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.
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