Upside Down Pineapple Meaning on Cruise Ships and More


by Marcello

When you walk through the long corridors on route to your cabin, you will often notice plenty of passengers with decorations on their cabin doors. Stateroom door decorations add a touch of personality for many guests and make it easy to find their staterooms in the long hallway of identical doors.

Observant passengers might notice several stateroom doors with a pineapple… and it’s more than just a trendy design.

Let’s explore the secret upside down pineapple meaning on cruise sips.

On a cruise ship, and sometimes on land, the upside-down pineapple is used by swingers to secretly identify themselves to other swingers in public. They may use real pineapples or clothing accessories such as pins and badges at their doorstep.

When you walk down the corridor to find your cabin, you might notice an upside-down pineapple on a stateroom door. This means that the occupants inside are searching for a swinger party.

The Secret Upside Down Pineapple Meaning?

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Swingers commonly use pineapples as a discrete way to identify themselves to other swingers.

On land, a pineapple placed on a front porch or mailbox by swingers signifies that a swinger party is going on inside, while an upside down pineapple is used by someone who is searching for “adult fun.”

If you see a cabin with an upside down pineapple on the door, it means the guests in the cabin are interested in a “partner swap.” The same is true if you see someone wearing an upside-down pineapple badge or pin.

How Do Swingers Identify Themselves on Cruise Ships?

Pineapple on a cruise ship door

The most common way for swingers to identify themselves on a cruise ship is to decorate their stateroom door with a pineapple magnet or a pineapple sticker.

As we discussed earlier, the upside down pineapple means the occupants of the cabin are actively looking for a swinging party.

If you see a stateroom door decorated with an upside down pineapple, it either means that they are swingers or someone has played a prank on them.

One problem with using a pineapple on the cabin door is that unless you go searching, you’ll only see the doors in the corridor of your own cabin. Swingers using this method alone would never be able to find swingers who are in other corridors.

Beautiful asian woman wearing bohemian clothing style with pineapple earrings smiling with freshness face walking on the beach

Some swingers wear pineapple badges or pins while on deck to identify themselves while walking around the ship.

Some swingers plan their get-togethers in advance of sailing with the help of social media.

If you are a part of any online cruise groups or Facebook groups and see a message asking if anyone is sailing on a specific cruise, you can be pretty confident that they are looking for a swinging party – especially if the post contains a pineapple emoji.

There are even cruises dedicated to swingers!

Is Swinging Common on Cruise Ships?

pineapple with sunglasses next to pina colada

Couples looking specifically for “cruise ship swinging” can opt for a special swingers cruise, where everyone onboard is looking for the same thing.

If that’s what you are looking for Bliss Cruises and Couples Cruise are among the most popular choices. In addition, swinger-specialized travel agents can help guide you on a dream vacation.

Specialized travel agents include;, Topless Travel (affiliated with the dating site Swing LifeStyle), and Dream Pleasure Tours.

Apart from the “lifestyle cruises,” as they are called, plenty of swingers travel on regular cruises.

On a normal cruise, you won’t ever really notice any swinging happening. It’s rare for someone to openly announce their intentions for everyone to hear, and even rarer for someone to introduce themselves as a swinger.

What About Wearing Pineapple Clothing?

With pineapple frequently popping in and out of fashion and home decor trends, it’s likely that you have a piece of clothing or two with pineapple print.

What if you wear pineapple clothing on a cruise? Will other passengers think you are a swinger?

One woman shared her experience on social media after she and her husband wore matching pineapple swimsuits on vacation. TikTok user Linda went viral, racking up more than 2.4 million views. While she didn’t say if they were approached by any swingers, she did say that other guests “were a little extra nice.”

It’s your choice whether or not you want to wear a pineapple print on a cruise. Most of the other passengers won’t know the hidden meaning behind the tropical fruit. But, as more people learn the hidden meaning of the pineapple secret code, you may notice fellow cruisers glancing your way.

Other Symbols Used by Swingers

It’s common knowledge in cruising forums that the upside-down pineapple has a secret meaning.

But, it’s not the only symbol used by swingers.

Another common symbol used by men and women is wearing their wedding ring on their right hand, rather than the left. The switch allows swingers to identify themselves as married and interested in finding a swinging party.

According to several cruisers, a black ring worn on any finger on the right hand, except the middle finger, suggests the wearer is a swinger. Black rings worn on the middle are reserved for people who are asexual.

Other less common symbols worn by women include anklets, toe rings, and thumb rings.

Final Thoughts

Upside down pineapple on a blue background with sunglasses

Although pineapples are sometimes used as a symbol for swingers to identify themselves, They are not universal symbols. Pineapples are always popping in and out of trend as home decor items or fashion statements. And the pineapple itself isn’t doesn’t necessarily mean that owner is a swinger.

As with all else, context is key.

For example, someone eating pineapple at the buffet is most likely enjoying a healthy snack – and nothing more.

But an individual who wears an upside down pineapple pin while wearing their wedding ring on the right hand is most likely a swinger.

To learn more about decorating your cruise cabin door, check out our article: Ultimate guide to decorating your cabin door.


Are Pineapples Associated with Swinging?

The pineapple represents hospitality and welcoming.

But, the tropical fruit is a secret sign used by swingers to secretly identify themselves to other swingers in public. They may use real pineapples at their doorstep or clothing accessories such as pins and badges.

What Does an Upside-Down Pineapple Mean?

Upside-down pineapples are used by swingers to discretely identify themselves to other swingers in public.

If you see a pineapple turned upside-down, it likely means that the person is looking for a swinger party.

Does the Pineapple Emoji Mean Anything?

In the context of swinging, people may use the pineapple emoji to secretly advertise that they are seeking a swinging party.

If you see a post in a Facebook group similar to: “Does anyone want to meet up on the ship? 🍍”, then you can be fairly certain they are looking for a partner swap.

Should You Turn a Pineapple Upside Down?

According to Food52 turning a pineapple upside down can help improve the taste.

Here are three easy steps to get juicy pineapple fruit:

  1. Cut off the top of the pineapple
  2. Place the pineapple upside down on a plate
  3. Cover the pineapple with aluminum foil or plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 2 to 3 days

This trick uses gravity to redistribute the sugars in the pineapple. In a normal pineapple, gravity pulls most of the sugar to the bottom. By using this simple trick, you can be sure to get tastier fruit every time.

What Does a Pineapple Tattoo Mean?

A pineapple tattoo can have several possible meanings.

Pineapples are a symbol of warmth, welcoming, and hospitality.

Pineapples are also used by swingers as a simple symbol to identify themselves. The wearer of the tattoo might be a swinger – especially if the tattoo is upside down.

Finally, the wearer may just like the funky-looking fruit. Tattoos are very personal. And the pineapple tattoo may not any special meaning at all.

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I’ve been cruising since I was 11 years old. I love the freedom that cruising provides, meeting new people, and exploring amazing new ships. I love to share my passion for cruising and travel with readers.

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