O'Donnell told Tuesday's New York Daily News she found the event to be overwhelmingly positive. However, she added, they were not prepared for the protesters who greeted them upon landing in Nassau.
"It was sort of shocking to me," O'Donnell said, adding other Nassau residents were supportive and apologized for the protest.
She said family was the impetus for the 2004 cruise, which is being repeated this summer as well as 2007.
"I find that being part of the gay community as a married parent makes you a subset of a subset," she said. "So there's not a lot of opportunities for you to go as a family together and do things that are gay-focused or that have any kind of gay theme or message."