INTRODUCTION

SETTING SAIL FOR THE QUEENDOM

I hate cruises. So how is it that I found myself lying on a Swarovski crystal staircase in the middle of the night aboard the Carnival Conquest posing for a promotional photo for a drag performance and surrounded by a small entourage of inebriated drag queens? Ordinarily, I think of cruises as just too many people cooped up on a floating petri dish for a week. No ma’am Pam! But when I found out that there was such a thing as a “drag cruise,” complete with forty of the country’s top drag queens and twelve hundred drag aficionados from all over the world, I couldn’t wait to sign up! My newfound love of drag knew no bounds. I couldn’t find anyone crazy enough to go with me, so I had to book a cabin all ...

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