Going on a STRAIGHT Cruise

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    Jan 29, 2007 6:49 PM GMT
    My Long Term BF and I are in the preparing process of picking a cruise. We are not going on a gay-cruise for several reasons (ie. Not booking a year ago, and that some straight friends will be joining us). Me being the social director of our social group, have been put in charge of research and details.

    Does anyone know about what cruise lines work best, the group is a group of 2 couples all of whom are 25-27 years old. Right now we are looking at spending 1100-1400 per person (airfare included).

    Does anyone have any tips or cruise line suggestions that a gay-friendly and appropriate for the age group?
  • musclebos

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    Jan 30, 2007 2:00 AM GMT
    Carnival is probably the best in terms of age and fun. The other lines tend to cater towardan older crowd.
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    Jan 30, 2007 6:03 AM GMT
    Are you serious? Don't do it.Don't go on a vacation if you can't be yourself there.
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    Jan 30, 2007 12:33 PM GMT
    Woah woah woah... I never said I wasnt going to be myself.
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    Feb 06, 2007 4:19 AM GMT
    Well, A European Cruise is much more gay friendly...trust me.
    I've done Cunard a few times......they have a "Friends of Dorothy" meetings at 2:00pm at a certain bar on the ship.
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    Feb 08, 2007 10:02 PM GMT
    Booked Royal Carrib, South Carribean cruise leaving Puerto Rico
  • leaozinho

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    Feb 08, 2007 10:08 PM GMT
    when? so we can all go with you and then you will not be alone with the str8's

    :-)

    michael
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    Feb 08, 2007 11:19 PM GMT
    Ive been on several cruises with my bf and we have a blast. All straight!! Best by far is Holland America,not allot of kids and young drunks running around. We always have a blast and make sure you and your partner go to the meetins with FRIENDS OF DOROTHY. This is a meeting place for all gay couples who are on the cruise with you to meet and network.
    BY FAR HOLLAND AMERICA HAS BEEN THE BEST IVE MET SO MANY COOL GUYS THAT WE STILL TRAVEL WITH TODAY!!!

    Let me know how you make out!!
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    Feb 09, 2007 2:45 AM GMT
    I've been on many, many cruises. As for which line to take, it all depends upon what it is you're looking for. Each and every cruise line has its own distinct brand identity. Each of those brands has a certain "style". These "brands" and "styles" tend to be very consistent on all the ships in these lines. They also vary very much in quality. Each line also tends to attract a certain type of passenger. For example. Carnival is known for catering to a "younger" "wilder" crowd. From my experience, depending on when you go, this can mean lot's of children running around, lot's of low class, rude people, allot of drunks, etc. On the other hand, if you're looking for fun, the Carnival crowd can also have more energy. (i.e. more people in the casinos, more lively environment, more fun and rowdyness at the shows, etc." They are also very "straight".

    On the other extreme are lines like Cunard and Seabourne, you can also add in a line like Windstar. These lines cater to not just an older, but a more affluent crowd. They are quieter, more sophisticated and of much higher quality. The foot will be better, the service will be better, the shiops will be more elaborate, whether that is in the Cunard style of Old World Elegance or the Windstar Style of "casual, understated" elegance.

    "Just Below the top end are lines like Holland America.

    Of all the lines, my favorite is Princess by far. They have beautiful ships, quality service, nice size cabins, lot's of amenities, great food and reasonable prices. The crowd will be on average about 10 years older than a Carnival. The will also be more sophisticated, perhaps more "evolved". Royal Caribbeen is also in this class, with perhaps a bit younger crowd and a bit more of a family environment.

    I could tell you lots more, but this is obviously a limited forum. Feel free to e-mail me directly if you'd like to talk about it more. I'm sure I could give you a good insight into what expect from whom and also where to get the best deals on cruises.

    Good sites for deals?

    vacationstogo.com
    cruisesonly.com
    and belive it or not, "Sams Club Travel".

