The BEST gay cruises in the Caribbean in 2020

Stefan Arestis

“Aruba, Jamaica, oh I want to take ya
Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama…”

While there might not be a real “Kokomo” in the Caribbean (or at least there wasn't until that Beach Boys' song came out!) there are still so many incredibly beautiful islands to explore. From the colourful and lively San Juan to the lush and mountainous Grenada, the Caribbean has a great deal to offer.

Give us a Caribbean beach or two any day. Or better still, hop aboard a Caribbean gay cruise and you get to visit a whole bunch of them. With over 700 islands, islets and reefs to explore, island hopping this lush area of the world with a fabulous group of gay guys is definitely the way forward!

When it comes to gay cruises in the Caribbean, there are many options. Each one is unique in its own way. We've put together our list of some of the best ones you need to check out. Note that we have divided our guide up into two parts: the first featuring gay only cruises, the second, a gay group mixed with a larger group.

PART 1: exclusively gay cruises

01

RSVP 35th Anniversary Caribbean Cruise

9 – 16 February 2020

You can explore the Bahamas and other islands in the Caribbean on RSVP's 35th Anniversary gay cruise

The cruise at a glance


  • Prices start from $989
  • Dates: February 9th – 16th, 2020
  • Large luxurious cruise ship
  • Itinerary: Fort Lauderdale – Cayman Islands – Mexico

RSVP is well known in the gay cruise industry, and they've been around! This cruise celebrates their 35th anniversary.

The RSVP Caribbean Cruise takes place aboard the Holland America Line's Nieuw Statendam, which oozes style, sophistication and sass! With an innovative entertainment centre, a theatre stage, dance club, and live music bar, the days spent at sea will feel just as exciting as the days spent exploring ashore.

This cruise kicks off in gay old sunny Fort Lauderdale, where you can spend some time chilling on the beach and exploring the gay scene of Wilton Manors. The first day is then spent on Holland America's own private island: Half Moon Cay. Simply put, it's 2,400-acres of pure paradise. The island gets the name from its crescent-shaped beach – which spans 2.5 miles and offers a plethora of fun water activities to enjoy.

A highlight of the trip has to be the stop in Georgetown on Grand Cayman Island. Spend the day swimming with rays or strolling along a beach, taking in the dazzling blue waters. The cruise then tops off the experience with visits to Cozumel, Mexico, and circles back to Fort Lauderdale after a stopover in Key West.

02

GaySail St. Martin

15 – 22 February 2020

With GaySail cruises you can explore the island of St. Martin as well as St. Barth and Anguila with or without clothing!

The cruise at a glance


  • Prices start from €1,695
  • Dates: February 15th – 22nd, 2020
  • Two luxury catamarans with max. 20 guests
  • Itinerary: St. Martin – St. Barths – Anguilla

Quiet. Intimate. Minimal.

Sometimes you just need to destress… and de-robe! That's right: get it all off aboard the GayNudeSail to St. Martin.

The GaySail cruise has a warm spot in our hearts for the very fact that it feels like a true detox. Whilst other cruises can liven you up, fill you with excitement, with party party party all day/night long, the GaySail cruise focuses on stripping away all your stresses and asks you just truly….relax!

Setting sail on two large luxury 40 feet catamarans, you'll spend time with fellow gay travellers who also appreciate seeing the world and being in the nip! Both catamarans have four double cabins, perfect for couples or friends. There are also options for those who are single and don't want to share a cabin.

Hitting up spots like St. Barths, Anse du Colombier and Grand Casse, you'll become infatuated with St. Martin and all its surrounding islands. Whether you're into scuba diving, snorkelling with turtles, or going on a shopping spree in Gustavia, there is so much to do in this tiny treasure trove of the world. A highlight of this cruise is the Prickly Pear Cays, famous for its labyrinth of coral reefs, hiding schools of brightly coloured fishes and sea creatures.

Gay Sail is offering our readers an exclusive 5% discount valid for any cruise booked on their website. Just use the coupon code NOMADICGS5 at checkout.

