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Please RSVP for Your Song – Exciting Changes to Our Musical Lineup Announced

Music has inspired us to change the world!! On our Stonewall 50 festival cruise we are presenting a wonderful singer, Skip Potter from Barre Vermont, who has been singing and performing since he was a child, most recently playing the lead role in a production of The Mikado at the Unadilla Theater, and  on the keyboards, his wonderful accompanist Isaac James to sing and play some of the songs that made us cry and helped inspire us to make the gay revolution!

Be it Judy Garland,  (whose funeral happened the night before the Stonewall Riots) or Bette Midler, music was an important part of our growing consciousness and identity as an LGBT community … And so we sing!! as we end with a surprise sing-a-long at our closing cocktail party… you will be thrilled.

Tenor Skip Potter (left), and Pianist Isaac James (right)

Skip Potter, a tenor, was Music Director of the Brandon Baptist Church and is currently a sought after soloist, having both current and past  engagements performing  with The Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Vermont Philharmonic, Counterpoint, and  Solaris. Skip was also the featured soloist for the Mayapple Center for Arts and Humanities in Stanford, Ct. Classically trained, Skip has performed works by Vivaldi, Dietrich Buxtehude and Gounod; to name a few, and was recently the Tenor Soloist performing Shubert’s  Mass No.2 in G Major.

Skip Potter

Isaac James has performed Solo recitals, and with Chamber Orchestras on both Piano and Pipe Organ and has served as resident accompanist for community, symphonic and collegiate choral groups. He has also worked in very close collaboration with opera vocalist, Mezzo Soprano Evgeniya Krachmarova-Sotirov from Bulgaria and with violinist Dmitri Gastonovichkoff in Texas. Isaac made his Carnegie Hall debut in November of 2012. Isaac is the Director and Founder of the P. Owen Willaman International Piano Competition, which he named for his late friend and esteemed citizen of Watertown, New York.

Isaac James

Please join us for our opening cocktail party (right after we sail past the Statue of Liberty) on June 8th,   with  Women On A Roll and Pride of the Ocean’s tribute to Margarethe Cammermeyer followed by a few wonderful tunes by Skip and Issac. At our closing cocktail  party, Skip and Isaac will bring it all together as we return to the port of New York with a sing a long as Pride of the Ocean marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising aboard the Norwegian Dawn.   We are so pleased to be presenting Skip Potter and Isaac James!
We are in our final weeks of cabin sales, so click below to learn more. Many exciting discounts available!

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Beyond The Mirror’s Gaze…

An animated exploration of gender fluidity and falling in love. BeyondTheMirrorsGaze-HDR-NoMargin

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Iris Moore is a Montreal based artist who is focused on painting, drawing and animation. In her animated film “Beyond The Mirror’s Gaze”, she explores the fantastical and surreal, with the intention of evoking the viewer’s sense of whimsy and wonder surrounding themes of gender.

Meet Iris at one of our group excursions, cocktail parties, or group dinners, because Pride of the Ocean is about much more than films. Only 7 days remaining to reserve your cabin! Click here or on the button below to see available options.

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Help Celebrate Our 5th Anniversary Cruise with a Discount!

Take advantage of  a significant discount offer for a limited time  
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 We are so thrilled at Pride of the Ocean to have recently reached 1,127 likes on Facebook and 278 followers on Twitter.

We are celebrating by offering a special thank you for our Facebook Friends, Twitter Followers, and LinkedIn Followers.

Click here or on the button below to see your thank you gift from us.

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Jared Leto? On Pride of the Ocean, Transgender People Represent Themselves On and Off the Screen

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Recently, Jared Leto was awarded the Oscar for his portrayal of the transgender character Rayon in the film, “Dallas Buyers Club”. While some felt that the character was a positive portrayal of a transgender hero, others felt that the portrayal was stereotypical and didn’t accurately represent the diversity found within the transgender community. Pride of the Ocean prides itself on selecting independent, original, and authentic personal stories by and about the LGBT community.

One such story that Pride of the Ocean has been closely following is that of Ewan Duarte, whose personal journey began with his 2010 documentary short, “Spiral Transition” about the filmmaker’s relationship with his mother and how it changes and evolves as he transitions genders.

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Ewan’s journey continues in his Master of Fine Arts thesis film, “Change Over Time”, an animated, experimental, personal documentary about the filmmaker’s first year on testosterone, told from an impressionistic and poetic perspective.

