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Celebrating Women Directors

The world premiere of Andrea Meyerson’s film, Letter to Anita took place on Pride of the Ocean’s 5th Anniversary cruise from New York to Bermuda. The film went on to play numerous film festivals, winning Jury Awards and Audience Awards, but Pride of the Ocean passengers got to see it first.
Question & Answer session with “Letter to Anita” subject Ronni Sanlo and Director Andrea Meyerson following the world premiere screening on Pride of the Ocean
Pride of the Ocean’s 9th Anniversary cruise, from Barcelona to the Western Mediterranean, promises to be no exception, with what is promising to be the first screening of the final theatrical version of the film Clambake, Reflecting on the 30-Year History of Women’s Week in Provincetown. The pre-release version of Clambake has already screened and won Audience Awards at several festivals. Stay tuned for announcements of additional  screenings and premieres on our upcoming cruise.
Andrea joins a distinguished group of women directors who have charted the course of their films on Pride of the Ocean as they have screened their films as works in progress and held workshops to chart the path to the final cut of their finished films, which have gone on to screen on HBO, PBS’s Independent LensFramelineOutFest, and numerous other festivals, but we got to see it first, on Pride of the Ocean.

Yoruba Richen, Director of the film THE NEW BLACK at a Pride of the Ocean press conference

Cheryl Furjanic, Director of “Back on Board: Greg Louganis” at a Pride of the Ocean screening

Nancy Kates, director of the film Regarding Susan Sontag, treated passengers to a sneak peek of the work-in-progress film on Pride of the Ocean before it’s premiere on HBO.Nancy is perhaps best known for her film She is perhaps best known for her film Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin, the documentary about the gay civil rights leader, for which she won the GLAAD Media Award.

 

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Visit Our LGBT Ancestors in Rome

Rome from the Capitoline Museum

One of the treasures of Rome, often overshadowed by the more famous sites in Rome, such as The Coliseum and The Vatican, is The Capitoline Museum, which houses some of the most exquisite ancient Roman marble sculptures, several of which may be of interest to the LGBT community.At the Capitoline Museum, is the Head of Harmodius. Aristogeiton & Harmodius  became famous as Lovers and Slayers of Tyrants.

Double Portrait of Epicurus and Metrodorus (c. 250 AD) Capitoline Museum, Rome

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 While we can only speculate, it is known that Metrodorus was the most prominent disciple of Epicurus, with whom he shared an intimate friendship, and was rarely separated from him. After their deaths, a national holiday was created in their honor.A mythical creature that can be seen in many ancient cultures around the world is that of the fairy. Ancient Roman art has many depictions of fairy-like creatures, perhaps the most well known being that of Psyche, a human woman with butterfly wings.

Bust of Antinous (117-138 CE) Capitoline Museum, Rome

Antinous was a Greek youth and a favorite, or lover, of the Roman emperor Hadrian. He was deified after his death, being worshiped in both the Greek East and Latin West, sometimes as a god (theos) and sometimes merely as a deified mortal (heros).

Following his death, Hadrian deified Antinous and founded an organised cult devoted to his worship that spread throughout the Empire. Hadrian founded the city of Antinopolis close to Antinous’s place of death, which became a cultic centre for the worship of Osiris-Antinous. Hadrian also founded games in commemoration of Antinous to take place in both Antinopolis and Athens, with Antinous becoming a symbol of Hadrian’s dreams.

Antinous became associated with homosexuality in Western culture, appearing in the work of Oscar Wilde and the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa.

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See ancient LGBT works of art in Italy

John Scagliotti admiring a fresco of the bisexual poetess Sappho, rescued from Pompeii, hanging in in the Naples National Archaeological Museum

John Scagliotti admiring a fresco of the bisexual poetess Sappho, rescued from Pompeii, hanging in in the Naples National Archaeological Museum

Discover the missing pieces of the puzzle when you see the treasures housed at the Naples National Archeological Museum, visit Pompeii’s ruins, and learn of its history. Experience the “original pizza” in the city that boasts the world’s first pizzeria, dating back to 1830, and see the sites of Naples.

The Temple of Apollo in Pompeii

The Temple of Apollo in Pompeii

Travel along the coast with magnificent views of the Bay of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius as a backdrop. This still active volcano buried Pompeii in 79 A.D.

Fresco of Sappho

Fresco of Sappho

Statues of Aristogeiton and Harmodius, "Lovers and Slayers of Tyrants" in the National Archeological Museum of Naples.

