Brunei, a small nation on the island of Borneo, has recently made headlines after the sultan of Brunei passed a law that will punish homosexuality—and those found guilty of adultery—with the death penalty by stoning. The move has prompted strong reactions around the world.
Several celebrities, such as actor George Clooney, have called for boycotting hotels in the Sultanate of Brunei, including the famous Dorchester Hotel in London, the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles and the Plaza Athenee in Paris.
More recently, Princess Cruises has announced that is is planning to cancel their next stopovers in Brunei, fearing for the safety of their guests, as these anti-LGBT laws apply to both locals and tourists alike.
" At Princess Cruises, we celebrate diversity and equality and avoid any place where customers are not treated with dignity and respect. Although we have no stops in 2019, we have a route in May 2020 and another in January 2021, which currently include a stopover at the port of Brunei. We intend to change these routes," said the cruise company in a statement.
Others follow the movement
By 2021, seven more cruise lines have scheduled stops in Brunei: Silversea, Crystal Cruises, AIDA Cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Hapag-Lloyd, and Star Clippers.
The American luxury cruise company Regent Seven Seas, however, has announced, like Princess, that the Seven Seas Voyager would not stop in the country this year.
Over the past five years, Brunei has welcomed approximately 130,000 passengers through cruises.
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