Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > People > Gay / Lesbian Cruising
Register Forgot Password?

Gay / Lesbian Cruising Gay and Lesbian Cruiser's Discussion

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old May 14th, 2006, 12:13 PM
Junior Member
Beginner
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Annapolis, Maryland
Posts: 2
Default Gay Couple on Straight Cruise

My partner and I (both mid-40's) are considering a cruise on Royal Carribean from Baltimore in September. He has never been on a cruise and I haven't been on one since high school.

My concern is what are the type of straight people that would be on such a cruise (Baltimore - Bermuda). I don't want to shell out $$$ to have five days of homophobia. We're not closeted, but we are want to feel comfortable.

Also, what might you suggest as a type of cabin for our first cruise?

Thanks in advance
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old May 14th, 2006, 03:19 PM
Harry Martin's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: San Diego, California
Posts: 4,821
Send a message via AIM to Harry Martin
Default

Annapolis, if you can swing a balcony, I would opt for that. Makes the days at sea more special.

Here is a link to an article I just wrote that might answer some of your questions:

http://cruisemates.com/articles/gayles/topten.cfm

BTW, RCCL was our first cruise, too, and have been on her 6 times.

Harry
__________________
Harry Martin
Moderator - Mexico and G/L message boards



[b]Get Lei'd!
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old May 14th, 2006, 06:12 PM
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Posts: 273
Default

Have been on several RCL cruises.... and on all of them I was able to find other family on board, including a crew member on my last cruise. You should have no problems on board... as many members of the crew are gay and you will no doubt find several passengers on board as well.

As far as cabins... spend the extra money and go for a balcony cabin... it is worth it... especially in the evenings when the sun is setting and mornings... love to have room service breakfast on the balcony.

What dates were you looking at? Also have a cabin booked for Bermuda out of Baltimore in Sept!
__________________
Celebrity Millenium
RCCL Mariner 3/12/2006
RCCL Radiance 10/05
RCCL Voyager 10/04
RCCL Enchantment 10/03
RCCL Adventure 2/03
Carnival Imagination 10/97
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old May 15th, 2006, 10:30 PM
Robkabob's Avatar
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 18
Default

Typically, in September you will have less families because the kids will be back in school. You will probably find more mature couples, girlfriends on the town and a sprinkling of gay folk. Many of the Baltimore cruises draw people from this immediate area, DC, WV, possibly PA, etc.

The other thing to consider is that while Grandeur is still in pretty decent shape, she is 10 years old and is not as nice as some of her newer sisters that go to other destinations. The alternatives for Bermuda in September would be:

Explorer out of Cape Liberty, NJ which is 3 hours away. Explorer is newer and is a Voyager class ship. It also has an onboard sea lab associated with the Univ of Miami

Empress of the Seas out of Philly: This ship docks in Hamilton and St. Georges. Empress is smaller than Grandeur but has recently been spruced up. The cabins are very small. Empress is a bit of a misfit in the fleet but many folks like her.

Celebrity Zenith. This ship is also older but docks in Hamilton and St. Georges. It is pricier than RCI but it does not offer cabins with balconies.

Norwegian Crown also docks in the cities but she is a bit older and smaller too. Norwegian has the freestyle dining but she is not as nice as Grandeur or Explorer.

On Grandeur, you will be docking at the Naval Shipyards, you can either take the excursions to the towns or take a ferry. They are easy, reliable and inexpensive. http://www.seaexpress.bm

I also don't mean to plant any fears but keep in mind that September is still hurricane season. Your itinerary could change (extra day at sea for example or worst case you could be shipped up to Canada, which happened to the Voyager last year. People were pissed about that change.)

I think overall you will be happy on Grandeur, especially since the Locust Point terminal is so convenient off i-95. Keep in mind though, Baltimore is a secondary point of departure and Grandeur is due for a refurbishment soon. Just keep your expectations in check. I would not worry about any intolerance. Harry's article covers all of that pretty well.

