Thinking About a Cruise

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    Sep 16, 2011 1:48 PM GMT
    Thinking about going on a cruise in January for my birthday.

    Planning on going solo, but I know nothing about what kind of cruise/where I want to go.

    Any suggestions? I've never really traveled anywhere. Just want a nice warm fun vacation.
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    Sep 16, 2011 2:06 PM GMT
    Miami Beach
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    Sep 16, 2011 2:11 PM GMT
    I'd suggest an Alaskan cruise, but it's definitely not going to be warm and you probably can't go during the winter (so January is out). I went on one in June 2011. Liked it a lot. There were some veteran 'cruisers' who said that Alaskan cruises are definitely better than any others (i.e. Caribbean, Europe, etc..).
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    Sep 16, 2011 4:29 PM GMT
    cool idea, lonesome birthday cruise icon_biggrin.gif
    don't go on star cruises, they are really boring. Actually cruises tend to be rather boring (as far as my experience is concerned) as activities on the ship are pretty limited. Only gambling and night shows which may or may not be that good.
    You could get a cruise and stop-by in a city before returning!
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    Sep 16, 2011 4:29 PM GMT
    Dramamine. Motion sickness ruined my first (and last) cruise.
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    Sep 16, 2011 4:29 PM GMT
    You cruise you lose buddy.
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    Sep 16, 2011 4:30 PM GMT
    Trollileo said
    Chainers saidYou cruise you lose buddy.
    You need the picture.


    I know :-(
  • JBinSFO

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    Sep 16, 2011 4:45 PM GMT
    Late January, Atlantis is repeating their cruise on the Allure of the Seas, the largest ship at sea. I'm going, it will be hella fun! I went last year, and it was a blast.

    However, I wouldn't go on that particular cruise (or their other cruises out of SoCal or south florida, unless you are very comfortable in a circuit-party type setting. Dance parties are definitely the featured event.

    If you are looking for a less party oriented experience, the more expensive Atlantis or RSVP cruises are good choices - like the ones they feature in Europe and South America.

    Unless you are very introverted or very gregarious, I would not go on a straight cruise alone. They tend to be either very family-centric or older folk (depending on the destination). It is a little easier to go solo on a gay cruise, in my opinion, as there are many folks who do that, and you have at least one thing in common with everyone on the ship.

    You can get flavors for the Atlantis cruises, as they now have their cruise video's available as iTunes video podcasts. And yes, the guys on the Allure were just as gorgeous as the video portrayed.
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    Sep 16, 2011 5:25 PM GMT
    Hope you don't like to drink alcohol....They stick ya charging 3 times the cost you'd pay at a bar......
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    Sep 16, 2011 5:53 PM GMT
    tom cruise
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    Sep 16, 2011 6:07 PM GMT
    mybud saidHope you don't like to drink alcohol....They stick ya charging 3 times the cost you'd pay at a bar......


    I don't drink.

    And I thought about a gay cruise, but then I tried to imagine every gay bar experience I'd ever had and pictured it as inescapable for a week. Gave me the willies.

    On second thought, maybe I'll just stay home again this year.
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    Sep 16, 2011 9:47 PM GMT
    ChunkJGZX said

    On second thought, maybe I'll just stay home again this year.


    They're not for everyone. Though you don't find out if they're for you unless you actually go on one. My cruise experience wasn't bad, but I didn't enjoy it particularly and won't be going on another in the future.
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    Sep 17, 2011 1:17 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidIf you go on one of those gay cruises I hear you can have buttsecks at a drop of a hat. According to my friend who went on two of them he said it's like a bathhouse on water. And that the food was amazing and plentiful. There are areas that people are social but sex is rampant, according to my buddy.

    So, it's really up to you. icon_cool.gif



    Ooooh.. where do I sign up

    I guess here
    http://www.atlantisevents.com/Allure-Caribbean-Cruise/11#overview
  • titus8229

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    Sep 17, 2011 1:22 AM GMT
    No man, cruises are lame. You only dock for a few hours and thats not nearly enough time to explore and get to know a place.

    A friend of mine loves cruises. She validates them by saying things such as "well I went on this cruise last year and the boat had a movie theatre in it!...Big fucking deal, if I want to see a movie I'll go down the street to my local theatre. Theres nothing you can do on a cruise that you cant do elsewhere for much less money.

    I would suggest buying a plane ticket to somewhere far away that you've never been to. Spend as much time there as you possibly can and really experience something new.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Sep 17, 2011 6:49 AM GMT
    I went to Bermuda. It was a great cruise. 3 days in Hamilton 2 days in St. George. 1 day there 1 day back to NYC.
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    Sep 17, 2011 7:00 AM GMT
    I went on the cruise that Atlantic holds every January, the big one that goes round the Caribbean. I would agree with some of the comments above: yes, sex is readily available, yes, they are heavily weighted to the twice-daily parties, and yes, you can watch movies or go to the theatre. But there is also lots of other entertainment like big cabaret shows, drag acts, and on the big boats you can go ice skating and then there are the islands you visit.

