Straight Cruises vs Gay Cruises

  • gsh1964

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    Feb 15, 2009 5:59 PM GMT
    My boyfriend and I are talking about taking a cruise.
    What is the best advise that anyone could give us.
    We are both first time cruisers.
    Thanks in advance for the input.
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    Feb 15, 2009 6:39 PM GMT
    I went on a non-gay cruise, and it ended up giving me a graceful exit from a very stressful and unhappy relationship. (It was his idea to go on the several day cruise to the Bahamas, and when we returned to port, customs wouldn't let him off the ship because he'd been living in the US illegally for years on an expired tourist visa. I bought him a one-way ticket to England, and that's the last I saw of him.)

    Best way to describe that cruise: utterly completely totally boring. A black hole of non-fabulousness. I think a gay cruise would have been far more fun and entertaining.
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    Feb 15, 2009 11:58 PM GMT
    I have done both - do the gay cruise!! It is a total blast. I have done RSVP to the Caribbean and also Panama Canal. My last two were Atlantis - and I prefer Atlantis. Did Barcelona to Rome two years ago and then London to Barcelona last year. We are booked in August for the Rome, Greek Islands, Egypt Atlantis cruise on the Celebrity Solstice.
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    Feb 16, 2009 12:10 AM GMT
    Gay Cruises is nice and fun
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    Feb 16, 2009 12:19 AM GMT
    going on a cruise through royal carribean with the bf in two weeks, ill let you know how it goes
  • Chris_Ruben

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    Feb 16, 2009 12:27 AM GMT
    We have done both. Our first cruise 5 years ago was a straight cruise and there were mostly children and grandparents on the boat and all the entertainment and events on the ship were geared to either children or our senior citizens. After that we have now been on 3 Atlantis all gay cruises and have had a blast on each one. The people on the ships are so friendly and you can make the trip whatever you want it to be. The entertainment is all geared toward gay culture and there is always something to do on board or you can just relax by the pool when you are not in port.

    Give Atlantis a shot and I promise you will not be dissappointed.
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    Feb 16, 2009 12:42 AM GMT
    I went on an Atlantis cruise (Mexican Riviera) in 2005. It was awesome. The easiest vacation trip I ever went on. There is always something to do, but you just do as much as want or just relax in the cabin. There were afternoon parties, evening parties, entertainment, restaurants, a few clubs, a gym, 2 pools to lounge by.

    You can eat whenever you want (except a few hours early am) at a buffet or a restaurant .. the food was excellent and included in your ticket price for the most part. You can also meet people from all over and make you own schedule. Depending on what cruise and the ports you can do stuff that the ship crew arranges on land also (tours etc.) so you really have lots of options. It was the most relaxing 8 day vacation I ever went on. Get a room with a balcony its nice in the evening to just open the sliding glass door at look at the ocean .. the balconies are pretty much private.

    Finally, I have to say we talked to some of the straight female crew who did both straight and gay cruises -- they said the Gay cruises were the most fun and that the straight cruises were a little boring.

  • Feb 16, 2009 3:24 PM GMT
    Why not get the best of both worlds? Many gay travel agents will reserve large blocks of space on an otherwise straight cruise. This keeps the price about half of an Atlantis or RSVP cruise, and you still have a large group to hang out with.

    You can also get good deals on your own by doing a little internet research. If you want to make contact with other gays, you can also look for "Friends of Dorothy" meetings listed in the daily listings of things to do once you are on board.
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    Feb 16, 2009 3:31 PM GMT
    Whoa! Is that what Friends of Dorothy is??? I had no idea! That is so cool.
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    Feb 16, 2009 3:42 PM GMT
    We've done predominately straight cruises over the years, and with them the most important thing to consider is the cruise line. We prefer to stay away from families with children, so we eliminate Disney, Carnival and low end lines; and we avoid cruising in summer, if we're doing a straight cruise. Talk to a good cruise specialist travel agent and they can give you better guidance.

    For gay cruising, the cruise line becomes almost irrelevant, because the RSVP/Atlantis staff literally take over the ship and make it theirs. The cruises are more expensive than straight similar cruises, but they bring so much extra value to the cruise that it's worth it!!!

