When planning their holiday last year, Bryan and Kevin Manley-Green made the choice that more and more adventure-seeking gay travelers around the world are making — they booked themselves on a river cruise.
The Manley-Greens knew they wanted to explore Eastern Europe, but they wanted to do so safely in a region that’s not known for being incredibly gay-friendly. So they chose a 10-day Danube river cruise from Bucharest to Budapest being offered by Emerald Waterways, one of a growing number of companies now catering to fierce public demand in this hot tourism sector.
“A river cruise is a really easy way to go to a place like Serbia, which for a gay couple could be really dangerous,” said Bryan Manley-Green, who runs a translation company in the 29-year couple’s hometown of Birmingham, England. “On a river cruise, we know we’ve got the safety of the cruise ship, and we’ll be on guided tours. If we venture off on our own and if push comes to shove, we could say we were brothers.”
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