Picture this: you and your boo are relaxing on comfortable chaise lounges, soaking up the sunrays and taking in panoramic ocean views with a refreshing drink in hand. The only cares you’ve had so far today are which bathing suit to put on and which magazine to flip through. You aren’t worried about dinner plans—those have been made for you. Entertainment for the evening is covered, too—and you didn’t even have to lift a finger. What kind of magical, carefree vacation paradise are we talking about? LGBT-friendly cruises, of course!

Interested in an LGBT-friendly singles cruise? Or how about a family cruise? Or, perhaps, a romantic cruise? We’ll get your ship sailing to paradise with this list of gay-friendly cruise charters to consider for your next vacation.

Atlantis Events

Producing gay-focused vacation packages since 1991, Atlantis Events brings together more than 20,000 members of the LGBT community annually for fun-filled getaways around the globe. The company aims to cultivate a welcoming atmosphere where everyone can have a great time and be themselves, surrounded by the beauty and culture of exciting destinations including Bora Bora, Japan, and Italy.

If you’re traveling solo—as nearly half of Atlantis’ guests are—look into the Room Share Program, which helps to pair up travelers at no extra charge.

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Eclipse Mexico Cruise

October 20–27, 2019

Set sail from Los Angeles with 2,700 other guests on the Celebrity Eclipse. Enjoy a sunshine-filled cruise to Mexico with stops in Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, and Mazatlán.

Source Events

Adventure is the name of the game on any Source Events vacation. Dedicated to crafting gay cruise experiences that you can’t find with any other travel company, Source Events strives to bring together adventure-seekers to explore faraway destinations together, building lasting friendships among like-minded travelers in the LGBT community.

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Antarctica Luxury Voyage

January 14–24, 2020

Check another continent off of your list! Explore Antarctica while enjoying the grandeur of Ponant’s Le Soléal. Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina, to board the ship, and then cross the Drake Passage to reach the Antarctic Peninsula. While in Antartica, experience scenic hikes, snow-covered mountains, and majestic glaciers. Also, keep your eyes open for wildlife, including humpback whales, leopard seals, and gentoo penguins.

RSVP Vacations

Proud pioneers of the lesbian and gay cruise concept, RSVP Vacations has been curating full-ship charter cruise getaways since 1985. On an RSVP cruise, you’re guaranteed top-notch entertainment and a welcoming atmosphere. RSVP has hosted more than 100,000 guests since its founding. Plus, all members of the community are welcome—including allies.

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35th Anniversary Caribbean Cruise

February 9–16, 2020

Join more than 2,500 other gay travelers on Holland America’s Nieuw Statendam for a Caribbean celebration of 35 years of RSVP Vacations. Take off from Fort Lauderdale, FL, and sail away to Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico; and Key West, FL, before returning to Fort Lauderdale. Treat yourself at the ship’s spa, and then put your game face on at the outdoor volleyball court.

Olivia

Hey, ladies! Check out Olivia’s all-woman vacation packages, and prepare to feel wanderlust as you peruse the variety of cruise and resort packages on offer. What started in 1973 as an independent record label for female artists has evolved into a travel company that has specialized in lesbian vacations since 1990. If you’re a solo traveler, Olivia hosts onboard mixers for singles. Olivia also organizes the Sisters at Sea program, dedicated to bringing together women of color during cruises.

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Pacific Coastal Cruise

April 23–29, 2020

Holland America’s ms Volendam will sail from San Diego, California, to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Cruisers will enjoy four stops along the way, including Santa Barbara and San Francisco, California; Astoria, Oregon; and Seattle, Washington. On board, join 1,400 women as you sail underneath the Golden Gate Bridge and along the picturesque Pacific Coast.

R Family Vacations

Family getaway packages by R Family Vacations include entertainment and programs for children, making this vacation company the perfect option for those who are traveling with kids. But even if you’re not bringing the kids along, R Family also offers adult-only vacations that provide the perfect balance of relaxation and entertainment.

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Hawaiian Islands Cruise

May 9–16, 2020

Say aloha to the islands of Hawaii aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Pride of America. Island hop with 60 gay vacationers during this intimate, LGBT-friendly cruise experience. Don’t miss opportunities for whale watching and taking in views of the Kīlauea Volcano and Nāpali Coast.

VACAYA

The mission at VACAYA, an LGBTQIAPK-focused travel company, is simple. The goal is to provide all-gay, judgment-free getaways that don’t skimp on the variety of amenities typically offered by mainstream vacations. VACAYA is passionate about planning unique experiences for guests in destinations that other LGBT travel companies haven’t previously offered—such as the Riviera Maya in Mexico—so expect to be tempted by full-ship charter cruises and resort experiences in exotic and unexpected locales.

Check back for information on upcoming VACAYA gay cruises.

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