Carnival apologizes. Passengers can now dress in drag.


Carnival Cruise Lines has apologized to gay passengers on an upcoming drag cruise who were told Monday they would be kicked off the liner if they dressed in drag in public. Here is there letter:

Within the last 24 hours, we became aware of a miscommunication between Carnival Cruise Lines and, who have booked a large special interest group on the upcoming Carnival Glory cruise departing December 2, 2012.

The group, “Drag Stars at Sea,” includes several performances by stars from Logo TV as part of a series of private events onboard.  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.

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.

We constantly strive to provide our guests with a fun and memorable vacation.  We look forward to welcoming everyone onboard Carnival Glory and again want to apologize for the misunderstanding and for any offense we have caused.


Gerry Cahill
President and CEO
Carnival Cruise Lines

  • John from NYC

    Too late…I hope you read this, Carnival. Still we enjoy the comforts of Norwegian, and Royal Carib and Celebrity. We are all created equal..even all the drag queens. Rue should make a real stink abouth this.

  • Barry

    I think that Carnival is trying to make up for an error on their part. However, if this is not an exclusively booked cruise with all gay passengers, I agree that families with children who are also traveling do have a right not to be exposed to the often sexually inappropriate (and sometimes outright scary) looking outfits some of these drag queens wear. In this day and age the safety and security of all passengers should come first.

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  • Christopher

    As long as the “other’ passengers are aware of event, and possibly it’s byproducts (LOL) I see no issue in this..hell some of them may get into the spirit..! And yeah, I’ve seen some of the outfits the drag revelers can wear, not all drag is good drag..! Carnival def screwed this one up…but at least they are trying to make amends..I’ll never cruise on Carnival, and I can’t understand why Ru Paul consented to anything but RCI or Princess..or even Norwegian…