* Other dates and itineraries available (choose from clothing optional or nude cruises): 22-29 Feb, 2020 + 13-20 Feb and 20-27 Feb, 2021

03

Atlantis Events Virgin Caribbean Cruise

31 May – 07 June 2020

Explore the Caribbean with Atlantis Events on the newest Virgin Voyages ship on this fabulous gay cruise

The cruise at a glance


  • Prices start from
  • Dates: May 31st – June 7th, 2020
  • Huge brand-new luxury cruise ship
  • Itinerary: Miami – Mexico – Bahamas

No, you don't have to be a virgin to go on this cruise, it's just taking place on Scarlet Lady, one of Richard Branson's Virgin Voyages ships!

And it will truly be a virgin voyage in every sense of the word as Atlantis Events are the first-ever company to charter the Scarlet Lady, as she's completely brand-new and absolutely state-of-the-art. She's so new that as of writing this she hasn't even been launched yet, that will happen on Valentine's Day 2020 – awwww!

There's no shortage of things to do while onboard either, from theatre shows and pool parties to sweating it up in the gym, having a lazy brunch or watching hilarious drag queens. Apart from alcohol, everything onboard is included in the price, so there are no nasty surprises in store either – just the fun ones! As well as entertainment onboard you can explore the gay bars of Key West and you'll definitely want to spend a bit of extra time in the gay haven of Miami.

After setting sail from Miami, this cruise will whisk you through the Florida Keys, to Cozumel and Costa Maya in Mexico, as well as Bimini in the Bahamas. Beach bums will be in heaven as you have ample shore time to relax on white-sand beaches and snorkel in crystal-clear waters. If you crave a bit of adrenaline then you might like to ride an ATV through the jungle of Mexico, while those who are more laid-back will enjoy shopping for a bargain in the local markets. There's truly something for everyone on this cruise.

04

Olivia Caribbean Cruise

dates to be announced soon

Lesbian ladies will love all the fun activities on offer on the Olivia Tahitian Paradise cruise!

The cruise at a glance


  • Prices start from $2,599
  • Dates: TBA
  • Large luxurious cruise ship
  • Itinerary: Fort Lauderdale – Cayman Islands – Mexico

30 years sailing at sea and the Olivia brand is still going strong!

After departing Fort Lauderdale in Florida, this cruise for girls brings you through the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean alongside 1,300 other LGBTQ women.

You'll get to experience dolphin spotting, snorkelling and discover the history of four beautiful islands over the course of one fun-filled week.

The ship has a diverse range of facilities and activities, such as cooking classes and even workshops taught by Microsoft-trained “techsperts”. There's also a whole load of fantastic female musicians, DJs and comediennes waiting to entertain you!

Starting off in the gay city of Fort Lauderdale, you'll have ample time to explore Wilton Manors before climbing on board. From Fort Lauderdale, the cruise heads down the East Coast, stopping in good old gay Key West. The next stop is the Cayman Islands, where you get to explore the archipelago, breathe in the warm breeze and roam around the pretty coastal town. The highlight of this trip is Quintana Roo in Mexico, famous for having some of the best diving sites.

PART 2: gay groups mixed into larger cruises

05

Source Events Miami Pride Cruise

6 – 19 April 2020

Sailing with Source Events for Miami Pride will see you joining one big happy gay family at sea!

The cruise at a glance


  • Prices start from $639
  • Dates: April 6th – 19th, 2020
  • Huge luxurious cruise ship
  • Itinerary: Miami – Coco Cay – Nassau, Bahamas

2020 will see Source Events continue its beloved tradition of extending Miami Beach Gay Pride to the sea, with two full days at the Royal Caribbean's own incredible private island called Coco Cay.

Spending 4 nights aboard the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas, you'll be swept up right from the Port of Miami just after the Pride weekend finishes.

This gay cruise is a terrific way to keep the Pride momentum flowing, whilst meeting lots of people from all over the world. With free cocktail hours, disco parties, comedy shows and drag queen stand-ups, the experience is truly like no other. From Miami, you'll visit Coco Cay, the Bahamas and have the opportunity to go sunbathing, scuba diving, and try the Caribbean cuisine.

