For years, the bay city of Tampa, Florida has developed not only as a major seaport in western United States, but also as an emerging cruise center.
This city located near the Gulf of Mexico hosts the annual “GaYbor Days,” a GLBT street party in the GaYbor district. It is also the home for the yearly Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, one of the largest independent gay film festivals in the United States.
There are a number of gay cruises enjoying the ports in Tampa, Florida. Some of them include the following:
AAA SignaTours Gay Cruises
1515 N. Westshore Blvd. Tampa, FL 33607; 813-289-1440, 813-289-5800
While it caters to all kinds of people and groups, AAA SignaTours is renowned for its gay cruises. Recognized by the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, the AAA SignaTours offers special GLBT cruise projects such as the OUTland Collection, one of the finest gay and lesbian tour and cruise projects in the world. The AAA branch at Tampa-Westshore provides in-depth tours and unique adventures for its diverse clientele, primarily gays and lesbians who are traveling as singles, couples, families, groups, or organizations.
Whether for regular or special types of cruise offerings, AAA members can take advantage of special rates for any AAA cruise packages.
Jim Garciga Travel Gay Cruises
3021 W. Azeele St. Tampa, FL 33609; 813-414-9933
The Jim Garciga Travel Agency is a gay-owned and operated travel agency offering custom bookings and reservations for gay cruise packages. It features guided tours from its mother port in Tampa, Florida, then the cruise explores the rest of its destination ports around the world.
Gay travelers can arrange custom-made itinerary from a pre-designed cruise for more exclusive gay travel experiences. Aside from Tampa, popular ports for cruise packages offered by Jim Garciga include various locations in Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa, and North and South America.
Aquafest GLBT Cruise Events
4801 Woodway Suite 400W, Houston, TX 77056; 800-592-9058
Aquafest, one of the largest sellers of cruise vacations in the United States, offers gay cruise packages through the Aquafest GLBT Cruise Events. Tampa, Florida is one of its regular destinations. Schedule for these cruises are typically fully booked during holidays and major GLBT events at Tampa’s GaYbor district, and also during the annual Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Many of these cruises begin in Tampa, the port of origin, then move on toward the other popular ports of call such as Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Mexico, Belize, and Roatan Island.
Aquafest is a member of the Signature Travel Network which is often described as one, if not the most prestigious group of travel agencies and agents, acknowledged by Conde Nast and Travel and Leisure Magazines. It offers over 500 hosted and value-added cruise departures yearly.