Cruising for Cocaine: Pair of Royal Caribbean Crewmembers Busted in Jamaica

February 24, 2011
Grandeur of the Seas
(6 p.m. EST) -- Cruisers, please say no to drugs. The Associated Press is reporting that a pair of Royal Caribbean crewmembers were busted Wednesday in Montego Bay after they were found with close to 75 pounds of cocaine. Royal Caribbean supplied the details in a statement: "On February 23, Jamaican authorities detained a crew member and found that he was in possession of 18 kilos of cocaine. Authorities then boarded [Grandeur of the Seas] and found an additional 15 kilos in the cabin of a different crew member." The line added that it is cooperating fully with authorities during this investigation and will continue to provide any assistance necessary to prosecute the individuals to the fullest extent of the law. Earlier this month, a passenger on Allure of the Seas, which was hosting the world's biggest-ever charter for gay cruise travelers, was arrested under suspicion of dealing drugs. The AP reported that agents found more than 142 ecstasy pills, nearly 3 grams of methamphetamine, a small quantity of ketamine and about $51,000 in cash in the cabin of Steven Barry Krumholz. In December, a trio of crewmembers from Royal Caribbean's Baltimore-based Enchantment of the Seas were charged with attempting to smuggle attempting to smuggle 700 grams of heroin and 300 grams of cocaine from the Dominican Republic into Charm City. Despite the recent spate of busts, Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinz told Cruise Critic in January that drug busts onboard ships are very rare and have occurred "only a handful of times." CBP Public Affairs Officer Steve Sapp added that most cruise ship drug busts are for personal-use narcotics, typically resulting in an arrest or a no-tolerance fine of $500. --by Dan Askin, Associate Editor