Advocate's Editor in Chief Cruises for the First Time
Story and photo (los Arcos, Cabo San Lucas) by Jon Barrett
Greetings from Cabo San Lucas, the first port of call on my first-ever gay cruise, the seven-day RSVP Mexican Riviera cruise. OutTraveler.com's editor in chief (and Advocate's travel advocate) Ed Salvato wanted me to hit the high seas so I could better understand this staple of gay travel -- the gay cruise. I’m not certain how close this cruise is to the typical gay cruise -- there are only about 1,300 of us (compared to a 2,240 capacity) on this ship (NCL’s Norwegian Star) and, now that I’m able to access the Internet, I’m able to back up my suspicion that this isn’t just a gay cruise, it’s a bear cruise. (Editor's note: It's not really a bear cruise, it just seems that way.)
Typical or not, I’m having a great time. My boyfriend and I enjoyed a terrific performance by Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen (very popular gay cruise performers, for good reason) and we just returned to the ship after a day of traipsing the white-sand beaches of Cabo San Lucas while telling vendors that I have no use for a silver chain, a Harley Davidson shirt, or a pair of pink sunglasses.
Jon Barret, the Editor in Chief of The Advocate and Advocate.com(the world’s leading multi-platform news provider directly targeting the LGBT audience) has agreed to experience his very first gay cruise and send us back these periodic reports. Check here all week and be on the lookout for his article about first-time gay cruising scheduled for later this year in the Advocate.
VIDEO: See and hear Jon's most recent editor's letter here.
For much more information on gay cruises and a schedule of upcoming cruises, click here.