Bon Voyage!
__________________
************
QM2 July 3-8, 2006
Radiance of Seas Nov 25-Dec 3, 2006

Jewel of the Seas Nov 25 - Dec 1 2007 Caribbean
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old May 24th, 2006, 11:00 AM
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
Posts: 10
Default

My partner and I have cruised on RCCL three times in the past and will be on Grandeur for the third time on 9/1. We have always been treated with courtesy and respect by staff, fellow cruisers, straight or gay. Through the boards last year we were able to get together a table of ten for dinner and enjoyed each others company. We still keep in touch with some of them. We particularly like the size of Grandeur, not too big and not to small, easy to navigate around the ship. We found Mariner to be a great ship but too large for our tastes. We have always had a balcony and enjoy the privacy. Our travel agent got us upgraded to a junior suite on our first RCCL cruise and now we're hooked. We will be in an aft js again. Hope the hurricanes leave us alone!
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old June 4th, 2006, 04:20 PM
ShipsRCool's Avatar
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Seekonk, MA
Posts: 12
Default You will have a great time

I have cruised with RCCL many times and have never had a problem with a crew member or with any passengers. Just be your self and have a great time. Any questions jut email me.

Joe
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old June 4th, 2006, 06:13 PM
Junior Member
Beginner
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 1
Default Which ship are you hoping to go on?

Hi there buddies and have been on 13 cruises so far. I'm hoping to go on another out of Baltimore in July. I'd be more than happy to answer any questions. I've seen other gay male couples on GOS out of Baltimore the last two cruises I've been on.
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old June 15th, 2006, 07:43 PM
Junior Member
Beginner
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Vancouver BC
Posts: 2
Send a message via Yahoo to Dirtyboysbc
Default

My partner and I have never as of yet experienced homophobia on a cruise, we have met other LGB members also. I would be more concerned about our own community's homophobia on an all gay cruise - and we did one and found we faced more problems because we did not do that "party scence" or "gym bunnies" - we do know homophobia is everywhere

What ever you do you will enjoy your cruise I am sure - and Have Fun and just be Safe.

D & D
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old June 23rd, 2006, 02:59 PM
Member
Familiar Face
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Boston
Posts: 82
Default

My partner and I love the RCCL and have cruised them twice. One word of caution is that RCCL is marketing heavily to the "family" business. This is fine if you like or have kids. One might avoid school vacation time because the RCCL ships can be loaded with kids. Some people use vacation as an excuse to not monitor thier kids. Not fun for us grumpy old guys.
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old July 1st, 2006, 09:36 PM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: MA
Posts: 1,769
Default

Okay...so I'm straight...We have been on many cruises lately where there are "friends of Dorothy"..and midnight dances.. RC and Celebrity were our last two and both i the fall and a great percentage of gay.. What's the problem!!! Just go and have a great time.
Reply With Quote
  #11 (permalink)  
Old July 2nd, 2006, 03:18 PM
Junior Member
Beginner
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 0
Send a message via AIM to JnTSFBay
Default

We find it is other way around ... straight people don't care about gays on board and gays can be exhibitionist .. even when kids are around. Last cruise these guys were doing each other at the massage tables in full view of others.
Reply With Quote
  #12 (permalink)  
Old July 25th, 2006, 07:47 PM
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Orlando, Florida
Posts: 0
Default You will have a great time

We have been on Carnival Glory about 6 times and getting ready to go again in Nov for two weeks. We have made the best friends Straight and gay on the ship.... You guys will have fun
Reply With Quote
  #13 (permalink)  
Old July 25th, 2006, 09:38 PM
Junior Member
Beginner
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Palm Beach, Florida
Posts: 4
Default

My partner and I (late 30's early 40's) have always sailed on RCCL in the fall (less families with children) and have never had a problem with anyone. Even our dinner companions have always been warm and welcoming to us. Of course we don't walk around holding hands to make it obvious, but we are together all of the time and people have always been kind and have even asked us how long we have been together (I guess they figured it out without us telling them)

We always choose a balcony because it's soooo much nicer to open up the doors and hear the ocean and feel the breeze with a drink. I think it's worth the extra money involved, it enhances your cruise experience. I won't go on any cruise less than 7 days because we enjoy them so much and anything less would be disappointing to us. We actually don't like to get off after the 7 days are over. We have only sailed on the Voyager class ships and you hardly even feel the ocean even when it's rough out with the stabilizers that they have.

