R Family Vacations


Huffington Post, October 2015
Here's The Beautiful Story Of A Lesbian Couple Who Has Been Together For Over 35 Years
As the history of the LGBT community is written, 2015 will be remembered as the year marriage equality became the law of the land, when arcane adoption laws were reconsidered and transgender celebrities became cover models for mainstream media. But, as the movement moves forward, it is important to remember those trailblazers who were once forced to endure closeted lives of secrets and shame. read more


Queerty, September 2015
Alec Mapa Talks Cruises, Comedians And His "French" Family
It was on an LGBT family friendly Carribean cruise that Alec Mapa and his husband decided to adopt. And it's easy to see why: R Family Vacations goes out of it's way to make sure everyone is having a good time, whether happily single, looking for love, or a member of the growing community of same-sex parents raising children. read more


Curve, August 2015
Two of the biggest names in LGBT travel combine forces for the ultimate family vacation.
Olivia Travel is the top name in travel for gay women, and R Family Vacations is the leader in LGBT family getaways. Now, they've combined forces to bring you a new experience and one that Olivia's president and founder, Judy Dlugacz, describes as "the greatest vacation we can conjure up." read more


Windy City Times, July 2015
TRAVEL Sand Blast in Atlantic City; Olivia, R Family in Mexico
LGBT-focused businesses Olivia Travel and R Family Vacations announced a partnership to jointly produce a family-and-friends vacation at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. read more


Travel Weekly, June 2015
Focus on LGBT travel
Jackie Cooper, a curator at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, grew excited when she located the clownfish — made famous as the central character in the animated film "Finding Nemo" — swimming in the facility's enormous blacktip reef tank. read more


Huffington Post, May 2015
Let Love Define Family Series Explores LGBT Family Vacations
There are a few things you hear over and over again from LGBT families that take LGBT-themed vacations: "It's completely open and comfortable and a place where you are surrounded by people who are experiencing life in a similar way. It's not about the destination, it is all about the experience." read more


Windy City Times, November 2014
R Family Vacations: Staying strong and fabulous
R Family Vacations was founded 11 years ago by travel entrepreneur Gregg Kaminsky and Kelli Carpenter and since then 19,000 people have traveled the world with Gregg and Kelli on trips designed just for our community. R Family Vacations is unique in the travel space. The R Family experience is for everyone. Families don't just mean children. It can be adults with their adult gay or lesbian child or childless LGBT couples who are looking for a different experience than that of Atlantis Events, RSVP Vacations or Olivia. read more


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


Dallas Voice, February 2011
We R Family: Rosie ex Kelli Carpenter keeps hope afloat with new take on queer cruise
R Family Vacations was born out of its co-founder's desire to give her children — and the children of other same-sex couples — at least that one week out of the year when their families were the "norm." 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


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