Moving into its 5th year, Pride of the Ocean proudly continues its history as a film festival that showcases transgender films and invites filmmakers; however, the one transgender voice that has been missing from Pride of the Ocean has been that of the transgender audience, so if you know a transgender person or are a transgender person yourself, we encourage you to consider joining Ewan and other transgender filmmakers in the safe inclusive space that we have created on Pride of the Ocean by clicking here or on the button below.ClickToLearnMoreButton

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Coming Out: A Revolutionary Act

While gays and lesbians in the large LGBT capitals of the world often see coming out as easy and sometimes not even necessary, the recent headlines in the news tell another story. For many people, coming out can be terrifying, dangerous, and even life threatening.Coming Out Michael Gorlick
Michael Gorlick, a graduate of Western University’s Media Program, came out to his friends and family on social media, using YouTube and hidden cameras to record the experience as part of his documentary film, while driving cross country from Vancouver to Toronto. Along the way, he shares his thoughts and feelings about coming out when he gets home and how/if he will be able to do so. He reflects on how things will change, if they even will, and his feelings of fear and hope.

In the film, “After Stonewall” Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Church, remarked,

The most important thing I believe that gays and lesbians have done to change the world is to come out of the closet…that revolutionary act, for me, is the most important thing we’ve done in 30 years.

“Coming Out: A Revolutionary Act in the 21st Century” will have an exclusive screening on Pride of the Ocean’s cruise departing New York on June 1, 2014 in honor of the 45th Anniversary of Stonewall.

You can be one of the first people to see the film and to meet Michael in person, when you book your cabin on Pride of the Ocean. But Pride of the Ocean is much more than films. Click here to see all the cocktail parties, group dinners, live entertainment, and group excursions that are already lined up for the festival cruise.

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A Festival That Looks To The Future

Have a discussion with filmmakers before they premiere their films.

We are so pleased to see that one of our works-in-progress films, REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG, that was in the workshop program on our last Pride of the Ocean cruise in Alaska, will be having its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival next month. Five months ago, our Pride of the Ocean guests watched a sneak peek of the work-in-progress and talked with director Nancy Kates about her film and her creative process.

Did you know that many of the film premieres hitting the headlines were works in progress that screened on Pride of the Ocean? Below are some notable examples.

Get sneak peeks of upcoming films in different stages of development on our next Pride of the Ocean cruise from New York to Bermuda June 1-8, 2014.

Check out the films and filmmakers already scheduled to be on board at our films page and reserve your space with a small deposit to see the future of LGBT filmmaking before everyone else.
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Regarding Susan Sontag
Director: Nancy Kates
World Premiere: Tribeca Film Festival – April 2014
Work in Progress Screening on Pride of the Ocean – August 2013
Workshopped at KOPKIND / CID Filmmakers Retreat and Seminars – July 2007
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Back on Board
Director: Cheryl Furjanic
Work in Progress Screening on Pride of the Ocean – August 2013
Workshopped on Pride of the Ocean – June 2012
The New Black
The New Black
Director: Yoruba Richen
World Premiere: LA Film Fest – June 2013
Screened on Pride of the Ocean – August 2013
Workshopped on Pride of the Ocean – June 2012
Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same
Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same
Director: Madeleine Olnek
World Premiere: Sundance Film Festival – January 2011
Workshopped at KOPKIND / CID Filmmakers Retreat & Seminars – July 2010

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Saving Our History

with “Brother Outsider”

buttonCo-director Bennett Singer will lead a seminar on the importance of finding, saving, and incorporating archival material into film and film archives, using the making of the film he co-directed with Nancy Kates, “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin” as a real-world example of saving African American LGBT history. The seminar will appropriately be taking place on Pride of the Ocean’s, “Selma, Seneca Falls and Stonewall: Films That Made a Difference” cruise June 1-8, 2014 from New York to Bermuda, “Brother Outsider” being a film that made and continues to make a difference.

Long before Martin Luther King, Jr. became a national figure, Bayard Rustin routinely put his body and his life on the line as a crusader for racial justice.  He was openly gay during the fiercely homophobic era of the 40s and 50s; as a result, he was frequently shunned by the very civil rights movement he helped create.

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Though he had to overcome the stereotypes associated with being an illegitimate son, an African American, a gay man and a one-time member of the Communist Party, Rustin the ultimate outsider eventually became a public figure and respected political insider. He not only shaped civil rights movement strategy as a longtime advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr., but was known and respected by numerous U.S. Presidents and foreign leaders.

Your joining this cruise helps support filmmakers maintain their work by creating works that save LGBT history, including the precious archival materials that make up our  LGBT African American experience. Click here to book your cabin on Pride of the Ocean.