Statues of Aristogeiton and Harmodius, “Lovers and Slayers of Tyrants” in the National Archeological Museum of Naples.

The lovers Harmodius and Aristogeiton became
known as the Tyrannicides after they killed the Peisistratid tyrant Hipparchus. They were Athenian heroes whose act of daring in 514 BC opened the way for Athenian democracy.

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Mosaic of Plato’s Symposiu

 

At the ruins of Pompeii, you’ll discover the archeological excavations of a lost city buried deep beneath the ash from Mt. Vesuvius. Highlights include stunning frescoes and elaborately detailed

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Best of Alaska

Skagway, Alaska

Skagway, Alaska

In his New York Times article , George Gustines alludes to the fact that travel to exotic destinations is only made better by making friends along the way.

Greetings from the Celebrity Solstice®

Greetings from the Celebrity Solstice®

During our past 8 cruises, traveling the good company of Pride of the Ocean’s fellow passengers has not only engendered enduring friendships, both personal and professional, but has even resulted in several long-term romantic relationships along the way.

Victoria, British Columbia

Victoria, British Columbia

Pride of the Ocean’s 9th cruise, our first to Europe, promises to be no exception, but don’t take our word for it; the photographs of our 2015 Alaska cruise speak for themselves.

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Butchart Gardens

Ketchikan

Ketchikan

Not only did we all become fast friends, but several of those friendships are deepening and continuing long after our return to Seattle from the awe inspiring sights of Alaska and British Columbia, including but not limited to, Tracy Arm Fjord, Butchart Gardens, Victoria, and our exclusive group excursion aboard the White Pass & Yukon Railroad from Skagway to the Yukon territory.

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Perk Up Your Ears for Perks!

Join Pride of the Ocean’s Alaska Cruise by May 10th and…

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On The Celebrity Solstice®

Book your oceanview, veranda or suite by May 10th and Pick Your Perk*

  • FREE Beverage Package for two including wine, beer & spirits; valued at $110/day
  • FREE Pre-paid Gratuities for two; value of up to $30/day*
  • FREE $200 Onboard Credit per stateroom*
  • $400 per stateroom cruise savings when booked with ChoiceAir*
 

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“The true delight of the trip was not the quality of the festival itself (the richness of Web content being developed was especially amazing) but the friends we made.”

George Gustines

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“This is not just a cruise to Alaska. It’s a gay group cruise to Glacier Bay, and a great way to mix and mingle with other LGBT film lovers who may have missed the winning films and documentaries at local festivals around the country.”

Anthony Schillaci

Examiner.com

 

And The Award Goes To…

Winners of Meet Me On Board’s 3rd annual CRUIZIE Awards

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Best Large Ship Cruise Line for LGBT Passengers:

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Most Comfortable Cabins:

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Best Onboard Spa Facilities:

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Best Overall Food Experience:

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Please click here or on the button below to learn more about the itineraryexcursions, and activities planned for August 7-14, 2015 when Pride of the Ocean sets sail from Seattle to Alaska aboard The Celebrity Solstice®. 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 g.cumberbatch@cruiseone.com.

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LGBT Life Sciences Seminar

Coming To Pride of the Ocean

Totem_100px_dsDNA_100px_ds3Dean Hamer is an American geneticist, author, and filmmaker. He is best known for his research on the genetics of human behavior, especially sexual orientation, and his critically acclaimed books and documentaries, such as his book The Science of Desire: The Search for the Gay Gene and the Biology of Behavior written over 20 years ago.

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Entitled Nature versus Nurture, Pride of the Ocean will be hosting Dean’s talk aboard the Celebrity Solstice® as we cruise up Alaska’s famous Inside Passage, surrounded by the spectacular glaciers, mountains, and fjords of the Inuit, indigenous people of Alaska.

Joe Wilson & Dean Hamer on Pride of the Ocean (photo: Kelly Burkhardt)

Passionate to address complex scientific and social issues that are often overlooked by the mainstream media, Dean turned to documentary filmmaking with his partner, Joe Wilson. Their first feature film was the critically acclaimed, Out in the Silence in 2005, and their current feature film about the indigenous people and customs of Hawaii, Kumu Hina, is screening all over the world, including on Pride of the Ocean’s 2014 Hawaiian Islands Cruise, where Dean screened the film with Joe (both pictured above. Photo credit: Kelly Burkhardt).

