GAY TIMES and Celebrity Cruises today announce the launch of “Trailblazers”, an online series exploring genuine LGBTQ+ travel experiences through the eyes of Insta-famous LGBTQ+ influencers and all set against the backdrop of the stunning Celebrity Edge. The award-winning cruise line and the queer media powerhouse have joined forces to create an industry-leading content series, a documentation of authentic experiences onboard the ship as it docks in Europe’s most famous ports.

Launching daily on GAY TIMES and Celebrity Cruises social media channels from 30th September until 4th October 2019, each mini episode of “Trailblazers” paves the way for a perfect LGBTQ+ travel experience.  Setting sail to key LGBTQ+ European destinations including Barcelona, Valencia, Ibiza, Nice and Rome, the series culminates in the third annual Pride at Sea onboard Celebrity Edge, featuring a guest interview from Adam Rippon. 

Four pairs of influencers who have never stepped foot on a cruise ship before were selected to participate in the series, with each of the duos’ passion points and experiences chosen to reflect a different facet of the LGBTQ+ community. The cast includes: YouTuber and broadcaster Riyadh Khalaf and his partner Josh Harrison; presenter Helen Scott and life coach Char Bailey; Jimmy Essex and Charlie Simmons, a couple from the music and entertainment industry; and last but certainly not least, vogue dancer, Jay Jay Revlon and his best friend, Lee Gray. 

The cast tested out the best that Celebrity Edge has to offer: state-of-the-art spas, swimming pools and sports facilities. The influencers were able to enjoy sunset cocktails in the Rooftop Garden, followed by dinner in one of the ship’s incredible restaurants. Evenings were wrapped up with electric entertainment, before cast members returned to their luxury staterooms, only to wake up in a different iconic destination the next morning.  

Throughout the series, each pair discusses personal experiences, both in the UK and overseas, exploring the importance of feeling safe and appreciated while travelling as members of the LGBTQ+ community. We learn about their individual projects and skillsets and how often they use these to drive forward social change, from activism to performance; each pair has fearless ambition and they use their downtime to unwind and reflect.

Additionally, Celebrity Cruises annually celebrates Pride at Sea – an owned initiative set up to celebrate Pride month across its entire fleet around the globe. June 2020 will see Celebrity Cruises fourth annual Pride Party at Sea, with each ship in the fleet hosting a range of exciting events and activities throughout the “30 days of Pride”. Celebrity Apex℠, the breath-taking new ship launching in Southampton April 2020, will host the Flagship Pride at Sea Party when docked in Ibiza on 24 June 2020.

Aiming to shine a light on queer travel, the collaboration sets the scene for an ideal LGBTQ+ travel experience – an onboard community of like-minded people, thriving in a young, free and dynamic environment, a safe space for self-expression set against the perfect Mediterranean backdrop. The chosen influencers together explore the world in new luxury, sharing their stories and building meaningful connections as Gay Times and Celebrity Cruises set out on an adventure to bring genuine pride to the sea.