I've been on three of these bear cruises, here is my take Arno's - As others have said, a very cliquish group, I found it hard to meet people. The organizer brings in entertainment sometimes, so if seeing a has-been disco diva is your idea of a good time then this is for you. Sails mostly on Royal Caribbean Chumley - Large group of LARGE men. Often 400-500+ guys and will totally take over the aft pool on Princess ships. The upside of a group this large is they are usually assigned their own dining room and you could sit with different people every night and meet lots of guys. Sails mostly on Princess Adventure Bears - Bit more upscale environment and clientele than the other two bear groups, also a bit more low-key group. Host's Laz and Randy go out of their way to ensure people are being included in activities. Smallest of these three groups which has pros and cons. They mostly sail on Celebrity or Princess. All these groups require that you book thru their travel agent, you can't book on your own and participate in their events. The extent you participate in group activities is up to you. They will have their own excursions, but you don't have to do those, you can book your own. Same for dinner, dine with the group or go on your own. Like wise with evening parties and social events, your call whether you partake or join in other general ship activities Regardless of which group you sail with, you have the advantage of being with a large to VERY large group of gay men so you will have plenty of opportunity to make new friends.