Barbie Salas owns and operates Living Large Cruises and has been organizing cruises for BBW men and women since 2003. She co-ordinates travel arrangements with Paula Vazquez of Adventure Travel in Cape Coral, Florida. The mission of Living Large Cruises is to promote a positive travel experience and unite the plus size community. Barbie's desire and love for cruises shows in her planning.
All the details for each cruise are planned a year in advance. Cruises usually run about seven nights and make numerous stops along the way so travelers can fit in some shore leave sightseeing. A favored ship of Barbie's is the Carnival Cruise Lines Fun Ship "Liberty". Rates run from $570 - $1400 depending on location of the room and the occupancy. There is also a 'bash' fee of $100 which covers private on board activities such as a meet and greet, cocktail party, team games, a group t-shirt, a fashion and lingerie show and many prizes (every year two lucky winners receive a $500.00 gift certificate toward the following year's Living Large Cruise and one lucky person wins a complete cruise). Rooms can be reserved early for a small monetary place holder of $75.
Other amenities for plus size travelers using Living Large Cruises include -- a special BBW Cruise Rate; $100.00 ship credit; a personal stash of champagne and chocolate; transfers to and from the hotel and ports for layovers; hospitality suite, beverages, snacks and buffet at one layover hotel.
Travelers are not committed to hanging out with the group and can venture out on their own but why not enjoy the networking and opportunity to meet new friends. Cruisers and potential cruisers can keep in touch before and after the cruises by joining Barbie's yahoo email list BBWCruises where cruisers get to know one another as well as reminisce about their cruising experience and get together for the occasional online chat.
Visit Living Large Cruises to contact Barbie or Paula for further details on cruise ship, travel packages and rates.