene’s fast-paced, high spirited, high energy style will keep you laughing through the night. Gene considers himself a “front row friendly comedian,” so don’t be afraid to sit close. His humor is observational, hopeful, and based on his own life experiences as a gay, Hispanic, US Army veteran.

Gene’s comedy sets will take place in Sky Lounge on Wednesday and Friday night.

 

 


 

VACAYA is overjoyed to introduce our guests to the ray of sunshine that is GENEVA JOY! Originally from Philly, but now the jewel of the New Orleans comedy scene, Geneva is bold, smart, and a little naughty. She’s the weekly featured comedian on the JEFF D COMEDY CABARET AND DRAG SHOW on Bourbon St. and also hosts Sexy Bing-Oh. She’s not shy about ANYTHING and will certainly take you to a few unexpected places. Geneva is the founder of the Black Girl Giggles Comedy Festival, and has opened for Tiffany Haddish, Marsha Warfield, and Sheree Sheppard. Like every good New Orleanian, Geneva looooooves to costume. So get ready for a show both on and off the stage!

Catch Geneva in Sky Lounge on Wednesday and Friday night!

 

 


 

JAMIE MORRIS and ROBERT RYAN join forces and their pliable phalli in the hilarious romp PUPPETRY OF THE PENIS! Born in Australia as a tribute to the ancient art of genital origami, POTP has been performed in front of millions in over 35 countries. Jamie and Robert are currently Las Vegas’ top puppet masters and we’re excited to bring their show to the VACAYA stage – the first time it’s been performed at sea!

Catch Puppetry of the Penis in Sky Lounge on Thursday and Sunday night!

 

 


 

PAUL J. WILLIAMS is back as the one and only SISTER HELEN HOLY! No one – and we mean NO ONE – can handle balls quite like the Good Sister. She’ll be leading 3 rip-roaring sessions of Church Bingo on the VACAYA main stage Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday. Be ready for a few unexpected surprises along the way! For guests who are new to VACAYA, there’s one tradition you should definitely be aware of in regard to Bingo… the truly faithful wear church hats. And the taller – and closer to God – the better!

For the uninitiated, get to know Paul J. and Sister Helen @ pauljwilliams.com.

 

 


 

DJ CHORD BEZERRA is an award-winning DJ and producer based in the US Capital. Metroweekly calls him “one of D.C.’s most popular, and increasingly prominent DJs.” His high energy fusion of house, electro, dance, and funk has won him accolades wherever he travels. Chord can be found in regular rotation at some of the hottest clubs, parties, and events in DC, New York, and beyond. He commands the dance floor with an effortless blend of uplifting vocals, exotic beats, and non-stop energy. After 2 incredible seasons with VACAYA at our Oasis resorts, Chord brings his infectious talent to our big-ship cruises for the very first time!

Listen to Chord spin @ mixcloud.com/chordb/.

 

 


 

DJ, Remixer, & Producer WHITNEY DAY has built a signature sound from her influences of house, disco, and electronic music. The trifecta of early training in classical music, coming-of-age in New York City nightclubs, and working in recording studios while in high school and college, naturally evolved into a career in DJing and music production for her. With an instinct for reading-the-crowd, and an ability to artfully mix genre-blending sets, Whitney has spent over a decade lighting up dance floors around the globe. Her talents have taken her across the United States and to cities as far as Tokyo, Ibiza, Montreal, Stockholm, Sydney, Vienna, and beyond, fulfilling her other passion: travel.

Whitney’s infectious passion for mixing music and performing on-the-fly sets has spread from underground Brooklyn warehouses to European music festivals. Her fresh and energetic vibe has led her to share the stage with acclaimed DJs and artists such as Honey Dijon, LCD Soundsystem, Crystal Waters, Peaches, Jennifer Cardini, Bebe Rexha, Moby, JD Samson, Cece Penniston, and Lil Kim, to name a few. Her production skills have landed her remixes for artists such as Daya, MILCK, and Starley. Off-the-decks as an Event Creator, Whitney has produced some of the largest events for queer women and the LGBTQ+ community at world-renowned venues such as Marquee, House of Yes, Cielo, Magic Hour, Good Room, and LeBain.

