Don’t Blame Atlantis and Celebrity Cruises for Dominican Fiasco

Author: , April 16th, 2012

Cruise ShipWhat happens when you bang some dude on the balcony of your Atlantis-sponsored cruise ship for an entire town in Dominica to see? You get locked the f*ck up, that’s what.

I’ve been following this gay scandal du jour since Queerty (you know, the open-minded and objective blog that’s “Free of an Agenda. Except that Gay One.”) since buried details about the encounter surfaced on the website the day it happened. Instead of conveying the facts as they were presented by what Queerty called the bigot-indulging Dominca News Online, the GayCities-owned Internet destination chose to spin the story to make it seem like it was (“gasp” – in Queerty’s flippant terms) everyone else’s problem except the two men who were arrested for bumping uglies on the boat.

Since then it seems that everybody has an opinion on the matter, especially those in our community who look for any opportunity to cry homophobia. There was even a boycott established against Atlantis Events and its head honcho Rich Campbell threatening to ruin the largest producer of gay and lesbian cruises and resort vacations if it doesn’t remove Dominca from its ports of call.

Full Story from Edge Boston

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Jungle Bay Resort and Spa, Dominica

Author: , April 8th, 2012

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Jungle Bay Resort & Spa, DominicaWelcome to Dominica’s Jungle Bay, featuring 35 tastefully furnished tropical hardwood cottages elevated on wooden posts, nestled in the beautiful, untrammeled jungle of Dominica. Each of our cottages is spacious and features wood furnishings, designed and built here at our Caribbean resort.

Our cottages are perched above the jungle floor like birds nests, on a hillside between Cedar, Gomier and Galba trees. There’s even a spring-fed stream that cascades along the valley below.

Special care has been taken to preserve the tropical forest around the resort. Our Caribbean vacation rental cottages are reached through a series of footpaths and stone staircases. The low impact night lighting along with the sound of the Atlantic surf help create a romantic, surreal ambiance – especially when there’s a full moon.

See the Jungle Bay Resort & Spa Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Dominica

New Photo Raises Questions About Gay Travelers’ Account of Arrest in Dominica

Author: , April 1st, 2012

Gay Cruise ControversyAn incriminating photograph has surfaced, reportedly of the two men on an Atlantis gay cruise who were arrested earlier this month and accused of openly having sex on the boat while docked in the Roseau port of Dominica.

Dennis Mayer, 53, and John Hart, were charged with “buggery,” an offense equivalent to sodomy, and indecent exposure after they were seen allegedly having sex on the Celebrity Summit cruise ship by someone on the dock.

Following the ordeal, Mayer said they were not having sex, and that they were “partially clothed.”

Full Story from LGBTQ Nation

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Questions Remain About Dominica Arrest of Gay Couple

Author: , March 29th, 2012

Gay Cruise and DominicaAfter authorities in Dominica arrested two gay men aboard an Atlantis cruise, some are questioning why a gay cruise would visit a nation that criminalizes gay sex.

Just days into the Atlantis-sponsored Caribbean cruise, Palm Springs couple Dennis Mayer and John Hart were called to guest relations on the Celebrity ship Summit and arrested for allegedly having sex on their balcony, according to several accounts, bringing to an abrupt end their vacation, and marking the beginning of a legal drama.

Representatives from Atlantis Events did not respond to several attempts by the Blade to discuss the incident, however the company’s president, Rich Campbell, posted a statement addressing the controversy on the Atlantis Events Facebook page on March 22.

Full Story from The Washington Blade

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Cruise Ship Captain Aleggedly Ejected Gay Passengers From Ship: “We have zero tolerance toward your behavior.”

Author: , March 25th, 2012

Gay Cruise - Captain Ejected PassengersA gay couple from California, arrested earlier this week in Dominica for alleging having sex “in open view,” are disputing accounts of the incident by the cruise operator and the Caribbean island’s authorities, and said that while in custody they were paraded around like animals.

Mayer said they were not having sex, and that they were “partially clothed.” According to Mayer, the trouble began shortly after the cruise ship Celebrity Summit docked Wednesday morning at Dominica in the eastern Caribbean. Mayer and Hart were in their room when they got a call from a cruise ship official that the ship’s captain wanted to speak to them, reported The Washington Post.

The couple was met by three cruise ship officials and six Dominica police officers. After the men were interviewed separately by police, Mayer said the ship’s assistant captain told them, “At this time, we are going to eject you from the ship. We have zero tolerance toward your behavior.”

Full Story from LGBTQ Nation

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Gay Travelers Arrested in Dominica Talk About Ordeal

Author: , March 25th, 2012

Gay Travelers Arrested in DominicaRetired police officer Dennis Jay Mayer and his partner, John Robert Hart, the gay couple arrested on the Atlantis Cruise ship in Dominica are speaking out about their experience, KTLA reports.

“I’m not going to implicate myself one way or another, but we were charged with being naked on the balcony,” he said.

A photo shows Mayer and Hart, under police escort, being led from court to go to a bank to withdraw money for their fine, as a crowd of residents watched. “I’ve never seen something like this,” Mayer said. “I’ve never seen people chanting and protesting in the street. It was amazing.”

Full Story from Towleroad.com

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Why Did Gay Cruise Company Choose to Visit a Homophobic Country?

Author: , March 23rd, 2012

Gay Cruise, DominicaWednesday night, March 21, KCBS News, the local CBS News affiliate in Los Angeles, lead their news-heavy broadcast with the story out of West Hollywood about how two gay men had been arrested for “buggery” (sodomy) by Dominican police on their Celebrity Summit cruise ship docked off the small Caribean country.

Travel agent Jess Kalinowsky told KCBS Channel 2: “Number one, the travel agent should have told their clients about these destinations. And number two, Atlantis should have told the clients about the destinations. And number three, the clients should have kept their windows shut.”

The real question is: why would the WeHo-based Atlantis Events cruise to anywhere near Dominica, Jamaica, the Bahamas or the Cayman Islands where they know sodomy has long been illegal?

Fox News reported an interview with President Rich Campbell, who is aboard the cruise: “Many countries and municipalities that gay men visit and live in have antiquated laws on their books,” he said. “These statutes don’t pose a concern to us in planning a tourist visit.”

Full Story from Frontiers LA

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Gay Men Arrested for Having Sex in Dominica Plead Guilty, to Be Released

Author: , March 23rd, 2012

Gay Men Arrested in DomenicaTwo Southern California men pleaded guilty on Thursday to indecent exposure in Dominica after they were arrested during a stop on a gay cruise of the Caribbean.

John Robert Hart, 41, and Dennis Jay Mayer, 43, of Palm Springs, said they regretted their actions. Police said they were seen having sex in plain sight of people on land, prompting officers to board the ship and arrest them on Wednesday.

“We humbly apologize to the people of Dominica,” both men said during the hearing. The two initially were arrested on suspicion of the local equivalent of sodomy in the eastern Caribbean island, which prohibits sex between two men.

Full Story from the AP

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Two Men Arrested in Dominica for Having Sex on Gay Cruise

Author: , March 23rd, 2012

Gay Men Arrested in DomenicaTwo California men on a gay cruise have been arrested for having sex in Dominica, a Caribbean island country where sex between two men is illegal.

The Associated Press reports that the men, ages 41 and 43, were seen having sex on the Celebrity Summit cruise ship by someone on the dock and subsequently arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure and sodomy. The exact date and time of the incident was unclear, but the men were not charged. Their hometowns were not released.

The cruise was organized by Atlantis Events, a Southern California company that specializes in gay travel. A spokesman with the company said all employees were on the cruise ship and could not be reached.

Full Story from the LA Times

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