First time Cruiser - Gay Cruises

  • sfboy987

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    Mar 21, 2015 6:47 PM GMT
    Hey guys, I know this topic is already on other threads, but I'm curious to know about gay cruises.

    I've never been on a cruise actually, and I would be going with my partner. I'm not a huge party boy or drinker for my age, but what I'm looking for mainly is to relax, soak up the sun at the pool/beaches, EAT good food, socialize, and do a little partying.

    The only gay cruises I've read about are Atlantis, and it looks like they have 3 this year. The Singapore-HK and Rome-Istanbul ones are out of my budget, but I'd love to go sometime in the future if they're recommended.
    I'm guessing the LA-Mexico one is the most popular. Oh and btw do these destinations change every year?

    So what's your guys' take on gay cruises? Are they too party-centric, or can I actually relax?
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    Mar 21, 2015 7:12 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ is a seasoned gay cruise traveler and even posted a travelog on one, so I'm sure he will be able to give you lots of good advice.

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    Mar 21, 2015 7:19 PM GMT
    Also check out the following. I haven't used them. Nor have I been on a gay cruise.

    http://www.piedpipertravel.com/gaygroupcruises/index.php

    http://www.bearcruises.com/

    There's a gay section on cruisecritic's forum:

    http://cruisecritic.com/

    I've heard the exclusively gay ones are more expensive. I've been on regular cruises (Princess) and there are gays on them. In the daily shipboard newsletter that announces activities there is the daily gay meeting organized by one of the gays on board.

    I would imagine that the gay cruises are similar to the regular ones as far as being party-centric, which is to say that they're not. But not having been on one that's just a guess.
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    Mar 21, 2015 8:16 PM GMT
    I've never been on a gay cruise either. But I've been on 4 "mainstream" cruises. My justification for not taking a gay cruise is the premium price. I can't see paying 2x to 2.5x more than the regular cruises but note....the reason for the premium price is because the ships are chartered and the organizers bring their own entertainment.

    I'm not knocking gay cruises as I'm sure they're fun but at this time, I'll stick to regular cruises, which I'm having the same amount of fun on. Oh, and my fav cruise was the Allure of the Seas. The ship is massive and I found plenty of secluded places to relax.
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    Mar 23, 2015 2:19 AM GMT
    A cruise is what you make of it. Ive been on 21 of them (all mainstream). There is always a small group of gay guys onboard. There is usually a meeting place on the ship where they have "gay" meets at a certain place and time every day that is posted in the activitys you get in your cabin every day. as far as parties, etc. You can attend or avoid as much as you want. Me on the other hand. I like to people watch while sitting in sun in my Speedo. LOL. I rarely attend the ships activities and also enjoy sleeping in. Since ive seen most of the ports already, now i just stay on the ship on some of the port days just to enjoy some of the areas with less people around. Meals depending on which cruise line, most have assigned seating and time, usually 6.15 and 8.15 or you can choose to eat on the Lido deck Buffet. I like late seating in dining room and get served. During the day, breakfast/ lunch is also served in dining room as well if your the type that likes to be served and avoid the lines at the buffet.
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    Mar 23, 2015 2:41 AM GMT
    Erik101 saidI've never been on a gay cruise either. But I've been on 4 "mainstream" cruises. My justification for not taking a gay cruise is the premium price. I can't see paying 2x to 2.5x more than the regular cruises but note....the reason for the premium price is because the ships are chartered and the organizers bring their own entertainment.

    I'm not knocking gay cruises as I'm sure they're fun but at this time, I'll stick to regular cruises, which I'm having the same amount of fun on. Oh, and my fav cruise was the Allure of the Seas. The ship is massive and I found plenty of secluded places to relax.


    +1, this I have been on several with a good friend and we have tried to price it for justification on going on a gay cruise. We would like to try it, but like Eric101 has said it is usually more expensive and it does not make sense to pay more for the same itinerary.

    Depending on what you like to do there is plenty as much activities that you can enjoy or not participate at all, it depends on what mood you guys are feeling that day. We enjoy the pool area in view and the lounging since this is were we like to soak the fresh sea air, sun, and just have fun. We also enjoy the gym while on board, seeing other hotties, etc. Additionally, we tend to surmise if we get off board at the port of call or just enjoy the day on board.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Mar 23, 2015 2:23 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidCuriousJockAZ is a seasoned gay cruise traveler and even posted a travelog on one, so I'm sure he will be able to give you lots of good advice.




    Yep, been on 5 Atlantis cruises and all were some of the best vacations of my life. 2 to mediterranean, 2 to Caribbean, 1 to Mexico. Although I enjoyed the europe ones the most because you meet cool people from all over the world, I'd do the Mexico over the Caribbean --- better ports, better weather, cheaper
  • flahotstuff

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    Mar 24, 2015 2:04 AM GMT
    The gay cruises are usually loud sexual and wild. The gay resorts are a bit more low key- I now have a better time at resorts! The cruises are a bit of a BLUR!
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    Mar 24, 2015 9:59 PM GMT
    Pied piper travel cruises are fun, they are mixed gay straight cruises and some like the post thanksgiving cruise are quite large. It's more of a relaxing cruise than a circut party.
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    Mar 25, 2015 2:38 AM GMT
    My best time is on a non-gay cruise, but with a large number of gay guys who have booked as a group, most of whom we know. We have our own private receptions & cocktail parties, we sit together for dinner, but otherwise we mingle with a couple thousand straight passengers throughout the day.

    The best of both worlds. No wild craziness, not loud, the relaxation my husband & I are seeking. And yet the pleasure of seeing our gay friends everywhere we turn, even on a megaship.
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    Apr 20, 2015 2:20 AM GMT
    JuanPablomv89 said
    Art_Deco saidMy best time is on a non-gay cruise, but with a large number of gay guys who have booked as a group, most of whom we know. We have our own private receptions & cocktail parties, we sit together for dinner, but otherwise we mingle with a couple thousand straight passengers throughout the day.

    The best of both worlds. No wild craziness, not loud, the relaxation my husband & I are seeking. And yet the pleasure of seeing our gay friends everywhere we turn, even on a megaship.


    Well for someone who has lived most of its life a heterosexual fake life like you knows the straight world. Why you can afford a cruise line vacayion if democrats are not rich?. Cruises are expensive for the average people


    Depends on your definition of average. There are 4 to 5 day cruises for less than $300. If that's still expensive for your thoughts on the average person, then I guess you're right!
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    Apr 20, 2015 3:39 PM GMT
    A couple who are very good friends of mine met on a gay cruise 20+ years ago, and have done A LOT of cruises, gay and non, since. They swear by them, and usually take at least one a year. They also like Cunard's transatlantic crossings, and I'll probably join them on one in the future. They say the guys you meet are friendly, interesting, civil, and several cuts above what you meet on the street or in bars. Just make sure you choose a good line w/o a history of onboard illness!