Dean will also be screening some rarely seen earlier work that he and Joe produced together, as well as discussing his journey from the world of genetics to the world of filmmaking, and what he finds rewarding about both. You won’t want to miss Dean’s inspiring talks, as well as the inspiring vistas of the Alaskan wilderness from the comfort of the Celebrity Solstice®.

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 g.cumberbatch@cruiseone.com.
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Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

But It’s Warm in the

Western Caribbean

Cold, dry, wintry winds
making you dream of a
Caribbean getaway?

The holiday season has just passed us by, and several months of bleak mid-winter are ahead of us. Come join Pride of the Ocean in the Western Caribbean, where the air is warm and moist, and the waters a turquoise blue. Cruise from Miami to the Western Caribbean aboard the Celebrity Reflection® from March 14 through March 21, 2015, with ports of call in CozumelGrand CaymanOcho Rios, and Labadee. Don’t miss this opportunity to give yourself or a loved one the perfect gift of a film festival cruise, escaping the winter blues. Reserve your dream getaway  for a special price, plus a complimentary gift in your stateroom when you make your reservation with your promotional code SOCIAL2015. What’s included in this 7-day 7-night cruise?

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Above all, you’ll be in the company of smart and engaging people like you, who have been coming to Pride of the Ocean since 2009 for the unique experience of enjoying an ocean cruise together with much more than a film festival. In addition to our signature cocktail party, group dinners and group excursions, we have included a panel discussion on LGBT sports, and 3 exciting film programs. The centerpiece of the cruise will be a screening of the film, “Back on Board: Greg Louganis“, which can only be seen in film festivals, so if you haven’t yet, come see it with Pride of the Ocean and meet the film’s director, Cheryl Furjanic, who will be joining us on the cruise.

While on-line registration for this cruise has ended, cabins may still be available.

For pricing and availability, please call Geisha Cumberbatch at (703) 389-4617, or email Geisha at g.cumberbatch@cruiseone.com, and don’t forget to mention your promotional code SOCIAL2015.

In the meantime, learn more about our exciting ports of call below.

Saturday, Mar. 14th | Miami (EMBARK) | Depart 4:00 PM

MiamiSouth Florida’s exciting, international city is much more than the gateway to Latin America. It’s one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations. With its world-renowned beaches, unrivaled nightlife, unique culinary experiences and Latin flavor, this is one place you’ll want to check out. Before departing from Miami, enjoy a tour that will highlight this exciting city.

Sunday, Mar. 15th | At Sea | Overnight | Overnight

At Sea 1Get to know the Celebrity Reflection as you enjoy its many amenities, spa treatments, delicious cuisine, and scintillating events during our overnight passage to Puerto Rico.

Monday, Mar. 16th | Cozumel, Mexico | Arrive 7:00 AM | Depart 4:00 PM

PuertoRicoThe Conquistadors first saw Mexico from the shores of Cozumel while searching for gold. Today, visitors to the island continue to seek out gold and silver jewelry in the shops of San Miguel while having a great time in its many local bars and restaurants. Plus, the waters around Cozumel’s sheltered coral reefs make this one of the best snorkeling areas in the world.

Tuesday, Mar. 17th | Grand Cayman | Arrive 10:00 AM | Depart 6:00 PM

Grand CaymanGeorge Town, Grand Cayman is one of a group of three magnificent tropical islands Christopher Columbus called “Las Tortugas” (the turtles) for the sea creatures he found in the ocean water. The designation did not endure, however, for on later maps the islands were labeled the Caimanau, the Carib Indian word for “crocodile.” The name “Caimanas” refers inaccurately to the iguanas native to the islands, which were perhaps at one point mistaken for crocodiles. Among other attractions, visitors to the island will enjoy learning about the turtles, visiting the town of Hell, exploring Seven-Mile Beach and enjoying the undersea world.

Wednesday, Mar. 18th | Ocho Rios, Jamaica | Arrive 8:00 AM | Depart 5:00 PM

JamaicaThe town of Ocho Rios, on Jamaica’s north coast, is edged with beautiful white-sand beaches and unbelievable landscapes. Contrary to popular belief, its name does not refer to “eight rivers,” the literal Spanish translation. It derives instead from the Spanish word “chorreras,” meaning “waterfalls,” of which Ocho Rios has many – including the famous and spectacular Dunn’s River Falls.

