WHAT? Carnival Bans Drag on RuPaul's Cruise [UPDATED]

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An eight-day cruise with two dozen RuPaul's Drag Race cast members should be a nonstop, sequin-filled party, right? 

Not if Carnival Cruises has its way. 

The company has issued a statement outlining the dress code for the cruise, which departs from Miami on December 2nd. To sum it up: While performers (including cast favorites Sharon Needles and Stacy Layne Matthews) can wear all the bandage dresses they want, their fellow passengers aren't allowed to follow suit, since they will be traveling alongside families who aren't there for the drag queens. 

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An excerpt from the letter reads, "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." 

What? Kids don't need to be shielded from the sight of men in heels—they love cross-dressing!

Some evidence: 

(20th Century Fox) 

(DreamWorks) 

(Paramount)

(Fox)

 I rest my case. 

What do you think of Carnival's decision? Let us know in the comments! 

UPDATE:

Carnival sent us a statement, which reads,

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.

Sincerely,

Gerry Cahill

President and CEO

Carnival Cruise Lines
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