Bil Browning

Gay Cruise: The High Seas

Filed By Bil Browning | February 14, 2011 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Barry Krumholz, cruise ship, drug abuse, gay cruise

Talk about the high seas... I'll admit that I've never been on a cruise ship, but I'm not really shocked that one passenger (out of 5400) was selling drugs. atlantis_gay_cruises.gifI think the question I have is why is it worthy of the Associated Press when one guy is arrested on a gay cruise ship?

Steven Barry Krumholz, 51, of West Hollywood, was arrested on board the Allure of the Seas in St. Thomas, said Jeffrey Quinones, a spokesman in Puerto Rico for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The ship had just come from the Bahamas on a charter billed as the "world's largest gay cruise."

Customs and Border Protection agents boarded the ship Wednesday and found drugs on another passenger, who said he had placed an order with Krumholz before the trip and picked them up while on board, according to an affidavit submitted by one of the investigating agents.

Agents searched Krumholz's cabin and allegedly found more than 142 ecstasy pills, nearly 3 grams of methamphetamine, a small quantity of ketamine and about $51,000 in cash, the agent said. While waiting for the suspect to return to his cabin, two more passengers came to buy drugs, according to the affidavit.

With thousands of people on those floating behemoths at any time, there's never been another drug arrest on a regular cruise? With "world's largest gay cruise" so prominently at the beginning of the story, it just seems like a way to sensationalize a non-story.

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It's not that one drug seller was arrested. It's that $51,000 was made from customers on board, with plenty to go before the bust interrupted the plans.

This wasn't harmless marijuana. The drugs involved have cause to alarm the community, given our ongoing battle with meth addiction and other self-destructive behavior (including alcohol abuse, but nobody's going to fuck with that culturally ingrained big business, sadly).

Our community, of all others, should know better. This is a real shame and I would not be surprised if this crap was being aided and abetted by cruise staff.

Who cares what types of drugs they are in the first place?

Free adults should and do have the right to ingest into THEIR body any substance they so desire. The notion that government can say out of one-side of its mouth marijuana, lsd, cocaine, etcetera are all bad while the corporatist FDA pushes drugs such "Lunesta" which may cause you to commit suicide (one amongst its varied and scary side-effects) is a warped reality, that would even be the envy of the Mad Hatter.

Further the only reason there even exists a METH epidemic is due to the never-ending DRUG WAR.

Perhaps if people were not so utterly allergic to history, one might understand that just as bath-tub gin (made from formaldehyde, turpentine, etc) became the alternative alcohol during prohibition, so now is meth the alternative drug.

The issue is not "Queer Cruise" or "Breeder Cruise" its that the voluntary exchange of goods is landing people in jail.

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Clever Nickname | February 14, 2011 1:18 PM

A friend was on this cruise. He reported that the single largest drug bust on a cruise ship took place during this cruise and that at least 15 people were kicked off the boat due to drug use.

And I second Lucrece, don't minimize the toll that drugs and addiction have taken on our community.

There was a much larger drug bust in Baltimore this year. RCI did not release the number of passengers kicked off Allure, how does your friend know? There was a lot of gossip onboard.

umm, i think the point Bil is making is why the AP picked up this story about a 'gay' cruise when it has to happen on just about ANY cruise - gay, straight, elderly, etc...

OMG, bil, I was thinking the same thing when I read that story yesterday. I was like, really, only one drug dealer? P-shaw. There are at least a dozen more and there are probably a bunch on any cruise.

That cruise has been hyped for a few months (even the queers out here are talking about it. SRSLY) and I'm sure he's not the only enterprising indie pharmacist who saw a bunch of party boys on their own for a week as a giant pinata.

Not to minimize the effects of drug abuse.