It's a double edged sword for me.
I'm now 29 but finding Friends of Dorothy at 16/17 on my early cruises was really liberating. Helped me feel part of SOMETHING on board especially when there was no one to relate to in the teen and adult youth programs over the years. Although it gave me PLENTY of time to make "better friends" with the entertainment team
I just got off an MSC Cruise (don't ask) and was pretty shocked to see "LGBT Meeting" so blatantly scheduled between Bill W and Dr. Bob. Why do they get their anonymity and we don't? OK by virtue of Alcoholics ANONYMOUS yes but ... I don't know. I'm out and proud and wearing white short shorts to the White Party on board but I still had a twinge of,
"What happens when the self-loathing homophobic Italian guy stalks the meeting and finds out who he can harrass onboard?"
I know it should be silly to consider but we've seen worse. Especially with the mentalities of what's going on in Russia, the melting pot could be dangerous. I feel like it would prevent some from those backgrounds from putting themselves out there. These feelings are why Grindr has thrived combining the roots of gay cruising with modern technology.
It was really nice seeing a 16 year old kid get brought to the meeting by his (very young and clearly a Dorothy herself) mother this trip. You could tell how relaxed he was and though it wasn't constant interaction, he was noticeably comfortable on board seeing all of us around on occasion. Would hate to see someone like that feel excluded or afraid because his parents (or early 20's closeted person onboard with friends) would know where he was going
Granted not everyone KNOWS what it means but ... it still has an air of a little something secret society'esque that should remain eternal.