Gay cruises - What are your thoughts?

  • ndbilly

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    Jan 04, 2010 11:50 AM GMT
    My partner and I are thinking of maybe going on an all gay cruise. What are your thoughts? Pros, cons? Tell us your past experiences good and bad...

    Thanks guys.

    Billy
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    Jan 04, 2010 2:07 PM GMT
    I have never been on one, so my judgement might be unfounded, but it makes sense for my personality.

    Although I have NO qualms or problems with the gay community, I personally couldn't be on a ship for 7 days with queens everywhere! For some reason I just imagine the whole thing to be a huge floating cum rag.

    Just my opinion....
  • jessetriguy

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    Jan 04, 2010 2:17 PM GMT
    My friends took me on my first gay cruise in 2007 after breaking up with my bf. I thought it would be all about sex. It wasn't. There is something for everyone. If you like to party day and night its there. If you want sex its there. If you want peace, quiet and relaxation its there. If you want a romantic time with your boyfriend, its there. Since then I have gone on 4 more gay cruises. Everyone you meet is extremely nice. I have met long life friends from all over the world. We met this couple from France coming to stay with us next summer. My next gay cruise will be with a boyfriend for sure.
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    Jan 04, 2010 2:50 PM GMT
    awesome, hope i can get on a cruise soon ^^
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    Jan 04, 2010 2:51 PM GMT
    Just make sure you learn about your dots.
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    Jan 04, 2010 3:07 PM GMT
    tlmuscle saidJust make sure you learn about your dots.


    what's a dot?
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    Jan 04, 2010 3:13 PM GMT
    danielryan saidI have never been on one, so my judgement might be unfounded, but it makes sense for my personality.

    Although I have NO qualms or problems with the gay community, I personally couldn't be on a ship for 7 days with queens everywhere! For some reason I just imagine the whole thing to be a huge floating cum rag.

    Just my opinion....


    I have been on one. There was a thread about this a little while ago I'll see if I can find it.

    I wouldn't do it again. I didn't find it to be a floating cum rag. More like a floating drunk rag. Didn't realize many gay men drink so much.

    The queeniness did need to be dialed back a bit!

    Finding a chaise lounge around the pool area to relax is an impossibility except for when the ship was in port. Or unless you want to get up at 6AM to secure one
  • LuckyPierre

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    Jan 04, 2010 3:58 PM GMT
    Not sure yet-Leaving on 1/17 on my first.

    So far I can say that they are more expensive than a regular cruise-a LOT more expensive!!!
  • Koaa2

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    Jan 04, 2010 4:03 PM GMT
    I have been on 3, 1 RSVP, 2 Atlantis. Loved all of them. You can find whatever it is you want on them. If you like to drink, you can drink, if you like to have sex, you can have sex! Lots of people get wrapped up in other peoples behavior, if you don't focus on what annoys you, you will have a great time. I am going on my 4th this July & August, it is a combined Atlantis Cruise from Venice-Athens, than Athens to Barcelona. I am looking forward to it. Join us!

    They usually are more expensive, but Atlantis does bring in their own music, gay entertainment, etc, so it all works out.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jan 04, 2010 4:03 PM GMT
    I've been on 3 Atlantis cruises --- 2 to the Caribbean in January '07 & '08, and 1 to the Mexican Riviera in October '07. I went with a group of 8 friends from L.A. and we had an amazing vacation every time. The thing about a cruise is that there really is never a dull moment and something for everybody. I can't wait to go on another one. I think next time it will be to the Mediterranean. You meet so many amazing people from all over the world, and everyone is so friendly. Like anything, a cruise is what you make it. If you get on that ship and just have an open mind that you're going to go with the flow and have a good time, you can't help but do that.
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    Jan 04, 2010 4:08 PM GMT
    JSnow789 saidNot sure yet-Leaving on 1/17 on my first.

    So far I can say that they are more expensive than a regular cruise-a LOT more expensive!!!


    Twice to three times as expensive!
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jan 04, 2010 4:11 PM GMT
    Blondizgd said
    JSnow789 saidNot sure yet-Leaving on 1/17 on my first.

    So far I can say that they are more expensive than a regular cruise-a LOT more expensive!!!


    Twice to three times as expensive!



