Pineapple meaning: What do pineapples mean on a cruise?

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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’.

Before we start on this 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.

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 Cruises is something you should look into.

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. It either means that they’re swingers or that someone has played a little trick on them.

If you see a pineapple which is upside-down 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.

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.

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4 thoughts on “Pineapple meaning: What do pineapples mean on a cruise?”

  1. 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!

  2. don’t knock it till you try it!

  3. 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

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