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Carnival reverses drag ban on drag-themed cruise

Nov. 28, 2012 at 2:35 PM ET

Carnival Cruise Lines backtracked on its decision to not allow passengers on a group drag-themed sailing to dress up in drag.

Carnival blamed its previous ruling on a miscommunication. “When the group was presented to us we were advised that only the performers would be dressed in drag during the private events,” Gerry Cahill, CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines, said in an email to passengers booked on the sailing. “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.

“At Carnival, we are proud to carry more than 4.5 million guests every year and we welcome them all aboard,” Cahill wrote. “We do not practice any form of discrimination against the LGBT or any other community.”

Cahill apologized for “any unintended offense we have caused” and, because of the misunderstanding, said booked passengers can cancel “for any reason” and will receive a complete refund of fare and “for any non-refundable travel related expenses.”

The themed cruise on the Carnival Glory is scheduled to depart December 2.

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