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Atlantis Cruise Passengers Arrested for Gay Sex in Dominica

Two gay men aboard an Atlantis Cruise ship docked in Dominica have been arrested, the AP reports:

DominicaPolice Constable John George said the men, ages 41 and 43, were arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure and “buggery,” a term equivalent to sodomy on the island. They have not been charged. The men were seen having sex on the Celebrity Summit cruise ship by someone on the dock, George said....

...President Rich Campbell, who is aboard the cruise, said in a phone interview that the two men were still being questioned as of Wednesday afternoon.

“We’re waiting to see what happens,” he said. “They’re due to arrive back fairly soon.”

The cruise, carrying 2,000 passengers, arrived today in Dominica from Puerto Rico.

The incident is the second headline-making incident for Atlantis in the Caribbean since New Years. In February, the tour company was in the news after a passenger went overboard off of Cozumel, Mexico.

More from local media outlet Dominica News:

One individual with information on the matter told DNO that “they were informed of the laws of Dominica and they were well aware that their acts would be considered a criminal offence”. Police Chief Cyrille Carrette has confirmed that  two males from California, John Robert Hart and Dennis Jay Mayer, have been charged with buggery and indecent exposure and are expected to appear in court on Thursday morning

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  1. Oh dear...

    Posted by: Jr. | Mar 21, 2012 6:32:01 PM


  2. why on earth would an Atlantis cruise dock in a country that has these laws?

    Posted by: NorthoftheBorder | Mar 21, 2012 6:39:16 PM


  3. I don't know a thing about international law, but is it because the ship was docked is why they were allowed to be detained/questioned even though they were being intimate aboard ship? The other questions is were they in the stateroom? I can see how they would be detained over this issue if they were on dominican republic soil/in public, but if they were in their stateroom I don't quite see how they could be questioned/detained legally.

    Posted by: huh? | Mar 21, 2012 6:39:58 PM


  4. We need to organize and boycott these islands that harass us. If gays, and those who advocate for gays, would not take cruises that frequent Dominica, and places like Dominica, then whether or not by doing so we would effect, if not acceptance, then tolerance, at the very least would not be imposing our liberal views and dollars on them.

    Posted by: Ricco | Mar 21, 2012 6:40:12 PM


  5. International water is twelve miles off the coast. They were officially on Dominican territory. Why the hell Atlantis would stop there is beyond me.

    Posted by: DrJWL | Mar 21, 2012 6:43:32 PM


  6. Well, if they were having sex on the deck of the ship, they should be charged with indecent exposure. Just because you're two men, it doesn't give you the right to breach social standards of decency.

    These men can't be allowed to hide behind the gay banner if what they were doing is indecently exposing themselves to the public.

    Posted by: jason | Mar 21, 2012 6:45:18 PM


  7. Actually, this is the second headline-making incident for Atlantis this week. Over the weekend, gays staying in San Juan to board the Celebrity Summit took photos of shirtless Rick Santorum lounging by a pool; those photos were widely distributed by mainstream media. I was surprised they never showed up here.

    I love the word buggery. It's so Victorian.

    Posted by: endo | Mar 21, 2012 6:52:01 PM


  8. If Atlantis were to not sail to Caribbean islands that were not gay friendly they would just sail around in circles. I can't recall any past Atlantis cruises porting here. This sounds like harassment to me.

    Posted by: Trask | Mar 21, 2012 6:53:46 PM


  9. Atlantis should go to St.Croix, in the US Virgin Islands, instead......i have always found it gay friendly.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 21, 2012 6:57:55 PM


  10. I'm with Jason. "The men were seen having sex on the Celebrity Summit cruise ship by someone on the dock." Keep it in the bedroom and no one would be the wiser. The second you "spice up your love life" by doing it in full view of others, you should face the consequences.

    Probably not smart to get frisky in public in a place that criminalizes your lovemaking. Use the big head, not the little one, folks.

    Posted by: theo | Mar 21, 2012 6:58:04 PM


  11. The real question here is... why the hell does a gay cruise visit destinations where there are laws against actual or suspected same-gender sex?

    Furthermore, why would any gay man or woman in his right mind fork out money to visit places like these?

    Do some research. I'm not saying to stay out of countries that don't have full equality. All I'm saying is don't give your money to a country or people who would otherwise seen you beaten or thrown in jail. And certainly don't give your money to a company who would bring you there.

