Gay cruise

  • Randy1989

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    Aug 21, 2014 4:34 PM GMT
    Has anyone ever went on a gay cruise, if so how was it?
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    Aug 21, 2014 5:41 PM GMT
    I haven't done one. There are also gay groups on regular cruises.

    http://www.piedpipertravel.com/gaygroupcruises/
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    Aug 22, 2014 12:48 AM GMT
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    Aug 22, 2014 3:12 PM GMT
    Randy1989 saidHas anyone ever went on a gay cruise, if so how was it?


    I have done one. I wouldn't do it again.

    Over rated, hyper sexualized charged environment with lots of drinking. Many guys were falling down drink practically every night. I saw no drug use, but I did see guys making out all over the ship except for the gym area.

    Not value for money IMO: You are charged twice what the normal cruise for the same destination and same ship would charge. So basically, the ship is realizing their revenue and the organizers of the cruise realizing the same level revenue as the cruise line as well. This is good economics for them, but not for the people who take the cruise.

    Easy to start conversations with people
    Very easy to hookup if you are into that sort of thing.
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    Aug 22, 2014 3:33 PM GMT
    The cost of Atlantis or RSVP cruises is higher than a normal cruise because they bring in big name DJ's and performers that you would never have on a regular cruise. For example, on the Atlantis Mexican Riviera cruise in November 2013, both Kathy Griffin and Deborah Cox were the headline performers. This level of talent is not going to cost the same as the cruise line staff entertainers. There is a myth that Atlantis is all circuit boys. In fact, the average age of passengers is usually early 40's. You see everything from twinks to elderly people with walkers and wheelchairs. I have found the environment to be non-judgmental. The stories about rampant bad behavior are myths. I have seen no worse behavior on Atlantis and RSVP cruises than I have seen on regular cruises. In fact, the crew and staff always remark how polite and fun the gay cruisers are on these cruises.
  • Kwokpot

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    Aug 22, 2014 5:01 PM GMT
    I think the best way to decide whether you should take a gay cruise is whether you 'need' to ALWAYS need to be around other gay men in order to have a fun vacation. Look at it another way, if you ONLY enjoy going to a gay bar on the weekends because you just enjoy the atmosphere of being around other gay men, then a gay cruise would seem like a good fit.

    If on the other hand, you enjoy spending time in a mixed environment and enjoy spending time with people that are not gay, and going to a gay bar is a once in a while or maybe even never, then definitely going on a gay cruise would not be your thing.

    Remember, on a gay cruise you will be surrounded by gay men 24/7 for 7 days, and be immersed into 'gay male culture' the whole time. Yes, you will have much, much better DJ's spinning in the clubs, but if dancing every night in a gay club-like atmosphere is not what YOU enjoying doing, then the benefit of top notch DJ's on gay Charters would be lost on you. Same goes with the other entertainment. If entertainers like Kathy Griffin, Patti Lupone, and Rosie O'donnell do nothing for you, then there's no reason to pay more for a gay charter.

    Gay cruises are more money. there are some that will point out that they can find a cruise on the same ship for about the same amount of money, proving that gay charters don't cost more. While that may be true, what they don't point out that you can find cruises on that same ship, or other ships going the same itinerary for half to 1/3 the cost. So if you're looking for a cruise vacation but don't want to spend top $, and have some flexibility of when you can travel, a non gay cruise will unequivocally be a better value.
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    Aug 22, 2014 5:11 PM GMT
    Another way to look at gay vs straight cruise ships:

    If you are single and really want to be with other like-minded people your age, consider a gay cruise, where the clientele is guaranteed. Any gay guy can meet other gays and have fun on a gay cruise. If being around gay men is not important to you, consider a straight cruise, if you can find one that caters to your age group.
    The third possibility is to go on a non-gay cruise with a bunch (or several) gay friends. You bring your own company, and it won't matter what the other passengers are like, or how old they are.

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    Aug 22, 2014 6:24 PM GMT
    Kwokpot saidI think the best way to decide whether you should take a gay cruise is whether you 'need' to ALWAYS need to be around other gay men in order to have a fun vacation. Look at it another way, if you ONLY enjoy going to a gay bar on the weekends because you just enjoy the atmosphere of being around other gay men, then a gay cruise would seem like a good fit.

