Our Founders

Kelli Carpenter & Gregg Kaminsky

R Family Vacations was founded in 2003 by travel entrepreneur Kelli Carpenter and Gregg Kaminsky. The company was featured on HBO's Emmy-nominated documentary "All Aboard! ". The documentary was also shown at the Sundance Film Festival and was awarded a GLAAD award. Gregg and Kelli were given the "Lambda Legal Liberty award" and have also been honored by Family Equality Council and the NY Gay Men's Chorus. They have also been selected as members of the "OUT 100".


They recently added two new types of travel to their exciting line up including another Broadway Cruise and new adult only adventures. More than 19,000 guests have traveled with R Family and both Gregg and Kelli hope that many more will join them in the years to come.

Kelli Carpenter

Kelli Carpenter has always loved musical theater and travel. She sailed on a cruise every year growing up with her family and in 2003 she co-founded R Family Vacations with her business partner Gregg. Her family was featured in HBO's "All Aboard" and Kelli was nominated for an Emmy as one of the producers.


She was also featured on ABC's 20/20. Kelli has an extensive background in marketing working for both Pepsi and Nickelodeon.

Kelli is a graduate of Southern Methodist University.

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Gregg Kaminsky

Gregg Kaminsky has been in the travel industry for the past 20 years creating specialty vacations in Mexico, Caribbean, Africa, Australia, Europe and the U.S.


Formerly the Vice President of Atlantis Events, the world's largest gay tour operator, he co-founded R Family Vacations in 2003 helping create the first company to offer vacations for LGBT families and friends. R Family Vacations was featured on HBO's "All Aboard!" which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won a GLAAD award.


He also serves as a travel consultant for Nickelodeon and has produced five cruise charters with SpongeBob and Dora.

Gregg holds a bachelor's degree from The University of Texas and earned his MBA from the University of Southern California.

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