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Top gay cruises: the best gay cruise for you

By Cruise International | 25 Oct 2021

If you want to find the best gay cruise for you but don’t know where to start, we can help! Here are six of the best cruise operators to help you plan your next trip.

Atlantis Events Gay Cruise

Top Gay Cruises: the Best Gay Cruise for You

Atlantis Events

Atlantis Events is the largest company in the world dedicated to creating unique holidays for the gay and lesbian community. Since its inception in 1991, this company now has over 20,000 guests annually – many of whom opt for cruises in the Caribbean and Mediterranean. Roughly half the passengers on their cruises are single with a large concentration of men from their early 30s to their early 50s; five to ten per cent of passengers are women.

Atlantis Events are known for chartering large ships and taking them on ambitious itineraries. In 2010 they chartered the Allure of the Seas, taking over 5,400 passengers on a week-long Caribbean cruise. The next cruise with availability by Atlantis Events is on January 28-February 7 2022 on Norwegian Pearl as part of their 30th anniversary celebration, sailing from Miami to Costa Rica, Colombia and Panama alongside 2,400 guests from around the world.

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RSVP Vacations

Established in 1985, RSVP Vacations is the originator of the gay cruise concept. Every RSVP holiday has its own unique flavour, driven by the wide variety of gay focused activities provided. Whether it is the outstanding entertainers, creative pool games, famous T-dances, raucous Bingo sessions, leather and underwear parties or infamous costume contest, there is always something for everyone, even if it means just being yourself for a week with 200 or 2000 like-minded people in a completely welcoming and comfortable environment, with 10% of the guests female and the rest male.

Cool and sophisticated contemporary ships are used allowing incredible choice for diners, fun and romantic private spaces, multiple bars, re-energising spas, intimate cabarets, show-stopping spectacular musical productions and raucous al fresco deck parties. RSVP Vactions work with a variety of cruise lines, from Holland America to Avalon Waterways, ensuring there is something for everyone.


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Vacaya is the only large-scale adults-only holiday company built for the entire LGBTQIAPK community – straight allies and friends of the community are most welcome. Vacaya offer world-class LGBT and gay-friendly entertainment with everything from online Q&As to pop-up concerts on offer on a wide range of luxurious cruise ships.

Vacaya charter entire ships that are either ‘bliss’ or ‘luxe’ level; the latter an option if you want to really indulge. Choose from a whole range of voyages, whether you want to relax on the white-sand beaches of the Seychelles and the Caribbean or explore the wilds of Antarctica.


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Source Events

With 20 years experience in travel, Source Events is another great choice if you’re looking for a luxury gay and LGBTQ+ friendly cruise. Think luxury cruises through Italy and the Amalfi Coast, trekking with gorillas in Rwanda and unforgettable bucket-list journeys to Antarctica in pure luxury. One of our top picks is their Magic of Istanbul & Cappadocia cruise, departing on August 9,2022.

Source Events pride themselves on creating meaningful connections between guests as well as friendly, personalised service, and also raise funds for LGBTQ+ causes at home and around the world.


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Olivia Travel

Olivia Travel is the leading travel company for lesbians and LGBTQ+ women, having produced over 300 trips for more than 350,000 women. They offer everything from large cruises to smaller-scale river voyages, always chartering the entire ship, alongside entertainment and friendly personalised service.

Whether you want to relax on the beaches of Tahiti on your honeymoon, see the geysers in Iceland or spot wildlife in Costa Rica, Olivia Travel have a huge range of cruises to suit every lesbian couple or solo traveller, such as their Greece, Cyprus and Israel cruise that departs on October 22nd next year.


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Out Adventures

Our final pick is Out Adventures, catering mainly for men, though women are most welcome, too. Don’t expect big parties, though – the highest number of passengers you’ll find on an Out Adventures cruise is just 40.

Their voyages on upscale yachts and riverboats are the epitome of luxury, and mean you can discover hidden bays and ports otherwise unreachable. Expect exquisite onboard meals and excellent, from their signature Croatia gay cruise to adventures through Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands.


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