Latin America's first gay cruise set for December
Thursday 17 February 2011
Latin America's first official gay cruise will leave the port of Buenos Aires for two cities in Uruguay, one of the organizers said Tuesday.
"Ego is the first cruise for gays and lesbians in Latin America," said Jorge Giorno, who owns the Thesys organizing firm. He noted demand was "very high" since Argentina passed a measure in July legalizing gay marriage.
The ultra-modern cruise ship is 220 meters (722 feet) long and features 1,000 rooms, seven bars, four restaurants, a casino, a discotheque and four swimming pools.
"We are getting calls from around the world," said Giorno, 10 months ahead of the December 12 departure for Punta del Este and Montevideo in Uruguay.
Buenos Aires is considered a prime location for the gay community. The tourism bureau estimates that 18 percent of Argentina's tourism bureau comes from goods and services tailored for gays and lesbians.
Argentina's gay law amended the phrase "husband and wife" to "contracting parties" in the Civil Code.
It also extends equal rights to homosexual couples in matters of adoption, inheritance and social benefits.
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