Enjoy and don't worry, you'll have a fantastic time!
Reply With Quote
  #14 (permalink)  
Old July 26th, 2006, 07:31 AM
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 12
Default Re: Gay Couple on Straight Cruise

Hi,

My partner and I have also sailed on RCCL and loved each cruise. Never had any problems, staff always accomodating, tablemates were wonderful. You will have a wonderful time.
Reply With Quote
  #15 (permalink)  
Old August 5th, 2006, 11:15 AM
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 7
Default

We love cruising and have never had any problem with "straight" curises. We've met wonderful people who really couldn't care less. Our next cruise is 9/22/06 on the Explorer. Perhaps we'll see some of you there.

T&T
Reply With Quote
  #16 (permalink)  
Old August 6th, 2006, 05:08 AM
Senior Member
Yeoman
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Sandy Eggo, CA
Posts: 486
Default

I'm straight and a huge Fag Hag. I usually tend to gravitate towards the gay couples and *always* have a blast

I don't think you'll ever have to worry about homophobia on a cruise. Everybody is just out to have a great time!
__________________



Carnival Legend, Thanksgiving, 2006
Reply With Quote
  #17 (permalink)  
Old August 8th, 2006, 01:12 PM
jtl jtl is offline
Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 4
Default

fag hag? actually a huge fag hag. Whats that?
Reply With Quote
  #18 (permalink)  
Old August 8th, 2006, 03:02 PM
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Landlocked!
Posts: 18
Default gay couple on straight cruise

Just cruised for our first time in June (we are straight and married, and aw hell, Republican to boot) and had the BEST time w/ our new gay male friends! They danced w/ me b/c dh is two left feet and no rhythm, and I think they made friends w/ every single group of people they met onboard. We have had other gay couples for friends and despite our other leanings or beliefs, we do not practice HATE or stupidity.

We booked an inside b/c frankly, we only slept and bathed there. The rest of the time we were in the disco, eating or sunning. We avoided the hot tubs and pools due to all the damn kids (June and schools were out). Ultimately, go, be beautiful and have fun!
LadyDi
__________________
Carnival Glory June 06
Carnival Valor May 07
plotting my next for Jan-Mar 08!!
Reply With Quote
  #19 (permalink)  
Old August 15th, 2006, 11:44 PM
Junior Member
Beginner
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Baltimore/Washington
Posts: 5
Send a message via AIM to cacdth
Default Balt. couple

Going on our 1st cruise also Grandeur Of The Seas - 09/01/06
everyone said the balcony stateroom was the only way to go
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
baltimore, couple, couples, cruise, cruises, cruising, families, gaithersburg, gay, hot, lesbians, md, meet, september, straight, tubs

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How do I meet Gay guys on a straight cruise Dale C. Gay / Lesbian Cruising 16 June 21st, 2014 06:59 PM
Gay Couple seeking other Gay Couple(s) reaction 2524 Gay / Lesbian Cruising 1 July 19th, 2010 08:41 PM
Couple Sues Over Being Placed on Gay Cruise Paul Motter Gay / Lesbian Cruising 4 October 22nd, 2009 04:53 PM
Gay/Lesbian Alaska July 27, 2007 Cruise Couple RVAMember Celebrity 6 September 10th, 2006 12:55 PM
Gay male couple Atlantis Feb South America cruise EdandKit Gay / Lesbian Cruising 0 August 26th, 2006 07:00 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:24 AM.
design by: Themes by Design

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1