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Were Cruise Ship Passengers Warned Not to Have Sex with Pizza?

A crude letter warning passengers on a cruise ship not to "engage in sexual acts" with pizzas was posted as a prank and not as an official message from the cruise line.

Published Jan. 16, 2018

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Image courtesy of Kiattisak Lamchan / Shutterstock
The Norwegian Cruise Line posted a message on one of their ships explaining that the open pizza bar was for consumption only and asked passengers to refrain from having sex with their lunches.

As the annual floating musical festival "Holy Ship!" set sail in early January 2018, an image purportedly showing an official memo from Norwegian Cruise Lines informing passengers that the Open Pizza Bar was for consumption only and that passengers should refrain from engaging in sexual activities with pizza started to circulated on social media:

Although this regulation was posted on the ship, it was not an official memo from the Norwegian Cruise Line issued in response to a passenger's having engaged in sex with a pizza. The document was created as a prank by an attendee of Holy Ship!

This image first gained widespread attention when it was posted by New York DJ Kill the Noise via Twitter:

The phony memo was then picked up by several web outlets, who shared it in articles reporting that it reflected a genuine message from the Norwegian Cruise Line. Sites such as Uproxxx and Vanyaland  eventually updated their articles to state that the message merely a joke, but as of a week later other outlets such as Pigeons and Planes continued to host articles declaring the memo to be real.

A representative for the cruise line told Vice that the memo was "a prank carried out by one of the guests" and that all of the letters were immediately removed once they were discovered.

Twitter user @hoescrabshack claimed responsibility for the prank:

Although some Holy Ship! attendees may have encountered messages warning them not to perform sexual acts with pizzas, these memos were posted as a prank and were not official messages from Norwegian Cruise Lines.


Cosores, Philip.   "Holy Ship Kindly Asks That You Not Have Sex with the Pizza."     Uproxxx.   8 January 2018.

Joyce, Colin.   "Sorry Folks, That Memo About Pizza-Fucking on Holy Ship Is Fake."     Vice.   9 January 2018.

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.

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