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We’re Heating Up Alaska with Carmelita Tropicana

Your Kunst Is Your Waffen

Alaska-Glacier-HDR-640x360carmelitatKunstWaffenYour Kunst Is Your Waffen is the short film that won the coveted Teddy Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. Accepting the award was Carmelita Tropicana, the alter ego of Alina Troyano, a performance artist and writer who burst onto New York’s downtown performing arts scene as the spitfire Carmelita Tropicana. Bask in the heat of the fiery Carmelita as you sail past spectacular Alaska landmarks aboard the Celebrity Solstice®.16-LaLupeRouge

A tireless and prolific artist and filmmaker, you may have seen her sister Ela Troyano’s PBS documentary, La Lupe: Queen of Latin Soul, which was nominated for a prestigious Alma Award. The Troyano sisters love working together and their current projects include a collaboration with Sara Coffey, Founder and Director of Vermont Performance Lab, a performance incubator in the foothills of Vermont.

Far from the foothills of Vermont, the spectacular landmarks of Alaska await you in Pride of the Ocean’s exciting itinerary, including ports of call in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Victoria, and Seattle, not to mention the Tracy Arm Fjord, one of the few naturally occurring fjords in the United States.

Please click here or on the button below to learn more about the itinerary, excursions, and activities planned for August 7-14, 2015 when Pride of the Ocean sets sail from Seattle to Alaska. There are several significant discounts currently available on our pricing page, or our cruise associate, Geisha Cumberbatch would be happy to guide you if you give her a call at (703) 389-4617, or email Geisha with questions at


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Pride of the Ocean Doubles in Size for 2013

The fourth Pride of the Ocean LGBT Film Festival sails for Glacier Bay, Alaska, in August with over twice as many passengers as the preceding third cruise. On board the Norwegian Pearl luxury cruise ship, the film festival will host groundbreaking film screenings, seminars, workshops and a wide variety of filmmakers and special guests.

Group MontageOnly a Few Cabins Remain on the only LGBT Film Festival at Sea

Anticipating the leap in size this year, Program Director John Scagliotti and Cruise Director Jim Pollin planned for more cabins to be available for the expanding audience of 2013.

James Pollin“Our cruise has leaped in size every year,” states Pollin, “and this year we knew we would see another burst of interest for our first West Coast departure.”

“We are delighted that our growth even surpassed our expectations.”

As the passenger list expanded, Pollin ensured the group had the space they needed. “Interest has been so high, the railroad car reserved for the group shore excursion in Skagway on the White Pass Railroad sold out. We quickly added another car, and that (more…)

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Sneak Preview of Susan Sontag HBO Documentary to Screen on Pride of the Ocean

Regarding Susan Sontag

Sailing with us? You’ll get the sneak preview of the new film Regarding Susan Sontag, even before it is seen on HBO.Susan Sontag
On Monday morning programming at sea, Producer/Director Nancy Kates will present her full-length documentary on the cultural icon, followed by a look at the role of the producer, in the seminar To Produce or Not to Produce?

Nancy KatesNancy began winning awards for her films in 1995 when her master’s thesis, Their Own Vietnam, for Stanford University’s film program, won a Student Academy Award“ and she hasn’t stopped since! She continues to accumulate accolades, from film festivals around the country and the world, as well as organizations such as GLAAD and the International Documentary Association.

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Alaska with an expert…

Traveling by cruise ship is always enhanced by quality shore excursions, giving travelers a feel for the ports of call. While the films, filmmakers and other honored guests are no doubt driving your interest in Pride of the Ocean, we know our destination is also a powerful draw – Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Victoria… and of course, the magnificent Glacier Bay.PostcardsNo one knows the importance of the shore excursion like your fellow passenger, award-winning writer Randall Shirley, one of North America’s busiest freelance travel journalists! Over the next few weeks, travel to Randall’s blog and read his recommendations on shore excursions that will apply to many Alaska cruises. A Vancouver native who honeymooned in Alaska, he certainly knows the territory.

Randall-Shirley-Postcard Randall has been in the journalism field for 20 years, including roles as editor and travel editor of three national Canadian gay magazines, and appearing on TV and radio as an expert in gay travel, cruise travel, and theatre travel. He frequently writes for publications such as Travel+Leisure, The Boston Globe, The Dallas Morning News, Canada’s Calgary Herald and Up! inflight magazine.

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WOAR Women Filling Up Cabins on Pride of the Ocean

Including Chef Lisa Schwab–the maker of “The best Chicken Piccata…EVER!”

