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The BEST gay cruises to take in 2021

The BEST gay cruises to take in 2021

Let's get ship faced…we're going on a gay cruise!

It's every gay boy's dream whether you want to admit it or not. From the moment we both came out many many many moons ago, it was always our dream to go on an all-male gay cruise.

Since those days, the number of gay cruises available has completely mushroomed. As well as the large party orientated ones, there are now cruises going to places beyond the well-trodden pink destinations – like India, Indonesia and even the Galapagos Islands! There are even many gay nude cruises you can go on!

In this guide, we've put together some of the best gay cruises to look forward to in 2021, which include all LGBTQ cruises, i.e. not just male-only. We've sorted them in order of when they depart…and oh boy are we spoilt for choice!

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How to pick the ideal gay cruise for you?

There are many different types of gay cruises available these days, from ones that are action-packed and thrilling to those that slowly saunter down the Danube, stopping in at local wineries. You can cruise on huge ships, small luxurious yachts, catamarans or traditional sailing boats. Whether you’re looking to party with thousands of new friends, or cycle among historic towns before relaxing with a drink at sunset back on board, there's a cruise for you. We’ve compiled all the different options here so that you can easily figure out which gay cruise is the perfect one for you.

Just be aware that some gay cruises are exclusively gay, meaning you will only be sailing with other gay guests, while others are actually small groups of gay travellers within a much larger cruise. This means you'll still get to be around like-minded friends but there will be other straight travellers on the cruise as well. These sorts of cruises can be ideal if you want to travel with your straight friends, but keep an eye on the fine print if you really want to be only surrounded by your rainbow family!

1. Gay river cruises

Going on a cruise doesn’t necessarily mean you’re taking to the high seas. Some quite luxurious cruises take place on rivers through Europe, Asia or India, where you’ll be able to relax onboard as well as explore cute villages, wineries and other places along the way. These are usually very relaxed and romantic cruises, ideal for couples or those who are looking for a cruise with a strong focus on culture.

Our top pick for luxury gay river cruises is the Brand G Prague and Danube River Cruise.

2. Clothing-optional or nude gay cruises

If you like to truly relax on your cruise and let it all hang out then perhaps you should join a gay nude cruise! These cruises are usually hosted on small yachts or catamarans and take place in warm destinations so, you know, you won’t get cold while being nude. There are also some cruises that are exclusively gay and nude, while others are clothing-optional, so you don’t need to feel pressured to be nude all the time if you don’t want to.

The Everything to Sea cruise in Indonesia is our favourite clothing-optional gay cruise, while GaySail Tahiti cruise is our top pick for nude cruises.

3. Gay party cruises

For a fun-filled cruise packed with plenty of hot young guys and lots of great parties, check out some of the bigger gay cruise companies like Atlantis. These usually take place on the larger cruise ships, with lots of pools, bars and different entertainment like DJs or drag performers. They usually attract a young and energetic crowd, but anybody who’s up for a good time will be welcome!

The best gay party cruise in our opinion is the Atlantis Auckland to Sydney Gay Cruise.

4. Gay cruises for single travellers

Single travellers are often daunted at the prospect of going on a cruise alone as you usually have to pay an expensive single supplement to have a room to yourself. If you still want to join a gay cruise but without paying a huge supplement then you can choose one of the cruise companies that offer programs to pair you up with a bunkmate with similar interests. This way you can still enjoy everything the cruise has to offer, plus you’ll meet at least one new friend.

VACAYA offers a cool “Solo Travelling with Ease Program” (or STEP) where you can fill in a questionnaire and be paired up with a like-minded travel mate. The Atlantis and GaySail cruises also match single travellers up with others to share a room at no extra charge. Read more about the best gay cruises for singles in our full post.

5. Adventure gay cruises

Do you like your luxury with a side of adventure? There are some excellent gay cruises that include exhilarating activities like snorkelling, SCUBA diving, hiking or getting up close and personal to lots of wildlife. Generally, you will need a reasonable level of fitness in order to take part in all the fun activities on this type of cruise, although there will also be plenty of opportunities for relaxing.

Out Adventures do some really exciting ones, particularly their Galapagos gay cruise that will have you hopping all over the islands, spotting Galapagos tortoises, sea lions and beautiful tropical fish. If your bucket-list item is to see Antarctica, check out the best gay cruises to the icy continent here!

6. Gay cruises for bears

If you identify as a Bear, a Cub, or just a friend of the Bear community, then there are also some cruises exclusively for the Bear community. Adventure Bears organises an exclusive cruise for bears (and those who love them) to the Mexican Riviera. This is a very welcoming cruise that hops between the best cities and beaches, including the exciting gay mecca of Puerto Vallarta!

