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Ocean and River Cruises for the LGBT community, their friends and families

Welcome to Arno's Bear Cruises, where we offer unforgettable ocean and river cruises tailored to the LGBT community and their loved ones. Embrace the freedom to travel the world and create lasting memories with like-minded individuals.

Oct 28, 2024 Halloween Cruise Utopia of the Seas Port Canaveral

A 4 night sailing out of Port Canaveral to the Bahamas, and CocoCay. This is just a party cruise to dress up for Halloween. Cruise starts at only $448 p.p. 

Feb 15-22, 2025  New Orleans here we come. 

A 7 night sailing on the Brilliance OTS to Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Yucatan. Private Disco Party already approved. Cabins start at $669 p.p. Host Hotel in walking distance to Bourbon Street. 

May 10 - 17, 2025.  From Los Angeles to Vancouver on the Princess Sapphire. 

This is my husband's Birthday Cruise. 

NOT my regular Group Cruise

Sailing on Princess this time out of LA to San Diego, San Francisco, Oregon, Victoria, Canada, and ending in Vancouver. Sailing starts at $1149 p.p. incl. Taxes, Gratuities, Wifi, Drink package and more. 

Sep 17 - 28, 2025
Oktoberfest in Munich and a River Cruise to Budapest. 

Enjoy the opening of Oktoberfest in Munich followed by a River Cruise on Amadeus River Cruises from Passau Germany, through Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. This is a full ship charter just for us. 

Feb 15 - 22, 2026
Celebrity BEYOND with Captain Kate from Miami, FL

Sailing out of Miami, FL to Puerto Plata; St. Thomas and St. Kitts. As always, private excursions and parties on board will be announced later as well as the host hotel. Infinity Veranda cabins for $1915 pp incl. taxes, gratuities, wifi and drink package. 

World Pride Amsterdam 2026
July 27 - August 3, 2026

A river cruise out of Basel, Switzerland with stops in France, Germany and a 3 night weekend in Amsterdam for World Pride. No need to get a hotel there.  I chartered two identical vessels. Both are sold out. Waitlist ONLY. 

Our Service to You

For almost 15 years, I have been dedicated to creating unforgettable vacations within the realm of LGBT Group Cruises. What started as a Bear Cruise is now an all inclusive LGBTQ vacation, ensuring that every guest can relax and enjoy themselves without any worries. Many friendships were created over the years and yes, many marriages as well. 

At our events, no one is left behind - we strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where everyone can feel comfortable and accepted. Your friends, families, neighbors, all are welcome. 

Virgin Voyages Booking Link

Wether you are going with a group, your partner, or just by yourself. Use my booking link for any Virgin Voyages sailing and get additional benefits. 

Traveling to Europe

Coming in 2025 there will be new requirements for traveling to the EU for Non-EU members.  You can apply for the ETIAS application online. 

Traveling to the United Kingdom

Traveling to or through the UK? Please check the requirements before you leave the country. 

About Arno's Bear Cruises

Embrace Adventure, Embrace Inclusivity

At Arno's Bear Cruises, we believe in creating spaces of acceptance and fun for the LGBT community. We started in 2009 offering two cruises a year. The February cruise is always the Caribbean, the others somewhere around the world. Our cruises are not just about exploration; they're about celebrating diversity and unity. Join us on a journey where every moment is filled with fun, joy and acceptance.Travel the world with pride and passion. We've been to Europe, South America and Antarctica together. There is more to explore. 

“Have you ever had an experience that made you wish it would never end? One that is so much fun that you almost forget about the real world? This is what cruising with Arno is like. It’s a tremendous experience from beginning to end and beyond; One that for me has spawned lifelong friendships and memories that make anything I’ve done in the past echo in comparison.

My husband and I were lucky enough to meet Arno several years ago while cruising with another bear group organizer. We encountered so many members of his group who sung the praises of cruising with Arno. We watched as they hosted amazing parties, spent time together throughout the ship and exuded so much comraderie. 

