Norwegian Cruise Line And R Family Vacations Set Sail For Alaska On Board Norwegian Star

Miami – Mar 13, 2009 — 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.

“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, 2009 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 Cruises are priced from $849 per person, based on double occupancy.

NCL’s Freestyle Cruising provides guests flexibility and freedom with no set dining times, dining partners or dress codes. With Freestyle Cruising, R Family Vacations’ guests may create each day to satisfy their personal tastes and vacation goals.

“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.

Guests will appreciate Norwegian Star’s deluxe range of choices in staterooms, many with ocean views and balconies, in addition to an array of plush and artfully appointed suites and villas. The ship features 12 restaurants, nine bars and lounges, a dynamic casino, a spa and fitness center. Among the many on-board activities are two glimmering pools, a basketball court, golf driving net and jogging/walking track.

R Family Vacations is known for their top-tier entertainment and programming. 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 fun-filled themed 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.

About R Family Vacations

R Family Vacations is the premier GLBT family brand and the first gay cruise company that caters to both the gay and lesbian community. In 2006, R Family was profiled in HBO’s documentary titled, “All Aboard! Rosie’s Family Cruise,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and garnered two Emmy nominations and a GLAAD award. Everyone is welcome on R Family Vacations: Gay, Lesbian, Straight, Older, Young (kids included). R Family Vacations was originally founded by Rosie and Kelli O’Donnell and travel entrepreneur Gregg Kaminsky. To reserve your stateroom, call 212-703-2486 or visit

About NCL

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is the innovator in cruise travel with a 43-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction of Freestyle Cruising which has revolutionized the industry by allowing guests more freedom and flexibility.

Today, NCL has the youngest fleet in the industry with 11 purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed cruise vacation on the newest, most contemporary ships at sea.

NCL is presently building Norwegian Epic, a new third generation Freestyle Cruising ship, for delivery in 2010.

For further information on NCL, visit or contact NCL in the U.S. and Canada at (866) 234-0292.