Tell me about CRUISES, gay or not

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    Aug 22, 2013 9:35 PM GMT
    What's the appeal? Which ones do you want to repeat or never do again?
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    Aug 22, 2013 10:17 PM GMT
    I'm thinking about doing one and am wondering as well.

    Some positives I can think of:

    Things are planned for you; the itinerary, etc.
    No driving or trains.
    Endless amounts of good food.
    Nice amenities; gym, pool, etc.
    It's sort of like being in a very nice hotel; a nice bed and your own shower, except that you're trapped there until the ship pulls into a port.
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    Aug 22, 2013 10:37 PM GMT
    We did a February 2013 Valentine's cruise on a Royal Caribbean mega-ship, operating out of Port Everglades here in Fort Lauderdale. We loved it in every way. I posted pics here.

    Part of the reason was a group booking through our local Pride Center, about 220 people whom we mostly knew. Even on a ship of 3500 passengers we could almost always expect to see friends everywhere. And we had daily exclusive group cocktail hours, as well as group seating for dinner each night, since these huge ships give you fixed table assignments for the entire cruise to speed seating.

    Mega cruise ships are resorts unto themselves, with the destination often not as much your focus as your simply sailing there. We saw some wonderful shows onboard, great meals, bars everywhere, shopping, using the several pools, too many features to mention, it was much better than we expected. We will go again.
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    Aug 23, 2013 12:34 AM GMT
    I would avoid a gay cruise. Why insulate oneself from the wonderful diversity of our world? There are many wonderful people out there you can meet on a cruise who's only "flaw" is that they aren't gay.
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    Aug 23, 2013 12:46 AM GMT
    GoNYMets2012 saidI would avoid a gay cruise. Why insulate oneself from the wonderful diversity of our world? There are many wonderful people out there you can meet on a cruise who's only "flaw" is that they aren't gay.


    Which cruises have you done? I don't require a gay only environment.
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    Aug 23, 2013 6:08 AM GMT
    I've been on 3 cruises and I going on several more in the near future. Here are the things I like about cruise ships:

    1. One price covers accommodation, food, entertainment and travel.
    2. You get a "sneak peak" of a certain destination without staying there for an extended period of time. Example - we were at St Martin for one day and we liked the island. We're planning on staying at a resort there soon. The Bahamas on the other hand....forget it! I won't go back there.
    3. My fav part is the balcony of my room. I love sitting there with a book, drink and only noise is the ocean waves.
    4. You get to meet some interesting people.

    There are disadvantages to cruising:

    1. Certain areas are very crowded. The pool is one of them.
    2. Destinations are limited. If your goal is to see the Eiffel Tower or the pyramids of Egypt, then a cruise is not for you.
    3. The extras can get expensive. Alcohol, shore excursions, souvenirs, etc can add up.

    If you'd like to know more, PM me and I'll be glad to answer questions.
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    Aug 23, 2013 6:12 AM GMT
    Never again.
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    Aug 23, 2013 6:22 AM GMT
    You cruise, you lose #YCYL
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    Aug 23, 2013 7:13 AM GMT
    GoNYMets2012 saidI would avoid a gay cruise. Why insulate oneself from the wonderful diversity of our world? There are many wonderful people out there you can meet on a cruise who's only "flaw" is that they aren't gay.

    Depends on what you are looking for. A gay ruise gurantees gay fellow passengers, with all that implies. You're not going to meet today's Noel Coward or Chistopher Isherwood on a straight cruise ship. Most ordinary "straight" cruises are full of boring, non-inquisitve, uneducated people who are looking for all one can eat of mediocre food, and vacations at a bargain price. And you have to suffer through sharing a dinner table with them. Try a straight cruise only if its a very small boat sponsored by some educational institution, or you have your own sizeable group of friends so you don't have to mingle with the boring straights.
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    Aug 23, 2013 1:52 PM GMT
    Suetonius said...

    And children. Some cruises are family oriented.
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    Aug 23, 2013 2:11 PM GMT
    Matiz saidNever again.

    Why?
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    Aug 23, 2013 2:21 PM GMT
    Erik101 saidI've been on 3 cruises and I going on several more in the near future. Here are the things I like about cruise ships:

    1. One price covers accommodation, food, entertainment and travel.
    2. You get a "sneak peak" of a certain destination without staying there for an extended period of time. Example - we were at St Martin for one day and we liked the island. We're planning on staying at a resort there soon. The Bahamas on the other hand....forget it! I won't go back there.
    3. My fav part is the balcony of my room. I love sitting there with a book, drink and only noise is the ocean waves.
    4. You get to meet some interesting people.