After an incredible debut on our 2019 Inaugural Cruise, we are absolutely THRILLED to have her back with us at VACAYA! Take a spin with Whitney @ soundcloud.com/whitneyday.

 

 


 

COREY CRAIG (aka “Coreyography”) is a 16-year veteran in the LGBT club scene. He’s curated a signature sound of House, Disco, Tech House, and updated classics. His 2009 closing set for NYC Pride’s “Dance on the Pier” launched him onto the nightclub and party scene and led to residencies in Fire Island and award-winning parties throughout Manhattan. His later work with top American promoters expanded his reach into Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Provincetown, and Palm Springs. Internationally, Corey has been a regular in Sydney and Melbourne during the New Years and Mardi Gras season. His travels have also taken him to Whistler Gay Ski Week, Vancouver Pride, Edmonton, Toronto, and Amsterdam. His current stateside residencies include The Eagle NYC and the infamous D World Underwear Party in Fire Island.

Corey lists his musical influences as Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan, Honey Dijon, Freemasons, Moto Blanco, Gorgon City, Disclosure, Todd Terry, MK, CamelPhat, and tastemaking labels like Defected, Toolroom, Hed Kandi, Ministry of Sound, and Glitterbox.  These influences and labels have helped him curate and design a podcast series showcasing upfront House, Techno, Disco and Bass sounds. Currently, Corey is partnering with Bobby Duron as “Haus of Oz” for sexy tech house remixes. Upcoming original production work paired with established remixes and celebrated underground bootlegs for Lady Gaga, Russell Small, Genesis, Donna Summer, and others position “Coreyography” for further dominance in the next age of dance music and beyond.

Check out Corey’s new song, “Something To Behold,” @ ffm.to/behold and enjoy him before our cruise @ mixcloud.com/djcoreycraig/.

 

 


 

MICHAEL ORLAND is the grand poobah of music for VACAYA, serving as Musical Director for Erich Bergen, Marilu Henner, RILEY, and Susie Mosher. He began his impressive musical career in his hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts at the tender age of three, when he escorted each member of his family, one by one, to see MARY POPPINS and then sat down at the piano and played the songs by ear. Since this auspicious beginning, he’s become one of the most acclaimed musical directors on the concert, theater, television, and nightclub scene.

Michael was part of the mega-hit TV show AMERICAN IDOL for 16 seasons as the Pianist, Arranger, Vocal Coach, and Associate Musical Director both on FOX and ABC. In between those seasons were stints as Music Director/Vocal Coach on LITTLE BIG SHOTS and FOREVER YOUNG, both hosted by Steve Harvey. Through these amazing opportunities, Michael has appeared on OPRAH, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, ACCESS HOLLYWOOD, and a record number of appearances on THE ELLEN SHOW. At the end of every IDOL season, Michael has also accompanied the top 3 contestants to New York for appearances on LIVE WITH KELLY & REGIS (and MICHAEL and RYAN), CBS’ EARLY  SHOW, and concerts on the plaza for NBC’s THE TODAY SHOW.

The number of credits on Michael’s resume makes even him blush. He’s as good as it gets in the entertainment industry and all of us at VACAYA are so lucky to have the opportunity to bask in the incredible brilliance of his genius. We love you, Michael!

Follow Michael on Insta @ instagram.com/michaelorland/.

 

 


 

Leading the incredible 10-ring circus that is VACAYA is one of the brightest talents and ringmasters in all of Las Vegas, the incredible CHRISTOPHER KENNEY! Christopher, and his alter ego EDIE, will take the reins as VACAYA Cruise Director on Millennium.

