There is something liberating and exhilarating about traveling on a gay cruise. Cruising has become much more open in recent years, with same-sex weddings and gay bars making their way into cruise lines and theme parks. One of the most fun, and least predictable, of these changes has been the growth of gay cruise spots.
When I think of gay cruise spots, I think of the West Coast, and San Diego in particular. My first trip there was a little less than fun: we had a bad sleeping schedule, the food was terrible, and we got seasick easily. Gay groups on major cruising lines are very different from full-boat gay cruises, though. Instead of consisting of hundreds of passengers, gay teams are usually ranging from six to 350 guests, onboard ships which may hold up to 3,100 passengers. These larger boats provide more room for mingling, dancing, and socializing.
By far the biggest gay cruise attraction will be the gay cruise proms
These are usually held on board the largest ships and have the reputation of being the best parties on the boat. From deckhands to guest speakers, everybody gets to be involved in the fun. Of course, this also means it’s usually packed with people who are there to see the newest gossip around the pool, so prepare to spend many an evening snapping pictures and trying to decide what the next gossip story will be.
San Diego gay cruise adventures will also include trips out to sea
The gay community has been campaigning for years for the rights to visit gay clubs on the ships, but nothing has happened so far. In late 2021, organizers hope to bring a club to the front of the ship. This could be the first gay club on a ship, to open its doors to straights. It would mark the first time gay cruise travelers would have easy access to gay bars on a commercial boat line.
There are gay cruise bargains to be found out there
Many smaller gay ships will offer special all-inclusive deals to gay groups. Some will even allow gay couples to sit next to each other in the stateroom. Even bigger cruise lines are giving these couples the opportunity to celebrate their togetherness at sea.
There will be gay cruising spots for every taste and interest
Whether you’re travelling alone, as a couple or with your partner, there will be a LGBT cruise destination where you can meet and mingle. If you’re looking for singles only, many cruisers will only have rooms available for small parties and celebrations. If you want to get as involved in the LGBT community as possible, you’ll want to check out the gay cruising spots before booking your cruise.