I believe Paul's article stated that they opted for a "partial charter" where regular passengers would be able to mingle with those there in Drag. I believe they thought they would be able to walk around freely in their costumes. Carnival said no only the people in the theater cast would be able to do this and only in the theater. Carnival back peddled. It is possible to charter a whole ship, Rosie O'Donnell did it with her group with a different cruise line. If people believe in their cause strongly enough, they will pay the price of admission.