Christopher got his start in the ballet and danced with 5 professional ballet companies before moving to New York to pursue his dream of being on Broadway. That dream came true in 2006 when he was cast as Molly in the Tony-nominated revival of THE THREEPENNY OPERA, starring Alan Cumming and Cyndi Lauper at Studio 54. But it was the creation of his drag persona Edie that really propelled Christopher to fame. With legs that go on for daaaaays, Edie went on to star as Mistress of Sensuality for more than a decade in Cirque’s highly-acclaimed production of ZUMANITY at New York-New York Las Vegas. Now, Christopher/Edie join VACAYA’s all-star entertainment line-up, with Christopher leading the way once again – perfectly rounding out (and corralling) our galaxy of stars.

Welcome to The Vacayans, Christopher!

 

 


 

 

GETTING TO MILLENNIUM ON JAN 10

Millennium will be docked at Port Everglades’ Terminal 25. Details about getting to Port Everglades can be found HERE.

 


 

GRATUITIES (ADDITIONAL)

100% of your prepaid gratuities go to onboard staffers, including your stateroom attendant, the culinary services staff, the behind-the-scenes hotel services staff, and the myriad department heads who work with their teams around the clock to create a flawless VACAYA experience for you.

A 20% gratuity is added to all beverage purchases and spa/salon services. If you purchase one of Celebrity’s Beverage Packages, remember that you’ve already paid the gratuity when purchasing your package. No further gratuity is required.

A Note About Additional Tipping: As a community, we are extremely generous. We eagerly recognize outstanding individual service with a few extra dollars here and there. Of course, no extra monetary recognition is ever required, but when you take the time to say “thank you” and offer that 3am room service attendant or your favorite bartender a couple dollars, know that it’s always immensely appreciated by the crew members you recognize.

 


 

INTERNET ACCESS

Wireless Internet Service is available ship-wide.

Unlimited Packages for the entire cruise are priced as follows and can be purchased onboard:

1 Device – $249
2 Devices – $375
3 Devices – $498
4 Devices – $623

You can also purchase continuous 1-hour and 24-hour packages:

1 Hour – $24.95
24 Hours – $49.95

If you purchase the 1-hour or 24-hour package, Internet access starts from the time you first connect through the one device. You cannot save minutes for later or transfer remaining minutes to a second device.

If you’re new to cruising or new to Internet usage onboard, please note that Internet speed is nowhere near as fast as it is on land. Although the satellite technology onboard is state-of-the-art, the Internet speed is more in line with old-school dial-up speed at times.

Prices and available packages are subject to change.

 


 

ITINERARY

Our Itinerary can be found HERE.

As with all cruises, please note that our itinerary is subject to change with or without notice due to sea conditions.

 


 

LUGGAGE HANDLING & ISSUES

If your luggage doesn’t arrive with you at the airport, be sure to file a claim with your airline and make sure they understand you’re getting on a cruise ship. It’s also wise to provide them with a copy of your itinerary. You’ll also want to put them in direct contact with Celebrity’s One Touch Hospitality team, which will help immensely in getting your bags to our ever-moving ship.

One Touch Hospitality handles Lost Luggage issues for Celebrity and can be reached at 1.844.418.6824, ext. 48844. Their hours of operation are 8am-8pm EST, 7 days a week. Their email address is celebrityonetouch@celebrity.com.

When you arrive at Port Everglades, you will hand off your luggage to the porters at the taxi drop-off. Before handing off your bags, be sure each bag is properly tagged to your stateroom. When you check in online in advance of the cruise, you’ll be able to print luggage tags then. We recommend waiting to arrive in Fort Lauderdale BEFORE placing those tags on your luggage. This will help ensure they don’t get ripped off during your flights.

It usually takes between 4-6 hours from the moment you hand over your luggage to the pier-side porters until the bags arrive to your stateroom. If your luggage hasn’t arrived by 8pm, reach out to Guest Relations on Deck 3 mid-ship. They will do their best to track down your bags. Usually, the reason for a piece of luggage not making its way to your room is that the identifying tag was ripped off at some point in the transfer from pier to ship. These untagged bags are placed in corral awaiting identification.