One night on our cruise we were double booked for a party room and Arno offered for our two groups to combine. It was the most fun we had ever had!!

We booked our next cruise through Arno. Booking was amazingly easy and within a day of submitting our request we received our reservation information. Arno actually emailed us and told us that he had a better cabin available at a better price (he didn’t have to do that but he did). Since then we have been on 4 more sailings with Arno.

Leading up to the cruise Arno puts an immense amount of work into helping educate his group on excursions, sales on onboard purchases, activities and so much more. 

Then you get to the onboard experience. Arno goes to great lengths to line up activities on the ship and ensure they are executed to perfection. He interacts with all of his cruisers and makes sure their sailing is top-notch. I have personally seen him go to bat for a cruiser and will not stop until sufficient resolution is met.

I personally have brought double digits of sailers to Arno’s group based solely on the amazing experience we have in each and every sailing. We will never consider cruising with any other bear group again. Heck, we won’t even book another cruise if it isn’t with Arno. 

I wholeheartedly recommend anyone that even has a curiosity of what this will be like to consider Arno. He fights for us, he is passionate about ensuring our happiness and he genuinely cares for each and every one of the people that sails with him. You will make friendships and memories that will last a lifetime!!!”

Price and Carlos

I happened upon Arno’s Bear Cruise purely by accident.  I was recently widowed after 20 years and was forcing myself to get out and make new friends.  My new boyfriend encouraged me to do something special for my 50th birthday, and with a Google search, found his site.  We were obviously apprehensive being our first cruise, let alone not knowing anyone else in this group.  We have been to other events with gay men, but found that due to our ages and, let’s face it, body shapes, and we would feel out of place among the younger men.   We took a leap of faith and our first Arno’s Bear Cruise was to Alaska!

Booking was a breeze.  There were no “surprise” fees, and Arno was very prompt with replying to questions and updates on excursions that he coordinated for the group.  Arno even organized to have a host hotel both pre and post boarding upon the ship.  Everyone we met was so nice and looked just like us!  My inhibitions were gone as I confidently walked shirtless to the ship’s pool to join the group at the pool.  As the cruise continued, more and more guys in the group introduced themselves to us and we even exchanged contact information.  We took a helicopter flight atop an actual glacier, visited a dog-sled encampment within the Yukon Territory, and toured the 19th century capital of Juneau where my boyfriend Michael and I purchased rings.  (These rings later turned into wedding bands). 

Upon our departure of that first cruise with Arno’s Bear Cruises, we made new friends and experienced wondrous nature while being entertained on a glamorous Royal Caribbean ship.  We decided right then that we must do another cruise the following year.

Our second cruise was with a competitor.  We felt we should try a Gay Bear Group on the West Coast, as we live in San Diego, California.  This cruise was with Princess Cruises from Los Angeles to Mexican ports.  We were disappointed overall.  Although, the group was very nice and outgoing, excursions were mainly through the ship.  The group did provide a DJ and arranged our group to have private dances; however, the other guests kept crashing our parties due to the ship keeping the other disco dark.  We were spoiled with our on board entertainment with Royal Caribbean with costumed singers in the promenade, acrobatics on bungee cords dancing above our heads, and truly funny comedians in the theater.  Our Princess Cruise entertainment consisted of the head maître d and chef joking on stage before escorting hundreds of guests through the empty cooking rooms.  A new friend we met reported to us that he witnessed a ship worker pouring cheaper liquor into expensive bottles from behind the bar at 4am.  We knew that we had to go back to Arno.

Since then, we have been with Arno's Bear Cruises to the Western Caribbean, Eastern Caribbean, Australia/New Zealand, and are currently booked to another Western Caribbean cruise through Arno and Royal Caribbean.  We feel that not only do we feel pampered on a Royal Caribbean ship, we also feel confident that everything will be organized and orderly, yet very playful and accepting with Arno and the group of men I now call friends.

Robert M. San Diego

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