Pied Piper Announces Gay Group Cruise Schedule for Year

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NEW YORK -- Pied Piper Travel, a travel agency here catering to the gay and lesbian community, unveiled its 1997 gay group cruise schedule.

The company, which has been offering gay cruises for seven years and is a member of the International Gay Travel Association, pays 10% commission to retailers.

Pied Piper created two Caribbean voyages aboard Holland America's Veendam and Norwegian Cruise Line's Norway.

The six-night sailing aboard the Veendam takes passengers to several ports in the eastern Caribbean.

The ship departs on Feb. 16 from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and calls at St. Kitts, St. John, St. Thomas and the Bahamas.

Prices start at $852 per person, double, land only.

Clients also can combine this cruise with the events of Winter Gayla '97 in Fort Lauderdale.

The six-night Memorial Day Caribbean Cruise aboard the Norway departs on May 24 from Miami and visits St. Maarten, St. John, St. Thomas and Great Stirrup Cay.

The land-only cost begins at $715 per person.

Clients interested in sailing through Europe might opt for a four-, five- or 10-day trip aboard Cunard's Royal Viking Sun.

Air-inclusive rates start at $2,072, $2,492 and $3,231, respectively.

The trip departs on June 5 and ports of call include Gibraltar, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal; Bordeaux and Honfleur, France; Dover, England, and Copenhagen, Denmark, depending on the segment chosen.

Travelers who wish to explore the natural wonders of Alaska can set sail on a six-night voyage aboard Cunard's Crown Dynasty.

Departures are scheduled for June 15 and Aug. 25.

Each itinerary varies, but both sailings include visits to Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan. Rates start at $1,796 per person, double, including roundtrip air fare.

For those interested in exploring the East Coast by sea, Pied Piper's six-night East Coast Labor Day voyage sets sail on Aug. 26 from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The cruise takes passengers to Eleuthera Island, the Bahamas; Charleston, S.C.; Philadelphia, and ends in New York.

The voyage is held aboard Crystal Cruises' Crystal Symphony and is priced from $1,995 per person, double, cruise only.

In addition to the following programs, Pied Piper features a number of sailings aboard the QE2.

For details, contact Pied Piper Travel at (800) TRIP-312 or (212) 239-2412; fax (212) 239-2275.

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