A Note to STEP Participants: If a piece of luggage ends up in your stateroom and it doesn’t belong to you or your new roommate, be sure to contact Guest Relations to let them know you have someone else’s bag in your room. No doubt, someone has been frantically looking for it and because you thought it was your roommate’s and your roommate thought it was yours, stray bags will sometimes sit there in your room for days before they’re identified as someone else’s luggage. By turning it in early, you will win the love and admiration of a fellow traveler.

 


 

MARKETPLACE

For all the latest VACAYA gear (or V-Gear, as we call it) – from T-shirts and hoodies to coffee mugs and hats – visit our online marketplace…

SHOP TILL YOU DROP AT THE VACAYA MARKETPLACE

 


 

MEDICAL SERVICES

Basic medical services are available onboard. The Millennium’s Medical Center is located on the Port Side of Deck 1 and is open 8-11am and 4-8pm daily. 24-hour emergency services are also available.

VACAYA recommends that you consult with your primary physician before sailing if you’re experiencing any serious or chronic medical issues. The Millennium’s medical team can provide basic services for illnesses/injuries that may occur onboard. They are also able to diagnose and  stabilize most emergency situations. If you require emergency services that can only be provided by a shore-side facility, transfers can be arranged. Please note, however, that while Millennium is sailing, transfers may be affected by weather or other logistical considerations.

Quarantines: The health and safety of guests and crew is of paramount importance. And on rare occasions, Millennium’s medical team may decide that your condition requires you to be quarantined to your room. This is most common when highly contagious gastrointestinal illnesses like Norovirus are diagnosed. We’ve all heard the stories of hundreds of cruise passengers falling ill with stomach issues like Norovirus and the like. Based on Center for Disease Control guidelines, quarantine is the medical team’s best defense in stopping the spread of viruses such as this. If you’re quarantined, we will do our very best to make you as comfortable as possible for the duration of your quarantine.

 


 

MEETUPS

VACAYA is all about connections. And we’ll host different professional and interest group meetups throughout the week, giving you the chance to come together with others who share like interests. We’ll also host twice-daily 12-step meetings. It’s time to make some new friends!

 


 

OFFICIAL FACEBOOK GROUP

To connect with other cruisers prior to the trip, we encourage you to join our Official Facebook Group for the trip. You can do that HERE.

This is also where we post smaller news about the trip that doesn’t necessarily warrant an email to everyone.

 


 

PARTY THEMES

Updated 09.12.2021

It’s 120 DAYS before our Caribbean Cruise adventure together and that can only mean ONE THING… it’s PARTY THEME time! So without any further ado, please enjoy…

 

THIS IS ME – Monday, January 10 – 9:30pm-ish 

It’s Night One and we’re all coming together for an entire evening of dining, entertainment, and dancing to celebrate this incredible moment of reconnection. Choose an outfit that speaks to your personal journey – where you’re from and what you’re all about – and hit the upper decks!

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SNATCHED V-DANCE* – Tuesday, January 11 – 4pm 

Cruise Director Edie’s wigs are legendary, and now it’s your turn to give her a run for the money in the ultimate Wig V-Dance! Reach up for the sunshine… put your hair into the big sky… you can touch the sunshine… feel the new day enter your life!

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DOGGIE STYLE – Tuesday, January 11 – 10:30pm 

Tonight will be Pooch Perfect as we hit the pound! It’s the ultimate VACAYA puppy playground as we all go canine in Doggie Style!  #DressLikeADog  WOOF!

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CARTOON LAGOON 80s V-DANCE* – Wednesday, January 12 – 4pm 

Let the classic Saturday morning cartoons of your childhood provide the inspiration here. From He-Man and She-Ra to Scooby Doo and The Smurfs, your favorites should animate this 80s V-Dance.

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CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE PARTY – Wednesday, January 12 – 10:30pm 

Our Choose Your Own Adventure Party Winner is IT’S ELECTRIC! We’re turning off all the lights tonight and YOU will provide the radiance! So give us your sexiest, glowiest, shimmeriest, shiniest,  gleamiest, sparliest outfits as we dance under the stars to your favorite late-80s/early-90s icons! SIDE NOTE: There will be black lights at this party.

