The 'Largest Gathering of Drag Queens at Sea' is Totally a Real Thing
Dodging a glitter bullet, Carnival Cruises have given a boatload of performers reason to keep a smile on their faces. Even if it's with a lot of makeup.
After some back and forth about the appropriateness of having a cruise ship filled with drag queens and female-impersonator performers, the cruise line finally came to its senses and allowed the ship to set sail for the Largest Gathering of Drag Queens at Sea. Originally, the execs decided to threaten the Queens that if they were to dress in costume aboard, they would be "disembarked at their own expense and no refund will be given." That's pretty discriminatory, not to mention way harsh.
Knowing this would be a PR nightmare, Carnival's CEO issued an apology and clarification to the group of travelers who had pre-booked the journey via a travel agent. Since it turned into a he-said, she-saidor a he-said, he-said, as it may bethe company has allowed the group of drag superstars to dress in whatever they like while wandering around the Lido Deck.
The Glory pulled out of its Miami port over this last weekend for a week-long tour around the islands of the Caribbean, sequins and all. We can only imagine RuPaul's reaction. "Shantay, you stay!"
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