Great News! Yes, yes, yes: We are excited to announce that we are going on this year’s The Cruise by La Demence, the best European Gay Cruise with a brand-new route and a great Royal Caribbean ship around the Adriatic and Ionian Sea! Starting from Ravenna, Italy, the cruise ship will cruise in a southern direction for a stop in Albania, Greece, Euro Pride country, Malta, followed by Sicily before returning to Ravenna. And, of course, there will be numerous theme and costume parties, from the Lady’s T-Dance to a trip Out in Space. Join us on our gay cruise trip, The Cruise 2023! We hope to see you all on board for some lasting memories through Couple of Men’s eyes.
The Route of The Cruise 2023
Day 1: Ravenna, Italy – 9th of July
Ravenna: the departure and arrival port of The Cruise, is conveniently located in Italy. Just a short train ride away from Bologna (1h), Florence (2h), and Venice (2h30), it’s the perfect opportunity to explore these Italian cities before or after the cruise. With a rich history as the capital of the Western Roman Empire, Ravenna boasts impressive historical buildings and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Its well-preserved Byzantine-era architecture and mosaics are among the best in the country. Explore the city center’s decorative churches, basilicas, and squares, or relax under the blazing sun at Ravenna Marina.
Day 2: Life at Sea – 10th of July
Monday, July 10th is a day for unwinding and embracing relaxation. Take your time to bask in the sun, lounge by the pool, and indulge in a leisurely day. If you’re feeling active, you can visit the gym or participate in the ‘Mister The Cruise Election.’ Make sure to prepare yourself for the energetic T-dance later on. To start the day on a tranquil note, join an invigorating early morning yoga session in the refreshing open air. Treat yourself to a luxurious spa experience, and consider trying out the exciting climbing wall. This day is about finding your bliss and enjoying various activities.
We found some great deals with flights worldwide as well as in and around Europe via Amsterdam (and return) with gay-friendly KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. That includes direct connections with KLM or their partner airlines, Air France and DELTA. *subject to availability / last check: 2023
Day 3: Sarandë, Albania – 11th of July
On Tuesday, July 11th, discover Sarandë, an unspoiled gem on the Albanian Riviera. With its captivating beaches and rocky coastline, this coastal town is surrounded by picturesque hills and majestic mountains. Don’t miss the nearby ancient ruins of Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore Gjirokastra’s historic city, visit the enchanting Blue Eye natural spring, and climb the ruins of Lakuresi Castle for stunning views. Relax at Ksamil’s crystal-clear beaches, including the renowned Mirror Beach. Sarandë perfectly blends history, natural beauty, and coastal charm.
Day 4: Argostoli, Greece – 12th of July
On Wednesday, July 12th, explore the quaint Greek village of. This restored town on a peninsula offers breathtaking views of the sea, historic sites, and peaceful fishing villages. Don’t miss the Koutavos lagoon, a nature reserve home to Loggerhead turtles. Take a boat ride to the underground lake of Melissani and visit the famous Myrtos Beach. Discover the mythical island of Ithaka and explore the picturesque fishing village of Fiskardo. Enjoy shopping on Lithostroto street and enjoy fresh seafood and Kefalonian wine along the promenade. Argostoli and Kefalonia await with wonders to uncover.
Day 5: Malta – 13th of July
On Thursday, July 13th, explore the captivating Archipelago of Malta. Discover Valletta, the harmonious capital city with a rich history. Experience the stunning coastline, golden beaches, and friendly locals. Malta is an ideal destination, blending architectural elegance and undisturbed history.
Day 6: Catania – 14th of July
On Friday, July 14th, explore Catania, Sicily’s second-largest city nestled under Mount Etna. Known as the “lava city,” Catania showcases unique baroque architecture and cinematic Godfather film locations. Climb the Duomo for majestic views, visit Taormina or Siracusa, and hike Mount Etna. Indulge in street food at the bustling market and discover the hidden corners of the Roman amphitheater. Catania offers history, natural beauty, and culinary delights.
Day 7: Life at Sea – 15th of July
On Saturday, July 15th, enjoy a day of leisure and camaraderie with new friends on the ship. Embrace the beauty of the sea and make the most of onboard activities. Don’t forget to exchange contact details with your companions and join the fun pool activities. Later, groove to the tunes at the exciting Goodbye T-dance. It’s a day filled with relaxation, friendship, and unforgettable moments.
The Ship: Explorer of the Seas
Experience luxury and a friendly atmosphere on Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas. This stunning ship will offer a range of features, including the exhilarating FlowRider surf simulator, an ice skating rink, and various dining options. With a capacity of 3,286 passengers and 15 decks, it will provide ample enjoyable space. You can relax at the three outdoor pools or explore the Royal Promenade, filled with shops and eateries.
Thrill-seekers can test their skills on the climbing wall, while fitness enthusiasts can stay active at the expanded gym. You can enjoy a drink at one of the eleven bars or savor delicious meals at the eight onboard restaurants. And don’t miss the spectacular shows at the Palace Theatre, featuring international dancers and singers. Upgrade your future vacation with a cruise on the Explorer of the Seas, where luxury and entertainment await you.
The Party Itinerary for the Cruise 2023
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Embark on a unique gay cruise experience filled with unforgettable moments. Explore stunning ports, make new friends, and enjoy wild parties: Experience Europe’s culture, history, and pristine beaches with the convenience of unpacking just once. Relax by the pools, indulge in delicious dining options, and stay active with onboard activities like the gym and climbing wall. Pamper yourself at the spa and shop at duty-free stores. Our specialty entertainment and the ship’s theater shows will captivate you each evening. Join us for an extraordinary journey where cherished memories are made. Let the adventure begin!
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And now, it’s your turn: Book The Cruise 2023!
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Embark on an exhilarating gay cruise as a couple, where endless possibilities await. Connect with like-minded individuals, forge lasting friendships, and create memories extending beyond the journey. Join us on board the EXPLORER OF THE SEAS for an incredible experience with gay men from around the globe. Let the adventure begin as we set sail and immerse ourselves in a world of excitement and camaraderie. Ship ahoy! We eagerly await the opportunity to meet and share unforgettable moments with you.
– Official Website: the-cruise.eu
– Facebook: facebook.com/lademencecruise
– Official Facebook Group: facebook.com/groups/
– Official Cruise Ship: Cruise Ship Explorer of the Seas
– Click here for the Official After Movie 2022