Cruising New Zealand & Australia

From Passport Magazine, February 2010:

We’ll be like unicorns,” I teased my partner Travis, as we stood before the MS Volendam, a 780-foot cruise ship docked just outside Christchurch, New Zealand. “We’ll be magical.”

We’d never been on a cruise before and had heard the jokes about passengers being “newlywed or nearly dead,” not to mention overwhelmingly straight. As a young, gay couple, we were clearly none of the above and the specter of standing out, or worse yet, being shunned, hung over our decision to sail with Holland America Line ( on a “general-audience” itinerary between New Zealand and Australia…

Continue the journey by reading the rest of the article at Passport Magazine.