All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise

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All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise
All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise DVD cover.jpg
Directed by Shari Cookson
Produced by Shari Cookson
John Hoffman
Starring Rosie O'Donnell
Kelli O'Donnell
Esera Tuaolo
Pam Elliott
Judy Gold
Megan Jacoby
Jane Skorina
Cinematography Maryse Alberti
Sandra Chandler
Beth Wichterich
Editing by Charlton McMillan
Country United States
Language English
Original channel HBO
Release date
  • April 6, 2006 (2006-04-06)
Running time 91 minutes

All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise is a 2006 American documentary film that follows Rosie O'Donnell and her family along with several other families on the first-ever cruise designed for gay parents and their families. It was arranged and planned by Rosie O'Donnell and her life partner Kelli O'Donnell. The cruise ship set sail on July 11, 2004, and the film debuted on April 6, 2006 on the HBO network. The film was released on DVD-video on June 13, 2006. The film went on to be nominated for three Emmys.


It's the maiden voyage of R Family Vacations, the travel company founded by Rosie and Kelli O'Donnell which specializes in gay family vacations. The cruise starts in New York City on July 11, 2004, and sailed along the U.S. East Coast, stopping in Key West, Florida, and then in Nassau, Bahamas. Five hundred families attended the cruise, including LGBT parents as well as non-LGBT people. In the film, Rosie and Kelli's family, along with several other families on the cruise are interviewed, including former Hawaiian NFL star Esera Tuaolo along with his partner and their children. Comedian Judy Gold also makes appearances.

When the ship stops in the Bahamas, the cruise members are met with protests from some local Christians, though interviews show that there were many locals who didn't have a problem with LGBT people and did not agree with the action of the protesters. Despite this, the trip continued as normal to the end.


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