15 SHADES OF GAY
The World’s Most LGBTQ-Friendly Cruise Ports
Once predominantly relegated to specialty or theme cruises, out gay and lesbian travelers have since had their coming out of sorts on traditional cruises. With growing acceptance of marriage equality and an increase in the number of gay families, cruise lines have taken notice of this community and have added programming of interest to LGBTQ travelers and increased their staff sensitivity training.
What’s more, many cruise ports around the world have dynamic gay communities that boast vibrant art scenes, excellent food, and amazing clubs that are worth a visit from both gay and straight cruisers alike. Here are 15 ports around the world that feature outstanding gay scenes. This largest city in the Hawaiian Islands is also the center of gay life in the 50th state. You’ll find a sprinkling of gay and lesbian bars in and around Waikiki. Queen’s Surf Beach, near the zoo, is a well-known gay hangout with amazing vistas. It’s a short stroll from Waikiki, and you’ll find it to be much less crowded. While you’re in the area, stop for a drink at the fun Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand, which sports breathtaking views of the beach and Kapiolani Park from the second floor of the Waikiki Grand Hotel. Honolulu Pride, generally held in October, marches right past here, and is a fantastic celebration. One of the most international parades I’ve experienced, participants seemingly come from every ethnic group on this multicultural island.