Set a course for adventure on the newest Atlantis cruise between Europe’s two gay capitals – Amsterdam and Barcelona – with an incomparable journey to the most fascinating cities in Spain, Portugal, and France. From the lush vineyards of Bordeaux to the amber streets of Seville to the powder-white beaches of Malaga, you’ll experience something new every day. All while we pamper and entertain you onboard Celebrity Silhouette, our highest-rated ship of all time.
- September 4 Amsterdam, Netherlands 4:00 pm
- September 5 At Sea
- September 6 Bordeaux (La Rochelle), France 10:00 am 8:00 pm
- September 7 Bilbao, Spain 9:00 am 6:00 pm
- September 8 La Coruña, Spain 10:00 am 5:00 pm
- September 9 Lisbon, Portugal 4:00 pm Overnight
- September 10 Lisbon, Portugal 4:30 pm
- September 11 Cádiz, Spain 10:00 am 8:00 pm
- September 12 Málaga, Spain 8:00 am 5:00 pm
- September 13 Valencia, Spain 1:00 pm 6:00 pm
- September 14 Barcelona, Spain 6:00 am
The world’s gay capital is the perfect place to start an Atlantis cruise! Explore Amsterdam’s legendary canals where an eclectic mix of old and new blend together in seamlessly, and unmistakably Dutch ways. Make time to visit the new Rijksmuseum, home to the Dutch Masters, or some of the other stellar sites. And save some energy for Amsterdam’s legendary nightlife.
Atlantis will offer pre-cruise packages to this remarkable city to give you a chance to make the most of it all!
Relax. Connect. Play. That’s a day at sea with Atlantis. Start off whenever you feel like it – after all you’re on vacation. Join a few friends for brunch or find your place in the sun. Drop into the Spa for a pampering treatment or refreshing workout. Take in a few pool games or a little afternoon silliness like Bingo. Just make sure you’re ready for one of our legendary T-Dances!
Bordeaux (La Rochelle), France
The gateway to the world’s most prestigious wine region is a coastal city in southwest France, right on the Bay of Biscay. Spend the day exploring the region’s many chateaus with extensive in-depth tours. Or explore La Rochelle’s charming streets, considered some of the most picturesque and historically rich on the Atlantic coast. The heart of the impressive Vieux Port (Old Harbour) is lined with shops and restaurants, while nearby île de Ré is one of France’s most popular tourist destinations.
The heart of Spain’s Basque region welcomes all with a love of food, wine, and laughter. Take a stroll down the new, ultra-modern Zubizuri Bridge to the cultural center of Euskalduna Palace. Venture out on a “poteo” – a small glass of wine here and there with typical “pintxos” or tapas – and experience the delicious character of the locals up close. A visit to Bilbao's spectacular Guggenheim Museum is also a must for those with an appetite for the amazing.
And for a real adventure, head over to nearby San Sebastian for one of the most stunning beaches in Spain, along with some of the most progressive and inventive food in the world.
La Coruña, Spain
Galicia’s coastal richness is in full display in La Coruña, with two gorgeous beaches in the heart of the city. Surfing and seafood are the focus here, beyond the stunning coastline into the city’s many marketplaces and inviting cafes. The Roman Tower of Hercules, in continuous operation since the 2nd century AD, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, surrounded by a large park.
Sophisticated and electric, the crown jewel of Portugal is one of the most captivating cities in Europe. You'll see why this city reigns above all others as you stroll along elaborate mosaic sidewalks and pass by the Monument to the Discoveries. A quick trolley ride transports you to the cobblestone district of Baixa. We're there a full day and night, allowing you to take in the extravagant nightlife and gay culture in Bairro Alto and Principe Real. Dine, dance, and indulge in any way you choose!
Journey into the Seven Hills district to experience castles and cathedrals. Wherever you turn, the streets are lined with colorful ceramic and antique shops, street artisans and aromatic cafes. Or if you choose, be lured off and pampered in the resort cities of Cascais and Estoril.
There are probably no more famous streets in the world than those in the capital city of Andalusia. Breathtakingly beautiful Seville is the 4th largest city in Spain, founded as a Roman town and now features a unique mix of Roman and Moorish architecture, alongside remarkable modern buildings. Visit the lavish St. Mary of the See Cathedral, one of the largest medieval and Gothic buildings in the world, or the sweeping grounds of Plaza de España. Just don’t miss a chance to indulge in the city’s unique tapas scene.
And if you don’t want to take the hour trek to Seville, Cádiz is an outstanding introduction to Andalusia. The charming old quarter in Cádiz makes it easy to see why this small seaside town is frequented by Spaniards on holiday.
The capital of Spain’s Costa del Sol welcomes over 6 million tourists each year to Malaga’s powder-white beaches, Picasso Museum, and inviting old town. Walk up the hill to city’s 2 massive hilltop citadels, the Alcazaba and ruined Gibralfaro, remnants of Moorish rule. Or head over to nearby Marbella, one of the most beautiful and inviting port cities in the Med.
One of the most vibrant cities in Spain, and the country’s third largest, has become one of the great tourism capitals of the country. From the ancient landmarks in the medieval city like the Serrans and Quart Towers, to the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences, there’s no better place to see how old and new Spain come together seamlessly. Valencia also boasts several beaches, including some within nearby Albufera Park, a wetlands reserve with a lake and walking trails.