Chef Lisa Schwab, owner of Cantalini’s Salerno Beach Restaurant, encourages her fellow “Women on a Roll” to follow her lead to the rolling waves of the north Pacific this August, with the Pride of the Ocean Film Festival.  Join her and the other women of WOAR in toasting this year’s Body of Work Honoree, the dynamic Andrea Meyerson – founder of the active social organization for lesbians.

Andrea Meyerson (center) at WOAR promotion for Pride of the Ocean

Andrea Meyerson (center) at WOAR promotion for Pride of the Ocean

— so much so that she is making time for her first vacation in many years to be on the Norwegian Pearl with the other women of WOAR to celebrate Andrea!

Chef Schwab’s traditional Italian cuisine restaurant – always receiving rave reviews from fans of authentic Italian – won another devotee when Cantalini’s catered the WOAR Holiday Party last December, sponsored by Pride of the Ocean.  Our Program Director, John Scagliotti, pronounced her dish “the best Chicken Piccata… EVER!”

From a start as a women’s cycling group in 1995, Women on a Roll quickly grew in popularity and numbers over the years to offer women a wide range of social, sporting, cultural and travel opportunities. Now over 10,000 members (more…)

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Pride of the Ocean throws the holiday bash for Women On A Roll

Our Program Director, John Scagliotti, gets into the swing of things on his way to the Hollywood WOAR Party.

The mistletoe was out this past weekend in Hollywood as Pride of the Ocean’s Cruise Director, Jim Pollin, and Program Director, John Scagliotti sponsored the Holiday Party for the Women On A Roll.   And we are delighted that so many Women on A Roll will be joining us on our next film festival cruise.  What a great group they are! Great dancers and the caterer of the party is coming too! She has heard about the great food on the ship.

Jonthan Gatz, from OUTSERVE, dancing with the Women On A Roll

We’ll be honoring the founder of WOAR, Andrea Meyerson, as our recipient of the Body of Work recognition.   And you can see some of that body in our new festival video which we premiered at the LA LGBT Center’s Renberg Theater.  It stars Casper Andreas (GOING DOWN IN LA LA LAND), Sebastian La Cause (HUSTLING Series) and the very talented Emmy-winner, Mark Payne.  The show in LA was closed out with a special appearance of Liza Minelli.  Only in LA does it get this wild and to think it is coming on board the Norwegian Pearl soon.  Click here  to view (you’ll need to write the password: norwegianpearl

The Pride of the Ocean folks take a pose with Liza Minelli.

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Pride of the Ocean to Present Sneak Preview of Greg Louganis Documentary

Pride of the Ocean welcomes Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis who will be on board the ship to welcome Pride of the Ocean passengers going on the Alaska cruise next summer. Joining him will be Back on Board Greg Louganis director Cheryl Furjanic and other LGBT filmmakers and film fans. The floating film festival is sailing from Seattle to Alaska’s Glacier Bay August 18-25, 2013 aboard the Norwegian Pearl.

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(#1) from John on Alaska Cruise Site Visit

You must stay a day or two in Seattle

I am so glad I got a chance to spend some time in Seattle (our next embarkation city)  before heading off to my site visit on the Norwegian Pearl’s Alaska Cruise.  Michael Bradbury, the Pride of the Ocean Marketing guy, is from Seattle and gave me a little tour of the environs.  I am staying on Capitol Hill, which I am told is the “gay neighborhood,”  though I understand that there is no capitol on the hill. (go figure.)  Seattle seems to be very gay indeed. When doing my doc BEFORE STONEWALL we did an interview in Pioneer Square at a very old gay bar, the Double Header, which has been operating since 1934.  No, I was not the first patron!

Seattle was a major port city during World War II where many of those sailors and lady waves settled after getting back from the Pacific theater. So Seattle got a big leap on the rest of us and I believe, where the phrase, “Hey Sailor” was first used.

One of my first stops was Kerry Park.  This is the must go place to take that great picture with the Seattle skyline and the Space Needle in the background.  It is also where a lot of wedding pictures get shot.

Fabulous view to be had at Kerry Park

John with four bridesmaids, one more lovely than the other.

the bride checks out John’s threads

While straight folks can enjoy Kerry Park for their wedding photos, it seems gay folks are in a big fight here to have that opportunity… There are folks in Washington State that are trying to stop LGBT people from having the same rights as they have.  We’ve seen this before but maybe Washington will become the first state to adopt gay marriage by popular vote this fall when Referendum 74 passes.

Maybe we can help the folks in Seattle win this one!  You can donate to their campaign here… and perhaps by the time we all get to Seattle next August, we will see some gay wedding pictures at Kerry Park.

Next up:  my trip on the Washington Ferries…


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