What's intriguing about R Family Vacations' approach is not just that it turns the traditional image of a party-hearty gay cruising charter on its proverbial head, but also that the voyage will feature specially chosen entertainers and programs.
Among those performing include founder Rosie O'Donnell herself; she "opened" the voyage, so to speak, by taking to the stage last night, on the cruise's first day. Others include Broadway's Christine Ebersole, television's Joy Behar (from "The View"), and comedians Bob Smith and Judy Gold.
R Family Vacations has contracted with the Family Pride Coalition, one of whose missions is to foster healthy families, as well as offer workshops, round-table discussions and various panels. Among the topics? Surrogacy, adoption, and artificial insemination.
While this is R Family Vacations' first-ever trip, the company will not necessarily limit them to cruises (though other trips have yet to be announced).