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BOND-AGE – Friday, January 14 – 10:30pm 

There’s no one sexier than 007. And tonight, we’re going full on Pussy Galore as we dive into the mysterious underworld of Bond-age. No matter where your fetishes take you, let’s see your sexy best – shaken, not stirred.

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SLEEP OVER – Saturday, January 15 – 10:30pm 

We’re going late with this one, so think underwear, PJs, and onesies. Sleep nude? Yeah, we get it… there’s nothing better than that sense of freedom, so make sheer fabrics your best friend. 😉

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Q-WENCHED V-DANCE* – Sunday, January 16 – 4pm 

You’re all a bunch of thirsty wenches and at today’s V-Dance, we’re going full on Stranger Tides as this Caribbean pirate fantasy gets dragged down to Davy Jones’ locker! Prepare to shower your fellow buccaneers and to get drenched (and q’wenched) yourself! YOU WILL GET WET! We invite you to bring water toys with you. If you take the “gun route,” please do NOT bring any that resemble actual firearms. Your toys should be bright, colorful, and soak-y. For example…

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While costumes are always encouraged, they’re never required. We’ll love you in or out of costume and you’ll enjoy your time at VACAYA’s friendly welcoming parties no matter what.

 

*V-Dances are VACAYA’s twist on the classic T-Dance.

 


 

PERSIAN GARDEN PASSES

A limited number of week-long passes to the Persian Garden will be sold to non-AquaClass Guests (use of the Persian Garden is an included perk for AQ guests). The price for singles is $129 and for couples, $239.

The Persian Garden is open from 8am-8pm daily on both Sea and Port Days.

You can purchase a week-long pass to the Persian Garden onboard starting at 3:30pm on January 10. This can be done directly at the Spa on Deck 10 Forward.

There is a small free sauna in both the Male and the Female Changing Rooms. Our non-binary guests are welcome to use the Changing Room of their choice.

 


 

PHONE SERVICES

Inbound and Outbound Satellite Phone Services are available from your stateroom at a cost of $7.95 per minute. Calls are paid by credit card (Visa and MasterCard only).

For inbound business or emergency calls, have callers dial 1.877.266.1020 or 1.321.953.9002. Once prompted, choose to connect to Millennium.

For more information about this service, visit http://shipdial.com.

 


 

PRE-CRUISE HOTEL

For the first time in LGBT+ travel history, we’re actually taking over an ENTIRE pre-cruise hotel in downtown Fort Lauderdale! It’ll be abuzz with weekend activities, including our Exclusive VIP Kick-Off Party Saturday, January 8.

The all-new Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Downtown just opened last month and she’s all ours! She was designed and is independently owned by a team of predominantly LGBT+ hoteliers and operators who’ve infused their new property with endless style. She’s a gleaming jewel in Downtown Fort Lauderdale and provides quick and easy access to the beach, Port Everglades, and all nearby Wilton Manors has to offer!

Take a look at ALL that’s included:

  • Your Fantastic Modern Room!
  • Daily Breakfast 8-10am, including Million Dollar Bacon, Avocado Toast, Cage-free Scrambled Eggs, Country-Roasted Potatoes, and an assortment of beverages
  • Exclusive access to the VACAYA VIP Party 4-8pm Saturday, January 8 at the rooftop pool! (VACAYA Cruise Guests and their friends not staying with us at Courtyard are welcome to join the party starting at 8pm. Powered by some of Fort Lauderdale’s best DJs, we’ll be going until 3am!)
  • Two Complimentary Signature Cocktails per guest at our VIP Party
  • Late-morning Coach Transfer to Celebrity Millennium Monday, January 10

There’s a 2-night minimum and prices range from $299-$399/night. Pricing is based on Double Occupancy. You can add a third or fourth person to rooms with 2 beds for an additional $65 USD per person per night, which is paid directly to the hotel upon check-in. City and state taxes totaling 13% are added to all bookings. Payment and cancellation terms can be found on the booking page.

