Little hoopla surrounds gay charter cruise on return to Caymans

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GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman -- Gay cruise travelers in Grand Cayman? No problem, mon.

It was smooth sailing for the Largest Gay Cruise in History 2, which arrived here Jan. 31 with about 3,200 gay and lesbian passengers on Royal Caribbeans Navigator of the Seas.

The cruise was organized by Atlantis Events.

Atlantis has not visited the island since government officials turned away an Atlantis cruise in 1998, a move that sparked protests and a boycott of the Cayman Islands in the gay travel community.

The islands government established a nondiscrimination policy in 2001.

The response from most guests onboard the cruise has been overwhelmingly positive, and many look forward to returning to the Cayman Islands, said Rich Campbell, CEO of gay tour operator Atlantis Events, which organized the cruise.

The ship was met by a group of about 100 onlookers, Atlantis said. Some cheered the first group of passengers who disembarked on Grand Cayman.

Others waved placards to protest the ships arrival, Atlantis said.

To contact reporter Kristin OMeara Hillmann, send e-mail to [email protected].

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