by Don Church and Tony Schillaci 18 January 2013
By Don Church and Tony Schillaci, Out and Travelin’ ™
If you think that size matters and bigger is better, it will be strike-up-the-band day when the new 4000-passenger Breakaway arrives in her year-round homeport of New York City. While dockside, arriving passengers and spectators will have no trouble spotting the Breakaway’s hull with its eye-popping graphics by the legendary pop-artist Peter Max.
This latest addition to the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet begins sailing to Bermuda every Sunday beginning on May 12, 2013. In the fall, the fun-filled Breakaway will turn its compass toward the southern Caribbean, the Bahamas and Florida from October 2013 through April 2014.
In keeping with the spirit of its Manhattan homeport, the Norwegian Breakaway’s entertainment will include three Broadway shows: five-time Tony nominated “Rock of Ages,” the dance sensation “Burn the Floor” and “Cirque Dreams and Dinner Jungle Fantasy.” The comedy troupe The Second City, Howl at the Moon dueling pianos, and New York’s own Slam Allen will also perform on the luxury liner. Celebrity Chef and Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian will also debut his first restaurant, Ocean Blue, on the Norwegian Breakaway.
And to set a rhythm that’s in step with its hometown, the official Godmothers of The Norwegian Breakaway will be the dazzling Radio City Music Hall’s Rockettes. That shows there’s no business like show business on this gem of the oceans.
Two of the many spacious features of the ship, The Waterfront and 678 Ocean Place, are unique seaside venues that will enhance the guests’ connection with the ocean while dining, strolling and shopping.
The top decks of Norwegian Breakaway will feature the first Aqua Park at sea with five full-size water slides, including twin free fall slides-the first ever at sea, and a three-story sports complex that includes the largest ropes course at sea, a nine-hole miniature golf course, basketball court, rock climbing wall and… well, you’ll just have to see for yourself how much fun stuff for all age groups can fill a such a large luxury resort-at-sea
Stateroom options are many and varied: The Haven by Norwegian has 42 suites at the top of the ship with eighteen more located throughout the other decks. All through the ship there are innovative single studios, staterooms with ocean views, balcony and mini-suites, spa suites and bright inside cabins for budget-minded passengers.
The Breakaway will offer a true Ice Bar onboard, which will be kept at 17 degrees F. and feature ice sculptures of New York icons; the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and Chrysler Building. The Ice Bar is an arctic-like frozen chamber, guaranteed to give guests an ultimate thrill chill. The bar, seating and glasses will all be made entirely from ice. Located
on deck eight, the Ice Bar will accommodate approximately 25 passengers at a time. They will be given hooded coats and gloves to keep warm. An additional charge for the Ice Bar will include two signature cocktails. You’ll need to book early to enjoy a Central Park, Times Square Lights or Broadway Dream cocktail. For non-alcoholic drinks, the Lady Liberty and the Coney Island are in the mix.
According to Cruise Critic, when it comes to gay-friendliness, “The most open and accessible ships include Norwegian Cruise Lines, with at least one FOD meeting on every ship and on every cruise, and they have moved in recent years toward a consistent policy for their valued gay/lesbian passengers. (We should note that, while the cruise lines have this official policy in place, it is possible that a particular cruise may omit the meetings for various reasons, such as scheduling, with no slight intended.) NCL may now also include the term GLBT in the listing to avoid any confusion.” Should you have any trouble finding a GLBT group social onboard, contact the Cruise Director or the Concierge office for information and assistance.
For a virtual cruise of the incredible variety of features and accommodations on Norwegian Breakaway, visit www. breakaway.ncl.com/. To book a cruise on Norwegian Breakaway, contact a travel professional or call Norwegian at 800-327-7030. Online visit www.ncl.com.
by Thorsten Kadel 27 November 2011
Gay-ville.com is a new website to rent, compare and even sublet gay-friendly properties for ever-cheaper travel. Many times we find ourselves having trouble finding reasonable accommodations when we travel. The options are usually expensive, and they don’t always fit with the average gay traveler’s needs in terms of location, facilities, and a friendly attitude.
Gay-ville.com is a new website, launched in early June this year. Its goal is simple: to make gay tourism easier and less expensive, enabling gay people to travel as frequently and freely as they would like. How does it work? The website provides a platform of services for the gay tourist in the world’s most popular gay destinations. It focuses only on gay-friendly cities, which attract massive numbers of gay tourists all year round such as New York, Berlin, Madrid, San Francisco, Rio de Janeiro, and Barcelona among others.
The website is primarily dedicated to finding accommodations in these big cities. Hotel prices there are usually not cheap at all, especially in the center of the city and/or the gay area and during the high season, and all the more so during a gay event (such as pride or a festival) when hotels are overpriced and overbooked.
Gay-ville.com allows anyone anywhere to publish his own apartment or a room in his apartment for sublet. For example, if Dave from NYC wants to go on vacation in Barcelona, he can sublet his apartment to another gay guy in the interim, thus saving the accommodation expenses of his trip. In Barcelona he has the option to rent an apartment from Pedro, who lives there (he doesn’t have to – it’s not an apartment swap website), and it will cost him less than a hotel.
Beyond accommodations, Gay-ville provides you with all the necessary information about your destination: what to see and what to do, where the gay area is, how liberal is the city, which events and parties are taking place during your stay, gaymaps, transportation guides, tips about the city from local gays, and a local gay lingo. Eliad Cohen, Gay-ville’s VP Business Development: “We were surprised by the amount of new users in the website, who joined in a short period of time. We are certain that the website will soon grow to be one of the leading key players in the international gay travel scene, for the benefit of gays everywhere around the world.”
by Thorsten Kadel 23 July 2010
(only in German)
Es gibt einen Ort, an dem Amerika kaum wieder zu erkennen ist. Es gibt keine Autos, keine Malls, keinen McDonalds und kein Fitnessstudio. Alle gehen zu Fuß und tragen Badesachen oder Drag. Rehe laufen frei umher und lassen sich füttern.
Es gibt wohl kaum einen Ort für amerikanische Schwule, um den sich mehr Mythen und Geschichten ranken, als Fire Island. Und es gibt kaum einen Ort auf der Welt, der so ist, wie Fire Island. Genau genommen sind es nur zwei Gemeinden, denen die Insel ihren Ruhm zu verdanken hat: dem bei Lesben besonders beliebten „Cherry Grove“ und dem exklusiven Homorefugium „The Pines“.