Carnival Reverses Their Ban On Drag Customers


Yesterday, I wrote about how Carnival advised patrons who’d paid for a “Drag Stars at Sea” cruise, which will feature drag performers, that they are not to dress in drag or they will be kicked off the boat with no refund!

The reason? They don’t want to upset the children!!!!

After some backlash over that absurdity, Carnival altered its stance to say that it’s actually a post-9/11 safety restriction that makes them forbid customers from being in drag.

(I guess, fearing for some kind of Cuba Gooding Jr.-type movie come to life, they don’t want any sexuality surprises at sea!

And we know what a big problem it is when terrorists hide out as the opposite sex.

I wonder if Carnival bans burkas too.)

Well, Carnival read my blog–and others’ blogs–screaming about all this, and has come up with a whole new response!

They didn’t mean it!

It was a giant miscommunication!

(Lawsuits avoided, lawsuits avoided….)

You can even get a refund if you want to cancel out of this big, seasick, you know, miscommunication.

And if you want to stick with it and wear drag, that’s fine!

All you have to do is have photo ID that matches what you look like in person.


This is getting more and more farcical.

Anyway, here’s the new letter from the CEO to the drag cruise customers:

Jennifer de la Cruz
Senior Director – Public Relations
Carnival Cruise Lines

Within the last 24 hours, we became aware of a miscommunication between Carnival Cruise Lines and AlandChuck.travel, 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