    There is no problem going on your own, you'll meet lots of guys also travelling solo and it's easy to strike up conversations with people.

    My only reservation about it was that you do have to be extrovert and make an effort, it's not a holiday for wallflowers. I found it was also a bit on the expensive side but I'm glad I experienced it once.
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    Sep 17, 2011 7:03 AM GMT
    you should have your gay card revoked . . .please do not go on a cruise in January or any other time . . . unless you are cruising with Cole Porter on the Grand Canal . . .
  • aznmtl

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    Sep 17, 2011 2:58 PM GMT
    I travel a LOT (maybe 4-6x a year) and this past summer I took my first cruise. I hesitated on a cruise (being somewhat intimidated by being 'stuck' on a boat with so many people) but was happy to have chosen the RSVP Mediterranean cruise! I'm not a social extravert or a complete wallflower but somewhere in between. The cruise made me feel totally at ease...it's like we're all in the same boat (obviously) and pretences are dropped. It was SO much FUN!

    There is plenty to do on the ship from partying to quiet times. The food on the Holland America was great, however, you have to pay for drinks and the service is sometimes slow.

    The excursions vary in time and price and some I found where really not worth it...very touristy with long line ups! In Europe it's probably best to explore a city on your own provided you have transportation to get there. The Caribbean cruises look like they have more adventurous excursions (like zip-lining) which I cannot wait to do this winter.

    Many of the guests I met have been on many cruises...I think one couple were on their 16th cruise! I plan on doing many more as well as this is now my preferred choice of travel...much more fun than a resort for instance.

    I strongly recommend a gay cruise over a straight one. You will feel more at ease to be yourself and the entertainment is more adult geared. Also way less children around.

    Sorry to ramble but that's my experience...just do it! icon_biggrin.gif

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    Sep 19, 2011 11:16 PM GMT
    Because of the economy many cruises have been cancelled. There are certain travel agencies that are booking gay groups but through regular straight cruise trips. They have single rates and they match you up with someone else that is single. Just google gay cruises. I like donicpanictravel.com out of dallas, tx. Rob is great and very informative. Other atlantis and rsvp are the traditional gay cruise companies but they have limited cruises coming up. Don't worry about going single. You will be busy touring with groups or just relaxing with a pina colada anyway by the pool.
  • Csrobbie2000

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    Oct 04, 2011 5:03 PM GMT
    I just got back from a 12 Days Mediterranean Cruise on the Ruby Princess with 3 of my friends, and it was such a wonderful experience. We stayed in Barcelona 3 nights before the cruise, 2 nights in Venice after the cruise and back to Barcelona for 2 nights before heading back to LA. I love the fact that it's the beginning of the off season, so there was almost no kids on the ship (I can't stand them), and the weather was beautiful. The foods and service were outstanding!!! The ship stopped at 9 different ports (Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Livorno, Istanbul, Kusadasi, Capri, Rome, Mykonos, and Venice), and we did 5 days of excursions and the rest on our own. It was just perfect because you don't want to do excursions everyday since most of it requires you to get up early and lasts about 6 to 8 hours. Capri and Mykonos are absolutely stunning!!! We brought cards and games thinking if we get bored on the ship, we can play cards or games, and we never had a chance to use those. There were so many activities to do on the ship. Even if you don't want to do anything but relaxing, you can just lay by the pool, go get a massage, hit the spa or the gym, go to the library and read a book, etc. Also, they have GLBT meeting event at 5:30pm at a bar on the ship everyday, so people can get together and hang out, so that's pretty cool. As for alcohol, it's $7 for a cocktail which is much cheaper for what you're paying for in any bars/clubs here in LA - usually $12 or $13. I'm already looking into another cruise to Alaska and maybe Caribbean next year.
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    Oct 07, 2011 2:12 AM GMT
    Try a cruise around Southeast Asia. Ports of call such as Singapore and Bangkok are very warm and lots of fun. Might I suggest:

    http://www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-destinations/asia-pacific-cruises

    http://www.silversea.com/destinations/asia/

    http://www.rssc.com/destinations/

    http://www.celebritycruises.com/destinations/home.do?dest=FAR.E&cS=NAVBAR

    http://www.princess.com/learn/destinations/asia/index.html
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    Oct 07, 2011 2:25 AM GMT
    Please be wary of the food. I hate to become what I hate, a "party pooper", but someone close to me recently passed away due to an previously unknown allergic reaction to something on a cruise menu. So please research and be wary of any foreign foods that might disagree with you.

    Best of luck looking!