    Feel free to contact me directly if you want more specifics. Tony. nyboater@optonline.net
  • RobNC2001

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    Feb 11, 2007 9:44 PM GMT
    Gibby: My BF and I go on a lot of cruises. Its our favorite vacation. Totally stress free.

    Our favorite line is actually Royal Caribbean (but there are lots of great lines out there to chose from). We have also cruised on Princess and Celebrity.

    For us, we really like the beauty of RCI's ships, the amount of activities you can find on board, and the fact that the ships are pretty upscale without being pretentious. And the age range is pretty diverse, with a fair amount of young people. And we've always met one or more other gay couples.

    The one downside with RCI is that they can sometimes attract a lot of families with young children (not anything wrong with that, just not what we're looking for). But in March, when you are going, I don't think that will be the case as school should be in session.

    I've found a great source of excellent information on cruises is www.cruisecritic.com. You can read professional and member reviews, post cruise related questions on the message
    boards, and get detailed information on the ports you are visiting.

    In addition, feel free to e-mail me with any questions you may have. I've been to most of the islands in the Caribbean and on at least one ship in every class that RCI sails.

    Good luck. You are going to have a wonderful vacation.
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    Feb 19, 2007 11:55 PM GMT
    Regarding on being yourself (whatever that means to you), it all depends on the duration of the cruise. The shorter trips are usually crowded by Puerto Rican families who tend to be very conservative. Longer cruises are usually intended for Americans.

    However, there's nothing to worry about. Everybody here has seen enough gays. San Juan is the gay Mecca of the Caribbean.

    Enjoy your trip.

  • runbikeclimb

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    Feb 20, 2007 12:49 AM GMT
    I did a similar cruise on Princess Cruises....I would try looking into that....My situation was exactly like the one that you're describing....i have to tell you I have been on a gay cruise as well, I can honestly say that I throughly enjoyed both! I suppose it's the company that you have with you! So I wish you loads of luck!
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    Nov 01, 2013 11:58 AM GMT
    I have never been on a cruise. Why would you go on a straight cruise? If you don't want hookups and you want away with temptation then go on a straight cruise.
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    Nov 01, 2013 12:15 PM GMT
    Oeaseaux saidI have never been on a cruise. Why would you go on a straight cruise? If you don't want hookups and you want away with temptation then go on a straight cruise.


    Because the price point of a gay cruise is double compared to mainstream cruises (aka straight). And why is that? It's because gay cruise companies do not own their own line. They charter all of their ships to the typical commercial lines (Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Celebrity, etc.) AND they bring their own entertainment, DJ's, etc. to keep the sea queens busy! The cost of gay entertainment is pricey!

    And one other thing...you really think gay guys can't find temptation on a straight cruise? Think again!
  • omnislash

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    Nov 01, 2013 12:42 PM GMT
    I've been on a few cruises that weren't designated as "gay", so I guess that means they were "straight"... and they were AWESOME!! All were on Royal Caribbean. My only complaint... all of the extra calories from the yummy and all-too-abundant food. =]
  • Hothouse

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    Nov 01, 2013 1:10 PM GMT
    I've been on both a gay and a "straight" cruise - enjoyed them both (although there are aspects of a cruise I don't care for.)

    On the straight cruise I did go with my partner and 14 other gay guys, and we were "outed" about 15 minutes into it. Everyone was great, though. We met 4 other gay couples and a lot of gay staff, including the guys that did the shows. The staff took us to some awesome places when we were docked that most of the tourists don't see, that was an added bonus. And, the one Russian dancer was so fuckin' HOT!
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    Nov 01, 2013 7:30 PM GMT
    I've been on two str8 cruises. Both were very nice. The last was to Alaska with my bf and we were one of maybe 5 gays on the entire ship. It would have been nice to meet a few other couples to pal with but we did enjoyed ourselves just the same. We were not there to hookup but to enjoy Alaska, we did that.

