To start off–this post is in no way a judgment on hard partying, drugs or alcohol. While each on their own could spark endless thoughtful debate, especially as they relate to the LGBTQ community, we’re not here to scrutinize anyone’s behavior.
What we will say, echoing another post from this week following the overdose death of Joel Taylor on board a gay cruise chartered by Atlantis Events, is that the last place a large crowd should be ingesting copious amounts of drugs and alcohol is a boat out in the middle of the ocean.
Because wherever you come down on the issue of drug use, we can all agree that it comes with a set of serious risks that a boat bobbing out in the deep blue sea may not be entirely equipped to address in an emergency.
In a 2010 article on the blog Cruise Law, Jim Walker wrote:
“Cruise ships are not the place to have a medical emergency, whether you are gay, lesbian, transgendered, or straight. Cruise ships are often characterized by the questionable experience and training of the shipboard doctors and staff and the limited nature of the cruise ship’s medical facilities.”
Yet a few days after such an emergency claimed Taylor’s life at just 38-years-old, reports indicate the guests on board the same cruise are still getting high as kites.
“A ‘White Party’ was held Thursday night,” reports TMZ, “on the cruise ship and passengers tell us drugs were everywhere … including ketamine and ecstasy.”
Below are some videos of the party, which do not prove that drugs are still flowing on the ship, but it also really wouldn’t surprise us that they are (and if this really is just some wholesome dancing after a few cocktails, apologies in advance):
Taylor’s is at least the third drug-related death on cruise ships charted by Atlantis Events in the last decade.
If now isn’t the time to reevaluate the whole “wild and crazy drug-fueled gay cruise” concept, when is?