After reports that passengers on a cruise featuring performers from RuPaul’s Drag Race would not be allowed to dress in drag themselves, Carnival Cruise Lines has apologized and reversed its policy. Carnival President and CEO Gerry Cahill is sending the following letter to passengers explaining the apparent miscommunication:
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.
Carnival has provided a swift and commendable remedy to the situation. A cruise designed to cater to a specific community will now truly be inclusive for all passengers. One of RuPaul’s many inspiring quotes is, “When you become the image of your own imagination, it’s the most powerful thing you could ever do,” and the same proves true for equality in society.