    They probably are more expensive, but they are also way more fun than a straight cruise. There is a certain energy in the air and festive spirit on a gay cruise that you would never find on a straight cruise. Just ask any of the crew members which ones they prefer. The crews on those ships live for the gay cruises.
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    Jan 04, 2010 4:13 PM GMT
    We went on an RFamily vacation (I posted this on that other thread). It was great, we met people on there that we still talk with.
  • LuckyPierre

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    Jan 04, 2010 4:38 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said
    Blondizgd said
    JSnow789 saidNot sure yet-Leaving on 1/17 on my first.

    So far I can say that they are more expensive than a regular cruise-a LOT more expensive!!!


    Twice to three times as expensive!



    They probably are more expensive, but they are also way more fun than a straight cruise. There is a certain energy in the air and festive spirit on a gay cruise that you would never find on a straight cruise. Just ask any of the crew members which ones they prefer. The crews on those ships live for the gay cruises.


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    I was on Enchantment of the Seas last month and Nick (hot lounge singer) told me that they all love the gay cruises. Also that the company (Royal Carib) sends employees to sensitivity training as well as specialized in house training for the gay cruises. I just wish RC was a little more supportive of the GLBT community on straight cruises by offering hosted FOD/GLBT meetings and printing the meeting times in the daily Compass as other lines do.
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    Jan 04, 2010 4:47 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said
    Blondizgd said
    JSnow789 saidNot sure yet-Leaving on 1/17 on my first.

    So far I can say that they are more expensive than a regular cruise-a LOT more expensive!!!


    Twice to three times as expensive!



    They probably are more expensive, but they are also way more fun than a straight cruise. There is a certain energy in the air and festive spirit on a gay cruise that you would never find on a straight cruise. Just ask any of the crew members which ones they prefer. The crews on those ships live for the gay cruises.


    Probably because gay guys tip them more
  • CAtoFL

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    Jan 04, 2010 4:51 PM GMT
    A lot of the answer depends on what you and your partner are like.

    If you're looking for a romantic vacation together, it doesn't matter which you choose - a gay or a 'normal' cruise. If you're looking to hook up with a third or have sexual expectations, it will be easier on a gay cruise.

    If you enjoy jazz, stage shows or 'regular' entertainment, a 'normal' cruise will fit the bill. If you prefer a week with a leather party or a costume party or gay square dancing, a gay cruise would be better.

    As has been pointed out above, gay cruises can run twice the price (or more) of a gay cruise. If you were to take minimum accommodations ('guaranteed' category, inside cabin), you could expect to save at least $600 to $700 on your vacation by going on a regular cruise. And that's per person (double occupancy). That buys a lot of massages, fine dining at specialty restaurants onboard, souvenirs, etc. The tradeoff is that you won't have high energy, gay dance parties going on until the early morning hours.

    Cruise lines know we exist and they seek to make us feel welcome on even 'regular' cruises. Look in your daily planner (or on some Royal Caribbean ships, the message board in the Royal Promenade) for "Friends of Dorothy" parties. Those are parties for the gay passengers onboard. They are usually hosted by a member of the cruise or entertainment staff and sometimes include comped champagne for the party. Most cruise lines host a "Friends of Dorothy" party at least a few times during the week - some even host them nightly. They are not huge parties, however, and are usually a gathering at one of the ship's bars.

    I've been on both kinds of cruises and find the regular ones to be a better value. I thought the last RSVP cruise I was on (in August '09) was poorly executed. There was an abundance of RSVP staff onboard that were supposed to be acting as the Cruise Staff does on regular cruises. But they seemed detached and definitely weren't as engaging as the 'pros' are. And, the drag queen host was fun but nothing you haven't seen around your own town. But as is frequently the caveat, "your experience might vary". ;-) I should also report that our group ranged in age from 21 to 51 and none of us were really blown away by the experience. I know that there are lots of rabid gay cruise fans - we just didn't end up being part of that group. Maybe they can help 'sell' you on the gay cruise experience.
  • Koaa2

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    Jan 04, 2010 9:20 PM GMT
    PSCalif saidA lot of the answer depends on what you and your partner are like.

    If you're looking for a romantic vacation together, it doesn't matter which you choose - a gay or a 'normal' cruise. If you're looking to hook up with a third or have sexual expectations, it will be easier on a gay cruise.

    If you enjoy jazz, stage shows or 'regular' entertainment, a 'normal' cruise will fit the bill. If you prefer a week with a leather party or a costume party or gay square dancing, a gay cruise would be better.

