The best lesbian and gay cruises to board in 2014
From cruising with money expert Suze Orman to sunning with a nudist community, GSN breaks down some of the most exciting LGBT cruises slated to make a splash next year
GSN is getting a head-start on next year’s best-looking gay and lesbian cruises.
We’ve sifted through a selection of cruises scheduled for 2014 to give you the need-to-know details on a variety of oceanic adventures ranging from Latin American treks to Pacific island getaways.
There’s even a nude cruise! Although we’re certain the clothing-optional option is only available on the ship… make sure to bring clothes for when you dock.
Picking, or packing for a cruise is no easy feat. There are destinations to ponder, party themes to consider and outfits to select.
Take a look at the ships, features and prices of the 2014 cruises we wish we could embark on now:
Dubbed the world’s best lesbian cruise line by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, Olivia Cruises is offering their first-ever South America cruise from 21 to 28 January 2014. Olivia founder Judy Dlugacz launched Olivia Cruises and Resorts when, after 15 years in the music industry, she decided a concert on the water would be fun. The ‘Ladies of Olivia’ are experts in making this a woman’s world, as a recent National Post article revealed men’s urinals when not in use serve well as orchid pot holder.
Ports of call: Buenos Aires, Argentina; Montevideo and Punta del Este, Uruguay; Santos, Parati and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Guests & Entertainment: Suze Orman just announced, along with many other liver musical acts.
Your ship: six-star, all-suite Silver Cloud, described as a ‘private yacht’ that fits 296 guests.
Price: the Midship Veranda Suite for $5,499 (â‚¬4,068) is no longer available, so get the early bird discount on the Grand Suite starting at $14,999 (â‚¬11,095).
With almost 30 years in the gay cruise business, RSVP Cruises is offering its biggest cruise to date from 15 to 22 February 2014.
Ports of call: sail from Miami to St Maarten, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas
Features: Italian design, real stone piazza and Broadway-size theater, Swarovski crystal staircases and Infinity Pool, Aurea Spa, 4D cinema, bowling sports bar, water slide, volleyball/basketball court, mini-golf course, jogging track, 10 restaurants and 24-hour room service.
Guests & Entertainment: two-story theater, cabaret piano bar, themed t-dances, costume contest.
Your ship: the brand-new MSC Divina capable of carrying 3500 new friends.
Price: Basic inside stateroom for $899 (â‚¬665) sold out, book inside stateroom from $969 (â‚¬717).
In conjunction with nudist organization Gay Naturists International, Source Events is offering a seven-day Caribbean adventure from 9 to 15 March 2014.
Ports of call: St Lucia, St Vincent, Canouan, Anse La Roche, Petit St Vincent, Tobago Cays.
Features: Bloody Mary’s and Rum Swizzles accompany dinner meals with wine, open-air sundeck, all outside cabins with A/C and private bathroom.
Your ship: SV Mandalay, a 236-foot Barquentine windjammer.
Price: limited availability for Standard Cabin for $1,899 (â‚¬1,405).
All-gay Atlantis Cruises offers a 10-day Asian-pacific cruise from 15 to 25 March 2014.
Ports of call: Benoa, Bali; Celukan, Bali; Surabaya and Semarang, Java; Kuala Lumpor, Malaysia; Phuket, Thailand; Singapore, Singapore.
Features: 225 ocean view suites measuring from 295 to 1,682 square feet, most with private verandas, fitness studio, private Spa Villa, waterspouts Marina for water-skiing, kayaking and banana boat rides.
Your ship: all-suite Seabourn Odyssey accommodates 450 guests.
Price: basic $3,799 (â‚¬2,810) Oceanview suites are sold out, so reserve your Veranda Suite for $4,949 (â‚¬3,662).