What Does An Upside Down Pineapple Mean?

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If you know, you know…

On a cruise (and sometimes also on land) ‘pineapple’ is code for swinging or wife-swapping. If you see pineapple on a cruise ship door it means that the people in the cabin are up for meeting other couples for ‘adult fun’.

pineapple meaning

What’s the meaning of an upside down pineapple?

Pineapples are used as a secret way for swingers to identify each other. If you see someone wearing an upside-down pineapple badge or pin, it means that they’re actively looking for a partner swap. An upside-down pineapple on someone’s front porch can be seen as an invitation to join a swinger party.

Before we start on the ins and outs, for want of a better phrase, of cruise ship swinging, I’d just like to clarify that I’m not into that myself. But, if that’s what floats your boat and you aren’t hurting anyone, then that’s your business. We’re all adults here.

pineapple cruise ship door
Photo: Ashley Wheeler Mikel

Is swinging on a cruise ship a big thing?

Some couples opt to go on special ‘swingers cruises’ where everyone on board is all up for the same thing. If that’s your thing, then Desire Resorts & Cruises and Bliss Cruises offer just that.

Suggested read: 13 Best Nude & Clothing-Optional Cruises

Aside from these ‘lifestyle cruises’, as they’re known, there are also plenty of swingers who go on regular cruises. These people are likely to keep open minds about who they might meet on board and what they might get up to.

On a normal cruise, you would never really notice swinging behaviour. Swingers don’t tend to introduce themselves by saying, “Hi, we’re Barry and Wendy, do you both want to come up to our cabin tonight?”

However, just as swingers on land might have secret signs like pampas grass in the front garden, wearing a black ring on one finger or a toe ring, on a cruise ship, the secret symbol of swingers is the pineapple.

How do cruise ship swingers identify themselves?

Decorating cruise cabin doors with pineapple magnets from Amazon is an obvious way for swinging couples to attract attention. If you see an upside-down pineapple on a cruise cabin door, it means that the people inside are actively searching for a swinging party.

One obvious problem with this is that on a cruise you only ever see the doors that are on the same corridor as your own. Meaning that swingers on different decks could never find each other.

Another problem is that you just don’t know who’s behind the door. How embarrassing would it be to knock and then change your mind after seeing who opens it? Of course, these are just hypothetical problems. If you have actual experience of this and aren’t shy, there’s a comments section below!

With the popularity of social media to help with cruise planning, some swingers now plan to meet up with like-minded people on board before they cruise. If you ever see a message in a Facebook group asking who else is on a particular sailing and it uses the pineapple emoji, you can be pretty confident that the person is looking to meet others on board for sex.

The upside down pineapple trick

Of course, just because you see an upside-down pineapple on a stateroom door, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the person inside is into the pineapple lifestyle.

One cruiser named Christee played a little joke on her friend by placing this pineapple sticker on his door without telling him what it meant. She confessed on day three of the cruise! He was a great sport though and kept it up for the whole eight days!

upside down pineapple
Photo: Christee Johnson

What about wearing pineapples on clothing?

What if you have a shirt with pineapples on? Or pineapple earrings? Will people think you’re a swinger?

my pineapple shorts

I have a pair of shorts with a pineapple on which I wore on a recent cruise. I knew about the secret pineapple meaning, I just forgot until it was too late and I realised that I was wearing the pineapple shorts by the pool!

Luckily, nobody said a word to me. Although I did feel uncomfortable so I don’t think I’ll be packing them again.

Wearing pineapples on a cruise is totally up to you. But as more and more people learn about the pineapple reference, you may find that you get some knowing looks from your fellow cruisers.

See pineapple socks on Amazon

What about pineapple drinks?

On P&O Cruises new ship Iona, you can order a pineapple drink that comes in a cup that’s shaped like an upside-down pineapple!

I’m definitely not saying that these pineapple drinks are anything to do with swinging. I suspect that most people who order them will have absolutely no idea what pineapple means on a cruise.

However, they do look pretty cool!

Final thoughts

While the pineapple is often used as a secret code for swinging, wife-swapping and casual sex, this isn’t always the case. When you are trying to work out the meaning of a pineapple, you should carefully consider the context.

For example, if you see a pineapple in someone’s shopping basket, that’s probably just a healthy snack.

However, if you’re in a Facebook group for a particular cruise sailing and someone leaves a message with “Who wants to meet up on the ship? 🍍🍍🍍”, then you can be pretty sure that they’re not looking for someone to play cards with.

If you like the idea of a cruise where you can make friends with like-minded people who are as up for fun as you are, then you should certainly take a loot at Desire Resorts & Cruises.