7. Gay cruises for lesbians

Don’t worry ladies, we haven’t forgotten you! It’s not all about the gay men as there are companies that organise exclusive lesbian cruises to stunning locations, so you can relax and enjoy yourself with like-minded female travellers. Olivia Travel is a great company that organises exclusive lesbian tours and cruises like this fun Tahitian Intimate Luxury Cruise

If you're the kind of lady who prefers smaller expeditions, check out Out Adventures' all-women cruises such as this departure in Croatia.

Gay cruises not to miss in 2021:

Out Adventures Galapagos Gay Cruise

Dates: 13 November, 2021 - 22 November, 2021

Starting in: Quito, Ecuador

Out Adventures Galapagos gay cruise

Kicking off from the high-rise city of Quito, this gay cruise to the Galapagos with Out Adventures will see you sailing off along the equator to the stunning and unique Galapagos Islands.

Atlantis Events World's Largest Gay Cruise

Dates: 22 May, 2021 - 31 May, 2021

atlantis la to mexico gay cruise

When Atlantis Events calls this the World's Largest Gay Cruise, they are not kidding! It takes place on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas, one of the largest cruise ships …

Everything to Sea nude gay cruise in Indonesia

Dates: 12 June, 2021 - 18 June, 2021

Starting in: Labuan Bajo, Indonesia

Everything to Sea gay cruises

Explore the pristine waters of Indonesia as you sail through the Komodo National park. Oozing with pride about their cool, relaxed and free ambience onboard, the Everything to Sea crew declares, clothing-optional, and insists that all guests wear and do whatever makes them feel most comfortable!

GaySail Exclusive Gay Cruise in Croatia

Dates: 17 July, 2021 - 24 July, 2021

Starting in: Dubrovnik, Croatia

gaysail croatia

GaySail overs a variety of amazing and exclusively gay sailing trips, especially those to the stunning country of Croatia. We love that GaySail's cruises always feature gay skippers, cooks and other staff to take you to the most beautiful swimming spots along the Croatian coastline.

R Family ‘Out on the Douro' LGBTQ Cruise

Dates: 1 August, 2021 - 8 August, 2021

Starting in: Porto, Portugal

portugal r family cruise

R Family Vacations have put together a lovely gay river cruise that departs from Porto in Portugal and cruises along the Douro River all the way to Salamanca in Spain. Architecture lovers will adore this cruise as it includes stops in historic villages and even UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

GaySail Exclusive Cruise in Montenegro

Dates: 7 August, 2021 - 14 August, 2021

Starting in: Tivat, Montenegro

gaysail montenegro

GaySail has been offering awesome gay cruises along the gorgeous coastline of Montenegro since 2019. This one takes place on a luxury catamaran with the services of both a gay skipper and a gay cook.

GaySail Special gay Cruise Greece

Dates: 14 August, 2021 - 21 August, 2021

Starting in: Athens, Greece

gaysail greece

If Greek island-hopping with 22 other gay guys sounds like a fun time, you'll want to get onto one of GaySail's Greece cruises. This particular cruise departs from Athens including stops on Poros, Hydra and Spetses, although there are other dates available, some with different itineraries.

Brand G Prague and Danube gay River Cruise

Dates: 16 August, 2021 - 25 August, 2021

Starting in: Prague, Czech Republic

Vltva River Cruise Prague

For a river cruise that combines luxury and relaxation with visiting some of the most gay-friendly cities in Europe, you can't go past Brand G's Danube River Cruise. This is another completely private LGBTQ charter cruise which takes place on the gorgeous Amadeus Queen

VACAYA Iceland Gay Cruise

Dates: 1 September, 2021 - 8 September, 2021

Starting in: Reykjavik, Iceland

iceland gay cruise

Exploring the stunning landscapes of Iceland (including the Northern Lights) on a cruise with other gay travellers? Yes, please! This is a unique gay cruise where you will circumnavigate Iceland onboard the 5-star Le Jacques Cartier, a huge explorer yacht by French luxury cruise line PONANT.

The Olivia Lesbian Tahitian Intimate Luxury Cruise

Dates: 2 September, 2021 - 9 September, 2021

Starting in: Papeete, French Polynesia

olivia lesbian cruises

This one is for the ladies! Olivia is a travel company devoted to providing great cruise, resort, riverboat and adventure vacations for lesbians. This year, they are hosting the Tahitian Intimate Luxury Cruise, and it looks incredible!