    If on the other hand, you enjoy spending time in a mixed environment and enjoy spending time with people that are not gay, and going to a gay bar is a once in a while or maybe even never, then definitely going on a gay cruise would not be your thing.

    Remember, on a gay cruise you will be surrounded by gay men 24/7 for 7 days, and be immersed into 'gay male culture' the whole time. Yes, you will have much, much better DJ's spinning in the clubs, but if dancing every night in a gay club-like atmosphere is not what YOU enjoying doing, then the benefit of top notch DJ's on gay Charters would be lost on you. Same goes with the other entertainment. If entertainers like Kathy Griffin, Patti Lupone, and Rosie O'donnell do nothing for you, then there's no reason to pay more for a gay charter.

    Gay cruises are more money. there are some that will point out that they can find a cruise on the same ship for about the same amount of money, proving that gay charters don't cost more. While that may be true, what they don't point out that you can find cruises on that same ship, or other ships going the same itinerary for half to 1/3 the cost. So if you're looking for a cruise vacation but don't want to spend top $, and have some flexibility of when you can travel, a non gay cruise will unequivocally be a better value.

    "there are some that will point out that they can find a cruise on the same ship for about the same amount of money, proving that gay charters don't cost more.".

    I have never found this to be true. On every occasion that I have looked a gay cruise has cost substantially more.
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    Aug 22, 2014 7:00 PM GMT
    Loads of "Atlantis Gay Cruise" vacation pics and RJ member commentary here:

    CuriousJockAZ's ATLANTIS Mediterranean Cruise Adventure:

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/1086166

    Actually, you should just ask him. He's posted enough threads on Atlantis cruises you can't help but wonder if he gets a kickback:

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums?searchtext=curiousjockaz+cruise

    They look like fun.
  • somedaytoo

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    Aug 22, 2014 8:56 PM GMT
    I went on an Atlantis curse last year. It was awesome. There are all different types there, from bears to queens to muscle and everything else.

    Your experience will be what you make of it. If you're into the partying, it's there, sex, it's there. But there are also a lot of couples. I wouldn't have traded my experience for anything. Met a great guy there.

    After spending a week in gay paradise where everyone was so natural holding hands and kissing out in the open without any thought, it was disappointing to return to normal life.
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    Aug 22, 2014 11:31 PM GMT
    somedaytoo saidI went on an Atlantis curse last year.

    Hmmm....
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    Aug 23, 2014 12:13 AM GMT
    somedaytoo said....

    After spending a week in gay paradise where everyone was so natural holding hands and kissing out in the open without any thought, it was disappointing to return to normal life.

    Lol. I feel the same, real life is such a letdown afterwards.
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    Aug 23, 2014 12:14 AM GMT
    eagermuscle said
    somedaytoo saidI went on an Atlantis curse last year.

    Hmmm....
    autocorrect is your biggest enema.
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    Aug 23, 2014 3:41 AM GMT
    You might to try Frog Meadow (Vermont) as an alternative.

    Had a great time there

    Tommy
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    Aug 23, 2014 3:41 AM GMT
    A cruise of any kind seems like hell on water to me. The only good things I ever hear about cruises is about the food and how often they eat. Gross.
  • Kwokpot

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    Aug 23, 2014 4:07 PM GMT
    lifecast2020 saidA cruise of any kind seems like hell on water to me. The only good things I ever hear about cruises is about the food and how often they eat. Gross.

    As with anything, a cruise vacation is NOT for everyone. BUT this whole cruise buffet thing is a canard. Yes, cruise ships have buffets and YES you can overeat to your heart's content. BUT, at the same time, you can turn the same gluttonous display to a healthy eating advantage as long as YOU HAVE SELF CONTROL.

    There are plenty of fruit and vegetables, roast or baked chicken, fish and other healthy foods for you to choose from. You can always choose simply prepared salmon, steaks, and pork for your main dinner entrees. Steam vegetables are always available.

    The Fitness Centers on most ships are pretty complete, and they are so, so convenient when they're just a couple of decks away from your room. On many cruises, I may go to the gym twice a day; cardio in the morning, strength training in the afternoon.

    Additionally, now many ships have rock climbing walls, wave surfing machines, and all cruise ships have basketball and tennis courts.

