Cruise Ship Entertainers

Author: , January 13th, 2014

Matt Yee

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Twenty years ago, Matt Yee ( would never have guessed he’d be generating the bulk of his income regaling holiday travelers with show tunes and double entendre dirty jokes (often while sporting a muumuu and a ratty blond wig). The Hawaiian-born son of financial advisors, Yee, who sang and played piano vocationally from the age of three, won a music scholarship to Dartmouth University and moved on to law school at the University of Pennsylvania.

“I was doing mergers and acquisitions in the boomtime 1980s,” he recalls. “You’re supposed to feel so fortunate having an opportunity like that, but I realized that I hated it.”

Yee walked away from his white-shoe firm feeling somewhat adrift. While finding his sea legs as a gay man during the height of the AIDS crisis, he dabbled in real estate development in San Francisco and, ultimately, back home in Hawaii. It was during this period that he returned to music, beginning to develop an act and stage persona while playing in gay piano bars.

Authored By Joseph Pedro – See the Full Story at Passport Magazine

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Venice to Block Large Cruise Ships

Author: , November 25th, 2013

Venice Cruise ShipThe Italian government’s recent decision to limit the number of large ships entering Venice through scenic Giudecca Canal early next year – and eventually, prohibit them altogether – may come as a blow to some cruise passengers who have their hearts set on seeing this famous city.

A new weight limit has been proposed for all ships entering through the city center to reach the cruise passenger terminal, a route that has traditionally yielded classic views of the duomo, the waterfront palazzi, and gondolas drifting by. By next November, all ships heavier than 96,000 tons will be banned from entering the city completely, meaning by summer of 2015, there will be no large ships cruising into Venice at all.

Big ships that are still scheduled to sail to or from Venice next summer include MSC Cruises’ Fantasia, a 3,200-passenger ship that weighs in at 138,000 tons, and Costa Cruises’ Magica, which carries 2,700 and weighs 102,000 tons. Celebrity Cruises has two 122,000-ton, ships operating from Venice next summer.

Authored By Donna Tunney – See the Full Story at Shermans Travel Blog

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Gay Cruising the Caribbean

Author: , March 13th, 2010

I’ve been on a dozen cruises, including six Atlantis sailings, two on RSVP, a pair with R Family, and a couple of straight voyages. I really enjoy Atlantis trips for a variety of reasons. I love the ships they charter, including the gorgeous Solstice, the vessel I’m now on and the Royal Caribbean ships, like the Freedom of the Seas with all their innovative features (ice skating, anyone?). I also enjoy the parties, events and other programming. Though also incredibly friendly with lots of great activities, RSVP cruises are usually a little smaller than Atlantis charters and there are fewer of them per year.

R Family, a tour and cruise company catering to gay families, is perhaps best known for its topnotch entertainment, luring Broadway belters through the owners’ many entertainment-industry connections. With children running around and the presence of doting grandparents, you may forget that those triplets over there have two dads. Still, beyond the shows and straight presence, the vibe, humor and atmosphere is unmistakably, unapologetically and proudly gay.

The second you step foot on a gay cruise you are on holiday, starting with a hug by one of the many attractive, engaging Atlantis team members at the ship’s gangway. Then, a glass of champagne and endless smiles and greetings from crew, Atlantis staff, and fellow passengers.

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