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Gay cruises not to miss in 2024 and 2025

Gay cruises not to miss in 2024 and 2025

We explore all the best upcoming gay cruises including party cruises, river cruises, adventure cruises, clothing-optional options and many, many more!

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

We love going on a cruise, especially with our fabulous LGBTQ family in hand! 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 mushroomed. As well as the large party-orientated ones like Atlantis, there are now gay cruises going to places beyond the well-trodden pink destinations – like India, Indonesia, and even Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands! There are even many gay nude cruises you can go on…yes that's right, one boat, 10 men, all in the flesh…you get the idea!

In this guide, we've put together some of the best gay cruises to look forward to in 2024, which include all LGBTQ cruises (i.e. not just male-only ones)…and oh boy are we spoilt for choice!

Heads up: We just wanted to let you know that this post contains affiliate links. That means if you book something through one of those links, we'll get a small commission, at no extra cost to you. It helps us keep our blog going – so thank you in advance for your support! ♥

How to pick the ideal gay cruise for you?

There are many different types of gay cruises available including ones that are action-packed to the more gentle river cruises, slowly sauntering down the Danube, stopping at local wineries along the way…

Gay cruises take place on large ships but also on small luxurious yachts, catamarans, and even on traditional sailing boats.

Whether you’re looking to party with thousands of gay guys or instead cycle among historic towns before relaxing with a drink at sunset back on board (for the record we enjoy both of these!), there's a cruise for you! We’ve sorted through all the different gay cruise options available, padded it out with our personal experience to inspire you, and help you plan the ideal gay cruise for you.

Just be aware that some gay cruises are exclusively gay, meaning you will only be sailing with other gay guests. Others are female-only. Others are more inclusive for the entire LGBTQ+ family. And others are mixed, welcome to everyone. In addition, other gay cruises may be part of a larger (non-gay) cruise aboard a large ship.

1. Gay river cruises

Going on a cruise doesn’t necessarily mean we'll be taking to the high seas. Many luxurious cruises take place on famous rivers, particularly in Europe, Asia, and India. We love them because it's ideal for relaxing whilst also exploring cute villages, wineries, and other iconic sites along the way.

Gay river cruises are usually relaxed and super romantic, making them ideal for couples. But we also recommend them for those seeking a cruise with a strong focus on culture.

2. Clothing-optional or gay nude cruises

It's every gay boy's dream. No? It was a Bucket List item for us before hitting our 40s to try out a gay nude cruise. And they're great – everything you imagined…and more! We love it so much that we've dedicated an entire article to the best gay nude cruises!

Gay nude cruises are usually hosted on small yachts or catamarans, and often in warm gay friendly destinations – so frolicking around in your birthday suit won't be an issue! Some are exclusively gay and nude. Others are ‘clothing-optional', removing the pressure to be au naturel if you don’t want to.

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 or La Demence. These take place on large cruise ships, and have large swimming pools, bars, a range of live entertainment, drag acts, internationally acclaimed DJs, a gay, a 24-hour darkroom…!!

They usually attract a younger crowd of guys (compared to other types of gay cruises), so everyone 20 years old and up. When we went (in our early 40s), we felt like we were in the middle of the age range. Everyone is welcome aboard. Everyone is here to have fun!

4. Gay cruises for single travelers

Single travelers 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 the unfair ‘singles' supplement, we recommend picking a cruise company that offers a program 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 squirrel friend. For example, VACAYA offers a Solo Traveling with Ease Program where you complete a questionnaire to allow them to pair you up with a like-minded travel buddy. Other gay cruises that offer a similar program include Atlantis and GaySail. Read more about the best gay cruises for singles in our full post.

5. Adventure gay cruises

Do you enjoy your luxury with a slice of adrenaline? Oh we most certainly do!

Some excellent gay cruises include exhilarating activities like snorkeling, SCUBA diving, hiking, or getting up close and personal with wildlife. Generally, you will need a reasonable level of fitness to take part in all the fun activities on this type of cruise.

We love Out Adventures for gay adventure cruises, particularly their Galapagos gay cruise. If your Bucket List travel destination is Antarctica, we recommend reading our guide to the best gay cruises to Antarctica.

