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Gay Cruise Passengers Arrested for Sex on the Ship

Bruno Vincent/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Two Americans traveling on a gay cruise were arrested on the Caribbean island of Dominica for having sex on one of the ship's balconies.

Gay sex, known as "buggery" on the island, is against Dominican laws. Public indecency and having sex in view of the public are also against the law there, according to police superintendent David Andrew.

John Robert Hart, 41, and Dennis K. Mayer, 43, pleaded guilty Thursday to the charge of public indecency. They were fined $2,400 and were released following payment, Andrew said.

Police in Dominica were alerted to the behavior by people on shore who could see the balcony, according to Andrew. Police then boarded the ship, which was docked at the Roseau port, and arrested the men.

Hart and Mayer were part of a gay cruise group from California sponsored by Atlantis Events, which runs gay tourism trips around the world and markets itself as running the largest gay cruise in the world. The group chartered a Celebrity Cruise ship for the trip to Dominica.

Neither Atlantis Events nor Celebrity Cruises responded to requests for comment.

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