Think "Swingtown" meets "The Love Boat.''
YOLO Cruises, a Florida start-up, is set to launch its first cruise for swingers April 26.
The seven-day voyage, aboard a chartered Carnival Cruise ship, will depart from Tampa and head toward the Western Caribbean with port calls in Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize and Roatan, Honduras.
Lest you have visions of orgiastic bacchanals sprawled across the Lido Deck (what would Captain Steubing say?), there are rules to the road. Nudity will be restricted to pool, spa tub areas, and special themed parties. Similarly, Acts of Oneness (or twoness or eightness) must be remain in staterooms or designated "playrooms.'' PDAs are OK; Public Displays of the Other Kind are discouraged.
"It's not just about sex,'' says Marlene Brustle, president of YOLO, which stands for You Only Live Once. "We know that some people will just want to watch.''
Brustle says that this cruise will mark the world's first exclusively for swingers. YOLO hopes to book 2,000 passengers for the voyage and is shooting to do three to four a year.
Prices range from $949 for an inside cabin to $3,499 for a penthouse suite.
Brustle, a 23-year veteran of the travel industry, says she was approached to start the business by a major investment company, which she declined to name. She said that the firm had done market research and found that there was a niche for this kind of business.
"The whole lifestyle cruise thing is not new. There have been special cruises for groups like wine lovers,'' she explained. "Atlantis and Olivia do gay and lesbian cruises. There just hasn't been one for swingers before.''
I say alert the Guinness records people.
(Thanks to USA Today's Cruise Log Blog for pointing us to this one.)