In 1992, I co-founded OUT&ABOUT, a gay travel newsletter that chronicled and catalyzed the mainstreaming of gay travel, while opening up a world of travel opportunities for gay men. It’s almost hard to imagine it now, but back then, no mainstream travel companies were marketing to gays, and two men frequently had trouble getting hotel rooms with one bed. Gay cruises then offered a unique opportunity to really be yourself and revel in the strangely wondrous sensation of not being a sexual minority.
Even though gays are now openly welcomed in so much of the world, the appeal of gay cruising hasn’t changed. If the Atlantis ads running here on DaddyHunt have made you curious about taking your first gay cruise, here are seven things you should know:
1.You won’t ever feel “trapped on a boat.” These ships are larger than the largest resort you’ve ever been to. In addition to the days spent in port, you can always find parts of the ship that are completely deserted.
2. It’s not a floating bathhouse. With thousands of gay men, you can find sex 24/7 if that's what you're looking for. But you’ll also find non-stop entertainment, dining and resort activities.
3. Almost everyone has a better time than they imagined they would.
4. The only people who should think twice about going are single guys who never initiate a conversation but then complain that no one talks to them, and couples struggling with fidelity issues.
5. The all-inclusive pricing is a great value. But note: most guests spend...