9 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE A GAY CRUISE

Going on a cruise is one of the most enjoyable and relaxing vacations you can take. The options are limitless ranging from the Mediterranean and Caribbean to the Baltic Sea or even Alaska. Of course the latter will be lacking sun and warm weather and it’s probably not the most gay-friendly option you could choose. So why not consider taking an all-gay cruise? You can opt for a small ship with a more intimate feel or take one of the more popular large boats with companies like Atlantis or RSVP. For the ladies, Olivia is the major player and all 3 companies have been around for 20 years or more. So if you’ve never thought about taking a gay cruise, here are 9 reasons that just might convince you.

Friendly and Social Atmosphere

One great aspect of taking a gay cruise is that most of the guests are friendly and open to meeting new people. On a straight cruise, guests come with friends or family and already have a social group established. On a gay cruise, there are many activities that help connect guests and give you a chance to meet new people.

Options for All: Singles, Couples and Friends

Another benefit on a gay cruise is the amount of different activities that take place on the ship. When we went on our Atlantis cruise a few years back, there were even events geared towards couples and singles. Couples could meet other couples and enjoy a meal together and singles could meet other singles and quickly make new friends.

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RSVP Vacations – 2014 Divina Caribbean Cruise

RSVP 2014 Divina Caribbean CruiseAs we enter our 29th year of creating spectacular gay and lesbian vacations, RSVP invites you to sail on the biggest, boldest, and most beautiful cruise ship we’ve ever chartered. We’re the first group to charter the brand new MSC Divina, as we take 3500 guests on an unforgettable cruise to the best of the Caribbean. Sail from Miami to three stunning islands in seven magical nights, with amazing low fares from just $899! There’s never been a better value in gay vacations, or a more sensational RSVP Gay cruise.

 

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Maiden gay cruise to Muslim land hits Morocco snag | Reuters

 

RABAT (Reuters) – Organisers of an all-gay cruise on Saturday blamed Moroccan officials for the cancellation of what would have been the first visit of its kind to a Muslim country, but the tourism minister denied the ship was banned and said its passengers were welcome.

Cruise liner Holland America Line and trip organiser RSVP Vacations told the 2,100 holiday-makers aboard the MS Nieuw Amsterdam ship that the July 1 visit to Casablanca had been cancelled.

“Our port agent in Casablanca has advised us that authorities in Morocco have — despite previous confirmations — now denied our scheduled visit,” the two companies said in a letter tweeted to news organizations by passengers of the ship.

“For all of us, this is a very disappointing development,” they added. “It was ultimately the decision by local authorities in Morocco that has necessitated us to adjust our plans.”

The Casablanca visit was supposed to be the first and the only non-European leg of a week-long journey for the cruise liner, which sailed from Barcelona on Friday with mostly American and European passengers.

Morocco’s Tourism Minister Lahcen Haddad said no official decision had been made to prevent the ship from stopping in Morocco.

“We don’t ban cruise ships here and we never ask our visitors about their sexual preferences,” he told Reuters. Asked if the MS Nieuw Amsterdam could still visit Morocco, he said: “They can if the organisers want to”.

Haddad is from the secular Popular Movement Party, a junior partner in Morocco’s ruling coalition led by moderate Islamists of the Justice and Development Party PJD.L.

PJD came to power in December, riding a regional wave of support for Islamist movements amid Arab revolts but saying it would not impose a strict moral code. The tourism sector accounts for 10 percent of Morocco’s GDP and 450,000 jobs.

The cruise ship’s visit had caught the attention of local media in this generally conservative society where the law deems same-gender sexual relationships “lewd or unnatural” and punishes them with six months to three years in jail. No political parties call for ending laws against homosexuality.

Morocco has an Islamic-inspired penal code that bans sex outside marriage and Moroccans buying alcohol, but authorities favour a tolerant brand of Islam in which young urban couples display affection in the street and locals often outnumber tourists in bars and night clubs.

That has partly helped Morocco to attract large numbers of tourists, especially from western Europe, providing much-needed foreign currency and jobs to an economy that lacks the oil riches of neighbouring states. (Reporting By Souhail Karam; Editing by Roger Atwood)

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