Source Events Dreams of Tahiti Gay Cruise

Dates: 16 September, 2021 - 23 September, 2021

Starting in: Tahiti

tahiti beach

If you've been dreaming of visiting an island paradise, this gay cruise by Source Events might just tick all the boxes. Sailing between the most famous Polynesian islands of Tahiti and Bora Bora, you'll be wowed by the incredible natural scenery in this corner of the world.

GaySail Exclusive Gay Cruise in Seychelles

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Starting in: Mahe, Seychelles

seychelles gay cruising

Travelling along the coast of Seychelles, and neighbouring islands, dip your toes into exploring this side of West Africa. This gay cruise is made for all the big animal lovers of the world. Catch a glimpse into the various bird sanctuaries that populate the Seychelles nation

Adventure Bears Mexican Riviera Cruise

Dates: 30 October, 2021 - 6 November, 2021

Starting in: Los Angeles, California

adventure bears southern Caribbean cruise

We were so excited to discover gay cruises for the bear community! Adventure Bears will be setting sail on the beautiful Royal Princess for their 10th-anniversary cruise, and travelling to some stunning spots in the Mexican Riviera.

GaySail gay nude cruise in Tahiti

Dates: 2 April, 2022 - 9 April, 2022

Starting in: Raiatea Island, French Polynesia

tahiti gay nude cruise

Tahiti – the largest island in the South Pacific archipelago. And wow! It sure does impress. From jagged volcanoes to the exotic wildflowers, Tahiti is a place of contradictions. One moment, you will find yourself clambering over rocky hillsides, and the next you'll be threading through the softest of sandy beaches. The Tahiti package gives a taste of everything that you are looking for.

R Family ‘OUT in Venice' gay Cruise

Dates: 1 May, 2022 - 8 May, 2022

Starting in: Venice, Italy

venice grand canal

Another romantic choice which visits some of Italy's most beautiful spots is R Family Vacation's ‘Out in Venice' gay cruise. It takes place on the newly redesigned S.S. Venezia, which is inspired by Venetian culture and features elegantly appointed cabins as well as two grand suites. There's also an Italian kitchen restaurant, a spa, library, lounge and bar.

Brand G Amsterdam and Castles of the Rhine Cruise

Dates: 3 June, 2022 - 11 June, 2022

Starting in: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam gay travel guide

For a spot of history and culture in Europe, you can't go past Brand G's Rhine River cruise which travels from Switzerland to the Netherlands. This is a guaranteed all-LGBT charter, where you will make lots of new gay friends while you enjoy onboard entertainment as well as exploring some of Europe's most beautiful spots.

Brand G Burgundy and Provence gay River Cruise

Dates: 6 September, 2022 - 15 September, 2022

Starting in: Paris, France

Paris Burgundy and Provence river cruise

One of our top picks for a romantic cruise for gay couples is this one by Brand G which starts in Paris, then cruises down the Rhone River with stops at Lyon, Avignon and Arles. Oui, bien sur!

Brand G Royal Clipper Mediterranean gay Sailing

Dates: 15 September, 2022 - 24 September, 2022

Starting in: Cannes, France

the royal clipper

Brand G is offering up a pretty spectacular charter gay cruise onboard the Royal Clipper, the largest and only five-masted, full-rigged sailing ship. But don't worry about being put to work scrubbing the decks because this beautiful dame provides truly luxurious lodging as you explore some of the most glamourous locations along the French and Italian coastline!

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Stefan Arestis

Stefan is the co-founder, editor, and author of 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 traveling is discovering the local gay scene, making new friends, and learning new cultures. His advice about LGBTQ travel has been featured in Gaycation Magazine, Gaycities, Gay Times, Pink News, and Attitude Magazine. 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 practiced 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.

Doug Jardine

Wednesday 2nd of December 2020

I look forward to all the upcoming Gay events

Stefan Arestis

Wednesday 2nd of December 2020

Agreed - we too :)

Travis

Sunday 10th of May 2020

Very keen on coming on a holiday can you please send me information

Stefan Arestis

Sunday 10th of May 2020

We definitely recommend the cruises in this article :)

Jason Fitzgerald

Sunday 29th of March 2020

I love you and can't wait to do this xoxo

Stefan Arestis

Monday 30th of March 2020

Awesome :)

Luis Del Moral

Tuesday 10th of March 2020

Thank you for taking care for all this information!!! Finally I´ve found everything in one site!! Regards from Mexico and thanks again!!! :)

Stefan Arestis

Wednesday 11th of March 2020

Awesome :)

Brian

Saturday 18th of January 2020

Thanks

Stefan Arestis

Saturday 18th of January 2020

Our pleasure :)

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