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A Beginner's Guide to the Bliss Cruise Experience: The Impact of Intoxication on Consent, Part 2


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When it comes to engaging in sexual encounters, enthusiastic consent is of utmost importance on the Bliss Cruise. It emphasizes the need for clear, active, and enthusiastic agreement between all parties. Simply put, it means that all individuals must actively and willingly participate, saying an apparent and enthusiastic "yes" to any sexual activity. Consent is not just the absence of a "no"; it requires an explicit and enthusiastic affirmation. This concept is particularly crucial when considering the impact of intoxication on consent.


When individuals are under the influence of alcohol or drugs (to be very clear, drugs are not permitted on the Bliss Cruise), their ability to provide informed and enthusiastic consent may be compromised. Intoxication can impair judgment, decision-making, and communication of desires, boundaries, and limitations. It is essential to recognize that engaging in sexual activities with someone who is intoxicated and unable to provide explicit and enthusiastic consent is not only unethical but can also be considered sexual assault.


Partners should never coerce, pressure, or force sexual activities with someone who is intoxicated, regardless of the context. Respectful and consensual sexual experiences require the active participation and explicit consent of all individuals involved. This principle applies to all situations, including encounters during the Bliss Cruise or any other context.


It is essential to prioritize open and honest communication and to check for enthusiastic and ongoing consent throughout any sexual interactions. Suppose one or more individuals involved are drunk or high. In that case, it is crucial to wait until they have regained sobriety and are capable of giving informed and enthusiastic consent before engaging in any sexual experiences.


Consent should always be sought in a sober state where all parties can fully understand and actively agree to the activities. Above all else, the well-being and autonomy of all individuals should be respected and prioritized. By practicing enthusiastic consent, individuals can ensure that their sexual experiences are respectful, empowering, and consensual.

 

The Prevalence of Intimate Partner Violence in Alternative Relationships

While instances of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) are rare on Bliss Cruise, the safety and well-being of all guests are of utmost importance. Bliss Cruise is committed to addressing and preventing IPV in alternative relationships to create a safe and inclusive environment.


Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) encompasses behaviors within a relationship aimed at gaining power and control over a partner. This includes physical, sexual, emotional, and financial abuse. Bliss Cruise acknowledges that alternative relationships, such as same-sex relationships, polyamorous relationships, and non-monogamous relationships, can also experience IPV, with unique dynamics at play.


At Bliss Cruise, we acknowledge the unique challenges faced by individuals in alternative relationships who experience IPV. We strive to create a safe space and support system that includes all relationship types. Sharing personal stories can increase awareness and understanding, further humanizing the issue.


Recognizing signs of IPV in alternative relationships requires sensitivity and understanding. Bliss Cruise encourages its guests to be vigilant and look for signs such as controlling behavior, isolation, threats, withholding financial resources, and physical or emotional violence.


Prevention of IPV in alternative relationships can be fostered through open communication, establishment of boundaries, and seeking therapy when needed. Building healthy relationship dynamics based on respect and consent is essential. Bliss Cruise recognizes the importance of providing resources, guidance, and support to individuals seeking to prevent or address IPV.


Bliss Cruise Commitment

If someone experiences intimate partner violence (IPV) while on a Bliss Cruise, they should follow the following steps to seek help:

  1. Ensure Personal Safety: The priority is to prioritize personal safety. Individuals should remove themselves from the situation and seek a safe place if immediate danger is present.

  2. Alert Bliss Cruise Staff: Contact the Bliss Cruise staff immediately to report the IPV incident. The staff is trained to handle such situations and will respond accordingly. Staff members will maintain confidentiality while providing appropriate support and guidance.

  3. Document the Incident: It is essential to document any incidents of IPV. When reporting the incident to Bliss Cruise staff, provide as much detail as possible, including dates, times, locations, and a description. This documentation will assist in the investigation and appropriate actions by the Bliss Cruise team.

