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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.


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.
Spice H2o Statue of Liberty
 If that’s not enough fun for you, try hanging out with Geisha, our cruise associate, on the rope course.
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


        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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        Make Memories with Women on a Roll

        Aboard Pride of the Ocean’s Pride Cruise From New York to Bermuda June 1-8, 2014

        Click the image above to watch Women on a Roll on our Pride of the Ocean cruises.

        Click here to visit the Women on a Roll website and learn about a special discount.

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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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        Where are they now?

        Pride of the Ocean Alumni

        Pride of the Ocean PassengersSince 2009, smart and engaging people like you have been coming to Pride of the Ocean for the unique experience of enjoying an ocean cruise and a film festival together. Past passengers have included everyone from cruise aficionados, to film enthusiasts, to people who simply like to travel, but it has been getting to meet and know our aspiring young filmmakers that has been one of the main attractions over the past three years, and into our fourth. As George Gene Gustines said in his New York Times article, “The true delight of the trip was…the friends we made.” Come meet some of those friends, many of which you could meet on our 2013 Alaska cruise, as we look back on some of our past young aspiring filmmakers and ask, “Where are they now?”

        Pride of the Ocean’s CineSLAM has taken on an entirely new inspiring landscape by heading out to sea – offering a full retreat with special guests, seminars, panels, industry knowledge… and of course the all-important CineSLAM Film Slam workshops.  The Film Slam Seminars provide an opportunity for emerging filmmakers to workshop their projects in focused, peer-driven critique sessions.  Susi Walsh, Executive Director of the Center for Independent Documentary, which sponsors the workshops, facilitates on board the ship.  Creating this world outside of the everyday, for filmmakers to concentrate on their art, has succeeded in allowing the work to flourish, and the talent has indeed bloomed.

        Take a walk with us through the garden of successful careers, and meet some of our past CineSLAM participants and see where have their paths led.

        Cheryl Furjanic

        Cheryl Furjanic

        Yoruba Richen

        Yoruba Richen

        Two alums – Cheryl Furjanic and Yoruba Richen – will join us on Pride of the Ocean 2013 in August. Cheryl continues in the world of water, her award-winning Sync or Swim documentary of an Olympic-hopeful synchronized swimming team giving way to BACK ON BOARD, the story of Greg Louganis. Yoruba is bringing to the Norwegian Pearl her completed and much-anticipated documentary THE NEW BLACK, chronicling (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.

        She is perhaps best known for (more…)

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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.

        His travels have taken him to (more…)

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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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        Logo and ITVS join Pride of the Ocean

        Christopher Willey, Head of East Coast Development and Production for Logo Television, has overseen projects including “The A-List”, “NewNowNext Awards”, “NewNowNext Vote Hosted by Wanda Sykes”, “Be Good Johnny Weir”, “Scandalicious”, “The Big Gay Sketch Show” and “Jeffery & Cole Casserole.”Willey Sommers James Sommers, Senior Vice President of Content for The Independent Television Service (ITVS), oversees the Content Strategy Team, also known as the “greenlight” team, which finalizes (more…)

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        Today on Pride of the Ocean | Tuesday June 12

        Today was our second full day on the ocean, and we are well underway. This morning we opened with the awkwardly hilarious short GAYBY by Jonathan Lisecki, and the powerful documentary WISH ME AWAY, starring Chely Wright.

        In the late morning, Miriam Cutler, musical composer, held an enlightening seminar titled “Know the Score: What Film Music Brings to Storytelling”, followed by our second round of CineSLAM Film Slam Seminars.

        Tomorrow morning we will arrive in Bermuda, and we will post pictures from the previous days’ events.


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