NickFit saidIs a gay cruise really just a hot bed of constant oceanic butt-fucking?
I was thinking it might be something nice to do with the bf at some point in future but this is putting me off!
Anyone who portrays a gay cruise as "a floating bath house" has probably likely never been on one. As others have said, a cruise is what you make it. The beauty of these things is that there is a little something for everybody. Get several thousand guys together on one ship and, obviously, stuff happens. Like going out to any bar or club, there is different elements in the mix. To say that a gay cruise is one big floating orgy on the high seas simply isn't the case. Some are heavy partiers, others don't party at all. Some dance till sunrise, others don't even go to the dance parties. Some people sign up for excursions. others never leave the ship. Again, it is what you make it, and you will find that there is a little something for everybody and every taste. If you just let yourself go with the flow, you can't help but have an amazing and memorable time.
I'm about to go on my 4th cruise, and a few things I have learned from the past ones are:
1) In terms of the theme parties -- Keep it simple. If the weather is hot, and it usually is, most of the costume comes off to the bare minimum rather quickly anyway, so save yourself the aggravation of looking for and packing an elaborate costume. Many people don't even wear costumes at the parties, while others dress to the hilt and really get into it. It can be whatever you want it to be.
2) The Excursions -- I have found that not going on the excursions, and just getting off the boat when I am good and ready and finding my way through the port and exploring on my own or with a group of friends is more fun. If you sign up for excursions, not only do they tend to be pricey, but you also have to stick to a schedule. When I am on vacation, I tend to want to go at my own pace.
3) Documentation -- be sure to make a copy of your passport and keep it somewhere safe in the event that, God forbid, you lose your passport. Try to pack valuables like cameras, watches, or anything else real valuable in your carry on luggage because, sadly, there are thieves among luggage handlers and customs agents.
4) Travel Insurance -- It adds a few hundred dollars to your trip, but it's worth the piece of mind that should something happen while you're in another country that either delays the trip, or even cancels the trip for any reason, you can recoup the money you spent for this vacation. Also, in the event that you were to get sick for any reason, your medical expenses are covered in foreign countries if your regular health insurance doesn't cover you.
Have a great time. I leave in 3 days to fly to Venice for my cruise that leaves on Monday, so I can relate to your excitement. I'm guessing you're going to have an incredible adventure.