In 2006 I was talked into going on a gay cruise with my cousin. At first I thought why not? This might be fun and it was freezing in Chicago. So, I made my reservations, booked my flight and headed south to what I thought would be five fun filled days!
Upon arrival and check it everything seems ok, then you realize that you're on a ship that holds up to 3,000 gay men. The party started even before we left port. It is one party after another, and when they say 24 hours a day they mean it. But you come to understand that unless you are a buff, muscle jock you're going to be left out. If you don't think discrimination doesn't happen you're fooling yourself.
By the time we got to St. Lucia I was ready to leave and it was the second port of call. For a short few days I came to understand that this was not what I was expecting. Don't get me wrong for some this is a dream vacation, but the constant parting, men just banging on your door because they are so drunk they're at the wrong room. Then there is the issue of drugs, if you don't think it doesn't happen you are fooling yourself. Drugs were everywhere. The blatant discrimination is prevalent as well. If you don't have the perfect body, the chances that you're going to hook up is non-existent. If anyone tells you differently they are full of shit. Needless to say I checked out at St. Lucia and flew home. For me it wasn't my "cup of tea" to say. I am all about having fun, but not about being looked down upon, judged by body image or involving myself in the possibility of being boarded because of drugs. Most don't understand that in some Caribbean nations it is still illegal to engage in homosexual behavior.
Regardless of what you think the documentary "Dream Boat" by filmmaker Tristan Ferland Milewski is an interesting inside perspective of going on a gay cruise. He follows five men on an international cruise that lasts a week. It's very well done and worth watching if you're interested or thinking of going on a gay cruise.
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