I am currently booked on this cruise with my children, age 4 & 7, as well as another family with a young child. We found out this cruise has a large specialty group sailing and are worried about how this could affect our cruise. The group is reportedly 700-1000 people, but RCCL will not verify any information on this, is there any other way to find out. If you are interested in the specifics of the group, check out www.bearvoyage.com, the concise information is that this a gay mens group and the cruise and special events are sponsered by an internet gay porn film company. That is what has me worried. Has anyone ever cruised with such a large group before? I know the ship is large, but that is almost 25% of the passengers.
Wow! That's terrible! Can I ask you how you found out this information? I would like to see if there is anything like that going on when I sail in December, as I also have a 4 and 6 year old. I can't imagine all the questions they would be asking me about your scene...
There is no way I would bring my family on a cruise with a group like that! I see enough on a normal cruise where there are a few gay men strutting around the ship. However, I do think there are a few options for your dilemma.
There is enough time for you to cancel the cruise and get your money back. Your travel agent should be able to take care of that. Also, you could book another cruise ship for that date, although most other cruises are 7 nights. Another thought is just changing the sail date. How did you find out about the group? Good luck!! Hope you get out of this mess. Remember, you can cancel before your final payment is due, and you will get your down payment back.
I found out about the information off a discussion thread on CruiseCritic.com. The original poster there found out and was concerned and decided other people should know as well. You can find out sometimes by googling for a group cruise on that particular ship and date, but on the roll call for that ship, a gay couple also mentioned they were booked with large men's group. I am not sure how she originally found off, but I am glad she did.
I think the cruise lines should notify all booked passengers when *any* large group will be on their cruise - straight, gay, soccer moms, scrap bookers, whatever. A group can be disruptive to the other passengers, such as when they reserve lounges or other public areas for private functions, etc. They shouldn't be surprised when they board the ship. Our first cruise was with a group - 600 or so fans of racing legend Richard Petty. It was hastily moved from one ship to another within a month of the sailing and many of the other passengers were annoyed by us. It didn't help that we were moved to HAL's old Westerdam - so you had 600 beer drinking NASCAR fans versus an older and more reserved demographic.
Just an update-I did cancel my cruise for a full refund of the deposit, I am glad I found out when I did, last day to cancel is this Friday. Now trying to decide whether to book the Carnival Glory or the Norwegian Sun. We are limited to having to stay within that week and less than 12 hour drive from Baton Rouge. By the way, I don't think I want to know what a brown bear is.