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Author: franks8519

Joined: 3/27/2014
Posts: 1
GCT Trips Taken: 0
OAT Trips Taken: 0

March 27, 2014

Anyone had experience as or with gay couples on GCT cruises? We're from a tolerant area of the country and have traveled to Europe many times with no issues, but with a small ship of mostly older Americans, we're a little wary. Any thoughts or experiences?

Author: nanaandpapa

Joined: 3/30/2011
Posts: 589
GCT Trips Taken: 12
OAT Trips Taken: 4
Countries Visited:

Argentina, Aruba, Austria, Australia, Bermuda, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Rep., Egypt, England, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Africa, Spain, St. Marten (fr), St. Martin (nd), Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Vatican, Zimbabwe

Traveler Since: 2002

March 27, 2014

I can't imagine any problems or questions. There are many apparently unmarried M/F room mates, many F/F room mates and fewer M/M room mates, as there are more female than male travelers. I don't think anyone speculates or cares what the relationships are. at least we don't.  

Author: jl.anderson

Joined: 3/17/2010
Posts: 101
GCT Trips Taken: 2
OAT Trips Taken: 6
Countries Visited:

With OAT/GCT: China, Peru, Ecuador, Ukraine, Russia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Uruaguay, Antarctica plus 40+ more countries on my own.

Traveler Since: 2007

March 27, 2014

Not specifically on GCT River Cruises, but last summer we had a gay married couple (young retirees) who had been together over 20 years.  In Zimbabwe the trip leader was concerned about having one bed due to apparently the gay lifestyle is outlawed there.  They were very discrete.  Hands down, this couple was one of the most fun outgoing couples I've ever traveled with!

Judy

Author: sealionlady

Joined: 8/1/2010
Posts: 159
GCT Trips Taken: 7
OAT Trips Taken: 7
Traveler Since: 2001

March 27, 2014

We had several gay couples on our "Christmastime on the Seine" cruise last December.  There were no apparent problems and it was very pleasant and relaxed.  I've been on a few land tours with gay couples; they will usually introduce themselves in the format "I'm A and this is my partner B".  

Since the river ships usually carry around 100 passengers you can fairly easily find congenial people to share meals.  

Author: luisa

Joined: 3/13/2010
Posts: 599
GCT Trips Taken: 6
OAT Trips Taken: 2
Countries Visited:

Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Canada, Mexico, Spain, France, Monoco, Croatia, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Chile, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji. Ireland

Traveler Since: 2006

March 28, 2014

I wouldn't be concerned about it. There are usually women traveling together and occasionally men. I've taken several trips and never gave it  a thought or heard any comments from others. On one trip there were two men who had been together for several years and talked about their previous trips and places that they'd lived. They were good traveling companions and were popular with all in the group.

Judy, I think you had a slip of the finger and meant to write "discreet," since discrete means separate/unconnected.

Author: tpreminger

Joined: 5/14/2011
Posts: 53
GCT Trips Taken: 3
OAT Trips Taken: 3
Traveler Since: 1999

March 28, 2014

On a GCT cruise through France last November, there was a gay couple and a gay solo on the trip. A coincedence as the couple and solo did not know each other prior.

The fact that they were gay was NOT an issue at any time.  We all mixed and mingled at various meals and events.

Yes, it was obvious that they were gay, but I never heard a disparaging or other remark regarding their sexual orientation.
 

Author: oldbog

Joined: 2/6/2011
Posts: 42
GCT Trips Taken: 5
OAT Trips Taken: 1
Traveler Since: 1999

March 28, 2014

I would not assume that just because they are older that GCT travelers are anti-gay.  At the very least their level of education and worldliness from many travels would seem to mean they would not make an issue of it.

Author: rkauzlarich

Joined: 3/13/2010
Posts: 52
GCT Trips Taken: 10
OAT Trips Taken: 2
Traveler Since: 2009

March 28, 2014

We have shared several GCT/OAT trips with same sex couples--never a problem. They were great traveling companions.  As a previous poster stated, please do not assume that older folks are narrow minded.  The average GCT/OAT traveler is worldly and educated and open to diversity.

Author: jl.anderson

Joined: 3/17/2010
Posts: 101
GCT Trips Taken: 2
OAT Trips Taken: 6
Countries Visited:

With OAT/GCT: China, Peru, Ecuador, Ukraine, Russia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Uruaguay, Antarctica plus 40+ more countries on my own.

Traveler Since: 2007

March 28, 2014

Oopsie, luisa,

I did mean "discreet".  My editor daughter would have scolded me!

Judy

Author: luisa

Joined: 3/13/2010
Posts: 599
GCT Trips Taken: 6
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Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Canada, Mexico, Spain, France, Monoco, Croatia, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Chile, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji. Ireland

Traveler Since: 2006

March 30, 2014

It was clear from your post that you meant discreet. Everyone slips up occasionally, even editors. Don't tell her.  

