Being naked encourages self-love -- not group love
That body comfort is the biggest aspect of Bare Necessities' cruise culture. Less than 5% of the guests are first-time social nudists, but even so: anyone who feels uncomfortable being naked is encouraged to put on their clothes at any time (as long as they aren't ogling the other guests). If it feels more comfortable to be nude, then let it all hang out.
"I like to swim in the nude, I like to walk the beach in the nude, but you wouldn't catch me playing tennis in the nude," Tiemann said. "It's just not 'pretty' nude to me. Other people play tennis in the nude. We encourage people to be nude whenever it's comfortable for them."
But Tiemann is quick to point out the company can't control what happens behind closed doors -- and offers a positive vote for the sensual experience of being in the nude with someone you care about.
"There's nothing like being at sea and feeling the sun and air on your skin," she said. "It's not a sexually charged atmosphere, but hopefully a walk down a deserted beach with someone you really care about will end in something better than a bingo game."
All the passengers must go through a vetting process to get on the boat in the first place, so Tiemann said there haven't been any sex-focused or jealousy issues in the past. A quick required phone call before the cruise and to book the trip effectively weeds out anyone looking for a swingers party. And while shirking the restrictions of clothing, the cruise staff has some rules that everyone must abide by -- or risk getting kicked off at one of the ports. Towels always go down before you sit; clothing is always required while entering or in a port; formal dinners are clothed (although casualwear is welcome); no fetishwear, excessive genital jewelry, or drugs; no soliciting for sex; and no taking photos or video without consent. Boat staff is required to be clothed at all times. Absolutely no sexual activity is allowed on deck or in public areas.
"I have never had sex on a cruise," Morton said, "nor do I intend to, unless it's with someone I am in a relationship with prior to the cruise. My goal is to sun my ass cheeks, swim naked, and dance a bit on deck under the full moon with my full moon enjoying the open air as well."