If you’ve fantasized of having a boogie and a beer with a burly German man, sharing a sunset dance with a beautiful Tahitian woman, or partying with DOZENS of RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants at once, your dreams are about to come true.
The season’s hottest gay and lesbian cruises prove a winter holiday need not be frigid.
From steamy pool parties to adventures in the sweltering Mexican jungle, these five cruises turn up the heat for guests no matter what their preferred scene.
Lesbians in leiderhosen? Check.
Michelle Visage giving the bon voyage from Miami? Yes mam!
Bears at sea? We’ve got you covered.
Early bird discounts available for several of these five cruises, so grab your partner, friends, or go on a solo expedition to meet your new besties in the sea.
Don the leiderhosen and get ready for an intimate cruise down the scenic Rhine River. The cruise goes from Munich to Amsterdam, taking you through some of Europe’s most exciting cities and lovely mountainous landscapes, all aboard a smaller cruise ship ideal for mixing and mingling.
When: 17 to 28 September 2014
Ports of call: Seefeld, Munich, Rhine River stopping along France, Germany and Holland (Rüdesheim, Koln, Dusseldorf, Amsterdam)
Guests and entertainment: What more could you ask for than Gay Day at Munich’s Oktoberfest!?
Your Ship: The CroisiEurope Strasbourg is a 160-guest cruise ship small enough to sail the Rhine River and big enough to host the party of the season.
Price: Lower deck cabins start at $1,999 (€1,469).
This is the first Altantis cruise route on Princess Cruises, which means a completely new ship with fresh rooms and floors for entertainment. This cruise takes guests from sunny Los Angeles to sunnier Mexico for adventures through coral reefs and ancient ruins.
When: 5 to 13 October 2014
Ports of call: Los Angeles, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo
Your ship: The Golden Princess comes with a two-story vista lounge where comedy shows and cabaret performances are held, along with a piano bar, grand casino, bars and lounges. For the times you need to relax, head to the Serenity Retreat and Lotus Spa, or three inviting pools.
Price: Fares for eight nights aboard the Atlantis Mexican Riviera cruise start at $899 (€660).
Hailed as the most popular of Olivia Cruises, this luxury cruise combines the best of tropical Tahiti and Bora Bora, from jungle excursions to snorkeling, in the comfort of traveling lesbian sisters.
When: 11 to 18 October 2014
Ports of call: Papeete, Tahiti; Raiatea, Tahiti; Tahaa (Motu Mahana); Bora Bora; Moorea
Your ship: The award-winning, all-inclusive six-star Ms Paul Gauguin has won the Condé Nast award for Best Small Luxury Cruise Ship every year from 2006-2012 . You’ll also find an extensive spa, a pool, a casino, a grand salon for performances, a piano bar and 360-degree observatory. And remember, all beverages—including coffee, wine, bottled water, cocktails and soda are included. The ms Paul Gauguin was specifically designed for sailing French Polynesia year-round.
Price: Early bird Porthole Staterooms start at $3,599 (€2,645) with Owner’s Suites starting at $11,999 (€8,818).
With trips to see waterfalls, ruins, beaches and coral reefs, you may not want to stay on the ship. Offering the best of the Caribbean region, Olivia’s Thanksgiving Cruise stops at some of the most coveted tropical travel destinations.
When: 23 to 30 November 2014
Ports of call: Tampa, Forida; Costa Maya, Mexico; Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala; Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Honduras; Cozumel, Mexico
Guests and entertainment: Bonnie Rait kicks off the cruise in Tampa, Florida. Lesbian celebrity chefs Josie Smith Malave and Tiffani Faison will be on board cooking and teaching classes. DJ Citizen Jane will be spinning tables at the fabulous Club O to wrap up the evenings/morning.
Your ship: Holland America’s Ms Ryndam features spacious state rooms, dining rooms with ocean vistas, a gym, champagne bar and wine tasting room.
Price: Early bird Interior Stateroom prices start at $1,299 (€955) with Neptune Suites starting at $3,499 (€2,571).
Three cruises in one! 3,600 guests get to choose between RuPaul’s Drag Race at Sea, Bears at Sea, or a traditional gay cruise. The Drag Race Cruise is a completely separate event, so if you want to kiki with the ladies, be sure to select the correct cruise option.
When: 30 November to 7 December 2014
Ports of call: Key West, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Cancun; Roatan, Honduras; Miami, Florida
Guests and entertainment: GET READY FOR… Michelle Visage, Chi Chi Larue, Adore Delano, Alaska, Alyssa Edwards, April Carrión, Bendelacreme, Bianca Del Rio, Carmen Carrera, Coco Montrese, Darienne Lake, Detox, Gia Gunn, Ivy Winters, Jade Sotomayor, Jiggly Caliente, Jinkx Monsoon, Joslyn Fox, Kelly Mantle, Laganja Estranja, Latrice Royale, Magnolia Crawford, Manila Luzon, Mariah, Milk Queen, Mimi Imfurst, Morgan Mcmichaels, Mystique Summers, Ongina, Pandora Boxx, Phi Phi O’hara, Raja, Roxxxy Andrews, Shangela , Shannel, Sharon Needles, Trinity K. Bonet, Tyra Sanchez, Victoria Porkchop Parker, Vivacious, Willam, Yara Sofia
Price: Inside cabins start from $599 (€440), and Balcony Rooms start at $989 (€727).