LGBT Cruise Guide
By Aefa Mulholland | AN OUTTRAVELER.COM EXCLUSIVE
Western Caribbean Cruise
Tampa to Tampa
February 28-March 7, 2010
On board 1,350-passenger Holland America MS Ryndam
On shore Cozumel, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; Mahogany Bay, Honduras
On the itinerary Celebrating 20 years of Olivia travel, the itinerary stars a Q&A with quirky L Word actress Leisha Hailey, performances by recording artist Meg Christian and comedians Vickie Shaw and Karen Williams, and opportunities to snorkel, scuba dive, and visit Mayan ruins.
Whales and Sea of Cortez Cruise
La Paz to La Paz
April 10-17, 2010
On board The 62-passenger National Geographic Sea Lion is a true expedition ship, complete with bow camera, kayaks, hyrdrophone, video microscope, and Zodiac landing craft. It also has a partially covered sun deck, windows in all cabins, and the LEXSpa.
On shore Expeditions include kayaking round deserted Isla Carmen, trips to Isla San Marcos, Isla Santa Catalina, Isla San Jose, and the isthmus islands Islas Partida and Espiritu Santo.
On the itinerary Search for dolphins and other wildlife amid the rich waters of the Sea of Cortez. Swim with whales, admire sea lions, pelicans, and blue-footed boobies at play, and evel in the wonders of the Mexican Galapagos.
Provence to Burgundy Riverboat Cruise
Arles, France to Paris, France
July 20-27, 2010
On board 138-passenger Avalon Scenery
On shore Arles, Avignon, Viviers, Vienne, Lyon, Macon, Tournus, Beaune, and Paris, France
On the itinerary The cruise makes its leisurely way from Arles, capital of Provence, through the fortified city of Avignon, Viviers' Romanesque Old Town, vineyards, atmospheric forests, and medieval cities, before reaching Paris, the City of Light.
Cruising the Green Isles and Turkish Coast
Istanbul to Athens
Oct. 3-10, 2010
On board The 694-passenger Azamara Journey offers a staff:guest ratio of more than 2:1, 24-hour room service, two restaurants, a casino, and spa and wellness center.
On shore Shore expeditions include stops at mythical destinations from the Roman ruins of Kusadasi, and stunning Santorini to gay mecca Mykonos and stately Rhodes.
On the itinerary Tour the Acropolis, explore Roman and Byzantine ruins, sip welcome cocktails, lounge with new friends in the on-board Jacuzzi, and catch a show or a dance lesson.
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