15 SHADES OF GAY

Porthole Cruise Magazine - - Cover - by PAUL J . HENEY

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.

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