Posted February 20th, 2013, 06:02 AM
I have now done 6 Pied Piper Cruises. I actually prefer the smaller groups to the Post Thanksgiving.
We, too, have done at least half-a-dozen PP cruises and absolutely love the people who run it, and the cruises they produce. We have also come to prefer the smaller groups over the massive Post-Tgiving PP cruise. If you want a somewhat RSVP/Atlantis-type semi-charter gay cruise, the Post-Tgiving one is for you and will cost you less than the charter companies, but for us it's "been there, done that". We now prefer the smaller group atmosphere but we DO miss the more active hosting that accompanies that yearly biggie. We also prefer the smaller ships, if you can call a capacity of a 'mere' 2,500 or so "smaller".
And speaking of that, we're going to be on the 04/03/2013 PP Celebrity Century cruise r/t out of San Diego to Hawai'i. Are any of you going to be onboard that one?
Bottom line, though: Pied Piper has hijacked this
couple away from the RSVP/Atlantis charters. Believe it or not, there's a definite satisfaction derived from mingling with 'breeders' on a mixed cruise and showing them that their ancient prejudices against us are merely examples of ignorance!
We're proud to be ambassadors to their often closed society, disproving those inaccurate portrayals of us. And just as satisfying, we're often surprised at how totally accepted we are among them... indeed appreciated! We've made more than one potentially stodgy cruise a lot more fun for (some of) our straight fellow travelers.
a favor! Show them that we don't have horns!
Wherever you go, and whoever you book with, at least do THIS: make it a point to hold hands walking around the decks, and dance at least one slow romantic number together in the disco before the cruise ends. We have ALWAYS done both of those on every one of our 20+ cruises, most of which were NOT
gay chartered or groups.
"You can't teach an old dog nuances!"HAL: Statendam (S.Pacific,32 Nights!)
Azamara: Quest (Caribbean,14 Nights)
Celebrity: Summit (Trans-Canal & Circle Hawaii twice)..........Mercury (twice)...........Infinity (Alaska)..........Constellation (r/t San Juan)
RCCL: Radiance (twice),..Grandeur (Refused our FOD request!), .Serenade (Trans Canal)....&..Jewel
Princess: Dawn (r/t San Juan)
Commodore: Enchanted Isle
Dolphin: Sea Breeze (glub, glub! Years later, it sank! ) The France! (Years later its boiler blew! )
NordDeutscher Lloyd: The Berlin
(I found a hidden copy of the notorious 'Gay Agenda'. It bears an uncanny resemblence to the US Constitution!)