Nieuw Amsterdam courtesy Holland America
A Holland America cruise ship with more than 2,000 gay travelers on board was turned away from Morocco over the weekend, several news outlets are reporting.
The line's Nieuw Amsterdam was under charter to gay tour organizer RSVP Vacations for what was being billed as the first all-gay cruise to the country. It was scheduled to dock in Casablanca on Sunday.
"Our port agent in Casablanca has advised us that authorities in Morocco have -- despite previous confirmations -- now denied our scheduled visit," the two companies said in a letter to passengers, according to Reuters. "For all of us, this is a very disappointing development."
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Reuters quotes the Moroccan tourism minister as saying no official decision had been made to prevent the ship from stopping in Morocco, but the news outlet notes the country has laws forbidding same-sex relationships.
Gene Sloan, USA Today