The cruise industry is so open and invested in gay-friendly cruises that, these days, you’ll struggle to find an at-sea holiday that isn’t accommodating to absolutely everyone. There are cruises that are just generally gay-friendly and others that are specifically geared toward the LGBTQ+ community, often referred to as Friends of Dorothy cruises or Friends of Bill cruises. These cruises don’t just go to the same four destinations every year – like the rest of the cruise industry, they’re expanding all the time, extending to gay cruisers and their families, gay single cruises or romantic options for couples.
Speaking of itineraries, gay-friendly cruises venture to just about all four corners of the world. That said, there are always some ports that are a little more exclusive than the rest, so if you’re looking for the top gay-friendly cruise destinations and the voyages that’ll take you there, we’re at your service.
This chilly, northern destination has garnered itself a reputation for being a particularly LBGTQ±friendly destination and is the host of one of Europe’s longest-running Pride parades. It’s a place where both relaxation and adventure are encouraged, with natural hot springs, dog-sled excursions and glacier hikes all on the agenda. And with the Northern Lights glittering off in the distance, there’s no telling what you’ll discover here.
Top cruises to Reykjavik – In recent years, Reykjavik and Iceland in general have become some of the trendiest holiday destinations in the world. There are cruises that specifically explore Iceland, while others venture to Ireland, the Faroe Islands and through the Norwegian fjords as well.
New York City, USA
New York City is often cited as the birthplace of the gay rights movement, and to this day remains a cornerstone destination for the LGBTQ+ community. Its diverse neighbourhoods and boroughs are home to a wide array of LGBTQ+ landmarks, as well as clubs, bars and other gay-friendly businesses. Then there are the attractions! Gay-friendly excursions in NYC include the world-famous Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, not to mention the Statue of Liberty, Central Park and, best of all, Broadway.
Top cruises to New York City – Most cruises to New York will keep to the east coast of the United States, hitting New England along the way before heading up north, to Canada. There are other cruises that will start in New York and cruise down south to Florida and onwards to the Caribbean, so you can get a little side of sun on your voyage.
The Greek islands have long been a place of endless sun and romance and are often a top choice in terms of cruise deals for gay couples. Tiny Mykonos and Santorini, with their whitewashed buildings and iconic blue domes, are staples on the gay-friendly cruise route, as is Skiathos. While here, you can enjoy days spent on the beach and afternoons winding through the narrow, cobbled lanes lined with jewellery shops and an abundance of ancient artwork exploring Greek mythology.
Top cruises to the Greek islands – There are more than 200 inhabited Greek islands, a number of which are visited by cruise lines. That said, you’ve got a lot of choice here. There are some itineraries that cruise strictly to Greek islands, but if you want to shake up the Mediterranean vibes, you’ll find an abundance of cruises that add Spain and Italy into mix too.
The little island of St. Barts is often cited as being the most gay-friendly island in the Caribbean. Its roots are distinctly French, which you’ll pick up on in the language, culture and cuisine. The beachscapes, however, are undeniably Caribbean, swept with white sand and blue water as far as the eye can see. Much of the activity here revolves around the beach – for obvious reasons – and include snorkelling and sailing, but there are also tours that’ll take you to the island’s red-roofed capital city, Gustavia.
Top cruises to St. Barts – A great deal of Caribbean cruises leave from Florida, but you’ll find other fly-cruises leaving from a particular Caribbean island and even some no-fly ones from England, too. Once down south, you’ll have your pick of Caribbean islands with Barbados, Antigua, St. Lucia and Aruba on the list. The only tricky thing about the Caribbean is that not all islands are especially gay-friendly, so you’ll either want to specifically book a gay cruise or do research in advance on where you’ll feel most comfortable.
The island of Cozumel and many ports in Mexico in general are cited as being especially chilled out and gay-friendly. Aside from indulging in as much Mexican food as you possibly can, you’ll want to wander through the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza and the walled city of Tulum. Learn to salsa dance or head out for snorkelling and catamaran cruises, before exploring nearby caverns and coral reefs to really get the most from your time.
Top cruises to Cozumel – Because Cozumel is so close to the Caribbean – it’s actually located within the Caribbean Sea – many cruises to these parts couple this port with other Caribbean islands and even treks through the Panama Canal. If you’re heading down this far south, you can set yourself up for a full Latin American extravaganza.
The Balearic Islands consist of Majorca, Menorca and the ultra-famous Ibiza, plus its teeny-tiny little sister island, Fuerteventura. Majorca and its capital, Palma, are a beach-city paradise while Menorca keeps things on the sleepier side. Supremely gay-friendly Ibiza, however, is in a league of its own, being hailed as the nightlife capital of the world with a huge collection of all-night bars and clubs. Scattered within its boozy roads is an impressive array of culture, including the UNESCO-approved Dalt Villa and its alive-and-well hippie scene.
Top cruises to the Balearic Islands – While the Balearic Islands could be an entire cruise of their own, they’re usually grouped with other Mediterranean highlights, like mainland Spain and Portugal, though Italy and Croatia have also surfaced on itineraries as well. Passing through Ibiza won’t give you much opportunity to experience its nightlife, but you can still pause in a waterfront cafe for a cocktail – or four.
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The Balearic Islands consist of Majorca, Menorca and the ultra-famous Ibiza, plus its teeny-tiny little sister island Fuerteventura. Majorca and its capital Palma are a beach-city paradise while Menorca keeps things on the sleepier side. Supremely gay-friendly Ibiza, however, is in a league of its own, hailed as the nightlife capital of the world with a huge collection of all-night bars and clubs. But scattered within its boozy roads is an impressive array of culture, including the UNESCO-approved Dalt Villa and its alive-and-well hippy scene.
Top cruises to the Balearic Islands – While the Balearic Islands could be an entire cruise of their own, they’re usually grouped with other Mediterranean highlights like mainland Spain and Portugal, though Italy and Croatia have also surfaced on itineraries as well. Though passing through Ibiza won’t give you much opportunity to experience its nightlife, you can still pause in a waterfront cafe for a cocktail – or four.
Ready to get out on the high seas? Book your gay-friendly cruise today!
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