Organizers of an all-gay cruise ship say a trip to Casablanca has been canceled after Morocco denied entry to the country.
A Holland America all-gay cruise ship with 2,100
passengers aboard was turned away from Morocco over the weekend, Reuters
The ship docked Sunday in Malaga, Spain, after the travel
organizers said Moroccan authorities prohibited the ship from docking in
"Our port agent in Casablanca has advised us that
authorities in Morocco have -- despite previous confirmations -- now denied our
scheduled visit," RSVP Vacations travel agency told passengers in a letter
obtained by Reuters. "For all of us, this is a very disappointing
With mostly American and European travelers aboard, the
week-long cruise was supposed to include a 12 hour stop in the city, during
which passengers were set to visit the Hassan II Mosque and several marketplaces
in the capital, reports Fox News.
But Moroccan tourism officials have denied the ship was
"We don't ban cruise ships here, and we never ask our
visitors about their sexual preferences," Morocco's tourism minister
Lahcen Haddad told Reuters. "They can if the organizers want to."
While Morocco is considered to be more tolerant than its
neighboring Islamic countries, same-sex relationships are unlawful in the
country, with offenders spending six months to three years in jail, according
to the International Business Times.
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