A Bay Area lesbian travel company is springing to the surface as a major player in the widening ocean of niche cruises. The trip is also geared toward volunteerism and ecotourism. Lawrence Dessler, executive director of the Niche Cruise Marketing Alliance, said specialty cruises have doubled in size during the last five years. There are cruises for wine connoisseurs, goths, those who are trying to quit smoking and getting fit. Both gay cruises and cruises that focus on ecotourism have flourished, Dessler said.
Despite last year's shakeup among gay travel companies, gay and lesbian cruises are gaining in popularity. Here's a sampling of offerings in the next year from the major providers. Note: All fares are per person, double occupancy. Visit www. Olivia: The company is celebrating its 35th anniversary with the "biggest Olivia celebration ever," a weeklong trip on Holland America's Westerdam 1, passengers that leaves Fort Lauderdale on Nov. Stops include: Turks and Caicos Islands; St.
Sweet , a fashionable new lesbian travel company from San Francisco, California, is organizing the world's largest lesbian cruise. Their 2, passenger ship will visit Cozumel at the end of next year. The organizers are chartering Norwegian cruise line's Norwegian Spirit , complete with first-class amenities, like a grand casino, 11 restaurants and 8 bars and lounges.
We maybe do it once every couple of months. The guy I was seeing wanted to do it, and I was resistant but eventually gave in. He tried to put it in, but it just hurt too much.