Maybe you’ve seen the shot making the rounds of the Atlantis Gay cruise with thousands of shirtless men on the deck…?
The New York Times published a story on Atlantis Events’ 30th Anniversary Cruise, which left port for the Caribbean carrying 4,700 passengers on Jan 16 and is still at sea. As the article says Atlantis says its protocols are CDC-compliant and can keep the partiers safe.
Sources for the Times report said,
This is going to be the wildest party for our community in two years…
I’m talking dirty dancing, sex, drugs, raves, orgies, and sweet, sweet freedom.”
Meanwhile, as them reported,
…another LGBTQ+ cruise operation, VACAYA — which was mentioned in the Times article, but not by name — was flagged for investigation by the CDC after COVID-19 cases were reported aboard the Celebrity Millennium cruise liner earlier last week.
Randle Roper, CEO of VACAYA,told Seatrade Cruise News that the New York Times article was
“an affront to Atlantis Events, LGBT+ travel companies in general and the gay community”
Their decision to focus on errant quotes taken from various social media pages to sensationalize the story was both a misfire and — let’s hope unintentionally — homophobic…”
Btw, whether or not you’re vaccinated, gay, straight or non-binary, the CDC has advised against cruises for ANYBODY right now.
Canada’s Drag Race host Brooke Lynn Hytes shared a picture of a packed deck full of cruisers, very few of which were wearing masks with the caption;
My literal worst nightmare.”
Maybe so –maybe not, depending on how risk averse you are to COVID exposure in January of 2022…
So, perhaps a little reality check is in order here. It might NOT be homophobic to say that getting on a cruise ship for days with thousands of gay men at this moment is maybe NOT the best idea.
My literal worst nightmare. pic.twitter.com/jGp52QVJIr— Brooke Lynn Hytes (@Bhytes1) January 18, 2022