  4. Seek Medical Attention: If necessary, seek medical attention for any injuries sustained during the incident. Bliss Cruise will provide access to medical professionals on board or offer guidance on seeking medical assistance at the next port of call.

  5. Utilize Onboard Resources: Bliss Cruise offers various onboard resources to support individuals experiencing IPV. These resources may include counseling services, support groups, or access to a designated onboard advocate. Seek assistance from these resources for emotional support and guidance.

  6. Involve Legal Authorities if Necessary: In cases where immediate safety concerns or legal intervention is necessary, Bliss Cruise will coordinate with the appropriate legal authorities at the next port of call.

 

For witnesses who encounter IPV during their Bliss Cruise experience, the following plan of action should be followed:

  1. Safety First: If witnessing a violent incident, prioritize personal safety. Avoid direct intervention if it may put personal safety at risk.

  2. Notify Bliss Cruise Staff: Report the incident to the Bliss Cruise staff as soon as possible. Please provide them with all the relevant details to assist with their response and investigation.

  3. Offer Support: If it is safe, offer support to the person experiencing IPV. This may involve providing a safe space, offering reassurance, and encouraging them to seek help from Bliss Cruise staff.

  4. Document the Incident: If possible, document the incident by noting relevant details, such as date, time, location, and a description of what was witnessed. This information will contribute to the investigation and appropriate actions by the Bliss Cruise team.

  5. Provide a Statement: In support of the investigation, provide a statement to the Bliss Cruise staff regarding what was witnessed. This will assist in their efforts to address the situation effectively.


While instances of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) are rare on Bliss Cruise, Bliss Cruise is committed to taking immediate action in response to any IPV reports, ensuring all guests' safety and well-being.


Key Takeaways

Enthusiastic Consent:

  • Clear, active, and enthusiastic agreement is crucial in sexual encounters.

  • Consent requires an explicit and enthusiastic "yes" from all parties involved.

  • Intoxication can impair one's ability to provide informed and enthusiastic consent.

  • Sexual activities with someone unable to provide explicit consent can be considered sexual assault.


Intimate Partner Violence (IPV):

  • Includes physical, sexual, emotional, and financial abuse aimed at gaining power and control.

  • Recognize signs of IPV in alternative relationships, such as controlling behavior and isolation.

  • Prevent IPV through open communication, establishment of boundaries, and seeking therapy.

  • If experiencing IPV on a Bliss Cruise, prioritize personal safety, alert staff, document the incident, seek medical attention, and utilize onboard resources.


Bliss Cruise Commitment to Addressing IPV:

  • Staff trained to handle IPV situations with confidentiality and support.

  • Offer onboard resources like counseling services and access to medical professionals.

  • Witnessing IPV: prioritize personal safety, report to staff, offer support, document the incident, and provide a statement for investigation.


Overall:

  • Prioritize the well-being and autonomy of all individuals.

  • Open and honest communication and ongoing consent are essential in all sexual interactions.

  • Respectful and consensual sexual experiences require active participation and explicit consent.

  • Bliss Cruise is committed to addressing and preventing IPV, ensuring the safety and well-being of all guests.

 

Embarking on a swinger lifestyle cruise offers an exciting opportunity to explore consensual non-monogamy, connect with like-minded individuals, and create memorable experiences. By understanding the diverse perspectives within the community and following the suggested packing list, individuals can embark on an educational and empowering voyage. Clear communication, consent, and respect for boundaries are paramount in the swinger lifestyle, both on the cruise and beyond. Happy sailing!


Dramatically Your,

Dr. Stephanie





Dr. Stephanie, PhD is the founder of Evolve Your Intimacy. Being ethically non-monogamous in her personal life, she is passionate about helping others discover their relationships’ true potential regardless of the dynamics. She specializes in working with individuals in alternative relationships in her private practice, hosting workshops and playshops at events, on cruises, and through her online platform. She holds a PhD in Clinical Sexology, an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas, Arizona, and Florida, and a Certified Sex Therapist. If you want to work with Dr. Stephanie, schedule a free consultation. 


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