6. Gay cruises for bears

If you identify as a Bear, a Cub, or just a friend of the Bear community there are a range of excellent gay cruises exclusively for the Bear community. BearCruises is the leader in exclusive gay cruises for bears (and their fans). The BearCruises' gay cruise usually visits places like gay Hawaii or the super gay Puerto Vallarta!

7. Gay cruises for lesbians

Don’t worry ladies, we haven’t forgotten you! It’s not all about the gay men. Some companies organize exclusive women-only cruises to a range of stunning locations.

Olivia Travel is the leader in lesbian and female-only cruises, sailing to exotic locations like Tahiti.

Gay cruises not to miss in 2024:

01

Egypt and The Nile River Gay Cruise

Every March & November (9 days)

Experience the wonders of Egypt with this gay Nile river cruise by Out Adventures!

The cruise at a glance


  • When: every March and November (9 days)
  • Itinerary: Cairo – Luxor – Aswan
  • Ship: Small, luxurious cruise ship
  • Prices: from $6,295 per person

Out Adventures are finally taking on Egypt – with their first gay cruise along the Nile River.

When you’re not kicking back aboard the ship, soaking in the river views and warm sunlight, you’ll be discovering the magic of Cairo. Your guide will take you on a walking tour around the city, giving you titbits into the incredible history and culture that made the city what it is today.

You’ll get to go inside the tombs of Egypt’s only openly gay governors Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum. Shocking right? In a country like Egypt!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to Egypt without pyramid spotting. Your guide will be a fountain of knowledge on the history of Giza and floor you with tales of the mythical Sphinx. Or you’ll be popping into the Royal Tombs in the Valley of the Kings. A true highlight is seeing Hatshepsut’s temple – a badass female pharaoh who dressed and ruled like a king.

Trips to Edfu and Aswan will make the trip even more memorable. Edfu is a sugar haven – if you've got a sweet tooth like us you will definitely need someone to hold you back!

When all the traveling is a bit too much, you can choose to treat yourself with a massage onboard. There’ll also be lavish dinners, cocktail treats, and tons of socializing with fellow guests. Life onboard is simple, refined, and relaxed. The total opposite of what we’re used to when traveling, but hey, it’ll make a nice change.

OutAdventures is offering our readers an exclusive $150 discount valid for any cruise booked on their website. Just use the coupon code NOMADICGOA at checkout.

Prices for the Egypt Nile River gay cruise start from $5,395 per person:


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Olivia Portugal Douro Lesbian River Cruise

Every May (7 days)

With the Olivia Douro River gay cruise you'll get to see some of the best of Portugal with other gay ladies

The cruise at a glance


  • When: Every May (7 days)
  • Itinerary: Porto – Salamanca – Porto
  • Ship: Elegant river cruise ship
  • Prices: from $4,999 per person

Forget about the bright lights and big city bravado for one week while instead falling in love with the magic of Portugal's more rustic areas. This lesbian cruise reminds the traveler of how wonderful a quiet and peaceful life can be, by visiting the adorable villages along Douro River Valley.

One of the highlights is exploring the town of Salamanca, essentially described as a “living museum” due to how steeped in history it is. You’ll also get to enter the fortified village of Castelo Rodrigo, where you’ll dine in a century-old winery and soak up the lush Portuguese atmosphere.

The final two days of the tour are devoted to Porto, where you’ll embark on a guided tour around the city learning about the ancient monuments and chequered past. It’s capped off with a much-deserved wine-tasting before you’re free to wander around the city on your own terms. 

While onboard, there is never a dull moment. The pool is ever so refreshing, perfect for taking a cool dip beneath the warm Mediterranean sun. Even cooler considering you’ll be surrounded by the sight of seaside villages and crumbling castles. Each night, learn a new style of dance with performances featuring folkloric and local Fado/blues musicians, while you socialize with the other women on the cruise.

Prices for the Olivia Portugal Douro River cruise start from $4,999 per person:


03

Brandg Bordeaux and the Loire Valley Cruise

Every May (7 days)

A French chateaux with its reflection in still water in front of it.

The cruise at a glance


  • When: Every May (7 days)
  • Itinerary: Bordeaux – Nantes – Saint-Nazaire – Ancenis – Angers – Bordeaux
  • Ship: Luxury river cruise ship with max. 92 guests
  • Prices: from $5,049

Embark on an unforgettable LGBT+ adventure with an all-inclusive, full-ship charter experience that begins on land in Bordeaux, a city boasting the world's largest urban World Heritage Site.