    There are disadvantages to cruising:

    1. Certain areas are very crowded. The pool is one of them.
    2. Destinations are limited. If your goal is to see the Eiffel Tower or the pyramids of Egypt, then a cruise is not for you.
    3. The extras can get expensive. Alcohol, shore excursions, souvenirs, etc can add up.

    If you'd like to know more, PM me and I'll be glad to answer questions.

    While your main points are spot on, I would disagree with your comments about using a cruise to see important, 'world wonders'. I did an Egypt cruise and stayed overnight offship in Cairo and got to see the pyramids. While you would definitely see more of Egypt on a land tour, it works perfectly well as a cruiseport stop. On the same cruise we got to see Istanbul which was the boarding port for the cruise.

    I completed an SE Asia cruise this year which started in Singapore, visited Bangkok, , Ho Chi Minh City, Chan May,Hanoi/Halong bay, and Hong Kong. Many of the stops had overnights, so we were able to combine land tours and day tours to have a great Asia cruise.
  • Latenight30

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    Aug 23, 2013 2:28 PM GMT
    First and foremost all cruises are GAY. You just have to look.

    Now my SO and I we have been on about 8 cruises over the last 8 years. We are loyal to RCCL. It's about getting away from day to day life and having almost the best of the best at your finger tips.

    If you plan it properly its also one of the most affordable vacations you can take.
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    Aug 23, 2013 2:49 PM GMT
    There are bad cruises and good cruises. Do your research on the itinerary, ship, and cruise line. Pick the one that best matches your budget and the experiences you're after.

    If you are expecting to meet someone on a non-gay cruise, good luck. There are still plenty of gay people to find and hang out with. There just may not be any that you're at all attracted to. There's only a few thousand passengers on board, so chances of you clicking with one of the few dozen gay men on board is pretty small.

    Cruise pros:
    1) Show up at the port, board the ship, unpack and you're set for the duration. No repacking. No traveling from hotel to hotel. It's way less stressful than land travel.
    2) Food is included. The buffets tend to be kinda meh, but most lines have decent dining and some premium options (with a small cover charge) for better food.
    3) If you enjoy drinking, there's always someone willing to hand you a drink.
    4) Generally you have nice amenities. Spas, pools, hot tubs, gyms, shows, shopping (limited), casino, night clubs, etc.
    5) You get to see a lot of places in a short amount of time. Plan what you're going to do on shore. Don't just hop off the boat.. you'll miss the best stuff there is to see. (For example, if in Belize, go diving or go see Lamanai... don't waste your time in Belize City.)

    Cruise cons:
    1) If you really enjoy a spot, you're not there very long.
    2) If you're a nazi about you're diet, prepped cruise food isn't for you. It tastes good but lots of special requests is a strain on them.
    3) If you enjoy drinking or certain amenities (spa, casino), it's expensive.

    Unless you choose a party boat or go over college holidays or go on a gay cruise, expect the night life to be pretty tame and the demographics to skew towards families or older people. For example, Princess Cruises is great for a week of peace, quiet, and fun shore excursions. If you want a dance party, you're shit out of luck.

    I cruise the Caribbean a lot because it's just the cheapest way to do a lot of scuba diving.
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    Aug 23, 2013 2:50 PM GMT
    I've been om 7 ocean voyages, ranging from the Alaska Marine Highway (basically two-plus days on a ferry) to the inaugural transatlantic sailing of the Queen Mary 2 into New York.

    Pluses are as described... I love being at sea, getting samples of destinations I might (not) want to target for a more extensive visit. Food has been - in my experience - okay, certainly not outstanding. Picture a banquet at a decent hotel.

    Negatives are the logistics of getting a lot of people on and off, the uncertainty of meal companions (on our last cruise there were 8 of us so we had our own table, but we were seated with racist Brits no the QM2 who found the need to talk politics at dinner), and the constant efforts to sell you more stuff (a la carte food and beverages, shore excursions, souvenirs, photos, etc.).

    I have never done an all-gay cruise and the idea doesn't really appeal to me, but that shouldn't discourage anybody else. If you like to immerse yourself in a gay environment on land, I'm sure it would be fun on a cruise.

    If you want to make friends on board any cruise I heartily endorse signing up on cruisecritic.com as soon as you are booked and using their "Role call" for the specific sailing you'll be on. You can chat with others who will be on the ship with you, get ideas about shore excursions, etc. I had a fantastic tour on St. Lucia with a group of folks who had been on the island before, and got great ideas on other stuff to do on each island.

