The inspiration for our name began for Randle, John, Patrick, and Tracy long before their roles in the full-ship/full-resort charter business, even before their nine combined decades of experience in management, marketing, and operations.
The VACAYA concept was sparked on their own vacations, where they encountered two very different experiences. The all-gay cruises were liberating, empowering, and fun, but limited to a small spectrum of people. And while everyone loves a good time, there’s more to a memorable vacation than just parties. Mainstream vacations offered more activities and destinations, and were accessible to a diverse set of people, but didn’t always feel like a friendly, judgment-free environment.
They all shared a sense there was a sweet spot – a great “in between” – one that offered the joy of like-minded people coming together to celebrate, with more activities, destinations, and ways to personalize the vacation experience than ever before. One that capitalized on smart, tech-savvy booking and customer service – just as you might expect with a mainstream vacation.
From this inspiration, VACAYA was born. The name itself speaks to the concept: “VACAYA” is a word from Polari, a centuries-old language used by the gay subculture to discreetly communicate. Alongside that, the slang word “vacay” has become a casual mainstream term for vacation. Put together, the two meanings celebrate our LGBT identity and the inclusive, joyful, and unfettered spirit we cherish.
Randle, John, Patrick, Tracy, and all of The Vacayans invite you to open yourself up to new experiences, mindful exploration, endless fun, and deeper connections… they invite you to VACAYA.
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VACAYA and our partners create a welcoming environment for travelers with special needs.
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VACAYA delivers vacations tailored to the unique desires of our guests. How will you VACAYA?
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VACAYA’s “Solo Traveling with Ease Program” is perfect for single travelers looking to join in the fun.
Open your mind to the rainbow of fun that can be had in the world. That’s the spirit of VACAYA!
VACAYA offers fun and easy vacations with customized itineraries, personalized service, tailored entertainment, welcoming activities, friendly parties, and transformative moments. Shared experiences with like-minded LGBT+ adults and friends give us a new perspective on the world and remind us how lucky we are to be alive. VACAYA charters the entire ship or resort so we have the freedom to express our individuality, make personal connections, celebrate life, rev up, or simply relax… together. Our mission is to fulfill the vacation dreams of all adults who believe “love is love” while giving back to the community and immersing our guests in the cultures and places we visit around the world.
All-Inclusive Resorts – Staying at a VACAYA Oasis all-inclusive resort delivers a truly relaxing and exhilarating vacation because it’s all included for one incredible price, from meals and alcohol to spa treatments and excursions. Our resorts offer scores of daytime activities, exclusive nightly entertainment, gourmet restaurants, exquisite turquoise waters, and sun-soaked beaches. But that’s only the beginning. These are places where we come together and feel part of a bigger family. With so much included, all that’s left to do is have fun and enjoy the value!
LGBT+ Cruises – Life on the open water is about savoring the good times, finding beauty in the details, appreciating friends, and discovering new ones. Sailing the seven seas is about leaving the ordinary behind. It’s the moments we spend connecting, laughing, and living life to the fullest. Its possibilities are endless and exciting. Sensual. Life changing. These experiences connect us to each other. They open our minds and unify our rhythm.
This is the spirit of VACAYA. open sea. open mind.
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