Carnival Cruise Lines hit a storm when they told passengers, who had booked to attend the 'Drag Stars at Sea' trip, that they could not dress in drag.
The statement read in part: “Arrangements have been made for drag performances in the main theater featuring stars from LOGO TV. These functions will be private and only the performers are permitted to dress in drag while in the theater. Guests are not allowed to dress in drag for the performances or in public areas at any time during the cruise.”
Carnival also said the drag-themed trip did not adhere to their “family friendly atmosphere," reports the Miami Herald.
The 1,000 passenger cruise was set up by AlandChuck Travel, a gay-oriented travel company in Sarasota, Florida.
A social media firestorm started when Carnival's rules were posted on AlandChuck’s Facebook page.
Later, Carnival President and CEO Gerry Cahill wrote a letter to passengers, which was obtained by the Miami Herald, that said in part: “Anyone who wishes to dress in drag may do so.”
Cahill added that anyone who doesn't want to go on the trip will be given a full refund, including “reimbursement for any non-refundable travel related expenses.”
The 'Drag Stars at Sea' cruise will depart Port Miami on December 2 and tour the Caribbean, before returning to Miami on December 9.