Guest Post: Rainbow Readers Cruise 2024 by Joyfully Jay

Thank you so much to Heather for having me here today to talk to you all more about the Rainbow Readers Cruise! My name is Jay and I own the long-running LGBTQ romance blog, Joyfully Jay. I am one of the Cruise hosts and am organizing the event along with narrator, Joel Leslie, and his husband, cruise travel agent and event planner, Rich Najuch. 

The Rainbow Readers Cruise celebrates the readers and creators of LGBTQ+ fiction and romance with four days and five nights aboard the Celebrity Reflection. It is going to be a chance to meet and mingle with some amazing authors and narrators, as well as to enjoy the fun of a cruise with other readers and fans of LGBTQ+ fiction. 

The cruise departs from the Port of Fort Lauderdale on August 19, 2024 and returns August 23, 2024, with stops at Key West and Coco Cay (Celebrity's private island). We will spend time in fabulous locations, plus have lots of great activities on the ship. And for those looking for some relaxation, there will be lots of time for that too. 

Key West is internationally known as a gay mecca, attracting more than 250,000 visitors to this top LGBTQ vacation spot that celebrates openness and pride. The entire island is renowned for its welcoming and accepting attitude. “One Human Family” became Key West’s official philosophy in 2000. Key West is full of fantastic LGBTQ and literary history, all set in the beautiful backdrop of an island paradise. Once you’ve visited, you will completely understand why so many artists over the years choose to make their home in Key West. 

Coco Cay is an award-winning private island in the Bahamas that combines the best of beachside bliss and sun-soaked excitement. Between beaches, pools, water activities, swim up bars, and more, there is something for everyone at Coco Cay.

While on the ship, we have planned all kinds of fun events, including the chance to meet and mingle with some of your favorite LGBTQ+ fiction and romance authors and creators, as well as attend panels, meet and greets, small group social activities, and the Signing at Sea. Plus, the cruise itself! Which includes food and drinks, entertainment, and more. And our attendees also get free wi-fi and the Celebrity drinks package included!

We are super excited about our incredible lineup of authors and narrators. We have an amazing group already signed on, and you can check out the full list on the cruise Authors and Creators page

Are you a reader looking for a chance to spend time with other folks who love LGBTQ+ romance and fiction? Do you want to meet fabulous authors and content creators, while hanging out by the pool and enjoying a cruise vacation? This event is for you!

You can find all the details about the Rainbow Readers Cruise on our website: There we have all the details about what to expect for the event, what is included in the pricing, what creators are already signed up, and how to register. Note: All attendees who want to be a part of the conference events must register for the conference, as well as book a stateroom (solo or shared) on the cruise. But you are also welcome to bring family and friends along who only want to attend the cruise itself.

On behalf of Joel, Rich, and myself, we hope to see you on the Rainbow Readers Cruise. If you have any questions, you can feel free to contact us to talk further

Thank you again to Heather for having me, and happy reading to all! Jay

I'll be sharing more details as we announce the participating creators and more about the events. I'm also happy to answer any questions about the cruise and the conference. And Rich is available to answer any questions about the booking logistics and to walk you through registration if you need assistance.

I am really excited about this and think it is going to be an amazing event. I hope to see you all there!

 With love from me, Joel, and Rich!