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I’m MC’ing the HIV Cruise this October!

Warning: Very excited aging poz queen here. I’m so thrilled I’m leaking t-cells.

I have the pleasure to announce that the coordinators of the annual HIV Cruise Retreat have invited me to join the voyage this year as M.C. I am humbled, flattered, and just plain damn excited to be a part of this event. If you have ever considered joining this cruise event, THIS is the year.

HIV Cruise Ship FreedomEach year the cruise transports a large group of people living with HIV and AIDS to exotic locales for fun, fellowship (maybe a little romance!), and workshops. Cabins start as low as $439 but you must act before April 15 for the lowest fares.

Paul Stalbaum, the founder and travel agent for the cruise, is a good man that I’ve come to know through this process. He is passionate about the cruise in terms of its programmatic content and affordability. He’s also been living with HIV for more than twenty years and enjoys providing a service to our community in this way (he’s also a crackerjack travel agent, so whatever your plans, you should contact him first).

Here’s an article on the cruise from TheBody.com, and it includes a cute video teaser with me for the event!



By | 2010-03-23T09:21:51+00:00 March 11th, 2010|Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease, News|8 Comments


  1. christophe March 20, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    hiya Mark you crazy thing. i just moved to FL and am going to try and get on the loveboat funds allowing. sure is fun living on hiv disability! c

  2. Skip Sams March 21, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    I’m interested in the cruise, scholarships, and how I may be of service

  3. Jonathan March 26, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Hi Mark,

    One of your ship’s co-hosts here, cruising for his sixth time and still husband hunting in his free time. Oops, did I write that? There are plenty of couples on board, too.

    One item of note for folks, straight or gay considering this opportunity, is that neither the cruise line nor other passengers officially know of our status. We are simply Paul’s Cruise Retreat. Confidentiality is maintained for folks coming from around the world to join us. Come to my improv workshops on board and learn the circus bow and to just say YES to whatever comes your way!

    Jonathan in San Francisco, CA

  4. Lain Benjamin April 27, 2010 at 2:59 pm


    I am planning to go on the cruise. I was not planning to book until June. How much is the increase in price after May 15?


  5. paul stalbaum June 15, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    For those who are still interested in joining Mark on the cruise space is still available. Rates have not increased but it is suggested that you try to make your reservations soon.

  6. Peter September 2, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    I imagine it is too late to sign up for the October cruise so when is the spring 2011 cruise and where will it go? thanks, Peter

    (There may be last-minute cancellations. Feel free to contact Paul, the coordinator, at poztravelman@aol.com — Mark)

  7. smitty September 15, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Hey Mark! Glad you have embraced your inner spirit and now the Mc! You shy thing you! Cheers!

  8. Delia Radley March 20, 2011 at 7:02 am

    When are you heading to publish once more? You actually entertain me!
    All my publishing these days is right here, for this blog. And it’s FREE, so enjoy! –Mark

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