Cruise Ship Experiences

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    Dec 13, 2009 6:11 PM GMT
    My partner and I have not been on a cruise yet (which is hard for me to believe since we love travel) and we've been researching them quite a bit lately. Many of our friends have been on cruises before and we've heard their perspectives so I thought I'd post this to get feedback from the RJ community on what cruises they liked/disliked etc.

    Also, if you have any tips on where to find good deals I'd love to hear that too.
    Thanks!
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    Dec 13, 2009 7:34 PM GMT
    I did an Atlantis Cruise - I hated it
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    Dec 13, 2009 7:36 PM GMT
    Blondizgd saidI did an Atlantis Cruise - I hated it


    care to share why??
  • B71115

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    Dec 13, 2009 7:53 PM GMT
    Mine was Carnival. From Galveston to Cozumel and Playa del Carmen. Amazing stops, but of the 2,000 passengers, 800 were children. And all 800 were in the hot tub when I wanted to use it. Still, it was great fun. I'd like to try one of the nicer cruise lines next time and get a balcony, too.
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    Dec 13, 2009 8:04 PM GMT
    Friday night I saw videos and stills of a gay couple who just returned 2 weeks ago from a cruise around the Galapagos Islands, with multiple stops to see the famous wildlife & terrain, and they loved it. A smaller cruise ship carrying only 100 passengers, they nevertheless had lots of onboard fun, maybe not giant water slides and onboard shopping malls, but mostly a very friendly gay list. It was part of a several-day trip to Ecuador, that also seemed exotic & fun.

    There are many intimate "niche" cruises you might consider, rather than the mega-ships that disgorge many thousands of tourists all at once, in each port destination. Do you have a preference for a part of the world? My partner loves the Greek isles, many things to do ashore, not just all about the boat. And ask Rigsby here, he just completed an anniversary cruise with his partner, the pics online.

    http://www.realjock.com/rigsby
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    Dec 13, 2009 8:16 PM GMT
    Dilibra said
    Blondizgd saidI did an Atlantis Cruise - I hated it


    care to share why??


    It was on one of the large ships. Went to the Caribbean. Think of over 2,000 men crammed into a very tight space. It felt like 100,000 at times.

    Days were spent around the pools and hot tubs drinking non stop. Imagine the entire ship around the pools. (Think of crabs in a barrel trying to climb over each other)
    Nights were spent drinking non stop.
    Then there was the drug use. I have yet to figure out how so much drugs got on the ship
    Then there were 50 year and 60 year old+ guys chasing after the young twinks in their 20s. That was a truly desperate sight
    Then there were the hundreds of queens trying to out queen each other.
    Then there were the cliques.

    The bes part of the cruise was when the ship pulled into a port and you could get away from it all for 8 hours of sanity. Which sort of defeats the purpose of going on a cruise in the first place




  • grnranger99

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    Dec 13, 2009 8:35 PM GMT
    My partner and I have gone on two "Gay Cruises" the southern Caribbean and the Mediterranean. We really enjoyed both. Neither of us drink or party much which did not matter. I thought Atlantis did a good job of accommodating every ones tastes. But you do pay for it...alot. They always had stuff going on for every one.
    I'd definitely get a balcony room. Preferably as far away from the elevators as possible. If you don't mind the long walk to your room. And stay away from the rooms beneath the restaurants and clubs.
    Met many great people that have become friends. The passengers list is pretty much half partiers and half that do the site seeing and excursions. Real good mix of twinks, bears, couples, gay/lesbians/transgenders, retired and even straight/family members. Which is not much different from living in a gay community in any large city.
    We would do it again.
    The best part was the crew actually look forward to the Gay cruises and go out of their way to make sure you enjoy yourself. I was told it was because all we want to do is drink and dance....But I think it's because so many of us are in the service business that we are polite to the help and tend to tip well.
    They also appreciate the fact that we don't bring kids and expect the crew to babysit them. (I wont lie that the "No Kids" was what sold us in the first place)
    And of course it's always nice to be able to be completely open about who you are with out worrying that you might offend some one. It's those little things I enjoy the most.
    Norwegian also has "Freestyle Dinning" which means you can go to dinner when ever you want to and have the option of sitting alone or with other people which is a great way to meet people. Your also not required to bring a Tuxedo with you.
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    Dec 13, 2009 9:07 PM GMT
    I went on a Carnival cruise and I really liked it. There was always something to do. The only thing i would change is that it was longer. Mine was only a 3 day cruise and I wish it was atlleast a week long. But whatever. It was still really fun. The crew was definatly a big part. They were awesome. I want to go on another one. Anyone want to come with me?
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    Dec 13, 2009 9:15 PM GMT
    I went on the Atlantic cruise last January which went round the Caribbean. I had a great time, it was fun. There really is lots to do and you don't have to deal with any unpleasant straight people or horrible, spoilt children.

