This afternoon an online webcam and marine tracking websites showed the Regal Princess cruise ship entering the Port of Miami for what people on social media were describing as unspecified medical emergencies involving two passengers. Local TV stations covered the story with helicopters. I covered the incident on my Facebook page involving the gay "30th Anniversary Caribbean Cruise."
This is the first time that the Regal Princess, which calls on Fort Lauderdale, has come to Miami.
There is a great deal of chatter on Facebook and Twitter that the medical emergencies involved drug overdoses. The South Florida Gay News says that "speculation swirls around drug activity." It quotes a passenger saying that “It’s an all gay cruise and they’re all drunk. There’s three thousand gay men on this boat. You know what that means. There’s a lot of high risk activity associated with that.”
Perhaps an over-generalization. But there’s reason why the image may be appropriate.
Six years ago we wrote: GLAAD Board Member Dies Aboard Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas due to a drug over-dose.
Five years ago, we wrote: Another Death on a Royal Caribbean – Atlantis Cruise again due to drugs.
Four years ago: Passenger Busted for Selling Drugs on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas which had a half-dozen drug overdoses aboard the ship.
Does the organizer (RSVP Vacations) discuss the use of drugs and the foreseeable risk of a drug overdose with the cruise line to make certain that there are properly trained medical personnel to respond to emergencies?
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