    Although we saw some whales, most of them were at the buffet and not in the water. We tended to stick to the restaurant dining, the whales are just too much sometimes!
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    Nov 01, 2013 7:32 PM GMT
    I'd imagine a cruise ship would be great if it were clothed with average everyday folk; or naked queer folks.
    I'd mostly be concerned with safety, health, cruiseline reputation; but for the gender and background of the other guests, I could care less. Though, I do plan on going on both someday. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 01, 2013 7:33 PM GMT
    A straight cruise? You mean it's stated that no gays are allowed????
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    Nov 01, 2013 7:35 PM GMT
    eb925guy said
    Although we saw some whales, most of them were at the buffet and not in the water. We tended to stick to the restaurant dining, the whales are just too much sometimes!



    This cracks me up. I've heard about the huge morbidly obese people bellying up to the buffets on cruises, and then - once their plates were full - waddling back to their tables, all the while licking their lips in anticipation of all that food. Happily - it is only a few hours until the next buffet is served. Talk about a pig trough.

    A serious question: What do they do with the obese (and other) people who have heart attacks and die while aboard ship out in the middle on nowhere? Put them in a helicopter and take them to the nearest morgue, or put them in a quiet room and cover them with a sheet? I'm thinking a number of fat, unhealthy people expire on these buffet cruises, yes?
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    Nov 01, 2013 7:36 PM GMT
    Oeaseaux saidI have never been on a cruise. Why would you go on a straight cruise? If you don't want hookups and you want away with temptation then go on a straight cruise.

    JESUS FUCK what is with this exhumation of threads from 2007 shit?
  • Hothouse

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    Nov 01, 2013 7:39 PM GMT
    MikeW said
    Oeaseaux saidI have never been on a cruise. Why would you go on a straight cruise? If you don't want hookups and you want away with temptation then go on a straight cruise.

    JESUS FUCK what is with this exhumation of threads from 2007 shit?


    Apparently a lot of Zombie threads were brought back from the dead on Halloween.
  • Hothouse

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    Nov 01, 2013 7:51 PM GMT
    Took an RSVP cruise on NCL.
    RSVP was great, but the ship - eh, not so much.
    They ran out of food a couple of times, and served the same stuff at lunch every day.
    The gay cruise was a lot of fun, but I did go into Gay overload.
    Worst thing is paying way more for a Gay cruise than a regular cruise, but if you're single, it's a great opportunity to meet guys and have fun.
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    Nov 01, 2013 7:58 PM GMT
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    eb925guy said
    Although we saw some whales, most of them were at the buffet and not in the water. We tended to stick to the restaurant dining, the whales are just too much sometimes!



    This cracks me up. I've heard about the huge morbidly obese people bellying up to the buffets on cruises, and then - once their plates were full - waddling back to their tables, all the while licking their lips in anticipation of all that food. Happily - it is only a few hours until the next buffet is served. Talk about a pig trough.

    A serious question: What do they do with the obese (and other) people who have heart attacks and die while aboard ship out in the middle on nowhere? Put them in a helicopter and take them to the nearest morgue, or put them in a quiet room and cover them with a sheet? I'm thinking a number of fat, unhealthy people expire on these buffet cruises, yes?

    LOL. OMG, I never thought about this. I'm guessing there's a place in ships bottom that chilled enough for a 7 day haul! LOL

    It was pretty sad, so many men and women so overweight. We went to the buffet once for dinner and then hit it a couple times for breakfast, out of convenience, but it was like a mad house. We did a hike in Skagway, about 7 miles each way and the entire time we saw one (1) other couple and I'm not even sure they were from our ship. Most of the passengers were either old or very overweight and at my age, old means OLD! LOL Great views though, beautiful pics

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  • Hothouse

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    Nov 01, 2013 8:02 PM GMT
    I was on one cruise when a woman who was traveling with her daughter passed away.
    When the cruise ended, and we were in port, we had to wait until the body had been removed first, so they keep them onboard.
    I kept thinking they had her stored in the freezer with the frozen food. (I'm sure there are arrangements for dead passengers.) I also thought how awful it had to be for her daughter to endure the rest of the cruise. I'm sure there are deaths onboard quite often. It's like a contained traveling city, all kinds of things happen to passengers.