    I would ignore Blondizgd's comments, he sounds full of self-loathing, why go on a gay cruise if you hate gay people?
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    Dec 13, 2009 9:20 PM GMT
    redheadguy saidI went on the Atlantic cruise last January which went round the Caribbean. I had a great time, it was fun. There really is lots to do and you don't have to deal with any unpleasant straight people or horrible, spoilt children.

    I would ignore Blondizgd's comments, he sounds full of self-loathing, why go on a gay cruise if you hate gay people?


    I would ignore your comments as well. You sound like a desperate, little man who is looking for any sort of validation.

    Has it ever occurred to you that as individuals we would have different experiences.

    Why does going on a gay cruise become synonymous with falling down drunk, drinking like fishes and drug use.


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    Dec 13, 2009 9:29 PM GMT
    You DONT have to go on a gay cruise.

    Ive never been on a big boat before-not sure its my idea of fun/ travel- seems a little too insulated- and dont like the excesive food/ mass enteratinment "organized fun" aspect etc- but have agreed to go to Alaska with my folks next summer. I'ts 7 nights starting roundtrip to/ from seattle.

    Here is a good resource:

    http://www.cruisecritic.com/

    Decide where you want to go, I'd suggest going for a smaller one first, to see if this is your thing.
    After picking a destination- go to the cruise ship companyw's webpage and see what your choices are.

    From what I've read- its worth getting a room with a private balcony.

    Good luck.
  • DuggerPDX

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    Dec 13, 2009 9:32 PM GMT
    Disclaimer, I own a travel agency.

    There are a lot of choices for cruises right now. All the major cruise ship lines built way beyond capacity during the good times and now they are struggling to fill cabins. Don't expect this to last as the economy picks back up and people start to travel again.

    I would suggest you need to narrow down your choices based on the experience you are looking for. There are a lot of choices beyond just a typical gay cruise. Do you want a big ship or a small ship. Small ships can sometimes visit ports big ships cannot get into. Do you want a trip that has overnights in some ports, culture and history, sun and beaches, food and wine, entertainment or relaxation.

    I'd be happy to answer any other questions you have, shoot me a message.

    -Doug
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    Dec 13, 2009 9:33 PM GMT
    I have had the opportunity to go on several cruises...and I have to say that I love them!! I have met very interesting people from all over the world. And best of all you only have to unpack once.

    Silver Sea - Best trip of my life. Friends told me I owned that boat for 14 days...I met everyone, and had the time of my life.

    Raddison - Bigger ship, but just as fun.

    Windstar - Very laid back, and not so formal...tons of fun, and not so big

    Personally I would not go on a gay cruise....but there are so many great companies out there, that I am sure you will find something within your budget.

    If you are able to afford to have a room with a balcony, I highly advise you to do so...it makes it so much more enjoyable.
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    Dec 13, 2009 9:40 PM GMT
    How is the experience alone I wonder....

