In what seems to be a growing trend on board cruise ships another passenger was arrested this past weekend on drug related charges. The Associated Press reports that 51 year old Steven Barry Krumholz of West Hollywood was arrested by customs officials on suspicion of dealing drugs.
Apparently a fellow passenger onboard the Allure of the Seas was caught with drugs and decided to “cooperate” with authorities. This cooperation pointed the custom officials in the direction of Krumholz. A search of his cabin followed and the officials allegedly found “more than 142 ecstasy pills, nearly 3 grams of methamphetamine, a small quantity of ketamine and about $51,000 in cash,” according to the Associated Press. (And they call Carnival the fun ship).
To take things a step further, the affidavit also says that while the officers were waiting for Krumholz to return to his cabin, two passengers knocked on the door in an effort to make a purchase (talking about terrible timing).
That particular sailing of the Allure of the Seas had been chartered by a company called Atlantis Events. However, due to the expense necessary to secure a ship of that size I can’t imagine this was a private event. The sailing was billed as “The World’s Biggest Ever Charter for Gay Cruise Travelers”, that’s a mouthful (no pun intended). This would lead me to believe that although chartered by Atlantis the sailing was open to anyone who happens to be a member of their club/mailing list.
Atlantis Events has since stated that they fully support Royal Caribbean’s policies and will work closely to enforce them. They have also stated in a press release that plan on chartering the Allure once again next year.