Finally, we arrive in the gay capital of Spain and one of the most important cultural and economic centers in Spain, and indeed Europe. Since its founding, Barcelona has always been a center of art and design, culminating with Gaudi's masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia Basilica, a prime example of Art Nouveau architecture, with its bold color, beautiful tilework and swirling lines. Spend a day wandering through the old Gothic quarter or take a 30-minute trip to Sitges, the famed gay Spanish beach resort.
Atlantis will offer post-cruise packages in Barcelona that include transfers and in-depth tours of this vibrant and thrilling city.
Disembarkation begins at approximately 8am on September 14th and Atlantis does not recommend flights before noon.
Our cruises in Europe have grown each year to bring together more gay guests from more countries than ever before. With 2800 guests joining us from roughly 50 different nations, the Atlantis Med cruise has become the largest and most diverse gay experience in the world. Over half of our 2800 guests are from Europe, with large groups from Australia, Brazil, and beyond. It’s a unique place to revel together, take pride in who we are, and have a lot of fun along the way. And in 2017, we’re thrilled to create a brand new experience on our most popular ship of all time!
While most of our entertainment is in English, Atlantis provides assistance to guests who speak French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese through our international hosts and many special events.
It all begins in Amsterdam, Europe’s most gay-friendly city, where charming canals meet a dynamic and passionate urban culture. After a relaxing day at sea, our visit to La Rochelle invites you to explore the legendary vineyards of Bordeaux, or simply explore the marvels of the city itself. In Bilbao, you can’t miss the stunningly modern museum and gateway to the magical countryside of Spain’s Basque region. Next, the wonders of Galicia beckon, with La Coruna’s awe-inspiring cliffs, windswept pristine beaches, and glorious seafood.
Once we arrive in Lisbon, you’ll have a full day and night to enjoy the wonders and fascinating nightlife of this unique coastal city. And you’ll truly have time to enjoy it all before heading to historic Seville with ancient streets lined with treasures beyond your imagination.
Our first visit to the beach resort town of Malaga takes you deep into the heart of Southern Spain, with her magnificent coastline and laid-back attitude. Finally, the ultra-modern Calatrava structures that dot Valencia bring you face-to-face with the future of Spain in one of the world’s most beautiful coastal cities. That is, until we arrive in glorious Barcelona!
You’ll sail the most modern ship sailing today, the beautiful Celebrity Silhouette – our top rated ship of all time. Magnificent teak decks invite you to relax in the sun, enjoy a refreshing swim, or take part in our zany pool games. Best of all, it’s a perfect setting for Atlantis’ signature outdoor T-Dances and outrageous evening parties.
You’ll find an oasis of calm at the AquaSpa, our soaring indoor solarium. The Canyon Ranch spa featuring a state-of-the art gym, challenging fitness classes, and an array of indulgent treatments for every taste.
For something truly original, sink your toes into our real grass lawn to enjoy a picnic or watch the stars. Meet new friends at the expansive outdoor Sunset Bar. Or indulge in one of the many exciting restaurants offering something for every taste.
Whether you come with a partner, friends, or on your own we’ll make you feel right at home. Everything we do is designed to bring people together, whether you’re exploring a new city, laughing at our comics, learning about wine, or joining a table of new friends. Our relaxed atmosphere makes it easy to feel comfortable, from the first day at the pool to nights filled with the silliest costumes you’ve ever seen.
There’s no better place to meet friends than over a delectable and casual meal. Silhouette’s ultra-modern main restaurant boasts a two-story glass wine tower setting the stage for the freshest and most distinctive cuisine at sea. And that’s just the beginning of a culinary adventure that spans seven delicious restaurants and an incredible variety of flavors and styles.
Every night, Atlantis presents some of the world’s finest gay and lesbian performers in our spectacular 1300-seat theater, along with superb production shows and so much more. We scour the world for the finest performers in our community and beyond. Virtually everywhere you turn you’ll find Atlantis signature cabaret stars, piano maestros, variety acts, drag performers, hilarious comics, and so much more. All of them ready to keep you laughing, singing, amused, and amazed.
Nothing in the world compares to dancing outdoors on the top deck of a modern cruise ship, surrounded by thousands of friends from around the world. Silhouette offers the most striking space we’ve had to create a masterful setting of sound, lighting, and special effects. Starring four of the world’s top DJs to create Europe’s hottest summer parties.
Atlantis theme parties are legendary, original, and endlessly inviting. Our zany afternoon T-dances encourage you to have fun in ways you never imagined. And it’s all so easy, since you don’t have to travel, pay a cover, or plan ahead – it’s all right there if and when you want it.
A cruise holiday makes it easy to do it all, since virtually everything is included – superb accommodations, world-class dining, stellar entertainment, fascinating enrichment activities, endless nightlife, and so much more. It’s an extraordinary experience at an exceptional value.
In 2017 we’re charting a new course just for you, yet our fares are actually lower than our 2013 rates. It’s an extraordinary adventure for 10 magical days, designed to make it easy for you to get onboard. Don’t miss out on the greatest event in Europe this summer as we sail from Amsterdam to Barcelona on Celebrity Silhouette!