Gay & Lesbian Cruise Choices

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There are cruises out there for all types and this extends to the gay and lesbian community too. Just like anyone looking to book a cruise holiday, gay and lesbians need to choose a cruise line, ship, cabin and destination to match their individual tastes.

However, gay and lesbians have additional decisions to make when planning this type of holiday.

They will need to decide whether to choose an all-gay cruise or a gay-friendly sailing.

Chartered Sailings

The first gay exclusive cruise began in 1985 with the company RSVP, attracting the attention of famous figures such as Quentin Crisp, Armisted Maupin and Vito Russo. The news of this first-of-its-kind sailing spread quickly throughout the gay community.

The group charter was born and tour companies catering exclusively for gay and lesbian travellers included the one that started it all RSVP. Other well other established companies such as Atlantis, Aquafest and Sweet and Oliva for lesbian travel should be looked into as well.

The ships chosen for charter can range from small and intimate sailing vessels to the massive mega-ships.

For 2015, some all-gay sailings include:

  • Celebrity Silhouette’s Caribbean holiday which departs on the 1st of February
  • Mardi Gras Cruise from Auckland aboard Holland America’s Oosterdam departing the 24th of February
  • Greek island hopping with Azamara Quest commencing on the 16th of August

These types of cruises are particularly popular with singles that associate cruises with romance.

The charters that are exclusively for the gay community certainly will pack a week with plenty of meet and greets, as well as a larger amount of parties than other sailings.

Gay-Friendly Cruise Lines:

The leaders lines in the cruise industry welcome gays and lesbians as their passengers even though most of them don’t actually have dedicated itineraries.

Here are some of the well known lines that have become popular with gay and lesbian travellers:


There are eleven ships in their fleet and all of them pride themselves on catering towards all types of passengers. Celebrity ships are trendy in décor and offer exquisite dining that aficionados of food will appreciate.

Crystal Cruises

Live in the lap of luxury with this line, which is one of the most popular amongst the gay community. Crystal is a six star line that prides itself on its attention to detail. Their enrichment programs are always popular and there is a wide variety of Broadway type performances.


Contrary to their stuffy image, the ships have been given a more vibrant nightlife in recent years. The Commodore Lounge bar on Queen Mary 2 for instance is one of them. The bar is a great place to relax and talk amongst your fellow ship mates.

Norwegian Cruise Lines

Norwegian was perhaps the first line to offer Freestyle Cruising and this idea has proven ideal for the gay community with its relaxed dress code and open seating. This style has stood the test of time and the line plays host to several seminars and gatherings for gays and lesbians.


Princess is renowned for being able to accommodate a large variety of demographics. Their Personal Choice dining adapts to everyone’s taste and the nightclubs found on board their ships rival many of those found in the big cities.

Gays and lesbians searching for a cruise holiday should rely on feedback from their friends and the advice from an experienced cruise agent who will be able to advise on the perfect ship for you and or your partner.

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See in Autumn with a New England & Canada Cruise

Like it or not, this summer is nearing its final burst of warm weather before the cool air colonises autumn. But don’t fret.

There are certainly plenty of places to visit that are ideal at that time of year. In fact, some cruise destinations become even more magical in the autumn, such as a cruise holiday along the Eastern Seaboard. Besides a rich variety of wonderful experiences that await holidaymakers, experience an amazing palette of colours in Eastern Canada and New England.

Each cruise has ports of call along the way that will satisfy the needs of antique hunters, history buffs, photographers and foodies. Pamper your taste buds and see what all the fuss is about with New England cuisine by indulging in stuffed clams, scallops, lobster rolls and chowder.

New England/Canada cruises run from 7 and 14 days and are offered by major cruise lines such as Celebrity, Crystal, Cunard, Holland America, NCL, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Seabourn and others.

Typically the New England/ Canada cruise season runs from May through October hitting upon the fall foliage in the latter months. Possible ports of calls include:

Bar Harbor

The explosion of fall foliage colours of reds and yellows are best apparent during Maine’s ‘leaf peeping’ season. Bar Harbor is the gateway to ‘Acadia’, considered one of the National Park Service’s gems.

Offering the best vistas of autumn foliage, the park’s Cadillac Mountain is 1,530 feet in height and is the highest point on the eastern coastline of the Americas. Bar Harbor’s quaint village-like atmosphere contains architecture dating from late 18th to mid 19th centuries and a Civil War memorial to those who ‘defended the Union’.

Acadia National Park


Newport beckons visitors with a rich blend of 18th, 19th and 20th century architecture. The mansions have been painstakingly restored by the Newport Preservation Society. Chateau Sur Mer, Marble House and Belcourt Castle symbolises the opulence that once was favoured as the summer homes among the rich and famous. The Newport Art Museum and the Topiary Garden are among other points of interest in this port of call.

Marble House Newport

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia exudes quaintness with lighthouses dotting its rocky coastline. It is everything seen in magazine photographs from lush parks and gardens, and historic hot spots and picturesque fishing villages. Try the infamous “tidal bore boat cruises”, where you race against the tide in a speedboat. The experience gives white-water rafting a new definition.

Novia Scotia Lighthouse

Quebec City

Quebec City is the only walled city north of Mexico dating back to the time of New France. Rated by National Geographic as the 6th “Most Interesting City in the World”, it is apparent by its atmosphere, official language and culture of the town which is decidedly French. Quebec City features many attractions of interest including several museums and a stunning Parliament Buildings and Old Quebec.

Quebec Parliament Buildings

Saint John

With a population of roughly 126,000, Saint John was discovered in 1604 by the French explorer Samuel de Champlain. It is the largest city in the east coast Canadian province of New Brunswick.

The Brunswick Museum is the region’s oldest museum and showcases natural history with a major focus placed on the province’s lumber and shipbuilding industries. Other displays exhibit the region’s sea life, including the skeleton of a North Atlantic right whale.

Saint John

Most cruises embark from New York City, Baltimore, Boston or Montreal. It is the ideal opportunity to settle in and experience what one of these cities’ offer by a pre/post city stay. Make a cruise holiday for autumn the season to remember.

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