After going through some major life upheaval and the most snow and cold I can remember, I'm looking into a last minute cruise as a single gay man, and the more I research it, the more confused I get. I need to do it by March 15, while I have the money and time off, and there is an abundance of ships. I'm in my 30s and enjoy the finer things, am more intellectual than campy, but still not dull. The conflict seems to be that the ships I'm most attracted to seem to cater towards retirees (who presumably are the only ones who have the money and time off). I'm going it alone as none of my friends can get the money and time off. So, here's what I've boiled it down to:
QM2 has only penthouses for $15K avail. I won't spend more than $2500.
Carnival Victory is pretty, big, newish, and seems good if there arent' too many kids, and the food and service are good. Carnival Destiny is a sister ship; seems less beautiful but with a nice dining room and better destinations; same concerns about quality of everything: folks, food, service. I was nearly sold on Carnival until I started reading reviews and people said service was nonexistent, slow in diningrooms, and crowds prevailed everywhere.
Princess sent me a video that outlines the coolest type of cruise and had me sold on the grand class of ships, but the staterooms are grandmaish, and I fear that although food and service would be good, this cruise would be too early to bed, early to rise, mature for me. Grand Princess appeals, but there are no good deals and I do love the nightlife.
Which brings me to the big gun: Voyager of the Seas (Royal Caribbean) as the second largest ship afloat, seems like the most fabulous ship afloat--ice rink, rock climbing wall, opera house, shopping mall, beautiful rooms, spinning casino, just totally fabulous. I also hear food and service are better. But my cruise agent is dead set against it: said I could be the only single on board. Ship seems to attract jock type couples because of all the sporty attractions. I could always watch. The rock wall does have tables underneath it... Little availability on this ship, so maybe I should consider another royal carr. ship?
So I don't know. My goal is to get some sun, good food, drink, dance, entertainment, sleep and come back refreshed to face my problems. A spiritual recharge. A warm getaway. Love Boat not expected, but would be nice.
If any of you experienced cruisers could tell me what you recommend, I would be very happy. Thanks for reading my post.
I have the almost same problems, have been doing research for 3 weeks. i am 30s single lesbian, have a very picky taste buds (the type i would eat at Nobu or Duane for dinner). not a party type but certainly don't want to be assigned a table sitting next to a Rumsfield or W. Bush type. i only have 2 choices: Celebrity and Princess. Cele seems to be a lot more conservative, that's why i am so hesitate to book Constellation. Princess, i heard a lot of good things about their acceptance, but wil the food good enough? i certainly don't want hot dogs but fancy nibbles for snack.
Hey Guy! I'm booked by myself on the Mariner Of The Seas out of Port Canaveral on March 21st. I was just on this ship Feb. 1st. It's awesome! I loved it so much I'm going again this soon. If you haven't booked on yet, you should book this ship. I was on the Voyager and Navigator last year. I loved both of them, but the Mariner is just a little better (all the way around) than the other two I mentioned. Check it out and let me know what you decide. You can't go wrong with any of the Voyager-class ships!
Celebrity has become our favorite cruiseline. We've been on their ships for 6 sailings now, and plan to do a back to back for 21 days to the Mediterranean in May.
Celebrity and Royal Caribbean are both owned by RCCL, but we feel that Celebrity is a step above in service and cuisine ... and the European dining staff is sooo good looking!
Their newest ships, the Millennium, Summit, and Constellation are very large, but don't feel huge ... and they're very classy and attract a wide variety of age groups. We've always felt very comfortable onboard and have met very nice straight as well as gay passemgers.
My partner and I are going on the Explorer of the Seas on May 9-16. The ship goes to Belize, Cozumel, Costa Maya and Grand Cayman. I find the ports more exciting than the Eastern Caribbean since they offer more than just a beach. Also, the passengers are more diverse and there is lots to do on the Explorer. My parents took the same ship last December and loved it. They met people from Ireland, Curacao, and Aruba.
This will be my partner's 1st cruise (my 5th) and I want it to be fun for him. We live in MIami Beach so we can go to the beach anytime so that isn't the draw for us. We are already looking into all the shore excursions that are more physical so we wont be bored laying on a beach all day.
Okay, I've been on Voyager, Navigator, Mariner and Explorer. All of thesen ships are the same in size but with different themes. Voyager was ship#1 to be built and it had many problems and still does to this day. Mariner is the newest version of this ship and yes they worked out all the kinks. There is a large number of jock types and kids. If you go during spring break you'll see up to 1/3 of the passengers are teens. They do get out of control and are homophobic to say the very least. The best choice is the Radiance Class ships such as Brillance and Radiance of the Seas. These ships announce a Friends of Dorothy meeting on the second night of the cruise. The Radiance of the Seas is a sclaed down version (size wise) from the Voyager but is classier, has less kids and caters to gay clientele. There's a plenty of gay crew on board and you can meet other gay singles and couples in the gym (where else) and at the Friends of Dorothy meeting. Give it a try.
