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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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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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        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 Continues To Grow. In 2014 Two Distinct Film Festival Cruises and one Sampler.

        Cruising to The Bahamas, Bermuda and Around the Hawaiian Islands… Commemorating the 45th anniversary of Stonewall.

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        Greg Louganis

        At our 4th cruise embarkation press conference in Seattle, Greg Louganis, star of the film BACK ON BOARD and Cruise Director James Pollin announced our expansion of Pride of the Ocean for 2014, a year in which we will be commemorating the 45th anniversary of Stonewall. Pollin and his programming partner, Emmy Award-winning Producer, John Scagliotti are putting together two new film festival cruises and one Sampler Weekend cruise (a taste of Pride of the Ocean). The two festival cruises will mark important dates in the LGBT calendar.

        The first festival cruise will be sailing out of New York City, where 45 years ago in June 1969, the Stonewall Rebellion began. Programmer John Scagliotti, taking a cue from the 2012 inaugural address of President Obama, has created a Pride theme for the occasion, based on Obama’s stirring remembrance of “Selma, Seneca Falls and Stonewall.” The films chosen will reflect on the many changes since Stonewall on politics, history, religion and America’s second religion, sports. Included will be the screening of AFTER STONEWALL, which first aired nationally on PBS for the 30th anniversary of Stonewall. That documentary is the recipient of many honors including Los Angeles’s OUTFEST Audience Award. The ship chosen for this Pride filled festival is the new Norwegian Breakaway, which pays tribute itself to New York City and will embark from Manhattan on June 1st for a cruise to Bermuda and back on June 8th. Besides the opening and closing cocktail parties, the group will also enjoy a centerpiece event performance by Vancouver’s “Ryan and Amy Show.” Program Director Scagliotti is reviewing films now and remarked, “ I have been involved with LGBT media since Stonewall, so this Pride of the Ocean festival is an opportunity to showcase some films that have made a difference in the struggle for LGBT freedoms that we now enjoy.”

        The Norwegian Breakaway, one of three Pride of the Ocean cruise ships for 2014

        The Norwegian Breakaway, one of three Pride of the Ocean cruise ships for 2014

        Then in October, Pride of the Ocean goes to Hawaii for a cruise that sails on National Coming Out Day, October 11, 2014, cruising to five Hawaiian islands on board the Norwegian Pride of America, returning to Honolulu on October 18th . The theme will be Asian/Pacific LGBT films. Included in this cruise will be a Bon Voyage Luau that will make for a joyous Coming Out Day where Pride of the Ocean passengers will get “leid.”

        Children of God

        And Pride of the Ocean recognizes that many can’t wait for these cruises, so it has added to its schedule, a Sampler at the end of the first month of 2014. On this weekend cruise out of Miami to Nassau, passengers will get a “taste of Pride of the Ocean.” Since the ship is heading for The Bahamas, Pride of the Ocean will screen Bahamian film director Kareem Mortimer’s sensational film, CHILDREN Of GOD. There will be a cocktail party and panel of funny shorts included on this Pride of the Ocean Sampler. The dates are January 31, out of Miami, and returning to Florida on Feb 3rd.

        If you are interested in joining in on any of these cruises you can register on-line at our website:

        http://www.prideoftheocean.com

        Or call/email our Cruise Associate, Geisha Cumberbatch:

        Email: gcumberbatch@cruiseone.com

        Tel: 301-656-5740

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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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        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 http://vimeo.com/54798831  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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