Bordeaux's architectural splendoris showcased by the elegant symmetry of place de la Bourse and palaces adorned with stone-sculpted mascarons (faces). The tree-lined boulevards are graced by hôtels particuliers (mansions) built for 18th-century wine merchants, and rank among the finest in the world!

The journey continues with a cruise along the legendary Royal Loire River, where the beauty of the landscape is truly iconic. Explore Nantes, home to The Machines of the Isle of Nantes, a gallery that transports you into the imaginative world of renowned writer Jules Verne.

In Saint-Nazaire, admire the shipyard and delve into the fascinating world of steamships at the Escal’Atlantic, offering insights into their colossal construction and life on board. Additionally, bask in the enchantment of Loire's magical castles, including the towering Brissac Castle, which boasts monumental facades rising majestically from its sprawling landscaped park. This journey promises a wealth of cultural and historical treasures awaiting discovery along the Royal Loire River.

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

Prices for the Brandg Bordeaux and the Loire Valley Cruise start from $5,049 per person:


04

Galapagos Gay Cruise

Every May & November (9 days)

Doing your morning yoga with sea lions on the beach during your gay cruise to the Galapagos with Intrepid

The cruise at a glance


  • When: Every May & November (9 days)
  • Itinerary: Quito – Galapagos Islands – Guayaquil
  • Prices: from $8,845 per person
  • Ship: Luxurious private yacht with max 16 guests

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

As you visit the Galapagos Islands, you'll discover places that remained undiscovered by mankind for thousands of years. Because of this, they have been able to develop incredible ecosystems unseen anywhere else in the world.

Walk among an assortment of fabulous creatures, who harmoniously live side by side, free from predators. It almost feels like visiting the Garden of Eden – it's so raw and wild here, where animals and nature are in control! If the animals on land aren't enough, you'll get to discover a whole new world as you spend a day snorkeling in the surrounding waters.

One of the most popular highlights is snorkeling around Pinnacle Rock – an iconic natural landmark that looks like a dragon's tooth protruding from the sea. Other adventurous activities we loved on our Galapagos cruise include hiking, kayaking, and canoeing, as well as visiting the giant tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station.

You'll join a small group of other gay travelers with a maximum capacity of 16 people. The yacht is the luxurious Grand Queen Beatriz, which has super comfy and spacious cabins, all with window views. This gorgeous yacht also has sun decks to lounge on and even a hot tub you can enjoy underneath the stars!

You'll spend seven nights onboard the yacht as well as two nights in a lovely four-star hotel in Quito at the beginning and end of the tour. But with seven full days of cruising, you'll get to see all the main islands with lots of opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, hiking, and getting up close to the diverse wildlife of the islands.

The whole yacht is outfitted with sleek polished wood and looks oh so glamorous. The indoor dining room is where you'll be provided all your meals on board, in the lovely air conditioning while you get to know all your new gay friends and be prepped about what to expect for each day's adventures. If you're looking for more exciting options, read our guide on cruises in the Galapagos!

OutAdventures is offering our readers an exclusive $150 discount valid for any cruise booked on their website. Just use the coupon code NOMADICGOA at checkout.

Prices for the Out Adventures Galapagos Gay Cruise start from $8,895 per person:


05

Greece, Croatia & Montenegro Gay Group Cruise By Two Bad Tourists

Every June (7 days)

Two men in shorts, shirts, pink sunnies and cheesy grins posing on a stone wall in front of a beautiful bay and harbour town.

The cruise at a glance


  • When: Every June (7 days)
  • Itinerary: Athens – Dubrovnik – Kotor – Corfu
  • Ship: Virgin Voyages (gay group 75-100 guests)
  • Prices: from $1,500 per person

Join our gay travel blogger buddies Two Bad Tourists on their gay group cruise onboard Virgin Voyages, the newest, multi-award-winning cruise line designed for adults only.

There’s no better playground for a gay group than onboard The Resilient Lady. From 16 – 23 June 2024, you’ll enjoy seven days and three countries – you don’t get much better than that.

Join the duo as they team up with the adult-only LGBTQ+ friendly cruise line for the Adriatic Sea & Greek Gems cruise. Beginning in Athens you’ll port at Dubrovnik and Split in Croatia, Kotor in Montenegro and finally loop back to Corfu and Athens in Greece.