    My cruises

    - 1999 RCCL Voyager of the Seas to Bahamas - okay
    - 2000 NCL Norwegian Sky to eastern Carib - okay
    - 2001 NCL Norwegian Wind to western Carib - bad! ship was worn/dirty, did not enjoy port calls in Belize or Roatan
    - 2003 Alaska Marine Highway in Alaska - spartan but fun
    - 2004 Cunard Queen Mary 2 Transat - fun despite rough weather (2 big storms) and unfortunate dining companions
    - 2008 Fred. Olsen Black Watch British Isles - okay, older ship but very clean/good service, older all-British crowd
    - 2010 RCCL Serenade of the Seas southern Carib - best so far
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    Aug 24, 2013 2:41 PM GMT
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    GoNYMets2012 saidI would avoid a gay cruise. Why insulate oneself from the wonderful diversity of our world? There are many wonderful people out there you can meet on a cruise who's only "flaw" is that they aren't gay.


    Which cruises have you done? I don't require a gay only environment.


    I've taken the Norwegian Cruise Line boat out of NYC that went to Bermuda. Beautiful ship, great staff and ample space on board.
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    Aug 24, 2013 3:03 PM GMT
    I don't see the appeal unless it's Alaska, Norwegian fjords or maybe Greek islands - something cool
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    Aug 24, 2013 9:14 PM GMT
    Not exactly a "cruise", per se, but taking a ship across the atlantic to/from europe can be relaxing. The major ship companies (like Cunard) do it a couple times a year, when they "reposition" ships. Your fellow passengers won't all be know-nothings from Nebraska or a similar desert of the beaux arts.
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    Aug 24, 2013 9:31 PM GMT
    somersault saidI don't see the appeal unless it's Alaska, Norwegian fjords or maybe Greek islands - something cool


    This is silly and myopic. There's plenty of things to see all over the world. Sites of historical interest (Mayan ruins, Great Wall of China, etc.), lots of great diving, beautiful volcanoes, lush jungle hikes, etc.
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    Aug 24, 2013 9:42 PM GMT
    Suetonius saidNot exactly a "cruise", per se, but taking a ship across the atlantic to/from europe can be relaxing. The major ship companies (like Cunard) do it a couple times a year, when they "reposition" ships. Your fellow passengers won't all be no-nothings from Nebraska or a similar desert of the beaux arts.


    Please don't generalize about an entire group of people. Thanks.
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    Aug 25, 2013 1:00 AM GMT
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    somersault saidI don't see the appeal unless it's Alaska, Norwegian fjords or maybe Greek islands - something cool


    This is silly and myopic. There's plenty of things to see all over the world. Sites of historical interest (Mayan ruins, Great Wall of China, etc.), lots of great diving, beautiful volcanoes, lush jungle hikes, etc.


    LOL So I'm gonna see the Great Wall of China, the Mayan ruins, and jungles on a cruise eh numbnuts? Whos's silly haha
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    Aug 25, 2013 1:34 AM GMT
    Yes you can, actually. The cruises stop in ports and you get off the boat and you go do things. All the things I listed are such things you can do. You just have to choose the cruise that offers it.

    http://belizecruiseexcursions.com/lamanai_belize.htm
    http://www.greentracks.com/Amazon-Cruises.htm
    http://www.vikingrivercruises.com/regions/asia/destinations/greatwallbeijing/index.aspx

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    Aug 25, 2013 1:43 AM GMT
    nsaguysc saidYes you can, actually. The cruises stop in ports and you get off the boat and you go do things. All the things I listed are such things you can do. You just have to choose the cruise that offers it.

    http://belizecruiseexcursions.com/lamanai_belize.htm
    http://www.greentracks.com/Amazon-Cruises.htm
    http://www.vikingrivercruises.com/regions/asia/destinations/greatwallbeijing/index.aspx

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    yeah but i'm not into organized field trips with a group of 200 people from a boat, maybe when i'm 60
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    Aug 25, 2013 1:47 AM GMT
    You don't have to do that. You can arrange you own travel and trips to-and-from. That's the point. You stop, you get off, you do whatever you want. You want to go to the Great Wall alone? Fine. Arrange transport and go.

    You know, just like if you were traveling there by any other method.
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    Aug 25, 2013 2:05 AM GMT
    lol yeah that makes sense, so i wanna see the Great Wall:
    1. Fly from New York to San Fran or Seattle or some place
    2. Take a boat to China
    3. Take a bus or train to the Great Wall
    4. Take a bus or train back to boat
    5. Take the boat back to the plane

    haha, pass