I think I posted something recently where I wrote "effect" when I meant "affect" but can't remember where I did it. Oh, well. 

Author: pauline

Joined: 3/9/2010
Posts: 1,002
GCT Trips Taken: 11
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England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Malta, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, China, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Canada, Russia, Ukraine

Traveler Since: 1999

March 30, 2014

I read a lot, and I can't tell you how often that particular mistake jumps out at me.  But we knew what you meant, Judy.

Author: hootie

Joined: 3/7/2010
Posts: 138
GCT Trips Taken: 9
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China, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Serbia, Croatia, Romania, Transylvania, Bulgaria, Chech Republic, Slavakia, Bratislava, Egypt, Israel, Cyprus, Crete, Greece, Turkey, Istanbul, Italy, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Russia, Tahiti & French Polynesia/Society Islands, Hawaiian Islands, Bermuda, Alaska, Costa Rica, Mexico, United States, Panama Canal, Caribbean (extensively), Canada/Nova Scotia, Canary Islands, Gibralter, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Vatican City, France, Holland, Belgium, Tasmania, Australia, New Zealand, Ukraine, Russia.

Traveler Since: 2001

March 30, 2014

I don't think you need to worry about river boat cruising.  We've taken land tours & several river cruise tours with GC and we have never seen or heard of an issue with same sex partners.  As a matter of fact, we've known same sex partners who were members of the crew...Russia & elsewhere.  Also, some guides, local & otherwise. You really shouldn't have a problem because you are gay.  I know there's always a possiblity of that "one person"  being on your trip (or any where else!) who finds fault with anything & everything...you can spot them right away...just avoid them...like the rest of us do...and ENJOY your trip.

Author: blea

Joined: 6/20/2011
Posts: 15
GCT Trips Taken: 3
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Mexico, South America (Columbia), Central America (Panama, Costa Rica), British Isles, Spain, France, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Italy, Prague (before liberation), Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, China, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Finland, Estonia... wow! I've never listed all the places I've been!

Traveler Since: 2011

February 10, 2015

My partner (now my spouse) and I are about to take our 3rd GC trip. We don't try to pass as "just roommates" or anything as we're very comfortable being out. We have had fantastic times with everyone we've met, dined and and traveled with. We were slightly concerned about the Russia trip because of the country's anti-gay laws, but our GC guide was very reassuring and we had no problems at all, and realized we were silly to worry. We are so glad we didn't back out of that trip! Just go! Its true,  the GC clientele is quite sophisticated and very open-minded.

Author: booklvrq

Joined: 3/12/2010
Posts: 4
GCT Trips Taken: 3
OAT Trips Taken: 4
Traveler Since: 2004

February 17, 2015

no worries.....I've traveled many times with OAT and GCT and there have been single gay individuals and gay couples (both sexes) and all were treated well by the team, were great travel companions, and no issues at all....come along!!!

Author: booklvrq

Joined: 3/12/2010
Posts: 4
GCT Trips Taken: 3
OAT Trips Taken: 4
Traveler Since: 2004

February 17, 2015

no worries.....I've traveled many times with OAT and GCT and there have been single gay individuals and gay couples (both sexes) and all were treated well by the team, were great travel companions, and no issues at all....come along!!!

Author: tripaholic

Joined: 8/30/2011
Posts: 22
GCT Trips Taken: 3
OAT Trips Taken: 1
Traveler Since: 2011

February 24, 2015

I agree with all the previous posts. I don't think you will have a problem, and there are enough open minded people on board that you will be able to fit in perfectly. As far as "older people" are concerned, (I'm not sure what the definition of Older is . . . what is that age???) remember that the "older generation" is one who coined and lived by "to each his own."

FYI, if you make a mistake in a post like a spelling error, you can go into your post and edit it to correct for errors. I have done it several times.

Happy travels to all.

Author: aexo

Joined: 4/3/2015
Posts: 1
GCT Trips Taken: 0
OAT Trips Taken: 2
Traveler Since: 2008

April 02, 2015

Some of us mature travelers are actually parents of gay men and/or women.  It pleases us to see everyone enjoying the trip, no matter who they are traveling with.  I find GC travelers to be educated, sophisticated and appreciative of diversity.  I hope you will agree after your trip.

Author: smogg

Joined: 1/21/2015
Posts: 40
GCT Trips Taken: 1
OAT Trips Taken: 3
Traveler Since: 2004

April 02, 2015

When I was in India, 12/14 we had a gay couple who had been together for 25 years.  It was interesting to hear them talk about their governor and his beliefs.  I learned their point of view and their experiences.  It really made me understand what they go through.  It was a great experience.

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