Olivia Travel is pulling out the big guns for its Equality and Leadership Summit Caribbean Cruise Feb. 1 – 8, 2014.

Maya Angelou, Ph.D. will be the keynote speaker for the lesbian luxury travel company’s Equality and Leadership Summit, the company announced Aug. 22 in a news release.

“This year we have already seen groundbreaking progress for LGBT rights and equality and we felt the time was right to hold a gathering with influential women whose words and actions carry a powerful message of leadership and success,” says Judy Dlugacz, founder and president of Olivia Travel.

“We are expecting that the 1,900 women who will be taking part in the cruise will leave invigorated and inspired to take on the world in new ways,” continued Judy, talking about the “messages of strength” from other powerful community leaders who will be on the cruise.

Maya will be joined by other civil rights leaders, including civil rights pioneer Edie Windsor, Florida Congresswoman and Chair of the Democratic National Committee Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights Kate Kendell.

The celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker and civil rights activist and feminist icon is a legend in her own time. She’s best known for her memoirs I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings published in 1970, The Heart of a Woman  published in 1981, Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women published in 1995, and Letter to My Daughter published in 2008.

As a civil rights activist she worked side-by-side with the late Malcolm X and the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She has been awarded over 30 honorary degrees, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Presidential Medal of Arts, and 2008 Lincoln Medal and has received three Grammy awards.

Grammy-winning Indigo Girls and comedians Judy Gold and Karen Williams will head up an impressive lineup of entertainers.

The Equality and Leadership Summit will take place on Holland America’s ms Westerdam, a fully chartered ship that highlights the latest industry and environmental technologies, stunning atrium and sophisticated decor. Most of the staterooms have ocean views and many have private verandahs. Restaurants range from casual to elegant and the ship features a luxurious spa, fitness center, culinary arts center, casino, shops and more.

The Dinah announced today (Sept. 9) that Olivia is giving its guests $100 per cruiser who books their trip on this groundbreaking cruise. To make your reservation, call 800-631-6277 or 415-962-5700, option 1 and mention “The Dinah” for your discount.

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