Enjoy group dinners, shore excursions, private events plus amazing entertainment, drag shows & more. They’ve hosted over 200 travelers on their trips since 2018 and this will be their third gay group cruise onboard Virgin Voyages. Come with your friends, family, partner or even come alone. Most of their guests are solo travelers so you’ll be in good company.

Prices for the Two Bad Tourists Greece, Croatia, and Montenegro Gay Cruise start from $1,500 per night:


06

La Demence Gay Cruise

Every July (7 days)

The Fetish party on board the La Demence gay cruise.

The cruise at a glance


  • When: Every July (7 days)
  • Itinerary: varies each year but takes place in the Mediterranean and usually includes Spain, Italy, Greece, and sometimes Malta.
  • Ship: varies but includes a large 5,000-capacity ship like Explorer of the Seas
  • Prices: from $1,300 per person

La Demence is the ultimate gay party cruise, comparable in scale to the Atlantis gay cruises.

La Demence began life as a huge monthly party in Brussels with plenty of darkrooms and play areas…you get the idea. From there the owners started to host this annual party cruise which grew from strength to strength.

It occurs every year in July except in the Covid 2020/2021 years, and 2024.

The itinerary varies each year. The first time we did it it went from Rome, Italy to Athens, Greece with stops in various Greek islands, including Mykonos. Another year started and ended in Ravenna in Italy, with stops in Albania, Greece, and Malta. In other years the start/end point was in Spain.

Whilst the large ship has drag shows, comedy shows, and karaoke rooms, the real highlight is the daily parties that kick off at 11 pm. On some days there is a second party in the afternoon. Each of these parties is themed and guests are encouraged to dress up. Some of the best themes include Neon, Space, Fetish, Ladies' T-Dance, and the White Party. Read more in our guide about the La Demence gay cruise.

Prices for the La Demence gay cruise start from $1,300 per night:


07

Atlantis Athens to Barcelona Cruise

Every July/August (9 days)

Four sexy gays in swimwear walking on a beach.

The cruise at a glance


  • When: Every July/August (9 days)
  • Itinerary: Athens – Turkey – Mykonos – Malta – Sicily – Naples – Palma de Mallorca – Barcelona
  • Ship: Large luxury cruise ship
  • Prices: from $2,249 per person

If you've been looking for a way to work on that tan, this gay cruise through the Mediterranean is the perfect choice.

This is one of the best gay cruises for getting sunshine and seeing fabulous beaches. It sails from Athens to the coast of Turkey and then back across the Mediterranean Sea with stops at gorgeous islands or coastal cities including Mykonos, Malta, Sicily, Naples, and Palma de Mallorca, before ending in the gay party capital of Barcelona!

Embark on a captivating journey from historic Athens to picturesque Bodrum, Turkey, where pristine shores meet whitewashed houses. Mykonos awaits with its enchanting streets, offering a mix of history and modern luxuries. You'll enjoy an overnight stay on this gay-welcoming island, known for its vibrant nightlife and charming ambiance.

Sail towards Valletta, Malta, a UNESCO World Heritage site, featuring stunning baroque architecture and ancient fortifications that recount tales of knights and conquests. Continue to Catania in Sicily, where Roman ruins blend with bustling markets. Naples beckons with its vibrant atmosphere, offering options to explore Pompeii, and Capri, or savor its culinary scene.

This cruise is one big party, taking place on the luxurious Virgin Voyages Resilient Lady with more than 2,700 gay guys from around the world. And there are plenty of places to socialize, with T Dances, pool games, drag bingo, volleyball, and even waterslides to be found all over the ship. There's also a fantastic spa if you need some time to relax between partying, although the idyllic beaches you'll be visiting are also perfect for that.

Prices for the Atlantis Athens to Barcelona Cruise start from $2,249 per person:


08

Croatia and Dalmatia Gay Cruise

Every July/August (8 days)

A luxurious gay sailing cruise with Out Adventures is the best way to explore the coast of Croatia

The cruise at a glance


  • When: Every July/August (8 days)
  • Itinerary: Split – Hvar – Dubrovnik
  • Ship: Luxurious yacht with max. 34 guests
  • Prices: from $5,095 per person

What could be better than nine days in the Adriatic Sea, discovering the delights of the Croatian coastline? How about doing it on a gay cruise, with 33 other gay guys? We think that sounds like a dream!

