All Gay Cruising
May 27th, 2015 3:46 pm     A+ | a-

All Gay cruises are just what they sound like. Companies charter the entire ship for a week or more, and they sell them as an exclusively gay event. 

For large ocean liners, some with over 3000 gays and lesbians, you'll want RSVP or Atlantis.
RSVP and Atlantis are huge companies, bringing on their own top DJ's, sound and light equipment, special hosts and special entertainers. Deborah Harry, Rupaul, Patti Lupone, Roseanne, Deborah Cox, Bob Smith, Deborah Gibson and Kathie Griffen are just a few of the past entertainers they've had onboard.
RSVP and Atlantis host a number of special events through the week. Tropical tea dances, disco dances, leather night, country, toga and an assortment of others dances almost daily through the cruise.
Don't be fooled by the advertising, not all the men on these cruises are gorgeous model types. There are those, but, like in the real world, they make up between 10-20% of the population. Most people that travel on these cruises are average guys like you and me, about 50% singles and 50% couples.  Seeing gays from all over the world and from all walks of life mingling and mixing and having a ball is like gay heaven.

It's not all about sex! Sure, it's there if you want it, but, it's not a floating bath house as some have made it out to be. I've been on gay cruises where I've had lots of sex, and I've been on gay cruises where I haven't had sex at all. It's whatever you make it.  You can go to bed early, get up early and enjoy one of the many shore excursions, enjoy the pools and the spas, work out in a state of the art gym, do aerobics, go shopping, see top talent in the showroom, play bingo, gamble in the casino, order room service and watch movies on the cable TV, or just do nothing!   

There are a few small differences between RSVP and Atlantis. Both have done away with cruise lines formal nights, though RSVP still has an optional formal night, Atlantis has done away with all formality.  More and more people love the informality, no packing tuxedos, no dressing up, just casual. Some people love dressing up, though, and, boy can some queens dress! Lots of sparkling tuxedos and some guys even get out their best evening gowns, making a really fun time of it, especially for the ships crew.  On RSVP, again, you can still have a dressy night, if you choose.

RSVP is famous for their Costume Contest. Big prizes bring out the best in the community with amazing creativity.  Atlantis’ big event is their all night White Party. Both have dance parties daily, along with special lounge acts, comedians, and other entertainment throught the cruise, geared specially for the gay community.
Average age on Atlantis cruises is about 40-45 years old, while RSVP skews just a little older. Of course, you get some guys in their early twenties and some in their 80's. It's a great mix and a wonderful way to make new friends, experience new places, and feel like the world is yours.

There are also a number of companies who have smaller all gay cruises available, some on river barges, some on larger sailing vessels, Destinations such as Prague, Budapest, India, Costa Rica, Italy, The Dalmatian Coast, The Galapagos Islands and more are all scheduled for 2015/2016 (all are listed on our ALL GAY CRUISES page).  It's a much more casual way of traveling than the big ships, but no less enjoyable. With cruises holding just a few hundred people at the most, they're a more intimate time and at a slower pace than the larger ships, but still with the added bonus of being in our own world for a short time.  Also, on these small ship cruises you can really get into the ports visited and get up close and personal with the culture and people you visit.  There are lots of places that the big ship cruises can't get to and these smaller cruises can take you there.  Also, they often include shore tours, alcohol, and other items that you have to pay extra for on a big ship. They are more expensive, but, the value is amazing. Being more expensive, they're also a little older crowd, on average. Of course, everyone is welcome, but, if you're a big party boy, probably not your scene. Brand "g" and Source Events are the best for small ship all gay cruises.  

For all gay cruises it's usually best to reserve way in advance to be sure to get the best prices and locations and just to get on board. Waiting until the last minute, as gays often do, doesn't always work because these cruises often sell out months in advance.  

To me, the best part of going "all gay" when it comes to cruising is you don't have to worry about the world around you. You can hold hands with your partner without the looks from the outside, you can flirt with a guy and not worry if he's straight or not, you can let your hair down, dance, skip, and play in our world, our way.  

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