Just in case you hadn’t noticed, Travel Channel is heating things up this winter with new content to attract gay and lesbian travelers. You may not know it, but the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) tourism industry is big business, raking in $65 billion a year, according to Community Marketing Inc.’s annual LGBT Tourism Study.
The study reveals that the LGBT community has increased their travel in the last year, despite the economic downturn, with gay men taking an average of 3 trips last year. And gay travelers spare no expense to enjoy traveling abroad to other countries. Eighty-five percent of gay males and 77% of lesbians own a passport, compared with a 30% rate of all Americans. Last year, 54% of gay men used their passport. READ MORE
Cruise News 2011 will keep you updated on all the latest changes in the cruising industry. Find out about hot offers like the an “All You Can Drink” beverage package on Royal Caribbean and the live broadcast of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding on Norwegian Cruise Line.
As you make your summer plans, be sure to read our Cruise Trends post to find out what’s hot in 2011. We checked in with Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief at CruiseCritic.com, who told us to be on the lookout for more super-sized ships, new river cruises and Alaska’s comeback as a popular cruise destination.
Attention all Mouseketeers, Libya lovers and Aussies, please report to the lido deck!
Disney Cruise Line’s new Disney Dream will depart on its maiden voyage to Disney’s private Bahamian island, Castaway Cay, on Jan 26. The 1,250-cabin ship has a water coaster on the top deck and virtual portholes in every inside cabin that display a constant video feed of the outside view. You heard it here first, folks. Disney is trying to “imagineer” our minds.
Carnival just announced that its 2,124-passenger Carnival Spirit will be based in Sydney, Australia, starting in October 2012. It will offer 8- to 13-day trips to the Pacific Islands and New Zealand. There’s just one small problem, the ship can’t fit under the Sydney Harbor Bridge, so passengers will need to voyage from the Circular Quay’s Passenger Terminal.
Beginning Nov. 16, Crystal Cruises’ 1,080-passenger Crystal Serenity will be welcome at the Libyan Port of Tripoli during the ship’s 11-day “Italian Splendor” trip from Venice to Barcelona. Why now? Libya has recently loosened its ban on American tourists, so ancient relics and ruins beware … here we come!
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