personal travel experience
A Gay Cruise Across the Mediterranean
By Joe Lagana
My most memorable trip was my first gay cruise on an RSVP charter of a Holland America ship, the Westerdam back in 2007. It was a Mediterranean cruise, and it was an important trip for me for many reasons. It was the first time I experienced how liberating it is to know that no one is judging you for being gay. I had gone to Pride events and parades, but it is not the same as enjoying a vacation where you aren’t in the minority, and you don’t have to wonder what people may be thinking or saying about you.
Since I sometimes sell LGBT travel, it was good for my personal and professional development as a Travel Agent to experience that sailing first-hand. I’ve since taken my boyfriend on gay cruises, and that has been wonderful, but on my first gay cruise, I was actually surprised by how different it felt.