Rainbow Group Holiday August 2022 P&O Pacific Encounter

Pacific Encounter rainbow group holiday
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In August 2022, passengers embark from Brisbane on an inaugural Rainbow Group Holiday, hosted by OUTexploring. The 7-night cruise offers the tropical getaway of a lifetime, island hopping from one Pacific archipelago to the next. Prepare for absolute fabulousness with specially curated entertainment and activities as part of a large LGBTI contingent aboard the P&O Pacific Encounter. 

Are you a Star Gazer or  Starstruck? Are you a deck chair and good book, or a cocktail in each hand and boogie to the beat sort of person? Ever been to Bingo…at sea…hosted by fabulous superstar Drag Queens?

Well, neither have we. But it’s time to dust off the feathers, frocks, and fans. So, pack your suitcase for fun, adventure, and excitement.

Daniel Stiffel, founder of OUTexploring said Rainbow Group passengers can do as much or as little as they like.

“We’ve designed an action-packed program to complement P&O’s signature onboard entertainment. The itinerary includes tailor-made group activities, exclusive to the OUTexploring passengers. Local drag favourites Wanda Dparke, Candy Surprise, Crystal Heart, and Martini Ice will join us onboard to add spice to the travel fun. And, of course, we’ll step ashore to explore our tropical ports of call.”

“This is a first of its kind out of Brisbane. I would love to see all of the local community groups on board.”

Star Gazing with the Star Gayzers group, or maybe a morning run on the top deck with a local running group?  Perhaps a picnic lunch with the bears or make a move with board game enthusiasts.  If you are part of a social and community group Daniel will work with you to design an onboard event to showcase your group.


Daniel said to join the OUTexploring Rainbow Group holiday, passengers must book through one of the sponsored Travel Agencies, Barrow & Bear Travel or Your Travel Expert.

“There has been a rapid uptake of bookings even before the official launch of this event. Indeed, local cruise aficionado and renowned travel write Wally Cowan snapped up the first ticket.”

Callum Whitehead from Barrow & Bear Travel said this is a great opportunity to explore the island paradises of the Pacific as part of an extended Rainbow family.

“Adventure, excitement, and a fresh sea breeze! What better way to develop friendships with other members of the community? It’s finally time to reset spiritually and physically after the despair of the pandemic.

“Check out the Rainbow Group Holiday website. Lastly, talk to a sponsor travel agent about joining us for the Rainbow holiday of a lifetime.”

Rainbow Group Holiday Pacific Encounter
Callum Whitehead from Barrow & Bear Travel

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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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1 Comment

  1. Liz Johnson
    6 September 2022

    What Places does the Rainbow cruise visit please? Does it go to Cairns etc. & will it be on again next year? Many Thanks Liz

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