Desire Resorts & Cruises are only for couples. But if you prefer to travel solo, then Temptation Resorts & Cruises offers a one of a kind ‘playground for grown-ups’ both at sea and on land.

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Pineapple FAQs

Are pineapples associated with swinging?

Pineapples represent ‘welcoming and hospitality’, but they are also associated with swinging. Swingers use the pineapple as a secret symbol to look out for each other in public. They may use real pineapples or wear clothing or accessories that feature a pineapple motif.

What do upside-down pineapples mean?

Pineapples are a secret sign used by swingers to identify each other in public. If you see an upside-down pineapple it means that someone is actively looking for a swinger party.

Should you turn a pineapple upside down?

Turning a pineapple upside down in the fridge for 30 minutes before cutting it will redistribute the sugars more evenly through it. But, having an upside-down pineapple in your shopping trolley or on your front porch is a symbol to others that you are looking for couples to join a swinging party.

What does a pineapple tattoo mean?

A pineapple tattoo could have many possible meanings. The pineapple is a symbol of warmth and hospitality. The wearer might just like the funky look of the pineapple fruit. Pineapples are also secret symbols for swingers, so the wearer could be a swinger, particularly if the pineapple is upside down.

What does wearing a pineapple shirt mean?

As pineapple is a tropical fruit, pineapple-print shirts are popular to wear on vacation. However, you should know that the pineapple is a secret code for swingers. By wearing pineapple clothing you may attract the attention of couples looking for a swinger party.

What does pineapple on a house mean?

Pineapples are a symbol of welcoming and hospitality, but they can also be a secret symbol for swingers. If your neighbours have a pineapple welcome mat or a pineapple mailbox, it could mean that they are interested in meeting other couples for swinging parties.

Are pineapples lucky?

Pineapples are considered to be lucky because the sounds of the Chinese word for ‘pineapple’ is almost identical to the sounds of ‘good luck’ in Chinese. For this reason, the pineapple has become a traditional feng shui symbol of good fortune and prosperity.

Does the pineapple emoji mean anything?

People may use the pineapple emoji on Snapchat or other social media to discretely advertise that they are looking to meet up with swingers for adult fun. The pineapple can also be used to represent a ‘complicated’ relationship status or that someone is in an open relationship.

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15 thoughts on “What Does An Upside Down Pineapple Mean?”

  1. My wife and I saw a house for sale that had 2 pineapple-shaped stones on each side of the front gate posts. She liked the house and wanted to put an offer on it. But when she shared some photos with a friend of hers, she mentioned the swinging thing to her. It was the first time we heard about the pineapple and its swinging symbol. As we both disagree with and do not condone swinging, we still love our pineapples. The lives of others are none of our concern and we are not entitled to judge the desires of others.

  2. What next? Dogging?

    • How do you find out who is into Dogging

  3. Cultural appropriation if you ask me.

    • Sooooo you *only* eat food from your country and decorate with things solely related to your background then, right? 😆

  4. Sorry I like pineapples because they are a symbol of warmth & hospitality. That was & is the original meaning. Not a swinger & never will be
    Find a new sign.

  5. Thanks for the warning. I had noo idea. I guess I’ll hav3ev to pass up that cute pineapple sundress I’ve been eyeing online.

  6. I’ve got my black silicone ring because I’m extremely allergic to metals and my favorite pineapple shirt. But I’m not a swinger! I’ll change my wedding ring color but not my shirt. If anyone approaches me about this I’ll let them know that not all pineapples are signs of debauchery and to get a new sing for their weirdo club!

    • Being into an alternative lifestyle doesn’t make you a “wierdo”. To make a well known quote “judge not lest ye be judged”

      • Nope. Weirdo.

      • Yes -we’ll said

  7. don’t knock it till you try it!

  8. Absolutely mortified. My husband and I renewed our vows in 2019 – took a cruise to get there and celebrate afterward. I bought the cutest PINEAPPLE door hanger on Etsy with *our names* painted on it. Of course I ever so proudly hung it on our door. Thanks Etsy! Appreciate that! We are untight not swingers. LMAOOOOO

    • Hahahaha! I’m sorry, I couldn’t help but laugh at this one. Thank goodness you didn’t get any knocks on the door! And I was worried about my pineapple shorts – you win! Jenni

      • Lol. Funny. This article made me laugh hard. In an Era of gloom and doom news good to see something lighthearted and harmless like this.

        Originally read this article because on a discussion board i was surprised to hear pineapples and flamingos are swinger symbols. Lol. I just always thought that they were things old people liked. Now ill never view my grandparents the same way again j/k.

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