    Or do you think these things are just for couples?
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    Dec 13, 2009 9:45 PM GMT
    My partner, our two children and I went on an RFamily Cruise, on Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL). It was great seeing all the rest of the gay families. And RFamily vacations are great. However, I'm not going to talk about the family experience, I'm going to talk about our cruise experience.

    It's pretty unlikely we'll go on an NCL cruise again. The freestyle dining is a great idea. I like the laid back atmosphere, and all the staff were quite nice and bent over backwards for us. The problem was that the food was below average. I'm not going to say that it was poor, but it was certainly below average. It should be noted that both my partner and I are "foodies" though. BUT, since food was supposed to be included, that was the biggest disappointment. You could pay between $10-15 "cover" for the nicer restaurants, but I didn't feel like paying for something that should have already been paid for. Also, the drinks were not included, and they charged an arm and a leg for them.

    So, my biggest reason for saying "boo" to NCL was the food. If you don't really care about that, it was a pleasant experience otherwise. I would also agree with the other posters to get a balcony room. We spent a lot of time on our balcony, and it was wonderful.

    The cruise experience was pretty neat. You go on a cruise to meet new friends, and it's easy to do so, as long as you don't keep completely to yourself. I would recommend doing research on the destinations before you go, though. Disappointing destinations will lead to a disappointing trip. We got to meet other people who we're still emailing, and that was nice. If you're going with friends, it's also great to get adjoining rooms.

    I'd recommend getting on one of the trip websites, too, and seeing which cruise lines are best. There's great deals right now on all cruise lines, and on many flights, too.

    Let us know what you do and what you think when you're done!
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    Dec 13, 2009 9:48 PM GMT
    i can see how a balcony would be nice but with all the activities etc
    how much more does it add to the experience compared, to a interiour room or one with just a window
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    Dec 13, 2009 9:52 PM GMT
    Thorn,

    It gives you a nice place to wind down. If you're only going to use your room to crash, and not a place to relax, then an interior room would be fine.

    Also, just as a note, if you get even slightly seasick, I would recommend getting a room lower down in the boat, and not up above.
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    Dec 13, 2009 9:56 PM GMT
    I took an 8 day atlantis cruise to the "mexican riveria". It was great. Very luxurious and easy. You could eat whenever you wanted whatever you wanted. There are also restaurants. Two swimming pools, and I really didn't have to spend extra money (liquor was extra but I don't drink) There was a dance club and a piano bar, gym, etc. The concerts/shows were good.

    The activities were good and you just do what you want whether sleeping, eating, dancing, using the gym, sitting by the pool. You can do as much or as little as you want. The ports were good to, but to be truthful I was content on the ship doing whatever .. There is lots of room to roam around (I guess depending on the ship).

    At one point I asked a few of the regular (non-Atlantis) crew members what the non-Atlantis cruises were like and they commented that they themselves enjoyed the Atlantis cruises much more and that they were a lot more fun.

    I would do another one. Also I would spend the extra to get a room with a balcony .. I really enjoyed sitting out there naked while out at sea icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 13, 2009 9:57 PM GMT
    I've been on 3 Atlantis cruises -- 2 to the Caribbean and 1 to Mexico -- and all were amazing experiences and some of the funnest and most memorable vacations of my life. I don't know how anyone could not have fun. There is so much to do, and never a dull moment. The food alone is worth the price of the trip, but the parties are top-notch and the shows are Broadway quality. There really is something for everybody on a cruise, but like anything it is what you make it.
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    Dec 13, 2009 10:06 PM GMT
    sexy100093 saidI went on a Carnival cruise and I really liked it. There was always something to do. The only thing i would change is that it was longer. Mine was only a 3 day cruise and I wish it was atlleast a week long. But whatever. It was still really fun. The crew was definatly a big part. They were awesome. I want to go on another one. Anyone want to come with me?


