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Favorite Cruise Company
Gold: Royal Caribbean International
Whatever your budget or interests, Royal Caribbean's 22-ship-strong fleet (and counting) and its well-rounded itineraries have you covered in terms of flexibility and choice. It's no wonder large-scale gay tour operators such as Atlantis commandeer its ships for all-gay events.
Silver: Celebrity Cruises; Norwegian Cruise Line (tied)
Any gay could agree with Norwegian's philosophy of freedom and individuality, just as we would agree with the luxurious amenities and decidedly upscale routes (like 100-passenger Galapagos excursions) theft Celebrity offers.
Bronze: Carnival Cruise Lines
Thanks to its long-standing sponsorship of gay causes and its high-profile portfolio of brands, including Cunard, Carnival ships are frequently charted by RSVP Vacations (which shares the same parent company as this magazine) and Atlantis for large-scale all-gay cruises.
Favorite Large All-Gay Tour Operator
Atlantis offers surf and turf: all-inclusive gay resorts in Mexico, in addition to massive entertainment-rich cruises to the Caribbean and Mediterranean. New for 2008? A trip to Carnival in Rio that will end in Buenos Aires.
Silver: RSVP Vacations
The first in big-ship charters for gay events, the 20-year-old RSVP (which shares the same parent company as this magazine) went big and bold this Memorial Day with the first-ever all-gay transatlantic cruise on Cunard's elegant, Old World-style Queen Mary 2.
Celebrating its 34the year in business, Olivia has taken lesbians all over the world, from India to the Galapagos to Antarctica, on family-friendly cruises and to all-inclusive resorts.
Favorite Small All-Gay Tour Operator
Gold: Zoom Vacations
Espousing the ideal of a modern global lifestyle while keeping pace with gay travel's evolution, Zoom caters to the globe-trotting gay men, lesbians, and allies who crave hassle-free adventure. On the map for upcoming customizable trips are sojourns to Guatemala, India, Machu Picchu, Costa Rica, and Sydney's Mardi Gras.
Bigger isn't always better. Since 2003, Travelpride has proved this mantra via intimate and personalized cruises to southern France, the Italian Riviera, and Tahiti.
Bronze: Venture Out
Andalusia, Peru, the Danube, and Italy's Amalfi Coast are just some of the destinations that this 10-year-old self-described smooth operator of small-group, light-adventure, casual cultural tours will be hitting in 2008.
Favorite Gay Pride Event
Gold: New York City
Of course your favorite U.S. destination -- not to mention birthplace of the modern gay rights movement -- would also win the glittery gold by a huge margin. Not even the permit-related cancellation of the 15the annual PrideFest street fair could put a damper on the weeklong bacchanalia and ever-growing march, in which 600,000 follow its lavender line painted down Fifth Avenue. With that much action, it's naturally the largest pride festival in the States!
Silver: San Francisco
The "Pride, Not Prejudice" theme was apropos for 2007, as the city's all-embracing diversity was on display: Logo TV's Noah's Arc cast were celebrity grand marshals, while dedicated stages for Latin and "HomoHipHop" wowed hundreds of thousands of flag wavers during the two-day festival.
In a city known for embracing diversity and debauchery, each year of this four-day festival outdoes the last with sheer dizzying activity -- practically every alley becomes an open-air party. Best of all, the "parade" takes place in the canals, so the floats actually float!