my boyfriend and i are sailing on a CARNIVAL western caribbean cruise this month. i'm wondering if anyone reading this has some suggestions for what there is to do in the various ports for a gay couple (grand cayman, cozumel, belize, honduras). also, is the paridise a gay friendly boat?? thanks..
Not to be a wet blanket...
Grand Cayman is worthy of boycott - the government there has declared homosexuality to be illegal and once banned an all-gay charter entry into their port. If you declare that you are homosexual on this island, you will be arrested and deported.
Cozumel - at Carlos-n-Charlies, once had a group of gay guys barred from entry - "We don't want your kind here!"
Belize - unknown
Honduras - RSVP charter stopped here once - interesting and VERY rustic - highlight of an excursion was getting you fingers sucked by a calf being weaned from mama.
Carnival is not as bad as many make it out to be, especially the Paradise. You MIGHT have an FOD party listed, but it might behoove you to ask the Cruise Director to schedule one, as early in the cruise as you can.
you will have fun...cozumel.. go to xcharta (sp) if you can, any beach... There are several gay bars in that area.
Did the point beach break. great beach. lots of fun. The caymens is very overprices. Its the only country where the Caymen Dollar is worth more than the US dollar. Example a mixed drink was about $10.00 US Dollars. That was the price last July.
There are always lots of hottie daddies out on deck, that like to look at guys... Can be fun. They also love to cruise the gym.
I've never found any straight cruise to be unfriendly and husband and I never got hasseled in any port! We've made lots of straight friends on past cruises and gay ones as well. You've got a great itinerary there, especially if you like snorkeling/diving. Not of your stops are "gay" stops (ie. no gay clubs, no saunas and no leather/porno shops). Just be respective of the countries' conservative cultures and you'll have a great time!
Cozumel-Take a cab from the ship ($8 each way) and go to Chankaanab Park. $10 admission fee. Great beach (with snorkel rentals) and snorkeling right off the beach great beach-front restaurant with big "gay" cocktails.
Grand Caymen-No doubt about it you have to do Stringray City. It's an unforgettable experience.
Belize-If Carnival offers the Geoff's Cay excursion, take it. 15 of us got dropped off on a tiny unhabited island that sits in the middle of the world's 2nd largest coral reef. The snorkeling is unbelievable. The tender came back to drop off a box lunch halfway through the day but otherwise, it felt like being shipwrecked.
Roatan-There is an excursion that takes you to a beach club that entails a wild ride over the mountains in a rickety old bus. There is a beautiful beach there and great snorkeling/diving right off the beach. Lunch is served as well.