R Family Vacations

Travel Weekly, June 2012
R Family Vacations diversifies amid LGBT market's evolution
Today, increased societal acceptance of alternative lifestyles has produced a market evolution that, along with ongoing competition, is forcing R Family to face new challenges and embrace new opportunities. As it approaches its 10th year in operation, the company is meeting those challenges by expanding and diversifying its product range. read more

GO Magazine, April 2010
Expanding Horizons, R Family Vacations and the Future of LGBT Travel
R Family Vacations was founded in 2003 by Kelli Carpenter, Rosie O’Donnell and Greg Kaminsky to address the unique vacation needs of LGBT families and their children. The company’s travel programming centers around providing safe and family friendly vacation packages for the entire LGBT community. R Family launched it’s maiden voyage in July 2004, a cruise consisting of 1600 passengers, including 600 children. read more

NCL & R Family Vacations Press Release,
March 2009
Norwegian Cruise Line And R Family Vacations Set Sail For Alaska On Board Norwegian Star
Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is continuing its successful partnership with R Family Vacations, the premier family-friendly vacation specialists catering to the gay and lesbian community led by travel entrepreneurs Gregg Kaminsky and Kelli O'Donnell. This year, R Family Vacations is offering a summer adventure cruise to Alaska aboard the 2,240-passenger Norwegian Star from July 11-18, 2009, roundtrip from Seattle. This Alaska cruise is the seventh time in five years that NCL has hosted R Family Vacations and their guests on board one of its ships. read more

Huffington Report,
July 2008
Rosie's High Seas Entertainment And Gay Family Values
If you've ever wondered what became of the belief in musical theater's power to transform lives, take note: for most of this week it could be found a few hundred nautical miles out of New York, chugging north on the way to Halifax, Nova Scotia. read more

July 2008
For Gay Parents, a Big Week in the Sun
In 1996, Tim Fisher and Scott Davenport, a couple living in New Jersey, brought their daughter, Kati, and son, Fritz, to Provincetown for a vacation. After a week of meeting other gay and lesbian parents at the beach, they invited about 15 families to their rented house for dinner. It was a magical event, Mr. Davenport recalled, at which children of gay parents — many of whom didn't know other families like theirs — suddenly felt less alone.. read more

The New York Times,
July 2008
A High-Seas Show With Gay Family Values
If you’ve ever wondered what became of the belief in musical theater’s power to transform lives, take note: for most of this week it could be found a few hundred nautical miles out of New York, chugging north on the way to Halifax, Nova Scotia.. read more

Miami Herald,
June 2008
R Family Vacations: Halifax, Nova Scotia is 'perfect' gay travel destination
Halifax’s reputation for gay friendly travel will be reaffirmed with the return of R Family Vacations’ cruise with Rosie O’Donnell and guests this July. O’Donnell, along with more than 2000 gays, lesbians, their families and friends will disembark from the Norwegian Dawn in Halifax’s historic port to enjoy the welcoming gay travel destination. read more

April 2007
Q and A with Rosie and Kelli on "All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise"
Rosie and Kelli O’Donnell, openly gay parents of four, broke into uncharted territory two years ago when they set sail on a seven-day cruise to the Caribbean. What made the cruise historic was that it was the first cruise for gay and lesbian families, and for many of the 1,500 passengers, it was the first time they had ever seen other gay and lesbian families. read more

Family Equlity Council,
February 2007
breaking news: R Family Vacations & Family Pride announce collaboration
Family Pride is excited to announce our collaboration with R Family Vacations at Family Week in Provincetown, MA from July 28th — August 4. In addition, Family Pride will become the exclusive education providers on issues affecting gay and lesbian families on all R Family Vacation cruises. This groundbreaking collaboration will provide the best in entertainment and education to the thousands of families that participate in these unique vacations for gay and lesbian families. read more


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