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Jim Winsor’s Out & About: Atlantis cruise recap

I'm back! This year's Atlantis Mexican cruise has returned to Southern California, bringing with it a boatload of exhausted boys with a week's worth of happy memories.

This was the first time Atlantis had tried a Halloween cruise, and as expected, the concept was very well-received. The Wednesday night on-board Halloween party was as epic an event as had ever occurred on an Atlantis cruise before, with practically everyone showing off their costume inventiveness, and partying in perfect weather on the pool deck until dawn and beyond.

All of the on-board parties were pretty amazing, including the Friday White Party, which is the traditional climactic party of the cruise. I know many people were complaining about this being a "Carnival" cruise, with its somewhat garish interior design and inferior (compared to other cruise lines) food, but I must say this: the outdoor pool on the Carnival Splendor was the best party venue I've experienced on an Atlantis cruise, bar none. The pool was sunk into the center of the ship, with at least two stories around it to position a wide array of lights, video screens and lasers. It also was shielded from the wind, which meant scantily-clad boys could dance in complete comfort even when sailing into a brisk headwind (this had been the doom of some parties during previous Atlantis cruises, in my opinion). On top of that, the roof was fully retractable, so even if it had been raining the parties could rage on.

I took quite a few photos of the festivities, which I've made publicly available on my Facebook page HERE.

By the way ... the SDPIX-sponsored limo bus to and from the cruise was a huge success! About two dozen boys took advantage of this service, and everything went smoothly. So I anticipate SDPIX will do something similar in support of next year's cruise as well.

Next year's cruise

The Atlantis Mexican cruise continues to be hampered by a lack of cruise lines and ships servicing this area of the world. Royal Caribbean and Holland America have pulled out, and next year the Carnival Splendor will be transferred to the East Coast. It will be replaced by the Carnival Miracle, which is a slightly smaller ship (2,100 passengers versus 3,000) with a layout somewhat similar to the Splendor.

Atlantis was unable to secure the ship for the festive Halloween week, unfortunately. So, the dates for the 2013 Mexican Miracle cruise will be Nov. 10-17.

Prices (starting at $599) and destinations (Los Angeles, Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta) will remain the same as the 2012 cruise, however. As soon as it becomes available to the general public, I will let you all know.

And now back to things a bit closer to home ...

Club Flicker at Flicks

A brand new Thursday is kicking off at Flicks tonight: Club Flicker. With go-go boys, cheap drinks, a rotation of local DJs and no cover, this week features DJ John Joseph on the main stage.

Harness at Numbers

This Friday night marks the return of Harness, the monthly leather night at Numbers.

Leather gear is encouraged, especially harnesses. And if you don't have one yet, no worries! Anthony Rollar, Mr. San Diego Leather 2010, will be on hand to fit you out for your very own harness for only $50 bucks ... not a bad deal! Cover is only $7.

House Boi Fashion Show at 1202

On Saturday night, get ready for the annual House Boi fashion show at 1202, showcasing brands such as APB, Artemesia Rivas jewelry, Maceoo, Cult of Individuality, Bon Bon, Land Of, Antonio Rivas and many more.

The evening will also feature House Boi door prizes, plus music from DJ XP.

So You Think You Can Drag Fundraiser at Lips

On Sunday we have a special edition of the So You Think You Can Drag amateur competition at Lips: The previous grand winner, Ms. Tara Holt, was given the prize of co-hosting with Disco Dollie her own fundraiser night for the cause of her choice, and she chose Being Alive and Special Delivery as recipients. And tonight's the night!

Cover is $25, and includes access to the show, a full dinner (and not just an appetizer buffet, as advertised earlier!), plus one raffle ticket for the door prize. If you bring four cans with you, you'll get an additional raffle ticket, and if you bring a paper bag with 10 or more cans you'll get a Smirnoff drink ticket.

Reservations are a must so call 619-295-7900 to secure your seat today.

Last week's events

Check out SDPIX for the last of the Halloween albums, including photos from Nightmare on Normal Street, Rich's and the Flame. Happy viewing!