On this gay cruise, there are no rest days. Yep, that’s right – every day is filled with activity, whether you are embarking on a walking tour of an ancient town or exploring the sandy beaches, absorbing that sweet, golden sunlight. 

It will begin with a stay at a 4-star hotel in Split with a welcome dinner and drinks. Guests will set sail on the Black Swan yacht early the following morning, heading to the island of Brač. Across 9 days, you’ll get to discover the birthplace of Marco Polo, the famous salt lakes of Mljet National Park, and a walk along the old city walls of Dubrovnik. You’ll be flat out!

The hosts Scott, Livio, and Robert will always be around to make sure every guest is comfortable and feels included in the action. They are great at breaking the ice and getting people to mix and make friends. There’ll only be 34 guests onboard, so if you feel intimidated by the idea of embarking on a massive gay cruise, this one could be a perfect fit.

OutAdventures is offering our readers an exclusive $150 discount valid for any cruise booked on their website. Just use the coupon code NOMADICGOA at checkout.

Prices for the Croatia Gay Dalmatia Cruise start from $5,095 per person:


9

Atlantis Istanbul to Athens Cruise

Every July (7 days)

A middle distance shot of the Sphinx and pyramids in the background on a sunny day with blue sky behind the yellow structures.

The cruise at a glance


  • When: Every July (7 days)
  • Itinerary: Istanbul – Cyprus – Cairo – Tel Aviv – Mykonos – Athens
  • Ship: Large luxury cruise ship
  • Prices: from $3,449 per person

Embark on an unforgettable journey with this exceptional gay cruise departing from the captivating and vibrant city of Istanbul.

This unique Atlantis cruise also introduces you to the enchanting island of Cyprus, a place steeped in diverse cultures and historical wonders.

The adventure continues as you set your sights on the iconic pyramids of Egypt, their awe-inspiring majesty leaving an indelible impact. With an extended stay in Egypt, you'll have ample time to explore both the pyramids and the historic city of Cairo, where the Egyptian Museum offers an up-close glimpse into history.

Along with relaxing days at sea, you'll spend time exploring Mykonos, where tranquil beaches meet a vibrant playground that never sleeps. Whether you seek relaxation or excitement, Mykonos has it all before your return to Athens, filled with cherished memories.

Your home on this extraordinary journey is the luxurious mid-size Oceania Riviera, recently re-imagined to perfection. Eight exceptional restaurants cater to diverse culinary tastes, complemented by nine inviting bars and lounges. The large heated pool and three whirlpools offer relaxation, while the spacious teak decks invite sun-soaking and lively poolside t-dances!

Prices for the Atlantis Istanbul to Athens Cruise start from $3,499 per person:


10

Brandg Dutch & Belgian Delights River Cruise

Every August (7 days)

A boat full of people waving pride flags on the canals of Amsterdam.

The cruise at a glance


  • When: Every August (7 days)
  • Itinerary: Amsterdam – Arnhem – Middelburg – Ghent – Antwerp – Rotterdam – Amsterdam
  • Ship:  Luxury river cruise ship with max. 164 guests
  • Prices: from $4,149

Don't miss the must-attend gay cruise of 2024! Start by celebrating Amsterdam Pride and then embark on an unforgettable 8-day LGBT+ river cruise along the enchanting Dutch and Belgian waterways on the luxurious Amadeus Star.

With the entire cruise chartered exclusively for our guests, you'll be pampered by an attentive crew in an atmosphere of pure relaxation, all while enjoying signature Brandg entertainment.

As you sail through these lush landscapes, historic windmills will transport you to a bygone era, and the picturesque cities of the region, known for their culture, canals, and stunning architecture, promise to amaze you at every turn.

Take a moment for quiet introspection as you glide along the idyllic waterways of Holland and Belgium, where charming fishing villages still embrace traditional costumes, and centuries-old windmills set the rhythm of day-to-day life. Indulge in delightful Edam cheese and explore cities like Bruges, Amsterdam, and Antwerp, each offering a unique blend of culture and architecture that will make you lose track of time as you wander through their enchanting streets.