To book your exclusive stay, simply click on the BIG PINK BUTTON below and let’s do this!

BOOK YOUR VACAYA VIP STAY

 

If you’re looking for other hotel options in South Florida, there are several Radisson properties available at a discount to you and with no night minimum. Just follow the instructions at the top of our Hotel Offers page to explore the options.

 


 

PROHIBITED ITEMS

  • Guests are not allowed to bring Beer, Hard Liquor, Fortified Wines, Other Alcoholic Beverages, or Cases of Soda/Water onboard for consumption, with the following exception:
    • Guests wishing to bring personal wine onboard at the beginning of the cruise may do so, limited to two (2) 750 ml bottles per stateroom. When consumed in any shipboard restaurant, bar, or dining venue, each bottle shall be subject to a corkage fee of $25.00. It is recommended that you pack your personal wine in your carry-on bag, as alcohol packed in regular luggage has the potential to be confiscated by security (but later returned during the voyage).
  • Illegal Drugs and Illegal Substances: All illegal drugs and illegal substances are strictly prohibited.
    • A note about Medical Marijuana: Celebrity does not allow guests who possess medical marijuana permits to bring marijuana onboard their ships. It is only legal to use medical marijuana in the jurisdiction (state/county/city etc.) where it was prescribed. It’s a federal offense to possess it when leaving and entering the U.S. and many foreign countries.
    • Kratom is prohibited.
  • All Firearms and Weapons, ammunition, explosives, incendiary devices, and realistic replicas of firearms are prohibited. For security reasons, Celebrity does not permit guests to carry firearms onboard during their voyage or otherwise secure weapons for anyone on their vessels or at the pier. Guests will need to make arrangements to leave the firearms at home or contact the local authorities for alternate arrangements. Celebrity does not allow any guest (including law enforcement officers on vacation) to bring weapons onboard the vessel. All weapons should be left at home, locked up in a vehicle if driving to the port, or turned over to a local office of Customs, police, FBI, etc. for safe keeping during the voyage.
  • Flammable Items: All items with open flames or heating elements are strictly prohibited; the exceptions are hair curling irons, straightening irons (flat irons), and hair dryers, which are permitted onboard. Flammable Items include, but are not limited to the following:
    • Candles
    • Clothing Irons
    • Travel Steamers
    • Hot Plates
    • Incense & Burners
    • Tea Cup Immersion Heaters
    • Aerosols, except for personal care toiletries
    • Fuels, including cooking fuels and any flammable liquids
    • Gasoline
    • Gas Torches
    • Lighter Fluid
    • Flares
    • Flammable Paints
    • Turpentine & Paint Thinner
    • Realistic Replicas of Incendiaries
    • Hookahs & Water Hookah Pipes
    • Car Batteries
    • Hoverboards
    • Oil diffusers
    • Electric Blankets
    • Electric Heating Pads
  • Knives and Sharp Objects: All knives with blade lengths of four (4) inches or greater are prohibited. Knives that are concealed or disguised as other commonplace objects such as belt buckles, walking canes, pens, credit card holders, etc., are also prohibited. Flick knives (also known as an automatic knife, pushbutton knife, ejector knife, or switchblade) or any other type of knife with a folding or sliding blade that is opened automatically by activating a button, lever, or switch on the handle. Knives that incorporate locking blades are also not allowed onboard. Other sharp objects, such as scissors with blades longer than 4 inches, which could reasonably be used as a weapon, are also not allowed. Sharp Objects include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Box Cutters
    • Ice Picks / Ice Axes
    • Meat Cleavers
    • Razor-Type Blades, such as box cutters, utility knives, and razor blades not in cartridge (Note: shaving safety razors are allowed.)
    • Sabers, Swords, and Fencing Foils
    • Scissors with blade length four (4) inches or greater
  • Recreational Diving Knives Exception: Recreational diving knives are permitted onboard regardless of blade length but must be held in the safe custody of the Chief Security Officer. Dive knives may be checked in and out by the owner for dive excursions during the cruise
  • Personal Grooming Items Exception:Personal grooming items such as metal nail files, cuticle tools, scissors for trimming facial hair, manicure sets and other similar small personal grooming implements, are permitted onboard.
  • Tools include, but are not limited to the following:
    • Axes & Hatchets
    • Cattle Prods
    • Hammers
    • Drills and Drill Bits
    • Saws
    • Other Tools (such as wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers) greater than 7 inches in length
  • Martial Arts and Self-Defense Items include, but are not limited to the following:
    • Billy Clubs
    • Black Jacks
    • Brass Knuckles
    • Kubatons
    • Mace / Pepper Spray
    • Martial Arts Weapons
    • Night Sticks
    • Nunchakus
    • Stun Guns / Shocking Devices
    • Throwing Stars
    • Handcuffs
    • Bows & Arrows
  • Sporting Goods Exception: Sporting goods and equipment are permitted onboard. However, guests should be advised that the items must be stored in their stateroom and are not to be used, displayed, or carried in the public areas at all. Violations of this policy will result in confiscation of the item and may be considered to be a Guest Conduct Policy violation. Sporting goods include, but are not limited to the following:
    • Baseball and cricket bats
    • Hockey sticks
    • Skateboards
    • Surf boards
    • Golf clubs
    • Bicycles
  • Disabling Chemicals and Other Dangerous Items: The following items or those similar are not permitted onboard:
    • Samsung Galaxy Note 7
      • Celebrity no longer allows Samsung Galaxy Note 7 cell phones onboard their ships. This decision was made in light of recent incidents and safety concerns raised by Samsung about this particular device, as well as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recent ban of the phone from all airplanes. We ask guests who own a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 to not bring the device on your cruise.
    • Chlorine
    • Bleach
    • Spray Paint
    • Tear Gas
    • Transformers
    • Electrical Extension Cords – including power strips/surge protected strips
    • Spillable Batteries (Note: Wheelchair batteries are permitted)
    • Small Compressed Gas Cartridges
    • Fire Extinguishers
    • Other Compressed Gas Cylinders (Note: Dive tanks are permitted if they are empty; Medical gas bottles are also permitted)
    • HAM Radios or other transmitting devices are strictly prohibited due to potential interference with the ship’s onboard communication systems.
      • Baby monitors are not allowed to be used onboard our vessels as their radio signal could interfere with ship communication and/or navigation systems.
      • Note: Guests are allowed to have two-way radios, more commonly known as walkie-talkies, for onboard personal communications. Basic specifications are as follows: Up to 10-mile coverage range, Up to 5 watts power, Internal Voice, Operated Transmission, No external mounting antenna.