    Whichever you select, you can make the cruise what you want it to be, either go-go-go, doing everything and eating everything available, or let's sit and relax and enjoy the sea and just being together!
  • tbeaux

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    Feb 16, 2009 3:47 PM GMT
    I have considered saving up money for the Atlantis Gay cruise the Italy, Greek, and Egyptian one, Take it like my senior year of college or the summer after college, does anyone know how much it would be ?
  • TR_Latitude10

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    Feb 16, 2009 3:48 PM GMT
    My experience has been the same as Musclebearz. I've been on 4 carnival cruise line trips. All were quite fun. Met other gay couples while about the ship and at the friends of dorothy "meetings" each evening. Also, all cruises have an adult only secion of the ship where you can enjoy the sun and the pool. The prices are far cheaper than gay only trips. Our next cruise is in April on Royal Caribbean - 8 nights for $429/person.
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    Feb 16, 2009 3:57 PM GMT
    I have never been on a gay cruise but I've heard very good things about them. I have been on other cruises, though, and I've had a very good time.

    In any case, I prefer all-inclusive resorts to cruises. For example:

    http://www.solmelia.com/solNew/hoteles/jsp/C_Hotel_Description.jsp?codigoHotel=5910

    Whatever you guys end up doing... Have a great time! icon_cool.gif
  • Timbales

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    Feb 16, 2009 4:02 PM GMT
    I've only been on one cruise, a Carnival, and while I had a decent time it's not an experience I'd want to repeat. Too many kids and not a whole lot to do for adults who didn't want to eat, drink and gamble.
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    Feb 16, 2009 4:36 PM GMT
    Gay cruise, hands down. You don't have to worry about being yourselves amongst families and children, you meet other great people from all over the world/country, and everything is geared towards things that you enjoy doing.

    Have never been on an RSVP cruise, but from what I hear the Atlantis team does a much better job of organization, and this ships tend to be nicer as well.
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    Feb 18, 2009 1:22 PM GMT
    Gay cruise -- no contest.

    Been on one straight cruise -- was ok, but like going to disney land in that there were kids running/yelling/screaming everywhere, parents who didn't seem to care what their kids did and bland entertainment aimed toward the "family" level -- think Bob Sagat humor, etc.

    Then did a gay cruise -- so much fun. Parties if you want them, quiet spaces if you don't. Adult, fun entertainment (no, that isn't a code word for strippers, just adult sensibilities). Lots to do or do nothin and switch it up as you want.

    Also, gay cruises (at least the Atlantis ones I've done) are far less formal than a standard cruise. There isn't assigned seating at dinner -- sit where you want, eat when you want (within the general window of dinner hours -- there are always buffets available pretty much 24x7). You can dress up for dinner, but most folks don't, so it's really relaxing.

    In the end, in most ports where we pulled into next to a straight cruise, the folks there looked relaxed and bored and were staring longingly at our boat which was pretty fun even when sitting in port.

    Plus you can totally relax and hold hands, kiss, be affectionate, etc and everyone is super friendly.

    Won't waste my time on a straight cruise again.
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    Feb 18, 2009 1:28 PM GMT
    Whatever you do don't take a carnival cruise. They are cheap but for a reason. not an experience I would ever want to repeat.
  • wander2340

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    Feb 18, 2009 1:58 PM GMT
    I had the same question last year and received the same answer you are receiving. Do not waste your time or money on a straight cruise. I am so glad we listened. The Atlantis cruise was by far the best vacation I've ever had. I didn't know it was possible to have that much fun icon_smile.gif We're already saving up to go again next year!

    We also have small children and would like to take them on a cruise. Again, the low prices and cruise options makes the straight ones very tempting. Especially, when you consider that all we need is to be someplace with lots of kids running around. But, now we know better. If we take the kids on a cruise it will definitely be an R Family vacation.
  • zakariahzol

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    Feb 18, 2009 2:43 PM GMT
    I never been on a ship cruise before. However if I did go it just got to be gay. I can hardly enjoy being in a same party with to many straight people, let alone a cruise. However I never heard of a gay cruise in this part of the world.