The Beginner’s Guide to Hooking Up on a Cruise

Sunshine. Alcohol. Swimsuits.

Is there a better combination for a having a romantic encounter? Yes, actually. Add all those elements and then combine them on a cruise ship where everyone will be together for several days, with few other options.

It shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that hookups can and do happen on a cruise. Call it love, call it romance, call it a one-night stand. No matter what you call it, there are people on every cruise that end up getting down after meeting on the ship.

Of course, if you’re interested in hooking up on a cruise, there are ways that you can increase your odds… and a few things that you should consider before doing so.

We’re not here to tell you not to have a good time, but you should definitely keep a few things in mind before you try to get it on.

DO be careful

Let’s get this out of the way. If you’re going to try to have a romance on a cruise ship, you need to be careful. Even though cruise ships can seem like sanitized vacations where everything is safe and clean, hooking up with strangers always carries risk. Use common sense and listen to you gut.

Don’t go back to someone else’s cabin if you don’t feel comfortable. Protect your drinks and don’t overindulge to the point that you can’t keep your wits. Wear protection if you have sex.

Hooking up on a cruise can be a fun and memorable experience. Don’t let it turn into a nightmare by doing something at sea that you wouldn’t do on land.

DO attend singles’ events

Every cruise will usually have a couple of singles’ mixers during the course of the cruise. If you’re looking for a partner, the hunting grounds don’t get any better than this. Put on your best outfit, have a drink or two, and go scope out the scene.

DO hit up the late-night bars

Let’s face it. If you’re wanting to get lucky, then that’s usually not going to happen at 5 p.m. You’ve got to be out and about when people are thinking about romance. The best place we can suggest is to check out the bars after midnight. Here you’ll find people that like to let loose and have a good time (but that doesn’t necessarily mean they want to hook up). But just like on land, if you’re looking for love, a late-night bar is the right place to look.

DON’T be bashful

You don’t want to come across as creepy by being too aggressive, but remember that your time on the cruise ship is short. There is no time to be bashful. If you see someone that you’re attracted to, make an effort to talk to them. If you wait until you get up the nerve, then your time on the ship could already be over.

DON’T be too picky

If you really want to hook up on your cruise, then you’re likely going to have to forget being picky. Remember that even the biggest cruises will have at most about 4,000 people. Once you whittle down that number to only men or women… the people that are single… and the people in your age range… the number gets to be pretty small. If you go by the “10-point” scale to judge attractiveness, you should add 2 points to everyone on the ship. So someone who would be a “6” on land is an “8” on the cruise.

DO select the right time of year to sail

The demographics of a cruise ship change dramatically throughout the year. Want to sail with a younger crowd with more singles? Check out Spring Break or early summer cruises. Cruises that sail in the fall when school is back in session will have older crowds if you’re looking for a fling with a more mature person.

DON’T expect to hook up with the crew

Young, international, good looking. The crew on a cruise ship seems like it would be a prime hunting ground for a quick fling. Don’t do it. Crew members are on strict orders that hooking up with passengers is forbidden. It can easily cost them their job. Keep your efforts to other passengers, and not the crew.

DO remember you have to share the ship

Want to “hit it and forget it”? That’s fine after the cruise, but don’t think you’re going to get away with it on Day 1. Remember, you are on a small, floating city. If you do something like hook up with a person and then try to ditch them the rest of the cruise, you’re going to be constantly looking over your shoulder.

Instead, avoid any awkwardness by only getting together with someone you can stand hanging out with for the remainder of your cruise.