 


 

SAFETY PROTOCOLS

Celebrity’s Healthy at Sea protocols can be found HERE.

Celebrity has provided a great FAQ page, as well. You can access those FAQs HERE.

 


 

SMOKING POLICY

At VACAYA, we’ll do our very best to serve both cruisers who smoke and those who don’t. The following areas are designated as SMOKING areas onboard Celebrity Millennium:

  • Deck 11 – Port Side next to Mast Bar
  • Deck 10 – Sunset Bar – Port Side Aft
  • Deck 4 – Open Deck Port Side – Midship going forward

Cigars can only be smoked in the designated area at the Sunset Bar. And Vape Pens can be used in ALL designated smoking areas.

Smoking inside staterooms (including on verandas) and non-designated public areas is prohibited.

 


 

SPECIAL NEEDS

Do you have a special need in regard to mobility, stateroom accommodations (for example, needing a shower stool), dietary restrictions, or medical equipment being brought onboard (for example, a CPAP machine and you’re in need of distilled water)?

If so, Celebrity has an entire department to handle these types of special requests. To begin the process, simply click on the Big Pink Button below and download and complete their Guest Special Needs Form. From there, just follow the instructions and send to special_needs@celebrity.com. Celebrity asks that these requests be completed at least 30 days in advance of the sailing. While requests can certainly be sent in after that date, there’s no guarantee Celebrity will be able to accommodate it, but they will do their very best.

