Comedienne and former talk-show host Rosie O’Donnell on Thursday announced plans for what is billed as “the first gay cruise with family values.”
During the cruise, which will depart New York for the Bahamas on July 11, gay and lesbian passengers will be able to learn about topics like adoption and artificial insemination.
O’Donnell, recently in the headlines over a bitter court battle with the publisher of the magazine named after her, said the first offering from R Family Vacations would be a weeklong cruise on the new Norwegian Dawn cruise liner.
“We welcome all families — however you define them — to join us on this cruise,” O’Donnell said in a statement.
Among the unusual ways passengers can spend their time on the cruise ship will be attending discussion groups on adoption, artificial insemination, surrogacy, and other topics of particular interest to gay parents or gay parents to be.
O’Donnell founded the company with her partner Kelli O’Donnell and Gregg Kaminsky, formerly of gay travel agency Atlantis.