Maybe some advice in this thread can help me too; I have narrowed my choice between Celebrity Century and RCIís Navigator of the Sea. For March 13, I have been on 6 cruises with either my boyfriend or family. This time my boyfriend canít go. So this will be my first time solo and I am in my 30ís. We just sailed the Mariner of the Seas on Feb 1, and I am very familiar with the Voyager class ship. Now I am really not a size queen but I like having all the facilities that they offer, and RCIís food is good to mediocre so if I skip the dinning room the entire cruise, I will not feel that I am missing anything, I have cruised RCI 3 times in 13 months. This is where the Century comes in, I figure why not branch out, try something a little different, but being by myself, I feel Century will be more limiting, such as it gravitates toward a more mature crowd, less family (not that I looking for a circuit party) and less facilities such as a limited gym, but I know the dinning room is excellent but if I get a dude table assignment, and prefer not to dine in the dinning room then I will feel I am missing the best part of a Celebrity cruise. Any experienced Centurions (or anyone) please advise.
PS yes the Voyager class attracts a lot of jock types, but I least that make for nice eye candy on the pool decks.
The attraction to Voyager over the other ships in the class is the opera theme...I like opera, and to go to a theater designed after the greatest opera house in the world, and dine in opera themed dining rooms appealed a lot. Everyone said go on this ship, but, sadly, these ships are soooo popular that the last minute booking cost was nearly double the cost of the Victory. I do also agree that the Radiance class is more my style, but alas, they kick you out of discos and such at 1 am, and offer no late night dining, which again points to my parents generation who can't make it to 1. Moreover, food and entertainment are said on all accounts to be better on Carnival, and it's an up all night kinda ship. On top of that, as if God were sending a message, they threw in airfare, an extra night's stay in Miami at a nice hotel, all for $300 more. The cheapest flight I could find on my own was $510. Plus, the Victory is known as one of the highest energy ships, very fun, and with the most singles. From photos online, I think it's quite attractive, too. There's an art glass atrium with greens and blues, a casino with an Asian theme, and well, it was reasonable.
My hearty thanks to all of you. Some day I will sail on Voyager, booked well in advance for that discount, and ogle the hyperactive climbing that rock wall, but for now, it's vegas style cruising.
Someday I want to sail on Voyager, Millenium, and the biggest princess of the day. Voyager because of the opera house, Millenium for it's Olympic dining room (panelling taken from Titanic's sister ship, and identical to Titanic's a la carte restaurant!), and of course the grandest princess with its niches for 3,000.
Thanks again to those who took the time to share their opinions. My advice to future singles cruisers: Victory! for an economical, fun, good if not grande cruise with lots of singles. I think Voyager is very cool, perfect for young breeder couples and best for an opera lover and his jocky, restless lover.
Jeff...I was on the Mariner on Feb. 1 sailing, too. Could I have met you? Just wondering. I'm going back on her on March 21 by myself and I can't wait. Did you make it up to the gym? Let me know if you get a chance. Thanks.
Well, I just got back, and have to say I enjoyed my trip, but strongly recommend two things to gay travelers:
Do NOT go carnival. Save up extra money to do it right. The entertainment is less entertaining than watching TV, and overall is very base and common. Half of the entertainment consists of mocking the guests to their faces and making them do stupid animal impressions onstage. I met many charming breeder couples, but felt out of place often. Carnival is not gay friendly, although some of the staff are. I'm not sure, but I think I got called a faggot too, by some particularly gay looking students. Denial? Closet cases? I'm not that flaming.
Do NOT go ANYTIME IN MARCH. Spring break now goes anytime throughout the whole month. The ship was at least 50% of the worst type of college students and everyone lamented their antics. They monopolized the discos, deck chairs, hot tubs, pools, and buffets, and woke me up repeatedly at 4 and 5 am. Even the hunky ones were not appealing because they were just so juvenile.
I'm going on a new cruise next month or in May, so maybe I'll take some of the advice I got. Sorry guys, I went cheap and regret it. I should have listened to you. Some of you sound like floridians, and I would have to advise people against departing from Miami, because it was a true nightmare being there.
CruisePal, I am curious about the Dawn Princess. I will be on the March 28th sail from San Juan. I am single and will be cruising single. Any idean about the crew or others who choose Princess? Please e-mail me & let's chat if you are on the same cruise.
We just returned on the Golden Princess from the Eastern Caribbean - 7 day cruise. It was fantastic. So much better than our previous cruise on Royal Carribean. It was a fun ship...very upscale but not stuffy. There were a few kids and several spring breakers. However, they weren't the typical spring break partiers. I think the higher price and the 7 day itinerary kept the partiers away. I have nothing to say but good things about this cruise and am looking forwrad to my next Princess Cruise already.