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Best cruise lines for gay cruises

22nd June 2020

In recent years the cruise industry has taken huge strides in making cruise holidays more inclusive, with many offering fantastic programmes onboard to celebrate the LGBT community. These gay friendly events and activities are a great way to mingle and make unforgettable memories no matter where you are in the world, though if you're stuck on which line is best for you, read on for the best gay cruise lines! [More]

Top tips for LGBT Cruise Travel: Pride parades, ports & ships

26th June 2015

Updated May 2018

As we approach the summer months, we take a look at Pride and how the whole world celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender culture. Festivals, parades, and parties are taking place all over the world as well as rallies, commemorations, and community days.



Pride unifies, builds communities, and promotes equal rights worldwide and the travel industry strongly supports this. From Pride parades, to Friends of Dorothy groups and all-gay chartered cruise holidays – cruise travel caters for all holiday preferences; each cruise line is as unique as each itinerary diverse.

Have you considered combining a cruise holiday with some of the most notorious Pride festivities? Or booked your cruise already? Look out for celebrations at just some of our favourite ports below.

Gay Pride Port Calendar for Summer 2018:


Amsterdam, Netherlands
July 28 - August 5
Las Vegas, Nevada
October 19 - 21
Barcelona, Spain
June 23 - June 30
Marseille, France
July 7
Belfast, Northern Ireland
July 27 - August 5
Montreal, Canada
June 22 - 24
Berlin, Germany
July 28
Mykonos, Greece
August 23 - 30
Calgary, Canada
August 24 - September 3
New York, USA
June 15 - 24
Copenhagen, Denmark
August 13 - 19
Oslo, Norway
June 22 - July 1
Curacao, Caribbean
September 27 - 30
Rome, Italy
June 9
Dublin, Ireland
June 21 - 30
Stockholm, Sweden
July 27 - August 5
Ibiza, Spain
June 13 - 16
Tokyo, Japan
April 28 - May 6
Key West, Florida
June 6 - 10
Vancouver, Canada
August 3 - 5


And the best ships to take you there…

Whether your preference is modern elegance, family fun, partying all night or being a sophisticated single; all cruise lines have their own unique offerings for the wild to the more discreet traveller.

Most cruise lines offer LGBT meet-ups and casual cocktail parties for anyone who wants to identify and socialise with other gay passengers on large ships. These are otherwise known as ‘Friends of Dorothy’ (FOD) meetings; usually held at one of the bars or public rooms onboard – you’ll find these advertised either in the ship’s daily programme or bulletin board.



Thinking about arranging your own meet up onboard your cruise? is a great platform for solo travellers and couples alike; enabling cruisers to connect with each other before boarding, or even find cabin-mates to avoid a single supplement.

Gay and lesbian guests can feel welcome onboard any cruise sailing by all staff and passengers; and faced with unlimited cruise choices, it can be difficult to decide which cruise line is right for you. Below are just a few of our favourite cruise lines who are popular within the LGBT community.

Celebrity Cruises

Modern and elegant, Celebrity Cruise ships have a cool vibe with 5* service. There is a huge mix of passengers onboard and their varied dining options, state-of-the-art activities and luxurious spa facilities caters for all of them. If there is not a FOD meeting included in a daily programme, check the community ‘bulletin board’ which can be found near Guest Relations.

Norwegian Cruise Line

A Norwegian cruise is casual, great fun and excellent value for money. Norwegian’s ‘Freestyle Cruising’ appeals to many lesbian and gay passengers due to its informal feel, anytime dining and open seating. NCL hold at least one FOD meeting on every ship, on every cruise.

Royal Caribbean

Creator of the largest ships at sea, Royal Caribbean attracts an adventurous, fun-loving and diverse crowd; it’s popular with gay and lesbian travellers, singles, families and couples alike. With some Royal ships holding up to 6,000 passengers, they truly are ‘cities at sea’. Activities include a zipline, surf simulators, sky diving simulators as well as Broadway shows including Cats, Mamma Mia and We Will Rock You.



Cunard Cruise Line

Traditionally British, formal, and oozing with luxury, Cunard attracts the more conservative traveller. With White Glove service, 5* cuisine and diverse itineraries, the three Queens definitely embody the finer things in life. All ships are very gay-friendly with LGBT meet-ups on every cruise.

Crystal Cruises

Sophisticated travellers flock to Crystal Cruises’ ultra-luxury ships. You can expect first-class cuisine, Broadway singers and a fantastic variety of entertainment. The Perfect Choice Dining programme appeals to those who want the flexibility of dining when and with whom they wish. Crystal also offers a Friends of Dorothy meeting on every itinerary.


Colourful, casual and vibrant cruises – Carnival ships are FUN for all and suitable for couples and families alike. LGBT meet-ups are frequent onboard most of their ships, sometimes one a day. Refer to your Carnival Hub mobile app for the day’s itinerary which tells you when gatherings will be held. The app is also a forum for you to connect with and ‘chat’ with other passengers you’ve met onboard



All-gay cruises

There are a number of ships chartered specifically for LGBT travellers over the year through companies including Atlantis Events, Source Events and R Family Vacations.

Please share any comments or questions you may have about LGBT cruise travel below – we’d love to hear from you.

Happy Pride!


By Chloe

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