Another Atlantis gay cruise resulted in public controversy yesterday when police in Dominica arrested two passengers on the Celebrity Summit on suspicion of indecent exposure and “buggery” (sodomy).
Someone on the dock supposedly observed the passengers having sex on the cruise ship. The two arrested passengers were men in their 40's from California. Newspaper accounts suggest that if convicted, each one could be fined and face jail time up to 6 months.
The Celebrity cruise ship has been chartered by Atlantis Events, which specializes in gay travel.
Five Atlantis cruise with Royal Caribbean / Celebrity Cruises have been plagued by arrests or deaths.
Last month, a young man went overboard from Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas cruise ship off of the coast of Mexico during an Atlantis cruise.
One year ago, a passenger, Steven Barry Krumholz, was busted for selling a large amount of drugs during a gay cruise on the Allure of the Seas.
Two years ago, a young man died during a Royal Caribbean - Atlantis cruise aboard the Liberty of the Seas while it was in the Caymans.
Three years ago, a GLAAD board member died of an apparent drug overdose on Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas.
This latest incident takes the controversial history of the Royal Caribbean - Atlantis relationship into the realm of the absurd. With as many sexual assaults of women which occur on Royal Caribbean / Celebrity ships with no arrests or prosecutions during straight cruises, it is bizarre to think of passengers being arrested for engaging in consensual sex like this.
Photo credit: Alamy via Mail OnLine