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Italian couple sue shipping line because they were not told their holiday was a gay cruise



By Nick Pisa

Last updated at 1:17 PM on 15th October 2009



An Italian couple are suing a shipping line for £2,800 after claiming they were not told a relaxing holiday they had booked was in fact on board a ship hosting Italy's first gay cruise.


The middle-aged husband and wife, who have not been named, said they were embarrassed after spotting people they knew, but had not realised were gay, on the cruise.

Despite accusations from gay groups, they deny being homophobic. Organisers insist the three-day cruise featured no scenes of excess.


article-1220572-06D50E71000005DC-132_468x308.jpg The Italian couple had been looking forward to a relaxing cruise on board a Grimaldi ship like this one




Enlarge article-1220572-06D50D7C000005DC-333_468x409.jpg Instead they claimed they were embarrassed to discover they had been booked on to Italy's first gay cruise. Part of the programme for the cruise is shown above


The couple, from Terni near Perugia, had booked the cruise last month from with Grimaldi Lines from Civitavecchia to the Spanish city of Barcelona.

They had booked the holiday using loyalty points from a supermarket.

Buit when they arrived at the port, they found the ship surrounded by TV crews covering the 'Revuelta gay cruise' - Italy's first all homosexual cruise.

article-1220572-06D50B31000005DC-449_233x404.jpg Didn't plan on seeing you here: One of the images on the cruise line's website promoting the gay cruise


Lawyer Antonio Francesconi, who is representing them, said he had written to Grimaldi telling them he was taking them to court and asking for £2,800 compensation.

He said: 'I have not yet received a response. It is not a question of discrimination but one of lost satisfaction because no-one had told them their holiday was at the same time as the gay cruise.

'When they booked the cruise, directly with the company, no-one told them it was also hosting the Revuelta event. They arrived at the port and saw the ship surrounded by the media.

'They thought it was because someone famous was on board but it was in fact due to the event - the 1,500 passengers were all gay and there were numerous gay events during the three days.

'My clients were also left embarrassed because among the passengers were people they knew and had no idea that were gay, which was uncomfortable for all parties.'

Alessio De Giorgio, of cruise organisers Gay.It said: 'This is a clear case of homophobia. Nothing scandalous happened. It's a clear example of how prevalent homophobia is in this country.'

Grimaldi Lines were unavailable for comment.

Today the website for Revuelta was still operating and it listed prices in cabins as starting from £260 per person in a quadruple cabin rising through to £860 in a suite.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1220572/Italian-couple-sue-shipping-line-told-holiday-gay-cruise.html#ixzz0U0geAiOF

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