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February 14, 2013

Passengers Walking on Toilet Water "Modern Luxury Cruise Liner"

Jayne Clark, USA TODAY



An engine room fire that disabled the Carnival Triumph on Sunday left more than 4,000 passengers and crew members adrift in the Gulf of Mexico. The 102,000-ton ship is now being towed to Mobile, Ala., where it is expected to arrive Thursday afternoon.
We queried cruise experts on questions incidents such as this one inevitably raise.
Q: Why don't ships have backup generators that take over in the event of a power outage, a la hotels and hospitals?
A. By law, they do have emergency back-up systems, but only enough to operate critical functions. The massive bulk of the generators (about the size of a bus) is limiting, says Jay Herring, a former senior officer with Carnival and author of The Truth About Cruise Ships. The Triumph has six such generators, but 80% of the power they create goes into propelling the ship, he explains.
Q: Other Carnival ships are in the area. Why can't they just transfer passengers onto one of those?
A: The cruise line evaluated options and decided the safest alternative was to tow the ship back to port, says Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen.
Plus, Carnival ships tend to sail full, so there may be no way to accommodate extra passengers. "And who would you choose?" asks retired cruise line executive Art Sbarsky. "Given a choice, I'd rather be on a ship the size of Triumph than bobbing around on a (life boat)."
Q:Three other Carnival ships have delivered food to the Triumph. Don't cruise ships stock plenty of food?
A: Perishable food doesn't last long in tropical climes with no refrigeration, so the ships delivered extra non-perishables and also some cooked meals, Gulliksen says.
Q: The ship is being towed to Mobile but isn't expected to arrive until Thursday. Why does it take so long?
A: The Triumph is a big ship — about the length of three football fields, says Herring. Its regular cruising speed is 15 to 20 knots. The tugs are traveling at about 6 knots.
Q:Why don't toilets work when the power goes out?
A: Cruise ship toilets operate on a vacuum system that requires electricity to function. "That's the toughest part of the equation," says Sbarsky. "People can live with a little less food and without air conditioning. But the emotional and intellectual impact of having no toilets is huge."
Q:What training does the crew receive in handling a situation like this, both from a practical and a psychological perspective?
A: Crews are trained to handle safety issues first and then attend to the comfort of passengers. From a damage-control perspective, the crew should be proactive and communicate regularly with the passengers, says Ernest DelBuono, senior vice president with Levick, a Washington, D.C., strategic communications firm and a former Coast Guard commander.
"There are going to be people who will be totally miserable, and you can't make them happy," DelBuono says. "The bulk of the passengers probably aren't happy — their vacation has been ruined. But they understand what happened, provided they're being communicated with and given food and water. Maybe (management) should break out the band."

July 27, 2012

Gay Men Cruising Lingo or ’Brolish'


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Sometimes it seems like men on cruising sites and apps have more abs than meaningful words in their vocabulary. Mister, a Grindr competitor that launched in December, shows you the exact kind of monosyllabic "Brolish" cruisy lingo you won't find on its dating-focused GPS app. Find out what's "sup" after the jump!
instinctmagazine.com

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March 23, 2012

(Follow Up) Two Men Arrested For Having Sex in Dominica Cruise


Two 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, apologized in court and 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.
Gay cruise: John Hart, 41, left, and Dennis Jay Mayer, 43, both of Palm Springs, California, pleaded guilty to indecent exposure after they were caught having sex
Gay cruise: John Hart, 41, left, and Dennis Jay Mayer, 43, both of Palm Springs, California, 
pleaded guilty to indecent exposure after they were caught having sex
Mayer, 43, second from left, and Hart, 41, third from left, are escorted by police officers back to court following their arrest during a stop on a gay cruise of the Caribbean
Mayer, 43, second from left, and Hart, 41, third from left, are escorted by police officers back to court following their arrest during a stop on a gay cruise of the Caribbean
The two initially were arrested on suspicion of the local equivalent of sodomy in the eastern Caribbean island, which prohibits sex between two men.
The men's attorney, Bernadette Lambert, said they were remorseful.
'They were struck by the beautiful mountains, the clean and clear fresh air and were having a few cocktails, and so threw caution to the wind,' she told the court.

