Poker chips are spread across a table occupied by a group of men and women clutching cards close to their chests. A woman outside lounges on the deck of a boat as another woman stands over her, giving a massage in the sun. Later that night, music pumps out of speakers near the bar. People all around are dancing and drinking.
It's your typical all-inclusive cruise -- only aboard this ship, everyone is naked.
Nudist cruises are non-sexual vacation experiences where everyone just happens to be in the buff. Bare Necessities out of Texas has been offering nudist cruises for the last 26 years, chartering luxury ocean liners and traversing the globe from Singapore to Alaska and everywhere in between.
The biggest party is the Big Nude Boat, held once a year with 2,000 to 3,000 guests: a 10-day excursion with themed events like Nudapalooza, FantaSea Fest, and Naked Man, a nudist take on Burning Man. It’s the only large-scale cruising operation of its kind in the United States.
While other companies encourage sex acts at nude events, Big Nude Boat owner Nancy Tiemann stresses that Bare Necessities cruises do not have sexually charged atmospheres. The majority of passengers on Tiemann's boats are in committed relationships and simply enjoy living -- or playing tourists to -- a clothing-free lifestyle.