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Carnival bosses apologize for banning costumes on RuPaul's Drag Race at Sea cruise

6/17/2014
Carnival bosses apologize for banning costumes on RuPaul's Drag Race at Sea cruise Carnival bosses apologize for banning costumes on RuPaul's Drag Race at Sea cruise

Carnival Cruise Lines executives have issued an apology after prohibiting fans from dressing up in costumes during Rupaul's Drag Race at Sea adventure. Just days before the TV host and various alum from RuPaul's Drag Race series were to embark on a cruise from Miami, passengers received an email from the cruise company management that stating that only the performers would be permitted to dress in drag, due to the number families onboard. The email read: "Carnival attracts a number of families with children and, for this reason; we strive to present a family friendly atmosphere. It is important to us that all guests are comfortable with every aspect of the cruise. Although we realize this group consists solely of adults, we nonetheless expect all guests to recognize that minors are onboard and, refrain from engaging in inappropriate conduct in public areas... Guests are not allowed to dress in drag for the performances or in public areas at any time during the cruise." According to New York magazine, organizers of RuPaul's cruise had originally booked their own ship, but due to overwhelming demand for tickets, Carnival execs opted to put fans on a bigger boat that they would share with non-Drag Race at Sea passengers. Hours after the email was sent, the cruise line bosses received so much backlash that they issued an apology for what they insist was a miscommunication on their part. They wrote, "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... "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." The cruise, which will depart on 2 December (12) and make stops in Nassau, St. John, St. Thomas, San Juan and Turks and Caicos, will feature RuPaul along with 40 of the reality show's biggest stars.

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