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Jim Winsor's Out & About: Atlantis Halloween in Mexico Cruise on sale now

As many of you know, the October Atlantis Mexican cruise has become one of the big annual events on our local party calendar, with lots of San Diego boys saving up and eagerly planning for it every year.

I promised in an earlier column that I'd let you all know as soon as the 2012 cruise went on sale to the public. And so ... here it is!

As you can see, there are two ports of call this year, Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, same as last year. Mazatlan was eliminated from the schedule due to safety concerns; again not a surprise, as this happened last year as well.

What is interesting is that we'll be getting two days in Cabo, with the ship sailing out of port on the evening of Day 3, then cruising offshore in a circle somewhere, then steaming back into port the morning of Day 4.

A bit odd to say the least. As I understand it, passengers would have to pay a bundle in port fees if the ship stayed overnight in Cabo, hence this nocturnal mini cruise. I believe passengers can elect to stay out all night on shore if they wished. Although, I suspect most will not even care ... people going on this cruise tell me that unlike other Atlantis cruises, the ports of call are not the big draw anyway. Most of the fun and excitement on board this cruise takes place on the ship, and this year will no doubt will be the same, especially with it being the first-ever Atlantis Halloween cruise.

Yes, a Halloween cruise! Oct. 31 will fall on Day 4, and given the steamer trunks full of outfits boys tend to bring on regular Atlantis cruises ... well, you can certainly imagine the explosion of costume creativity that's going to happen here.

And as you can see from the non-public alumni bookings thus far, the cruise is already selling quite briskly, with all of the suites sold out, and many categories of balcony, window and interior staterooms already gone as well. So I think we could be looking at another sold-out ship (if so, we'll see how long it takes for that to happen this year).

Softball fundraiser at Flicks

This Friday from 9 pm to midnight Flicks will be hosting a fundraiser for their C Division champion "Lawmen" softball team, with Jell-O shots, raffle prizes and drink specials all night. Plus, it's a birthday celebration for team manager Roman Jimenez, so if you're looking to socialize with lots of great athletes and sports fans tonight, this'll be the place!

Neon Voltage at Rich's

Then on Saturday get ready Neon Voltage at Rich's, a double birthday party for promoter Michael Mack and Rich's manager Ryan Bedrosian. There'll be free champagne in the front room from 10 to 11 pm, in honor of the birthday boys.

This is a neon party, so glowing attire is encouraged; and there'll be free neon body painting to decorate yourself in when you get there. AndDJ Nikno and DJ Mark Nygard will be teaming up with a crowd pleasing mixture of Voltage throwbacks and high energy/progressive music.

Puppy Play at The Eagle

It's time to let the dawgs out! This coming March 7 is the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's Puppy Play night at The Eagle, hosted by Mr. SD Eagle 2012 runner-up Pup Beep. As always, this is a BYOB (Bring Your Own Bowl) event.

Last week's events

Check out SDPIX for all the action from last week, including new albums from Mardi Gras (not only the big Hillcrest Mardi Gras celebration, but also photos that night from Urban Mo's, Martinis Above Fourth, and #1 Fifth Avenue as well), plus the recent Wet finals at Bourbon Street, Active Duty at Rich's, Oscar Night at Baja Betty's, the Range, and the Whiskey Girl grand opening downtown. Happy viewing!