To make this experience even more memorable, you can add a 3-night hotel package from August 2nd to 5th, which allows you to participate in one of the world's largest Pride events in Amsterdam – which takes place on the famous canals! With over 300 events, including the Canal Parade, Pride Walk, Pride Park, and vibrant street parties, this 9-day extravaganza promises an unforgettable celebration of love and diversity.

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

Prices for the Brandg Dutch & Belgian Delights River Cruise start from $4,149 per person:


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Atlantis Barcelona to London Cruise

Every August (9 days)

A landscape shot of a village and bridge built on the top of very steep cliffs.

The cruise at a glance


  • When: Every August (9 days)
  • Itinerary: Barcelona – Malaga – Seville – Lisbon – Bilbao – London
  • Ship: Large luxury cruise ship
  • Prices: from $1,999 per person

For the ultimate summer party experience, you can enjoy Circuit Festival's Water Park Party in Barcelona before setting sail on a floating party at sea – the Atlantis Barcelona to London gay cruise!

After departing from Barcelona you can look forward to exploring some gorgeous Spanish cities like Malaga and Seville, before heading to Lisbon in Portugal.

Prepare to be captivated as you arrive in Lisbon, a city with a unique coastal charm and vibrant nightlife. With a full day and Saturday night to explore, you'll immerse yourself in one of Europe's most dynamic cities. Next, savor the culinary delights and breathtaking landscapes of Galicia in La Coruna, where awe-inspiring cliffs, pristine beaches, and exquisite seafood await.

Bilbao beckons with its modern museum, setting the stage for your journey into the enchanting Basque region of Spain. Finally, enjoy an extended day to either explore Bordeaux's legendary vineyards or delve into the city's recent transformations. As you unwind during one more day at sea on the Resilient, anticipate your arrival in Portsmouth, just in time for London's lively summer holiday weekend.

This cruise takes place on the luxurious Virgin Voyages Resilient Lady ship, and will feature all the epic onboard parties and entertainment that can be expected of an Atlantis cruise! Step aboard the world's first purpose-built ship for hyper-social, interactive fun that redefines ocean cruising. This massive yacht-like playground offers an array of experiences, from a thoughtfully designed pool deck for relaxation and dancing to a state-of-the-art gym.

Prices for the Atlantis Barcelona to London Cruise start from $1,999 per person:


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Brandg Venice, Croatia, and Sicily Gay Cruise

Every August (9 days)

A landscape shot of Dubrovnik's old town with a beach full of people in the foreground.

The cruise at a glance


  • When: Every August (9 days)
  • Itinerary: Venice – Rovinj – Dubrovnik – Saranda – Gallipoli – Syracuse – Valetta
  • Ship: Small, luxurious cruise ship with max. 190 guests
  • Prices: from $6,999

For this awesome adventure, Brandg has partnered with Atlas Ocean Voyages to exclusively charter their brand-new small luxury expedition ship, the World Traveler. This lovely ship is designed to offer discerning luxury travelers extraordinary cultural experiences and remote adventures.

You'll begin your journey in Venice, the captivating jewel of northern Italy, perched on 118 small islands interconnected by over 400 bridges, boasting an abundance of museums, historic buildings, and landmarks.

As you navigate the enchanting Po Valley and reach the Adriatic Sea, you'll discover Croatian gems like Rovinj and Sibenik, along with the crown jewel, Dubrovnik. Your odyssey continues south to the Apulia region of Italy, with a visit to Monopoli, before crossing the Adriatic to Albania. The ship then returns to the Apulia region, where you can explore the ancient Grecian fishing village of Gallipoli.

Enjoy a leisurely day at sea before reaching Sicily, Italy's renowned island, and conclude your journey on the beautiful island of Malta, once a prized possession of the British Crown. This unforgettable adventure promises exploration, laughter, dancing, smiles, and relaxation, as we embark on a sensory voyage like no other.

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

Prices for the Brandg Venice, Croatia, and Sicily Gay Cruise start from $6,999 per person:


13

Brand G Prague and Danube Gay River Cruise

Every August/September (9 days)

You'll make plenty of new friends while enjoying the sights on Brandg's Prague and Danube River gay cruise

The cruise at a glance


  • When: Every August/September (9 days)
  • Itinerary: Prague – Vienna – Budapest
  • Ship: Luxury river cruise ship with max. 168 guests
  • Prices: Prices start from $4,149 per person

Winding down the Danube, the second-longest river in Europe, the Amadeus Imperial plays host to an all-gay cruise with Brand G that takes you around the beating heart of the continent.  

