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The sister cruise line to Cunard, Holland America also offers a traditional cruising experience with modern touches.
HAL's 15-ship fleet range from the 2,650-passenger Koningsdam to the 835-passenger Prinsendam.
Similarly, the company takes a youthful approach to its cruising, having pioneered the "freestyle" concept.
That translates to a relaxed dress code, flexible dining and cutting-edge entertainment.
Travelers are frequently drawn to Celebrity for its ships' upscale decor, spacious standard cabins and high level of personalized service.
What Cruise Critic members are saying: "I've always found Celebrity extraordinary in the way gay people (really any people) are treated." (johhnnyt) Special notes: Also part of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Celebrity frequently sponsors LGBT Pride events and regularly targets LGBT travelers in its marketing efforts, including the promotion of onboard same-sex marriages.
Azamara has been extremely proactive in marketing to LGBT travelers, and its ships are frequently booked for gay and lesbian group travel.
Among Cunard's most popular offerings are its iconic transatlantic crossings aboard Queen Mary 2.
What Cruise Critic members are saying: "In general, I find Cunard to be the most gay-friendly cruise line sailing today." (eroller) Special notes: Cunard has been a supporter of the Human Rights Campaign and has a long history of partnering with LGBT travel agencies for full charters and group bookings.
Luxury is Crystal's priority, and its two oceangoing cruise ships, Crystal Symphony (922 passengers) and Crystal Serenity (1,070), provide passengers outstanding service.
The cruise line operates on an all-inclusive model with one of the highest passenger-to-staff and passenger-to-space ratios in the industry.In addition to its big ships, Crystal operates a 62-passenger yacht and Crystal River Cruises. The operator of Queen Elizabeth (2,058 passengers), Queen Mary 2 (2,600) and Queen Victoria (2,014), Cunard dates back to 1840 and embraces the "Golden Era" of cruising.