COUNTLESS CRUISE LINES go out of their way to welcome LGBTQ+ travelers. But what if you’re in the mood for an environment where LGBTQ+ passengers are the majority — or perhaps the only people on board? Well, there are plenty of options for that type of experience, too.
Among the largest brands marketing specifically to LGBTQ+ travelers, Atlantis Events offers what it calls the “biggest gay cruise of 2020,” the Oasis 2020 Caribbean Cruise, taking some 5,500 mostly male guests on a festive itinerary that starts and ends in Miami, aboard Royal Caribbean’s recently renovated Oasis of the Seas. The company’s Auckland to Sydney cruise, meanwhile, sets sail aboard Holland America Line’s Noordam, timed to arrive in Sydney in late February for the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, one of the world’s largest LGBTQ+ pride celebrations.
Lesbian travelers comprise the prime audience for Olivia, which celebrates its 30th-anniversary Caribbean cruise in January 2020 with an itinerary that kicks off in Fort Lauderdale with a concert by the Indigo Girls before sailing for Key West, the Cayman Islands, Roatán and Cozumel. One of Olivia’s newest cruise itineraries, the Pacific Coastal Cruise, offers a six-night excursion aboard Holland America’s Volendam from San Diego to Vancouver.
Vacaya, one of the newer names on the LGBTQ+ cruise scene, launches a new Iceland Cruise in August 2020. Departing from Reykjavík, the eight- day cruise aboard the new Le Jacques Cartier from Ponant Cruises stops to see glaciers, wildlife and geysers.
In Eastern Europe, luxury cruise specialist Cruise Croatia introduced a new Pride of Croatia tour featuring an island-hopping cruise from Split to Dubrovnik, with wine tasting activities and a visit to Plitvice Lakes National Park.
United Kingdom-based luxury travel specialist Out of Office is among the companies seeing an increased interest in LGBTQ+-only cruises. For 2020 the company is offering a series of gay-only, high-end cruises from Source Events, including an “all-gay luxury Tahiti cruise” on board the Wind Spirit, and a Miami Pride cruise that departs from Miami right after that city’s LGBTQ+ pride celebrations. “We’ve already had a lot of interest in both cruises, especially the Tahiti one,” said Alex Klineberg, content executive, Out of Office.
Imagine waking up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee, a light breeze dancing on your face, and views so beautiful you begin to think it is a simulation. The United Kingdom is teeming with unique accommodations that will please your eyes. Check out these stays with stunning views on your next U.K. adventure.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
AdventureWomen, the travel company specializing in adventure tours for women, announced a partnership with African Wildlife Foundation. The organization supports the conservation of Africa’s wildlife through education, community development and sustainability projects. As part of the partnership, the two organizations will host a women’s safari to Zimbabwe in May 2022.
Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, where innovative wellness and balanced indulgence come together in one extraordinary beachfront setting, recently partnered with First Responders Children’s Foundation, a non-profit organization providing financial support to children and families of first responders. This partnership formed the Carillon Cares: Summer of Heroes offers, including a donation to the foundation for each stay booked, which supports giving back to those who fought on the front lines during the pandemic.
Although much changed in the past year, Cancún still has the joie de vivre we need right now after months of cabin fever — even with safety measures in place. In fact, the first half of 2021 may be a good time to rediscover Mexico’s home-grown Caribbean resort town in a slower, more relaxed mode that contrasts its rollicking “spring break” reputation of old. One place to take in Cancún at its best is JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, a mile up from the convergence of night clubs, chain restaurants, souvenir emporiums and shopping malls along Avenida Kukulkan.
June marks Pride Month, largely credited to bisexual activist Brenda Howard who organized Gay Pride Week and the Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade in 1970, one year after the Stonewall Riots. The parade eventually become the New York City Pride March, leading to Pride Month and similar parades and marches around the world.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
Haven Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, an all-suite, adults-only, all-inclusive oceanfront resort, announces a new experience suited for epicurean travelers: The Chef’s Table. At Haven’s fine-dining restaurant Olios Mediterranean, The Chef’s Table offers the best seats in the house, right in front of the chef’s working station and open, top-of-the-line kitchen. And the actual table is beautiful in its own right: made from reclaimed wood and complemented by a turquoise glass chandelier.