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Pride of the Ocean is Much More Than LGBT Films…

Pride of the Ocean will bring a smart engaged community together for inspiration, sharing information and fun on the Norwegian Breakaway sailing from New York to Bermuda on June 1-8, 2014!
Here is just a little of the fun you can expect indoors on the ship with live comedy from The Ryan and Amy Show!!

Outdoors and off the ship, join us for our amazing group excursion in Bermuda aboard the Rising Son II, full of sailing, snorkeling, beach walking, and rum swizzles.

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How about outdoors and on the ship? Enjoy our exclusive cocktail party celebrating our lesbian pioneers out on the Spice H20 outdoor lounge on the back deck as we sail past the Statue of Liberty. That and all of our cocktail parties will allow you to meet  folks from around the world.
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 If that’s not enough fun for you, try hanging out with Geisha, our cruise associate, on the rope course.
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You might just end up walking the plank!
Don’t miss out on the fun! Join us now… by putting a deposit down on your cabin here!

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Toast Our History at an Exclusive Cocktail Party Celebrating Lesbian Pioneers

Join us in the Spice H2O Lounge on The Norwegian Breakaway as we pass the Statue of Liberty and raise our glasses to the many lesbian pioneers who were instrumental in creating the advances in LGBT rights that so many of us enjoy today.

SpiceH20Night-640pxPride of the Ocean is about much more than the films we show. Pride of the Ocean is about the ideas, people, events, and transformations that you’ll experience as part of our cruise. Here are some of the women that you’ll see being celebrated on our 45th Anniversary of Stonewall cruise from New York to Bermuda June 1-8, 2014. Click here to learn more about this cruise.

“I’d been working it, looking for ways to die without active suicide, passive suicide–the solution of the working class–liquor and fast cars and brutal women.”

Dorothy Allison

writer, poet, novelist

    is an American writer, speaker, and member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Her writing includes themes of class struggle, sexual abuse, child abuse, feminism and lesbianism. Allison’s first novel, the semi-autobiographical Bastard Out of Carolina, was published in 1992 and was one of five finalists for the 1992 National Book Award.
    “He wanted a gay and lesbian youth prom. And it was like guys and guys, and girls and girls.”

    Coya White Hat-Artichoker

    author, activist

      is a proud enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Coya has been working doing activist work in various communities and movements since the age of 15. She is a founding member of the First Nations Two Spirit Collective; they are a Collective working to building a stronger political presence for Two Spirit people.
      “sitting at that table, being shredded by these horrific members of Congress that were throwing me like red meat to the right wing, it made me want to get married.”

      Elizabeth Birch

      attorney

        is an American attorney and former corporate executive who chaired the board of directors of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force from 1992-1994. She served as the Executive Director of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT organization, from January 1995 until January 2004.

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        Group Shore Excursion Announced for Bermuda Cruise

        On Pride of the Ocean’s Pride Cruise June 1-8, 2014
        The view from the deck of the Rising Son II

        The view from the deck of the Rising Son II

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        Thumbs up from Captain Josh of the Rising Son II

        Our cruise associate, Geisha Cumberbatch, with the crew of the Rising Son II

        Cruise associate, Geisha Cumberbatch, with the crew of the Rising Son II

         

        Join us as we board the Rising Son II for Bermuda’s ultimate sailing experience.

        You can sunbathe on the roomy hammocks or relax in the comfort of the interior cabin with its full amenities. Sip complimentary beverages with your newfound friends as you cruise by the old remains of Bermuda fortifications. Chat with the crew about Bermuda’s past and present as you cruise toward beautiful and secluded swim sites.

        The Rising Son II will anchor in shallow water, where you may choose to swim up to the nearby beach, kayak or kick around with the crew’s snorkel gear. Immerse yourself in crystal clear waters under the watchful eye of your instructors and explore the great expanses of pristine reef.

        After 1 1/2 hours of playtime, you’ll be welcomed back aboard for unlimited complimentary Rum Swizzles. Let the island music get you into the vacation spirit as you head out for another hour of true catamaran sailing. Bring sunscreen, a towel and your sense of adventure.

        After booking your cabin on Pride of the Ocean, our cruise associate, Geisha Cumberbatch will contact you to ask if you’d like to be part of this exciting group excursion. For the many of you who have already booked your cabin with us and would like to contact Geisha directly, she can be reached at (866) 432-0050 (toll-free), or email Geisha with questions at g.cumberbatch@cruiseone.com.

        Click here for more information about our Bermuda cruise.

         
         

        Rum Swizzles Anyone?

        Rum Swizzles Anyone?

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