Oh snap! It seems Carnival Cruise Lines has reversed its decision from banning to now allowing cruise guests slated to sail on the ‘Drag Stars at Sea’ theme cruise to dress up in drag. Last week, Vice President of Guest Services Vicky Rey sent an e-mail ahead of the December 2nd Carnival Glory sailing requesting that passengers refrain from wearing their drag attire and that only the perfomers in the show, which are from RuPaul’s Drag Race TV show, would be allowed to dress in drag. Rey stated the reason for the ban was due to the fact Carnival attracts a number of families with children and it was important to keep the cruise “family friendly”.
Well, hell hath no fury like a cruise drag queen scorned! The e-mail prompted hundreds of drag queens booked on the cruise to go viral on the Internet with their anger at Carnival. It quickly became clear that not even the world’s largest cruise line can silence angry drag queens. Today, Carnval’s CEO and President Gerry Cahill issued an apology and said the cruise line had a change of heart in the no dressing in drag policy. “When the group was presented to us we were advised that only the performers would be dressed in drag during the private events. However, we are now aware that this was not clearly communicated to members of the group and therefore anyone who wishes to dress in drag may do so. Please keep in mind that our safety and security procedures require guests to present government-issued ID, and to be recognizably that person,” Cahill says. He added, “At Carnival, we are proud to carry more than 4.5 million guests every year and we welcome them all aboard. We do not practice any form of discrimination against the LGBT or any other community. We sincerely apologize for the miscommunication and for any unintended offense we have caused. Given this misunderstanding, anyone on this cruise who wishes to cancel for any reason may do so and will receive a full refund of their cruise fare, as well as reimbursement for any non-refundable travel related expenses.”
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