    I'll go! I been meaning to take a cruise
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    Dec 13, 2009 10:10 PM GMT
    I have been on 3 different cruises. One was a gay cruise to Alaska this past August. It was with RSVP on Holland America Cruise Lines....on the WESTERDAM. I went with a group of 8 guys, WE HAD AN ABSOLUTE UN-QUALIFIED BLAST! It was GREAT! As much to do, as much to eat and drink, as you wanted! GREAT scenery and wildlife on and off the ship! LOL! I would do it again in a heart-beat!
    I posted pics in my FACEBOOK if you want to see..... http://www.facebook.com/gpenn3?v=photos&ref=name

    The other 2 cruises were "straight" and were in the Caribbean. One was on Carnival and the other was with Royal Caribbean. The Canival was to St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Nassau....in Spring of 2006...was not what I had hoped for....it was OK, but just so-so.....service was not real good and TOO many little kids....my other cruise was my 1st cruise in January of 2003, with Royal Caribbean and it was to the Bahamas. I went with my extended family and friends of about 30 people. It was a straight cruise but I soon discovered that I was not the only gay on the ship, nor even in my group! Has a good time. I did this before I had my weight loss surgery, so my lack of mobility and size were a major limiting factor for me. Still it was great fun and food/drink, activities......Very good time and great overall values for a vacation get away! Do it! ...get a room with a private veranda. It adds a feeling of openness to your room and is a great place for "head"!... LOL!icon_lol.gificon_cool.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 13, 2009 10:20 PM GMT
    DanielH saidHow is the experience alone I wonder....

    Or do you think these things are just for couples?


    I think I could take a cruise by myself. I am a very outgoing person, and have no problem meeting people. On one cruise I was asked to join a couple celebrating their 50th anniversery. There was a whole table of us...I had the best time, and I was honored that they would ask me.

    I don't think I would have as much fun on a gay cruise either alone or partnered...I like the diversity of a "straight" cruise...mind you they have all been upscale (maybe this made a difference??).
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    Dec 13, 2009 10:44 PM GMT
    We've been on two cruises and are ready to start planning our third.

    It's really what you make of the experience and what you expect from a quality vacation. If being stuck on board during sailing days would drive you nuts then do not go on a cruise. If the idea of having a different view out your window every morning is intriguing then by all means, go for it. If having to be back on board before the sun sets makes you crazy then don't go.

    We've been on the Mexican Riviera with my parents and to the Caribbean by ourselves. Both were great cruises.

    We will not go on a cruise without a balcony. The relaxing on a private balcony really adds to the whole experience. We would sleep with the doors open so we could feel the breeze and hear the waves. It really is the only way to cruise. I'm also a bit of a nudist so a private balcony is a must for that reason, too.

    The first cruise was on Princess and the food was good. My parents said the food on Royal Caribbean was better so we opted for that line for our second cruise. The food on RC was not anywhere near as good as Princess but we talked to several other couples who have been on 10+ cruises with RC and they said this trip was the worst food experience. I believe the economy has made an impact on the food service.

    The next trip we are planning is a 2 week cruise to Hawaii for may parents' 45th anniversary. It will be a blast.

    Go on a cruise, experience it, make up your mind if it's for you. You won't know until you try.

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    Dec 13, 2009 10:51 PM GMT
    Screw the cruise, charter a yatch for a few weeks and go sailing... no people, no kids, anywhere you wanna go you can (if you have the experience) and best of all you get to relax, enjoy the water and brave the weather in the best way possible!
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    Dec 13, 2009 10:53 PM GMT
    lilTanker saidScrew the cruise, charter a yatch for a few weeks and go sailing... no people, no kids, anywhere you wanna go you can (if you have the experience) and best of all you get to relax, enjoy the water and brave the weather in the best way possible!


    Hey...now there you go!! We could fire up the G550 and fly anywhere we want to go, and have the yacht meet us there. I'm thinking it needs to be at least 240 feet in length though.