A Drag Queen Cruise to Jamaica?
A Florida travel agent, according to USA Today, announced plans to take over a Royal Caribbean ship with a half dozen drag queens serving as onboard entertainers. While the ‘extravaganza’ sounds like a party on the high seas, there is one major problem—the cruise that is meant to attract gay travelers is docking in notoriously anti-gay Jamaica. According to USA Today: “The seven-night Disco Queens on the High Seas cruise, as it’s being called, will kick off in Port Canaveral, Fla. on Sept. 16 and include calls in Falmouth, Jamaica; Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico; and Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s private beach destination in Haiti. It’ll take place on the 3,634-passenger Freedom of the Seas.” Along with disco parties the ship will also host a drag queen pageant.
Now, if you’re unfamiliar with the political and social climate surrounding gays and lesbians in Jamaica, please click here.
With all the controversy that arose from the incident in Dominica, we would have thought more consideration would have gone into choosing which destinations companies would pick for their gay and lesbian clients.