Things kick off in Prague, one of Eastern Europe’s most gay-friendly cities. There’ll be plenty of time to explore everything it has to offer, from walks along the Vltava River to treating yourself in a traditional Czech restaurant. 

Throughout this gay cruise, you’ll visit the stunning Baroque buildings of Budapest, admire the Gothic-style architecture in Bratislava in Slovakia, and stroll around the charming city gardens of Vienna in Austria. 

Drag act icon Miss Conception will pop in for some night-time entertainment, scandalizing audiences with their razor-sharp wit, crazy stories, and spot-on caricatures. Also performing is Amy Armstrong with Fernando Gonzalez, mixing musical comedy with Latin excellence in their show “SPANGLISH”

One of the nights will feature a Blue Danube T-Dance – bring your blue-est outfit and prepare to battle for the crown!

Meanwhile, 40 staff members will pull out all the stops to make you feel pampered during your journey. Did we mention guests have full rein of the bar? Yep, that’s right, unlimited wine, cocktails, and soft drinks throughout the entire gay cruise!

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

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Prices for the Brand G Prague and Danube gay river cruise start from $4,149 per person:


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Olivia Lesbian Tahiti Luxury Cruise

Every September (7 days)

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

The cruise at a glance


  • When: Every September (7 days)
  • Itinerary: Papeete – Moorea – Bora Bora
  • Ship: Luxurious yacht with max. 312 guests
  • Prices: from $3,999 per person

This one is for the ladies! Olivia is a travel company devoted to providing great cruise, resort, riverboat, and adventure vacations for lesbians. In 2024 they are hosting the Tahitian Intimate Luxury Cruise, and it looks incredible.

The islands surrounding Tahiti and the panoramic views are really something to behold. Plus you’ll get to explore some of the best locations the Society Islands have to offer.

We think Bora Bora, in particular, is an invigorating stop and truly the definition of paradise; author James Michener described Bora Bora as “the most beautiful island in the world”. You'll be able to experience all this beauty with hundreds of other gay women of all ages and backgrounds.

There are plenty of ways to explore the island too. Olivia offers snorkeling tours, underwater walks, helicopter tours, and sunset tours by jet boat. The excitement doesn’t end when you return to the ship though: entertainment includes fabulous lesbian performers, from DJs to singer/songwriters and other performers.

Prices for The Olivia Lesbian Tahiti Luxury Cruise start from $3,999 per person:


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Brandg Málaga, Morocco, and the Canary Islands Gay Cruise

Every October (7 days)

An overhead view of Malaga city and harbour with hazy clouds in the background.

The cruise at a glance


  • When: Every October (7 days)
  • Itinerary: Málaga – Tangier – Casablanca – Safi (Marrakech) – Arrecife – Las Palmas
  • Ship: Small, luxurious cruise ship with max. 200 guests
  • Prices: from $6,849

For a truly exclusive adventure, join a cruise that explores ports in Spain, Morocco, and the Canary Islands.

This journey focuses on the shared history of Spain and Morocco, separated by the iconic Strait of Gibraltar. You'll get to delve into the world of Mudéjar art, a captivating blend of styles that emerged between the Moorish invasions and the Spanish Reconquista. Then enjoy a captivating cruise under the golden Andalusian sun, where you'll explore the vibrant ambiance of traditional Moroccan bazaars.

Brandg has partnered with Atlas Ocean Voyages to charter the luxurious small expedition ship, the World Navigator. Designed to cater to the desires of discerning luxury travelers, this remarkable vessel offers extraordinary cultural experiences and takes you on adventures to remote and captivating destinations worldwide.

Experience the unique charm of Tangier, a city that defies categorization as entirely Moroccan, European, or African but is a delightful blend of all three. Discover Rabat, the capital of Morocco, with its iconic landmark, the Hassan Tower, and immerse yourself in the sensory wonders of Marrakech, home to snake charmers, fortune tellers, jugglers, and spice traders.

You'll also be able to stroll the beautiful Arrecife on Lanzarote, with its golden sand beaches sheltered by a reef, offering an array of bars and restaurants to savor. And finally wind up in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. This luxurious adventure is tailored exclusively for you, promising an unforgettable travel experience like no other.