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March 22, 2012

Two Men Arrested At Gay Celebrity Cruise Liner For Gay Sex


Two California men on a gay cruise of the Caribbean were arrested Wednesday in Dominica, where sex between two men is illegal.
Police Constable John George said the men were arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure and "buggery," a term equivalent to sodomy on the island. He identified the men as John Robert Hart, 41, and Dennis Jay Mayer, 43, but did not provide their hometowns.
The two were later charged with indecent exposure and are scheduled to appear before a magistrate Thursday morning. If found guilty, they could be fined $US370 ($NZ353) each and face up to six months in jail.
George said the men were seen having sex on the Celebrity Summit cruise ship by someone on the dock.
The ship carrying about 2000 passengers departed Puerto Rico on Saturday and arrived in Dominica on Wednesday. It departed without the men and headed toward St Barts.
The cruise was organised by Atlantis Events, a Southern California company that specializes in gay travel.
President Rich Campbell, who is aboard the cruise, said in a phone interview earlier that he thought the two men would be released. He did not immediately respond to requests for comment after the two were charged.
The presence of gay cruises in the Caribbean has riled several conservative islands including Jamaica and Grenada, where anti-sodomy laws are enforced with strong backing from religious groups.
The last time authorities in the Caribbean intervened on a gay cruise was in February 2011, when agents with US Customs and Border Protection arrested a California man aboard the Allure of the Seas, which had docked in St. Thomas. The man, Steven Barry Krumholz of West Hollywood, pleaded guilty to selling ecstasy, methamphetamine and ketamine to fellow passengers.
stuff.co.nz

February 4, 2012

A Britton Disappear From A Gay Cruise Aboard A Ship


A British tourist is missing after falling more than 100ft overboard from the world’s biggest cruise ship off the coast of Mexico.
The Mexican navy and coastguard are still searching for the unnamed man, who is aged 30, but there is  little hope he will be found alive.
He was among more than 4,500 passengers on board Allure of the Seas as it sailed from Florida to an island south of Cancun on a gay and lesbian-themed seven-day cruise.
'Hedonistic': Allure of the Seas was used to host a massive party with 4,500 passengers on board as the ship sailed from Florida to an island south of Cancun on a gay and lesbian-themed seven-day cruise
'Hedonistic': Allure of the Seas was used to host a massive party with 4,500 passengers on board as the ship sailed from Florida to an island south of Cancun on a gay and lesbian-themed seven-day cruise
CCTV captured him falling from a balcony outside his cabin on Deck 11 at about 7.10am local time on Friday when guests were sleeping after an ‘Eighties’ party.
Most of those on board the ship, chartered by a firm called Atlantis, are gay men said to be enjoying the ‘hedonistic atmosphere’.
  
A picture, above, posted online from a recent Atlantis cruise shows the decks of the 213ft-tall vessel packed with bare-chested revellers.
Sean Patrick Lewis, a passenger on the current cruise, said the tragedy has done little to dampen the mood on board: ‘We have been having parties every night on the ship with lights, lasers and very loud music.’
Royal Caribbean's 'Allure of the Seas' cruise ship. CCTV captured the man falling from a balcony outside his cabin on Deck 11 at about 7.10am local time on Friday
Royal Caribbean's 'Allure of the Seas' cruise ship. CCTV captured the man falling from a balcony outside his cabin on Deck 11 at about 7.10am local time on Friday
The ship’s owner, Royal Caribbean International, insists that the CCTV footage shows the man jumped deliberately.
But the family of 24-year-old cruise ship worker Rebecca Coriam, who disappeared from the Disney Wonder off the coast of Mexico last year, believe it is too early to make this judgment.
They were also told their daughter had jumped, but a year on they say they are no closer to discovering the truth about what happened.
Rebecca’s mother Ann Coriam said: ‘They can’t possibly have carried out the thorough investigation necessary to come to that conclusion.’
Campaigners complain that there is no international police organisation for crimes at sea, leaving investigations to the police force of the country where the ship is registered – often places such as Panama, Bermuda or, in the case of Allure of the Seas, the Bahamas.
A Royal Caribbean executive, who asked not to be named, told The Mail on Sunday: ‘The ship is on full charter to Atlantis, meaning they essentially bought the ship’s cabins for the cruise and then sold them. Atlantis likes to throw big parties in the public spaces.’ 

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