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#41
3,132 Posts
Joined Aug 2009
take a look at the embarkation photos, pating attention to single people or same-sex couples/groups. not a sure thing, but a good starting point.
#42
Charlotte, NC
715 Posts
Joined Oct 2011
Originally posted by david30101
Im officially booked on the Nov 25th cruise out of miami on Carnival Glory. for 7 days.
I couldn't tell you what kind of changes/refurbishments that were made to the ship but I would like to say that the Carnival Glory was my first cruise and I had a blast! I met tons of couples and a few singles at the FOD meetings that were held at the Champagne Bar (or was it the Wine Bar) - next to the casino. By the end of the week, it grew! And a couple of my straight tablemates joined in and then their friends joined. Overall, it was fantastic and probably the most memorable social experience I've had on a cruise ship.

Have fun in November and give us a review when you return!
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#43
Toronto, Canada
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Joined Jun 2009
I am a single gay guy who often cruises alone. Sometimes a married couple (male and female) travel with me, but give me my space. I have only sailed with Princess and like the anytime dining option to meet more people.

I also go to the LGBT meetings. Some have been very good and some have been terrible. Ones that are hosted at least once usually are much better.

Sailing on the Pacific Princess in August to the Black Sea. I started a roll call on here but so far seems I am the only gay on the ship other than crew. Seems to be difficult to get the roll calls going.

I too look at the embarkation photos and others to see who the "couples" and singles are.
#44
Jersey City, New Jersey
708 Posts
Joined Jan 2002
Originally posted by Erik101
I couldn't tell you what kind of changes/refurbishments that were made to the ship but I would like to say that the Carnival Glory was my first cruise and I had a blast! I met tons of couples and a few singles at the FOD meetings that were held at the Champagne Bar (or was it the Wine Bar) - next to the casino.
Well goes to show you never know! Sailed the Carnival Glory on a short 5 night to Canada last summer and NO ONE showed up at the FOD meetings. Single gayster here and I was traveling with a Lesbian friend for the short sojourn from NYC...

I just booked for myself...solo...for my birthday...the NCL Spirit 12 night from Venice to Barcelona on October 1st, 2012. The regular cabin prices are wayyyyyyyy low and the single supplement was only 40%! AND a $75 OBC. Airfare was a wee high though...though not unexpected.

I have sailed the Spirit twice out of NYC and the FOD get togethers were always well attended! The ship is beautiful!

Howard
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#45
Brooklyn
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Joined Jul 2011
Originally posted by HLR
Well goes to show you never know! Sailed the Carnival Glory on a short 5 night to Canada last summer and NO ONE showed up at the FOD meetings. Single gayster here and I was traveling with a Lesbian friend for the short sojourn from NYC...

I just booked for myself...solo...for my birthday...the NCL Spirit 12 night from Venice to Barcelona on October 1st, 2012. The regular cabin prices are wayyyyyyyy low and the single supplement was only 40%! AND a $75 OBC. Airfare was a wee high though...though not unexpected.

I have sailed the Spirit twice out of NYC and the FOD get togethers were always well attended! The ship is beautiful!

Howard
We just finished a Princess Grand Mediterranean cruise that is basically the same itinerary as your NCL Spirit one - you'll have a fantastic time! We ended up with about 20+ people at the LGBT meetings at various points - I was shocked! Most were international though, so maybe they're more willing to show up to those events. Have a great cruise!
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#46
Acworth Georgia (NW of Atlanta, Marietta and Kennasaw)
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Joined Dec 2009
Originally posted by CtheW0rld
take a look at the embarkation photos, pating attention to single people or same-sex couples/groups. not a sure thing, but a good starting point.
For the last 3 cruises I never bothered getting my pic taken before boarding the ship since ive taken so many. This time since im going alone, i will get my pic taken in terminal wearing my kilt. That way people looking for other singles in the photo display may notice me traveling alone, etc. Never really thought of this idea.
#47
London
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Joined Jul 2012
Originally posted by readytogo48
It can at times be difficult to meet other gay solo travelers but it is doable.

Did my first solo about a year ag and found that at lectures,trivia games,anything that people congregate, you start to talk with people and you will be amazed at who you meet. FOD on most ships are not that good at meeting people, at least for me.

Remeber couples go because they don't have to pay the damn single price and have someone at least to talk with.

Hang in there and keep plugging away and you will meet people
We have mainly travelled on Cunard where they always have Friends of Dorothy in the Commodore Club. It varies who goes and could be better if hosted for the first time as there can be an awkward start...ie a lot of "is he isn't he" at first. But it depends on how outgoing you can be...we have always been regulars and now have some really good friends couples and singles. One guy (now a close friend) went to the main reception desk and asked "what do you do you do for the homo's around here?"...perhaps a little bold but got directed for FOD where he went from person to person and introduced himself.On the same trip I noticed a group of 6 french guys who never came to FOD so introduced myself to them at Breakfast and they had not translated FOD to understand it was a meeting of gays and lesbians...so once introduced we had a ball...and met up at all other events thereafter. The best FOD has been transatlantic in my opinion with 5 days at sea each way...we had about 25 of us couples and singles gay and lesbian...great fun at tea and clubbing later...
Finally, like some other replies...I just talk to anyone...I'm always pleased if someone talks to me ...so go for it! Good luck! Bx
#48
Jersey City, New Jersey
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Joined Jan 2002
Hello!

For you solo travelers...there is a no single supplement sale going on with Carnival right now...not sure how long it will last!

HLR
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22) Adventure of the Seas - May 2018 - NYC --> Bahamas
21) Norwegian Breakaway - October 2017 NYC --> Bahamas
20) Celebrity Summit - May 2017 NYC --> Bermuda
19) Anthem of the Seas - December 2016 Bayonne --> Bahamas
18) Carnival Pride - August 2016 Baltimore --> Bahamas
17) Regal Princess - November 2015 Ft Lauderdale --> Bahamas
16) Carnival Conquest - April 2015 Ft Lauderdale --> Caribbean
15) Celebrity Constellation - Oct 2014 Istanbul --> Black Sea & Med
14) Carnival Splendor - May 2014 NYC --> Caribbean
13) Carnival Elation - September 2013 New Orleans --> Mexico
12) NCL Gem - August 2013 NYC --> Bahamas
11) NCL Spirit - October 2012 Venice --> Barcelona <--BEST CRUISE!
10) Enchantment of the Seas - July 2012 Baltimore --> Bermuda/Boston/Newport
9) Carnival Glory - July 2010 NYC --> Canada
8) NCL Star - RFamily Vacations July 11 2009 Alaska
7) Caribbean Princess - May 24 2009 NYC --> Caribbean
6) NCL Spirit - August 2007 NYC --> Caribbean
5) HAL Rotterdam - April 2007 Rio --> Athens
4) NCL Spirit - November 2006 NYC --> Caribbean
3) NCL Jewel - September 2006 Barcelona --> Istanbul
2) NCL Dream - March 2006
1) Carnival Paradise - January 2002