First with another lesbian couple, and the last with a straight couple.At no time did we feel uncomfortable as being 'gay women' on either cruise." (Sweet P2) Special notes: Holland America is a dependable supporter of LGBT organizations, including the National LGBTQ Task Force and The San Diego LGBT Community Center.

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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.

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.

The following list highlights 10 gay- and lesbian-welcoming cruise lines, illustrating a rainbow of cruise travel opportunities that are bound to suit nearly any taste.

Accommodating merely 690 guests each, Azamara's two ships -- Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest -- are very appealing to travelers seeking a more intimate experience.

Along with this increasing openness of cruise lines is the fact that the options for gay and lesbian cruisers have never been better.