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Almost every cruise line, from luxury to midrange to mass market, works to attract gay and lesbian travelers. LGBT cocktail parties or meetups are a popular activity onboard various ships. Some cruise lines even cater to the community on land through various partnerships. (For example, Celebrity Cruises sponsored the 2017 Miami Beach Gay Pride festival in April 2017, making it the first cruise line to ever partner with this celebration of the community.)
Passengers will find gay and lesbian travelers on just about any cruise, but some companies offer specialized sailings catering specifically to gay cruisers. All-gay charter companies, such as Atlantis Events (focused on gay men) and Olivia (exclusively for lesbians), charter entire cruise ships -- from large, mainstream ships and smaller luxury ships to riverboats -- and customize the whole trip.
The charters work closely with the cruise line to develop itineraries, and they always bring aboard their own group of entertainers, musical guests and speakers. Major cruise lines that frequently host LGBT charter cruises include Celebrity, Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Oceania and Azamara.
Here, we introduce you to the main charter companies catering to LGBT cruisers, and provide a preview of upcoming gay and lesbian charter cruises. This information, with specific dates, offers a snapshot of some of the adventures, but it's not meant to serve as a comprehensive calendar. Refer to each company's website for any updates or additions. Be aware that some gay and lesbian cruises sell out very quickly.
Atlantis EventsOasis 2020 Caribbean CruiseAtlantis returns to Oasis after the ship's massive makeover for a winter escape to the Caribbean. On the
Southern Caribbean CruiseGay cruisers looking for a smaller ship experience can opt for Atlantis's
Virgin Caribbean CruiseBe one of the first to sail on Virgin Voyages' adults-only Scarlet Lady with Atlantis'
Rome to Venice CruiseTour Europe the fun way with this
OliviaAnniversary Caribbean CruiseSoak up some sun, make a splash in crystal-clear waters and immerse yourself in Cuban culture, on Olivia's
Greece, Cyprus and Israel Luxury CruiseAn intimate luxury adventure awaits on
Australia and Great Barrier Reef Luxury CruiseSail down under aboard Windstar's 312-passenger Star Breeze, for a luxury experience with a casual vibe, on this
Costa Rica and Panama Canal Luxury CruiseHead to the rainforest in a sailing yacht with this
Brand g VacationsPrague and Danube River CruiseRelish all the Old World charm and beauty the Danube River has to offer. Passengers on the 162-passenger Amadeus Queen will begin
Royal Clipper Mediterranean SailingExperience the romance of a masted sailing ship on this seven-night full-ship charter of Royal Clipper to the Mediterranean.
Paris, Normandy and the Seine RiverSatisfy your passion for history, wine, food and art with a seven-night
VACAYALisbon Pride CruiseCelebrate Lisbon's Pride festival with a four-night hotel stay followed by a five-night
Iceland CruiseVACAYA is going upscale with a bucket-list circumnavigation of Iceland on luxury cruise line Ponant's 184-passenger Le Jacques Cartier. The seven-night
Caribbean CruiseVACAYA is heading to the