New LGBTQ+ travel company VACAYA launches

Posted in Cruise News By J.A. Bower

The multibillion-dollar LGBTQ travel industry continues to expand, with a new company entering the market. VACAYA, created by award-winning tourism and travel industry executives experienced in serving queer travelers, will be the first large-scale full-ship/full-resort LGBT+ vacation company.

Travel choices

VACAYA’s inaugural season offers ocean cruise, river cruise, and resort options. LGBTQ travelers can choose from:

  • Celebrity Summit Cruise to Ptown Carnival: Sailing August 11-18, 2019 from New York (Port Liberty) on Celebrity Summit, this 7-night cruise be the largest all-gay cruise to ever sail to Ptown Carnival. Plus it will be the largest ship – gay or straight – to ever overnight in Provincetown!
  • Mexico Resort: VACAYA will take over the entire 5-star UNICO Riviera Maya, October 27 – November 2, 2019, just in time to celebrate Halloween and Mexico’s Day of the Dead. 
  • European River Cruise: VACAYA explores the Christmas Markets of Europe from Amsterdam to Budapest aboard the luxurious Emerald Star-Ship. 7- and 14-night options begin December 5, 2019.

VACAYA will enable guests to give back to the communities they visit through their ReachOUT program. The company will offer special savings during their debut year – from Early Booking and Student Pricing to a Best Rate Guarantee and partnership with Delta Air Lines.

VACAYA CEO Randle Roper, formerly President of RSVP Vacations, states, “We’re rewriting the playbook. With only a few notable exceptions, options for our community have been severely limited. Now, LGBT+ travelers have a rock solid new choice. They’ve waited a long time for a guest-focused company like VACAYA to come along, and we can’t wait to share all we have in store!”

Our Take: Roper and his team have strong backgrounds in LGBTQ travel, so we’re excited to learn more about VACAYA. Their experience, plus their policy of giving back to the communities travelers visit, is impressive.

A recent report on LGBTQ travel spending verifies with statistics what most of us suspected from personal observation – as a group, queer consumers command huge spending power – and we tend to spend a large percentage of our disposable income on travel. We’re always glad to see our demographic group being served by companies founded by experts from within the community.

VACAYA bookings are available online and through travel agents. We strongly recommend our travel agent partner Adam Martindale, an expert in LGBTQ+ vacations. You can reach Adam by email  or call 1-877-430-MMOB  Ext: 702.