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

The best lesbian and gay cruises to board in 2014
25 September 2013

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:

Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro aboard Olivia Cruises

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 (€4,068) is no longer available, so get the early bird discount on the Grand Suite starting at $14,999 (€11,095).

Divina Caribbean Cruise with RSVP Cruises

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 (€665) sold out, book inside stateroom from $969 (€717).

Naked cruise in the Caribbean with Source Events

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 (€1,405).

Bali to Singapore cruise aboard Atlantis Cruises

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 (€2,810) Oceanview suites are sold out, so reserve your Veranda Suite for $4,949 (€3,662).



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