 

DOWNLOAD SPECIAL NEEDS FORM

 


 

THE RED LIGHT DISTRICT

Assuming protocols allow, the Red Light District will be back. If you’re new to the Red Light District, no worries… we’ll fill you in onboard.

 


 

VACAYA BREEZE

For a look at all the inclusions and benefits of VACAYA Breeze, visit HERE.

 


 

VACCINE UPDATE

All guests are required to be vaccinated, of course, but Celebrity has just updated their policy in regard to which vaccinations/mix of vaccinations are acceptable for boarding.

Based on the CDC’s October 18, 2021 update, effective immediately, any mix of the following vaccines is acceptable – as long as you’ve had two shots, with the second administered at least 14 days prior to boarding:

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • AstraZeneca
  • Sinovac
  • Sinopharm

This is especially great news for our Canadian guests, many of whom received a mix of vaccines.

 


 

EMAIL ARCHIVE

January 7, 2022 – Covid Testing Fail-Safes

January 3, 2022 – Final Guest Communication Before Sailing

December 31, 2021 – CDC Communication & Check-In Details

December 27, 2021 – Two Weeks To Go!

December 17, 2021 – Tips for checking in

December 10, 2021 – 30 Days To Go: Vaccinations, Pre-Cruise Testing, Post-Cruise Testing, Safety Protocols

December 6, 2021 – Guest Special Needs Requests

December 3, 2021 – Booking Numbers Released, Check-in Instructions, Purchasing Cruise Extras

November 10, 2021 – CYOA Party Theme Announced

September 12, 2021 – Party Themes Preview Released

July 28, 2021 – Meet our New Cruise Director, Christopher Kenney

July 25, 2021 – LAST CALL for Pre-Cruise Hotel!

May 17, 2021 – Pre-Cruise Hotel Status Update

April 16, 2021 – Pre-Cruise Hotel and Delta Discounts Announced

November 9, 2020 – Final 2022 Caribbean Cruise Details Released

October 14, 2020 – 2021 Caribbean Cruise Rescheduled to March 3-10, 2022

 


 

The Value
We're Rewriting the Playbook!

In our Inaugural Season, the media touted our entertainment as our “best kept secret” and “an incredible value add.” In 2022, we’re changing the game even further by offering drink packages! With so many inclusions and opportunities to save, cruising has never been more exciting or more affordable.

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The Ship
Modern Luxury Defined

For Millennium, Celebrity brought together teams of world-class architects, interior designers, stylists, and even landscape artists to create a showcase of the most inspiring spaces at sea, custom designed just for you.

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The Itinerary
Charting A New Course for Caribbean Adventure!

VACAYA’s first winter escape guarantees you’ll be sun-drenched! All Caribbean islands aren’t created equally, so we’ve put together a prime Southern Caribbean itinerary that includes everything you’ll need to escape the chill.

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The Food
Culinary Excellence

Enjoy an amazing array of flavors and a wide selection of restaurants to suit every mood. Menus are inspired by and sourced from the incredible regions Celebrity visits.

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The Drinks
Game Changer: Beverage Packages!

Each of Millennium’s clubs, bars, and lounges is a unique destination unto itself, with menus offering a diverse selection of classics to complement the latest trends. Here you’ll find information about the unlimited beverage packages that’ll be available for purchase prior to your cruise. Just another way VACAYA delivers the best value in LGBT+ travel today!

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The Prices
Find Exactly What You're Looking For

The pricing for the suites and staterooms on our Caribbean Cruise can be found here.

Exhilarating days of discovery deserve exceptional spaces to recharge. Celebrity Millennium’s range of luxurious accommodations has been artfully created to make your stay warm and welcoming. And with rooms at a wide range of price points, you’ll be able to breathe and relax in no time.

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The Overview
Caribbean Cruise Main Page

Return to the overview page of our Caribbean Cruise on Celebrity Millennium.

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