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

Prices for the Brandg Málaga, Morocco, and the Canary Islands Gay Cruise start from $6,849 per person:


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BearCruise HALLOWEENIE in Hawaii

Every October/November (7 days)

A group of 8 guys posing for a photo together on a cruise ship.

The cruise at a glance


  • When: Every October/November (7 days)
  • Itinerary: Honolulu – Kahului – Hilo – Kona – Kauai – Honolulu
  • Ship: Small gay group on a huge luxury cruise ship
  • Prices: from $2,271 per person

If you've ever worried about not fitting in on a gay cruise filled with twinks twerking in nothing but their speedos, then perhaps a BearCruise might be more up your alley.

And if you want to experience a unique and spectacular Halloween at sea, then the BearCruise HALLOWEENIE in Hawaii is unlike anything you've ever before seen!

Not only is this the only cruise that visits four different Hawaiian islands in seven days, but you'll also be onboard for Halloween which is set to be a pretty epic party event. On this cruise, you'll join a small group of fellow gay travelers on board the Pride of America, the only cruise ship offering year-round round-trip journeys from Honolulu. This means there'll be plenty of private excursions and social events to make new friends, along with your own private HALLOWEENIE party.

On this cruise, you'll not only travel between stunning destinations but also immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture, thanks to native ambassadors on board. Pride of America provides a stylish island-hopping adventure with a range of dining options, bars, and spacious suites with balconies perfect for whale watching, witnessing the Kilauea Volcano, or enjoying breathtaking views of the lush landscapes.

You'll also get to enjoy an authentic Hawaiian culinary experience on board, featuring local cuisine like Pineapple Beurre Blanc with fresh seafood, papaya with Asian short ribs, and a selection of tropical juices. Aloha!

Prices for the BearCruise HALLOWEENIE in Hawaii Cruise start from $2,271 per person:


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VACAYA Caribbean gay cruise

Every February/March (7 days)

Escape winter and head to gorgeous Caribbean islands on VACAYA's Caribbean gay cruise

The cruise at a glance


  • When: Every February/March (7 days)
  • Itinerary: Fort Lauderdale – Puerto Rico – Antigua
  • Ship: Huge luxury cruise ship
  • Prices: from $1,197 per person

Starting at one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world, Fort Lauderdale, the VACAYA Caribbean gay cruise will take you to the stunning islands of Puerto Rico, St Croix, and Antigua.

A whole day will be spent docked at the beaches of St Croix, where you can frolic around on the white sands, sip on a delicious fruit cocktail or even do some serious sightseeing. Buck Island Reef National Monument and Sandy Point Wildlife Refuge are both close to port for a trip. Animal lovers will geek out at the cuteness overload!

Other days will see you falling in love with St John’s Old Town in Antigua, where you can experience amazing fresh seafood in between visiting historic sights like historic sites like Fort James and St. John’s Cathedral.

The days at sea are every bit as fun and magical as the days exploring. Drag icon Sister Helen Holy will delight crowds with a game of bingo (don’t worry, it will be way more salacious and naughtier than it sounds). Though if that isn’t your thing, you can enjoy the clothing-optional sunbathing deck, socializing with all the other guests. 

Just wait for Day 5 – when there will be an epic concert with jaw-dropping, star-studded performances. Past acts have included none other than Lady Bunny (RuPaul’s partner in crime from back in the day), so expect big things to happen!

Prices for the VACAYA Caribbean gay cruise start from $1,197 per person:



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Stefan Arestis

Hey everyone, I'm Stefan, the curly-haired Greek flavor behind the gay travel blog Nomadic Boys. Together with my other half, I have explored more than 90 countries across 5 continents. What I love most about traveling is discovering the local gay scene, making new friends, learning new cultures. I've written about LGBTQ travel in numerous online publications such as Gaycation Magazine, Gaycities, Gay Times and Pink News as well as for other non-gay-specific publications including Lonely Planet, The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Huffington Post. Check my full bio here.

thomas quigley

Thursday 9th of November 2023

want to mention Daddy Cruise, similar to the bear cruise you mention, it's a gay group within a larger boat population. Been around for many years.

Stefan Arestis

Thursday 9th of November 2023

Absolutely! We'd love to know more.

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 :)