Tag Archives: vacation travel

Hertz To Buy Dollar Thrifty

Hertz is buying Dollar Thrifty for $1.2B as the consolidation of the car rental industry continues. The combined company will now have a single publicly listed U.S. company — Avis Budget to compete against. “Dollar Thrifty also has a strong international presence, complementing our global footprint, which enables us to utilize a recognized brand to accelerate our leisure rental strategy …

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VIDEO: Huge Wave Hits Mediterranean Cruise Ship, Kills Two, Injures Many

Somebody was videotaping in one of the upper deck restaurants when the wave hit this morning, killing two passengers and seriously injuring up to twenty other passengers and crew. The ship returned to port in Barcelona immediately after the incident.

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The Dirtiest Hotels In America

Via Trip Advisor. Times Square’s Hotel Carter, which ranked #1 for three of the last four years, somehow does not appear on the latest list. 1. Heritage Marina Hotel, San Francisco, California 2. Days Inn Eureka/Six Flags, Eureka, Missouri 3. Tropicana Resort Hotel, Virginia Beach, Virginia 4. Super 8 Virginia Beach/At the Ocean, Virginia Beach, Virginia 5. Quality Inn, Stroudsburg, …

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Passenger Dies On Atlantis Cruise

Three months after GLAAD board member Spencer Yu died on an Atlantis Cruise to the Mexican Riviera, yesterday an as yet unidentified 37 year-old male passenger of the all-gay cruise company was found dead in his Liberty Of The Seas cabin while the ship was moored in the Cayman Islands. Local police are investigating and have not released any cause …

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Key West Cops Rock

On Key West’s bustling Duval Street, drag queens and go-go boys can be found standing in front of gay bars handing out fliers and posing for photos, more often that not with highly amused straight tourists. It’s a hectic, high-energy scene on those sidewalks, where gays and straights move comfortably among each other. Gay boys cat-call straight boys, straight couples …

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GLAAD Board Member Spencer Yu Dies On Atlantis Cruise

GLAAD board of directors member Spencer Yu, 46, died of cardiac arrest while on board an all-gay Atlantis Cruise to the Mexican Riviera. According to sources on board, Spencer Yu, a Los Angeles attorney, suffered cardiac arrest October 21 while on the Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas, which was chartered by Atlantis for a seven-day trip along the Mexican …

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Morning View – Key West Detritus

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Key West Day Five

Yesterday Father Tony and I overslept and missed the 7:15am boarding call for the high-speed ferry to the Dry Tortugas. Dammit all to hell. Those who went are calling it one of the highlights of the week. Dammit all to hell. So instead of a 70-mile voyage into the Gulf of Mexico, we made up for it with a trip …

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Morning View – Southernmost Point

It’s probably some kind of local law that every tourist in Key West must pose for this photo, judging by the line we had to wait in line just to get the brief opportunity for this shot. Father Tony had his eyes closed, but we figured “good enough” rather than wait again.

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Afternoon View – Father Tony Working (It)

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Key West Day Four

Yesterday Father Tony and I began the day with moped jaunt around the island, stopping first at the Key West AIDS Memorial, which is a simple and serene series of black granite tablets laid into the sidewalk and engraved with the names of some of the more than 1000 locals lost to the disease, an enormous number for a town …

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Morning View – Key West Taxi

Gay enough for ya?

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Key West Day Three

Yesterday our merry band of revelers returned to the all-gay Blu Q catamaran, this time for a daytime snorkling trip out to Man Key Reef, a shallow coral reef where the crystal-clear water provided great views. Then came lunch and kayaking off a unpopulated island, where Captain Steve pointed out the wreckage of a shabby craft recently abandoned by Cuban …

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Morning View – Big Cocks

There are hens and roosters running loose everywhere in Key West. We’ve been told they are all from from a single colony that was set free when cockfighting was made illegal. The roosters begin crowing at sun-up and continue to do so roughly every 7.5 minutes for the rest of the day, sort of like a poultry snooze alarm. The …

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Key West Day Two

Yesterday we did a sunset booze cruise on the all-gay Blu Q, a 42-foot catamaran. Gorgeous weather and fun company from around the world. Captain Steve and his occasionally naked crew were lots of fun. Afterwards we had a fancy dinner at Mangoes, after which I went back to Island House and collapsed for the evening while the more adventurous …

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Key West Day One

Not quite 24 hours on the island and as Divine said in Lust In The Dust, my ass is on its last legs. Steve Smith, our host from the Key West Business Guild picked up our group (myself, Father Tony, EDGE’s Michael K. Lavers, freelance journalist Rod McCullom, LOGO’s Mike Diamond, SiriusXM’s Frank DeCaro, and filmmakers Josh Koll and Josh …

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In The Conch Republic

The above creepy-ish tableau greets arrivals at Key West International, a fairly grand name for an airport whose terminal consists of one small room and one luggage carousel. Off to the Royal Coronation Ball, an AIDS fundraiser at La Te Da.

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Key West Bound

Blogging will be relatively light for the next six days as the Key West Business Guild is bringing me down on a press junket to cover Fantasy Fest. I’ll get some posts up tomorrow morning before I leave and probably a couple more during my layover at MIA. After that, it’ll be intermittent poolside vacation blogging as the Guild has …

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Beirut, New Gay Hotspot?

For about as long as I can remember, Beirut has been the go-to comparison for describing another place as desolate and dangerous. As in “the Bronx is the Beirut of America.” But according to a lengthy travel piece in yesterday’s New York Times, Beirut is now the “Provincetown of the Middle East.” While homosexual activity (technically, sexual relations that officials …

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Mount Assmore

Copyranter emailed to tip us to this image he found on a gay German travel site. From his guest post on Coilhouse: Mount Assmore! This is truly one of the funniest ads (click here for closer look) I’ve seen in my 20 years in this fucked-up business. It’s for German website queer-travel.de, who for over 12 years, have made “gay …

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