    As has been pointed out above, gay cruises can run twice the price (or more) of a gay cruise. If you were to take minimum accommodations ('guaranteed' category, inside cabin), you could expect to save at least $600 to $700 on your vacation by going on a regular cruise. And that's per person (double occupancy). That buys a lot of massages, fine dining at specialty restaurants onboard, souvenirs, etc. The tradeoff is that you won't have high energy, gay dance parties going on until the early morning hours.

    Cruise lines know we exist and they seek to make us feel welcome on even 'regular' cruises. Look in your daily planner (or on some Royal Caribbean ships, the message board in the Royal Promenade) for "Friends of Dorothy" parties. Those are parties for the gay passengers onboard. They are usually hosted by a member of the cruise or entertainment staff and sometimes include comped champagne for the party. Most cruise lines host a "Friends of Dorothy" party at least a few times during the week - some even host them nightly. They are not huge parties, however, and are usually a gathering at one of the ship's bars.

    I've been on both kinds of cruises and find the regular ones to be a better value. I thought the last RSVP cruise I was on (in August '09) was poorly executed. There was an abundance of RSVP staff onboard that were supposed to be acting as the Cruise Staff does on regular cruises. But they seemed detached and definitely weren't as engaging as the 'pros' are. And, the drag queen host was fun but nothing you haven't seen around your own town. But as is frequently the caveat, "your experience might vary". ;-) I should also report that our group ranged in age from 21 to 51 and none of us were really blown away by the experience. I know that there are lots of rabid gay cruise fans - we just didn't end up being part of that group. Maybe they can help 'sell' you on the gay cruise experience.


    Have to disagree with some of above. Atlantis cruises have pretty much the same entertainment of a straight cruise, except they add gay entertainers to the list of acts. I have found the Atlantis Cruises to be very well organized and professionally done.The staff was always courteous and assisted in a timely manner.

    After having done both, I will probably never do another straight cruise. To be around all those kids, snuggling straights, fat straight people, I will be more than happy to pay the extra price!
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 04, 2010 9:28 PM GMT
    Never been on a gay cruise or any cruise and to be honest, I am really not all that interested in going on a cruise. Please count me out.
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    Jan 04, 2010 9:31 PM GMT
    A bunch of my friends work on, have worked on, cruise ships as mates and as captains.

    Straight or gay, they don't call them orgy boats for nothing.
  • ndbilly

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    Jan 05, 2010 8:46 AM GMT
    Thanks everyone for your responses. I did look uk older forums on this topic or on one that covered it. Couldn't find it. If any of you have the info on it, can you pass it on?

    Thanks!

    Billy
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    Jan 06, 2010 4:17 AM GMT
    jessetriguy saidThere is something for everyone. If you like to party day and night its there. If you want sex its there. If you want peace, quiet and relaxation its there. If you want a romantic time with your boyfriend, its there.


    Is there a midnight buffet? If so, sign me up!

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    Jan 06, 2010 4:47 AM GMT
    hahah Midnight....lol
    Well, i havent been on any Cruise eather, i wishi can go to one, but i have no idea when is the next one =/, or the others, i will really like to go to meet people and have fun.
  • WILDCARD73

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    Jan 06, 2010 5:30 AM GMT
    imho i think they are.......... um.......... gay.
  • GQjock

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    Jan 06, 2010 12:15 PM GMT
    Yeah this thread has been done before but it's worth repeating
    I've been on 5 cruises
    and you make of it what you want

    I would never waste my time on a nongay cruise
    If I'm going on a vacation I want to be around men like me
    and I want to be completely comfortable to be and say and do whatever I want
    Is there gay sex on board Hell Yes there is
    But there isn't anyone pointing a gun to your head
    Granted I haven't been on any of the Caribbean cruises ... they are more for the partying crowd
    But I've been on cruises to Europe multiple times and one to Alaska
    It's the best way to see multiple areas in a limited time
    And when you have around 2 thousand men on a single boat there are all kinds of men to choose from
  • jessetriguy

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    Jan 06, 2010 12:20 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]eagermuscle said[/cite]
    jessetriguy saidThere is something for everyone. If you like to party day and night its there. If you want sex its there. If you want peace, quiet and relaxation its there. If you want a romantic time with your boyfriend, its there.


    Is there a midnight buffet? If so, sign me up!

    Most ships offer food 24 hours. Night time snacking is very popular on gay cruises. Good way to meet people especially if you go alone.icon_smile.gif