The ever-increasing number of people with alternative sexual preference has led to the emergence of a new style of cruising called the Gay and Lesbian Cruises. These cruises gives a chance to these couples to enjoy a trip, which ensures freedom from the daily drudgeries of life.

A Gay and Lesbian Cruise is the best way by which these couples can go for a vacation, with their beloved ones, to some of the most exotic destinations of the world. While going on a cruise of this sort, choosing the destination and the route is however very important. Not all places have a friendly attitude towards homosexuals. Places like Jamaica and Turkey are less gay-friendly. The cruise ships thus usually head for places in the Mediterranean, Alaska and the Caribbean Islands.

Once on board, the passengers are assured of a grand voyage. The ships organize games, dance parties and other social events for the guests to keep them entertained. Food and wine served is of the best quality. Usually open seating arrangement is followed on these cruises. One of the major activities conducted on board is the "Friends Of Dorothy" meeting. It is basically an informal gathering where gays and lesbians can meet and mingle with one another.

There are a large of number of cruise liners that offer Gay and Lesbian Cruises. The top few cruise liners that encourage and organize this type of a cruise are Crystal Cruises, Holland America Line Cruises, Norwegian Cruises, Princess Cruises, Cunard Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Windstar Cruises, Seabourn Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Celebrity Cruises. The ships provide all the luxuries to its passengers. The ships have libraries where the guests can see movies based on this theme. There are lounges and bars where they can relax, and share some quiet moment with their loved ones. In many ships, like the Princess Cruises, the crew is highly friendly and leaves no stone unturned to make their voyage a pleasurable one.

Gay and Lesbian Cruises have become extremely common these days. Though it caters to a, 'not so big section' of the society, yet it is quiet popular and famous. More and more cruise liners are organizing these types of cruises.