If you are going on a cruise soon, or to a hotel in Cap D’Agde, for example, you might come across a picture of an upside-down pineapple on the room door of another couple also on vacation there. In case you’re wondering what that means; the occupants of the room in question are thereby indicating that they are open to dating another couple. Indeed, it is a sign that they are swingers.
Why an upside-down pineapple?
If you see an upside-down pineapple on a room door, it means that the room’s occupants are actively looking for other couples to engage in partner swapping. But you can also encounter the upside-down pineapple as a button on someone’s clothing. It is secret sign and an invitation to like-minded people to get in touch.
The pineapple represents hospitality and kindness. The upside-down pineapple comes from a cake baked in Hawaii when guests visit. Swingers have adopted this sign of hospitality as a sign that they enjoy receiving special guests.
Precisely because it is a secret sign, it can quickly lead to misunderstandings. For example, if you wear a bikini or swimsuit with a pineapple print on it. People might be extra nice to you and strangers might just start flirting. It wouldn’t be the first time someone wearing such swimwear was accidentally mistaken for a swinger.
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The reason reverse pineapple and cruises are associated is because nudist cruises exist. And yes, although clothing is optional on these cruises, that does not mean that everyone aboard such a nude cruise is also “in” for partner swapping. An upside-down pineapple can then be a ‘subtle’ hint. Should you be looking for cruises where just a little more happens between consenting couples than usual, don’t look for ‘nude cruise’ but for ‘lifestyle cruise’.
A lyfestyle cruise often includes erotic parties and (soft) erotic movies shown in theaters. Often there are also rooms available where people can have sex with each other in public.
There are two major organizers of such lifestyle cruises: Desire Cruises and Bliss Cruise. Both allow only heterosexual couples. There are also cruises where singles are allowed, such as those of Temptation Cruises.
But even on “regular” cruises you may encounter swingers. And then there is only one way to recognize them: right, the upside-down pineapple.
The upside-down pineapple is also used on land. For example, swingers used to put a figured pineapple in the front yard when a sleuth party was going on. But clothes, earrings and clothing pins are not an urban myth either. Swingers really use them to indicate that they are for this lifestyle.
Why clothing pins or buttons?
The problem with a door hanger is that swingers are not in their rooms all day. Furthermore, you often only have access to the wing where your own room is. And what if you knock on the door and someone who is not your type opens it?
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To address those concerns, swingers on cruises also sometimes wear clothing pins, buttons, earrings, or simply T-shirts with an upside-down pineapple print.
The chances of encountering pineapples are increasingly slim, though. Swingers who go on vacation often plan long in advance and use social media to make sure they are in touch with like-minded people beforehand. This saves searching and you don’t have to leave anything to chance.
So if you meet someone who has a pineapple 🍍 in their profile name, there is a chance that you are dealing with a swinger.
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