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Being from Southern California ... my attitude was quite different from my husband's - he grew up in rural Michigan, didn't get to Cal until 1980 when we met. His attitude has relaxed totally over the course of our years together and Princess has always been supportive. If there have been passengers who objected to our relationship, they had the good sense to keep it to themselves.Perhaps my attitude still needs some adjustment. Of the two of us, I'm the one with lingering reticence to closing the closet door behind me. I'm more cautious about when or before whom to refer to my husband as ... well, as my husband. Whether that's from being a few years older, or from being a rural Michigander, I'm unsure. Nevertheless, our cruises, along with the GLBT get-together meetings that most ships provide, have played no small part in our enjoying our lives together.
On another post of mine about same sex marriage, I noticed a great deal of gay cruisers have many stories, good and bad to tell. My spouse and I have been treated like gold for all our cruises. We only had one incident while during a Show on Celebrity Solstice a comedian told a bad gay joke which we and a lovely lesbian couple we had just met at the FOD found offensive. We left the show and reported it to customer service and they took it very very seriously. We were told immediately that they value their gay customers. They had a little chat with that comedian.We had the same experience as you on HAL except for two important differences. It was the cruise director who made the joke and nobody would apologize or acknowledge it was wrong. He was actually boo'd from the crowd and he said "c.mon, you know I'm just kidding." I doubt he'd have substituted black, Muslim or Jewish" for gay in his joke.
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Never a problem on any of my cruises, regardless of with whom I was cruising. The only weird vibe I ever got was on one cruise, from another gay couple at that, perhaps because my partner and I were an interracial couple (but since I didn't ask, I can't say for sure, maybe they just got up on the wrong side of the bed for 10 consecutive days ). It wasn't an isolated incident either; every time they saw us their body language got very withdrawn and defensive. But it didn't affect our enjoyment of the cruise; after about the second incident, we thought it was funny.Lol. There was a gay FOD cruiser that some of the FOD bunch didn't find to have the most appealing personality, but while I'm certain those that didn't mesh well knew so, everyone for the most part kept it courteous and polite enough that it wasn't unbearable when situations put us all together. We all still had support for each other though, even those whom had personalities that could use an update.
Cruise ships are about as gay-friendly an environment as I've encountered.