NCL hosting 7th gay and lesbian family-friendly cruise

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is continuing its successful partnership with R Family Vacations, 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 to 18, 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.

“NCL is all about offering guests freedom and flexibility on our ships,” said Andy Stuart, NCL’s executive vice president of global sales and passenger services. “With R Family Vacations’ charters, that freedom and flexibility is taken to the next level with their inclusive approach and top-quality entertainment. We are pleased to welcome R Family Vacations on board Norwegian Star and to show their guests the beauty of Alaska with NCL’s Freestyle Cruising.”

The seven-day Sawyer Glacier cruise departs Seattle on July 11 and sails to Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway, Alaska and Prince Rupert, British Columbia. The cruise is on sale now and can be booked by calling R Family Vacations at 866-732-6822. More information can be found at rfamilyvacations.com. Cruises are priced from $849 per person, based on double occupancy.

“NCL is really the perfect cruise line for our style of cruising. Our guests love the casual dress and the freedom to dine wherever and whenever they choose. R Family Vacations is all about freedom. Our cruises are the most inclusive cruises out there and I can assure you that everyone feels welcome on our vacations. We are thrilled to continue our long-term partnership with NCL and look forward to offering more destinations aboard this innovative fleet,” said Gregg Kaminsky, R Family Vacations co-founder.

This year, the entertainment line-up includes:
· Caroline Rhea, stand-up comedian and actress;
· R Family’s Belters Show featuring Broadway cast members from Wicked, Les Miserables, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Chicago, and Xanadu;
· Emmy-award winner Judy Gold’s “Mommy Queerest;”
· Comedians Jessica Kirson (Last Comic Standing) and Seth Rudetsky (Sirius Radio and author);
· Ross Mathews (The Tonight Show, Celebrity Fit Club, and The Insider);
· NYC Piano Bar with Brian Nash;
· “Original Circuit DJ” (and gay father) David Knapp;
· A performance from members of GALA choruses from all over the U.S., including the Seattle Gay Men’s Chorus famous “Captain Smarty Pants.”

The Family Equality Council led by Executive Director Jennifer Chrisler is organizing educational workshops and discussions including seminars on gay adoption, surrogacy, gay marriage and a teen panel. R Family also offers deck parties, fitness lectures and classes and Rosie’s Broadway Kids, which gives guests the opportunity to learn a Broadway routine and perform it in the ship’s theater.

“As a GLBT parent, our cruises are a perfect way for my kids to spend time with families just like their own. Also, my straight friends and family also sail with us and find that it’s a vacation that they know everyone feels welcome and they can enjoy entertainment only offered on our cruise. Of course, kids are not required and our biggest growth has been our GLBT guests who like the mixed atmosphere and not so focused on all-night parties,” said Kelli O’Donnell, R Family Vacations co-founder.

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