Wherever you stand on the debate of going on any kind of cruise at this time and whether a 30th Anniversary Atlantis Gay Cruise should have happened or not, it has been reported there has been a death on the January Atlantis voyage that’s been labeled “Omicron of the Seas.”
Just after the Vacaya Bliss Caribbean Cruise on Celebrity Millennium had returned to southern Florida (January 10-17), it was time for the Atlantis cruise on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas to disembark with 4,700 cruise participants.
— Michael Ogden (@Slave01) January 18, 2022
Both sailings were not too well received/approved by many as photos from the dance parties started popping up, but Atlantis has seemed to get the brunt of the disgust on social media. Some were more vulgar than others.
Now, unfortunately, there has been a death reported on the cruise. The information that has been released does not attribute the passing of the cruise participant to COVID [as many have jumped to thinking], but it has been stated the death is apparently from a cardiac arrest in one of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas cabins.
According to The Advocate, an Atlantis Events representative said the death was “nothing out of the ordinary.” Freelance Journalist Chris Wiggins tweeted that there was a confirmation of the death, first stating the cause of death was unclear at first, but then stating that the cause was cardiac arrest.
No death is good, wishing death on people is not good; hoping for all to be safe is best.
Deaths on cruises unfortunately happen, no matter if it is a gay or straight cruise. We’ve heard of people going missing from many cruises. Being in Florida, we hear about it often as this is where so many cruise ships return to port. We’re sure there are many deaths that go unreported and not covered by the media. People die.
But gay cruises have had some noticeable deaths in the recent past. In 2018, Reality Star Joel Taylor Found Dead on Gay Cruise as he had died of an accidental drug overdose. And in 2015, no deaths but the 30th Anniversary RSVP Gay Cruise had to make an emergency return to Miami as there were two passengers with medical issues. And in in January 2020, a Man Jumped To His Death From Atlantis Cruise While In Puerto Rico.
When discussing the Atlantis and Vacaya cruises, we should also mention that New York Times article that has been getting much attention.
Some are saying it seems the media may have had it out for the “gay cruises” from the start. A recent New York Times article questioned “Can a Gay Cruise Keep 4,700 People Safe Amid COVID?” Well this stirred the mirky COVID cruise waters and called to question if the NYT decided to be a little homophobic by not just referring to these as just some other cruises but highlighting these as gay cruises specifically.
I remember reading the gay cruise bashing NYT article as I was flipping the channels watching 60,000+ people at multiple NFL football games across the country while I was also considering paying my balance on a Royal Caribbean “straight” cruise I’m scheduled to take at the end of February. The NYT decided to focus on these 4,700 passengers instead of the 300,000+ football fans smashed into just as close quarters yelling, spewing beer battered breath over their fellow fans.
For those saying there should be no comparison, let’s do some math. An NFL stadium on the average can handle more than 60,000 fans per game (5 games last weekend, 4 games this weekend for a rough total of 540,000 fans in the past two weekends) and not all stadiums have vaccine or mask rules. Meanwhile, the Atlantis cruise in question has 4,700 guests, all the staff are fully vaccinated, and all attendees must show vaccination proof (see link). Correct, maybe there is no comparison to over half a million to under 5,000. And for a visual comparison, here’s a pic from the Tennessee Titans and Cincinnati Bengals game today (January 22). Find me a mask. I think i found two.
Sure, the gay cruises will have tons more sex than football venues, not sure about less drug use. But what about the multiple straight cruises that leave Florida ports every weekend? These are two (2) gay cruises that happen very few times a year whereas, for comparison, in 2017, Florida had 2,506 cruise ships dock on its shores using 6 different ports across the state. But alas, the NYT dabbled in targeting the gay cruise opportunities which would be like, less than 0.1% of the cruise ships if just considering Florida alone.
Sorry New York Times, do better when pointing that finger. Back to the cruise.
As I sit here in my Fort Lauderdale home, I will await tomorrow, January 23rd, for the explosion of gays on the hook-up apps as they all return to land. Yes, they arrive in Miami, but many from Fort Lauderdale went and many cruisers tag on a Fort Lauderdale stay before and/or after their cruise. I’ll choose to not really “chat up” anyone for a while as, yes, I agree that the cruises are a mess right now and I’m foolish for booking one for next month, but I’ll choose to lessen my exposure to possible people that were highly exposed and I will choose to keep my exposure to others very low after I return from my cruise just to be safe. I’ve also said no to people when they’ve asked to use my guest room as I’ve had friends that have vacationed in Puerto Vallarta and then want to swing by here for a couple of days when returning to the US.
We all pick our battles, our poisons, or judging, or way of life in this COVID world. Those that chose to go on the Vacaya or the Atlantis cruises? Bravo. Go for it. I just know that was not for me. Life does go on, vaccines are taken, we need to do what we need to do.
Now, if these cruises were before the vaccines, boosters, massive checks and balances that have tried to lessen exposure? Yes, I would probably be one of those pointing that finger just as hard as the NYT, but it would be more wide spread than just at the fellow gays.
Instincters… what are your thoughts? Cruises okay? Gay Cruises okay? New York Times okay?
Source: The Advocate