Feeling lucky? The stop at Paradise Island in the Bahamas has a casino. If you think fortune is on your side, then definitely swing by and explore within! Don't worry if things don't go your way…what happens in the Bahamas stays in the Bahamas… Though if gambling's not your thing, the Señor Frog at the Bahamian capital, Nassau, is an amazing club/bar with dancing waiters, live music, incredible DJs and a hilarious conga line!

06

R Family The Broadway Cruise

28 March – 4 April 2020

You might not see Singin' in the Rain, but you'll still have a grand old time watching and taking part in theatre of R Family's gay Broadway Cruise

The cruise at a glance


  • Prices start from $820
  • Dates: March 28th – April 4th, 2020
  • VIP gay group on huge luxurious cruise ship
  • Itinerary: New Jersey – Bermuda

The Broadway cruise is one fabulous and uber gay way to spend your spring!

Whether you're an old musical obsessed nut like us, or you've only seen the movie version of “Les Mis” and thought it was just alright, you'll have one incredible Memory after another from your time on this gay cruise…in fact, it'll be absolutely Wicked!

A Star is Born! From a musical camp to suit all ages to an end-of-cruise show that you can be a part of, this is your chance to dust off your dancing shoes and warm up those power-house vocals and show everyone what you're made of. Belt out tunes like “Tomorrow” or “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and show the theatre world what they're missing out on! There'll be performances from Broadway stars. Previous appearances include Shoshan Bean, Audra McDonald and Andrea Burns.

The gay cruise takes place on the Royal Caribbean's revolutionary Anthem of the Seas. This huge, luxurious cruise ship has (alongside all the theatre shows) multiple swimming pools, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, ice-skating rink, rock-climbing wall, a casino and even a skydiving simulator! The ship sets sail from Cape Liberty in New Jersey with just stopover at King's Wharf in Bermuda. So for the travel bug, it may not be the cruise for you, but for the musical nerd, this will be heaven!

07

Let's Cruise Away Caribbean Gay Singles Cruise

dates to be announced soon

Explore the best of the Caribbean on an affordable cruise with other gay singles with LetsSailAway!

The cruise at a glance


  • Prices start from $1,252
  • Dates: TBA
  • Small gay group on large luxurious cruise ship
  • Itinerary: Miami – US Virgin Islands – Puerto Rico

Are you looking for love?

This singles cruise wants to help you out with that! This gay group caters towards single gay guys, with events geared towards socialising.

Plus, it is the ideal time to head on a cruise: leave all your colleagues and family to deal with the grips of winter whilst you head out towards the sun.

This cruise sets sails out of Miami a couple of days before Martin Luther King Jr Day, so take the chance and experience the celebrations that will be sweeping the US. You'll then board the Carnival Conquest, greeted with a complimentary welcome drink and meet with your fellow gay single group. Every night there are exclusive activities for your group, from trivia contests to game nights to parties.

As well as the fun activities onboard, you'll get to explore the best of the Caribbean, with stops in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and Turks & Caicos. The ship itself is massive, with a capacity of 2,980. The Carnival Conquest has multiple bars, many different restaurants, comedy shows, spas offering “special men's services” and a swimming pool where you can watch an evening movie either poolside or floating in the water!


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Stefan Arestis

Stefan is the co-founder, editor and author the gay travel blog nomadicboys.com. As a travel nerd, he has explored more than 80 countries across 5 continents. What he loves the most about travelling is discovering the local gay scene, making new friends and learning new cultures. His advice about LGBTQ travel has been featured in Gay Times, Gaycities, Pink News, Gay Star News, Attitude and Towleroad. He has also written about gay travel for other non-gay specific publications including Lonely Planet, The New York Times, The Guardian and The Huffington Post. Stefan is also a qualified lawyer, having practised as a commercial property litigator in London for over 10 years. He left his lawyer days behind to work full time on Nomadic Boys with his husband Sebastien. Find out more about Nomadic Boys.

2 thoughts on “The BEST gay cruises in the Caribbean in 2020”

  1. Thanks, we enjoyed your article. We luv traveling, and the cruise is one part of it for us, especially the fun people of LGBTQ travels. Looking forward to visiting your website.
    Scott and Joanie

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