    Look, if your idea of a great vacation is tent camping in the wilderness and hiking and biking 20 miles a day, NO a cruise vacation is NOT FOR YOU. DON"T GO.

    However, if a vacation consisting of sunning on the beach, snorkeling, water sports, hanging at the pool, drinks at a bar, etc. is what YOU consider a great vacation, then a cruise vacation is a very, very cost effective way to travel.

    A quick browse on a caribbean cruise came up with a Carnival ( Not my favorite line, but just for example) cruise on their Freedom ship, a large ship sailing October 5th. It's an 8 night cruise in the Southern Caribbean with 4 stops; Grand Turk, Aruba, La Romana, Curacao, and a cabin WITH a window(you can get a cabin without for cheaper) is only $578/pp which includes all taxes and fees. That's less than $75/day/person for accommodations, ALL your meals, transportation(I'm not including airfare to Ft. Lauderdale)entertainment and other amenities. You COULD NOT do that on your own, even if you just stayed in Florida for 8 nights, much less travel to 4 different Caribbean islands.

    Cruise vacations have continually evolved over the years, and they are no longer JUST about the LOVE BOAT and Cap. Stubing.
    If a cruise vacation is not for you, that's fine. By the same token, I have NO desire to go camp in a tent in the woods. Doesn't make me a better or worse person.
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    Aug 23, 2014 4:36 PM GMT
    Kwokpot saidI have NO desire to go camp in a tent in the woods. Doesn't make me a better or worse person.

    Same here. It was fun when I was a kid but now I want to be able to get up and take a shower or a leak without a trek. Living like a caveman has no appeal to me.

    The other thing about a cruise is that you can think of it as your hotel travels with you. No need to drag your luggage between destinations, checking in and out of different hotels, etc.

    On the downside, you don't get to choose how long you stay in each port. For that you'd need to be wealthy and own a yacht.
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    Aug 24, 2014 12:20 PM GMT
    I have been on a bunch of cruises and agree that you don't have to succumb to the trough-eating experience. The portions in the sit-down restaurants were actually on the smaller side (although they will bring you more of anything you want, unlike a landside restaurant) and -- the only time I paid attention -- I actually lost weight because I made friends with some guys and we kept very active, including laps on the boat deck.

    I just don't see the point (for ME) of paying more for an all-gay cruise. I make friends just as easily with straight people and the special entertainment they pick "it's what gay people like!" would probably not hold any particular appeal for me. I imagine if you like circuit type parties it would be similar.
  • Jockasian703

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    Aug 24, 2014 8:02 PM GMT
    It's hella fun. IMO, all gay guys should at least try once.
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    Aug 25, 2014 2:03 AM GMT
    Jockasian703 saidIt's hella fun. IMO, all gay guys should at least try once.


    All of them but me. Nice abs, though.
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    Aug 25, 2014 1:20 PM GMT
    Go to a site called cruisecritic.com. Look for the gay and lesbian cruiser section. You'll see forum posts from guys who have been on every gay cruise out there.
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    Aug 25, 2014 1:46 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidThere are also gay groups on regular cruises.

    That's what I've done. Had a great time. Even though only a few hundred of us on a mega-ship of thousands, we were always running into each other onboard (no name tags, most of us knew each other beforehand, all local from here), had our own group dining tables assigned, our own private evening reception, and yet we blended in very nicely with the straight passengers the rest of the day.

    All of whom were very pleasant to us. On a cruise most people have come there to have a good time and keep smiling.

    And most of them surprised but curious whenever they would learn who we were. Surprised we were so "normal" I suppose, so much like themselves, and not the flaming stereotypes the public has come to expect. For this reason I like being a gay "ambassador" on these occasions.
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    Aug 25, 2014 1:53 PM GMT
    Erik101 saidGo to a site called cruisecritic.com. Look for the gay and lesbian cruiser section. You'll see forum posts from guys who have been on every gay cruise out there.


    This is a great site. Beyond the LGBT section, if you join the "Roll Call" for your particular sailing you can meet others who will be on board with you. On my last cruise, I had talked online for months with about 8 other parties and got a lot of good advice about excursions. We joined them on several of the islands and I am still FB friends with several folks we met.