Off the Coast of Alaska
Harper’s Other Dad had a milestone birthday in 2002 so we celebrated by taking an Alaska cruise. We’d taken cruises before and been mildly disappointed by the dearth of nature’s bachelors among the passengers. At the same time, we weren’t sure we would like going on a “gay cruise”. A friend of mine had booked a Caribbean cruise through Pied Piper Travel in New York. They aggregate groups of LGBT people and book them on popular, mainstream, cruise lines. In this case there were 2500+ passengers on the Celebrity ship; about 110 of which were in our group. It was a nice compromise and we enjoyed it.
It was my first visit trip to Alaska. We flew to Anchorage and then took seven days to sail south to Vancouver B.C. There are both advantages and disadvantages to cruising on a mega-ship but the experience was very nice. We met some terrific people. There were social functions arranged just for our group as well as the usual ship’s activities and excursions.
Certainly one of the more memorable afternoons was in port, Juneau I believe, where we attended a “Lumberjack Show”. The lumberjacks seemed a little taken aback, at least at first, when 75-80 unaccompanied gentlemen arrived for the show; about a 25% of the audience, but they were good sports and everyone had a nice time.
Like most large cruise ships, there was a lounge with dancing. Normally I would not dance with a male partner in what was, effectively, a straight bar but every night at midnight the D.J. would play “It’s Raining Men”. The folks from our group would join the fun on the dance floor. Some of the other guests took that as their cue to retire for evening. Of course the average age of the passengers on an Alaska cruise is well north of 40 so the bar wasn’t exactly packing them in after midnight anyway.