February 13, 2011
Tweet (Update, February 13, 6:15 p.m. EST -- Atlantis Events, which chartered the Allure of the Seas for the gay cruise, told Cruise Critic in a statement on Sunday evening that guests "are fully advised of all policies and customs laws in advance of sailing. Atlantis fully supports Royal Caribbean's policies and works closely to enforce them.") (6:50 p.m. EST) -- A passenger sailing Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas, which this past week has been hosting the world's biggest-ever charter for gay cruise travelers, was arrested while onboard the vessel. According to the Associated Press, the passenger, Steven Barry Krumholz, 51, of West Hollywood, Calif., was arrested under suspicion of dealing drugs while the ship was docked in St. Thomas. Allure has been on a seven-night private charter with Atlantis Events, a travel company specializing in gay trips, both on land and at sea.
Krumholz was ratted out by a fellow passenger who reportedly was caught in possession of drugs by St. Thomas-based customs officers. Reports the AP: “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.
“Krumholz was detained on charges of possession with intent to sell.”
Royal Caribbean spokesman Cynthia Martinez confirmed to Cruise Critic that Atlantis had chartered the ship this week – and that the line “maintains a strict zero tolerance policy regarding illegal drugs on its ships. We take various steps to prevent the transport of illegal narcotics, including working closely with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Royal Caribbean cooperated fully with authorities during this investigation and will continue to provide law enforcement with any assistance they may need.”
Atlantis Events did not immediately respond to our inquiry. A press release on its Web site announcing the voyage indicates that the California company has already chartered Allure for next year's cruise as well.
-- by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief