Home-based travel agencies Cruises Inc., CruiseOne and Dream Vacations are hosting their first annual LGBT Getaways group cruise. This lifestyle cruise will join together an intimate group of like-minded individuals aboard the Celebrity Silhouette, which departs Fort Lauderdale on April 8, 2018, for a seven-night voyage to the Eastern Caribbean.
“We decided to launch the LGBT Getaways Cruise to respond to the demand from consumers and our travel agents for this niche group that wants a lifestyle vacation experience in a more traditional and sophisticated atmosphere,” said Drew Daly, general manager of network engagement and performance for Cruises Inc., Cruise One and Dream Vacations, in a written release. “Celebrity Cruises has always been an advocate for the LGBT community so it was a no-brainer to partner with them on this group cruise, which has already been met with positive response.”
“I am extremely excited that Dream Vacations listened to franchisee feedback and organized the LGBT group cruise, providing a fantastic option for a casual get-together onboard a great ship,” said Trapper Martin, Dream Vacations Franchise Owner and member of the organization’s Advisory Council. “So many people want an experience that isn’t mass market, but rather smaller groups of people traveling together and we hope to start something the market can be proud of in the coming years.”
The Dream Vacations corporate office worked closely with Celebrity Cruises to identify the optimal itinerary, cruise ship and to secure the group space. The LGBT Getaways Cruise will visit San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. Members of the group will experience an exclusive shore excursion with Resort for a Day, and participate in a wine tasting and themed cocktail parties throughout the week.
Travel agents within the Cruises Inc., CruiseOne and Dream Vacations network have the option to book into this group cruise. They are also being provided assets to assist in the marketing of this group cruise as well as access to the network’s Group Concierge.