    Posted by: RJS | Mar 21, 2012 6:58:11 PM


  12. I'm pretty sure that having sex in public is a crime in most of the United States, as well.

    Posted by: JP | Mar 21, 2012 7:01:11 PM


  13. I wonder if straight couples have ever had sex on a cruise ship, then arrested. And while we're at it why do straight cruises cost a fraction the cost of gay cruises. Someone needs to start recruiting gays for straight cruises.

    Posted by: Name: | Mar 21, 2012 7:05:42 PM


  14. @JACKFKNTWIST: Atlantis frequently ports in the Virgin Islands. This particular cruise though is billed as the Southern Caribbean.

    Posted by: endo | Mar 21, 2012 7:10:08 PM


  15. the question i have is:

    were they really having sex or were they just kissing or making out and it was perceived by the dominicans as "having sex"?

    Posted by: alguien | Mar 21, 2012 7:14:08 PM


  16. I hope they sue the idiots at Atlantis for organizing stop for a gay cruise in place as hateful and bigoted as Dominica. Where was the next port - Jamaica?

    Posted by: ozu | Mar 21, 2012 7:16:19 PM


  17. @THEO there is no indication that they were having sex in a public place, only that they were seen by somebody on the dock (I'm sure if you try hard enough you can see into most bedrooms.) Furthermore, the testimony of the individual in question has yet to be substantiated (It could very well be a local jeebus freak who didn't like the fact that they were holding hands for example) and assuming the testimony is all the police have to go on, all they have to avoid conviction (in fair procedings) is say "no we didn't."

    Posted by: Stephen | Mar 21, 2012 7:22:12 PM


  18. No gay cruise should ever stop at such a country. In fact, the cruise ship industry should boycott such islands. There are enough gay friendly islands in the Caribbean that would appreciate the bump in tourism.

    Posted by: scollingsworth | Mar 21, 2012 7:24:42 PM


  19. "Show me the receipts!"

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Mar 21, 2012 7:34:50 PM


  20. hey if madonna can visit homophobic countries, so can the gays!

    Posted by: t | Mar 21, 2012 7:52:52 PM


  21. I have been to Dominica. I stayed there for two weeks back in like 1996. You think its backass now. You shouldve been there then. Its by far the most remote, rugged, behind the times, large island in the caribbean.
    I was staying alone at Vena's guesthouse on Cork street. And I hit it off with two fellow guests from England (strt couple). One evening we took off down to the waterfront right near the cruise ship dock (which wasnt yet built) to have a drink in a local bar. The barkeep/owner served us and several minutes later told us to leave because we were in danger. Obviously the locals in the bar who spoke patois were discussing us as "buggers with their whore" or something like that. We left immediately.
    Lenox Honeychurch's father was sliced and diced in the jungle with a machete, near the same time as I was there, for stumbling apon rastas growing weed. Ive always suspected Lenox to be "of the family" I think he lives in England.
    Jean Rhys is from Dominica. She wrote 'Wide Sargasso Sea' You peeps should read that.

    Posted by: stevenelliot | Mar 21, 2012 7:58:31 PM


  22. Regardless of whether anyone knew beforehand about how Dominica would react on this subject, Atlantis should quickly inform the tourism authorities in Dominica that they will never return, thank you very much. Hit them where it hurts, boys -- in the wallet. And while they're at it, they should cancel the stop in St. Petersburg on the Baltic Cruise later this summer for the same reason.

    Posted by: Rich | Mar 21, 2012 8:03:46 PM


  23. The issue is not with c/bean islands such as Dominica accepting gays into the island. The other members of the cruise roamed the island freely and was not chastised. One must follow the laws of a country no matter what. It is wrong in most if not all societies to have sex publicly, Dominica is one of these countries. We accept that you are gay and it is your right to be attracted to whatever sex you choose. But follow the laws of the country and keep it private. being gay is not a crime but having sex in public is no matter who you are.

    Posted by: berry | Mar 21, 2012 8:07:29 PM


  24. While this is unfortunate its useful to remember that several US states had anti sodomy laws on the books as recently as 2003. In fact Texas still does despite the US Supreme Court ruling them illegal.

    Posted by: Chris | Mar 21, 2012 8:08:14 PM


  25. Berry, where does it say they were having sex in public?

    Posted by: endo | Mar 21, 2012 8:15:35 PM


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