Thursday, Mar. 19th | Labadee, Haiti | Arrive 10:00 AM | Depart 5:00 PM

Only Royal Caribbean can take you to the private beach destination of Labadee. Our private paradise sits on the north coast of Haiti, surrounded by beautiful mountain slopes and exotic foliage. This exclusive destination offers pristine beaches, breathtaking scenery, incredible thrills and spectacular water activities. Regardless of where you go, you’ll find yourself embraced by the beautiful landscape. Labadee’s native charm, along with its natural beauty, make this a destination not to be missed. It’s impossible to choose just one thing that’s special about Labadee. The inviting beach, coral reefs and exciting amenities provide a perfect place to relax and have fun.

Friday, Mar. 20th | At Sea | Overnight

Get creative on the Celebrity Reflection. The Art Studio, our new venue on The Lawn Club, is home to two Master Artists from The ArtCenter/South Florida. They’ll host interactive classes and hands-on demonstrations in jewelry making, beading, sketching, painting, even drink mixology, culinary lessons, taste tests and chef-prepared dinners..

Saturday, Mar. 21st | Miami, FL | Arrive 7:00 AM | Disembarkation

MiamiTake a colorful tour to the world-famous Art-Deco District of South Beach. Then head to Brickell Avenue, the financial heart of Miami. Your tour takes you to the bohemian village of Coconut Grove and its lush vegetation. Finally, a drive through Coral Gables will take you past the Biltmore Hotel, the Venetian Pool and Miracle Mile.

 

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Pride of the Ocean Lives Out Loud

Adding to the Sports and International programs of Pride of the Ocean’s Western Caribbean cruise is our Live Out Loud program, which tells a tapestry of stories, both documentary and fiction, both gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered, of people making the choice to live life to its fullest, sometimes under adverse circumstances.

Leading off the program is a delightful short film where a surprise visit, a bumbling bestie, and many years of tight-lipped deception cause EVERYONE’S ish to hit the fan. The chaos caused in this comedy of errors is full of sexy moments and tons of laughter. Secrets and Toys will warm your heart as you root for the lovers to make it through the storm.
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Starring Dalila Ali Rajah (Cherry Bomb, Grey’s Anatomy, New Girl), Shelli Boone (Saints and Sinners, Entourage), Diane Sellers (Rules of Engagement, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Darryl Stephens (Noah’s Arc, Hot Guys with Guns), Doug Spearman (Noah’s Arc, Old Dogs & New Tricks), Jill Bennett (Second Shot, Dante’s Cove), Marc Samuel (General Hospital, Hot Guys with Guns), and Jason Stuart (Big Gay Love, Coffee Date).

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In Cynthia Lubow’s latest film, Masculine and Pregnant: Transcending Gender, a diverse group of masculine-of-center identified people speak to their experiences of gender expression, gender identity, attractions, parents, partners, pregnancy, breastfeeding, conflicts, parenting and hopes for the future through the lens of carrying a baby in their bodies. The film seeks to confront many assumptions about gender that limit understanding of gender, such as the assumption that there are only two genders, that only men have facial hair, that non-binary gender implies anything about sexual preference, that gender is static, that body shape determines gender, and that male identity and pregnancy are incompatible or incomprehensible.

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“What would you do if you expected to die?”, Michelle Wood asks us. Taking you on a sensory odyssey, “AND COUNTING” invites you to hear and visualize one man’s journey of living longer than he ever imagined possible with HIV.

 

We’d love to have you join us for Pride of the Ocean’s Live Out Loud program, and while on-line registration for this cruise has ended, cabins may still be available.

For available options, please call Geisha Cumberbatch at (703) 389-4617, or email Geisha at g.cumberbatch@cruiseone.com.

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Celebrating 5 Fabulous Years

Congratulations Pride of the Ocean!

Anniversary

 

Pride of the Ocean celebrated its 5th anniversary at sea with many celebrated artists at an elegant cocktail party on the Norwegian Breakaway’s outdoor Spice H20 Lounge en route to New York.

Congratulations! “Back on Board” wins Outfest Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature

Pride of the Ocean would in turn like to celebrate the premieres of several works by Pride of the Ocean guests. Cheryl Furjanic premiered “Back on Board” at Outfest on July 19, where it won the audience award for best documentary feature. Congratulations Cheryl!

Cheryl Furjanic, Caleb Mose and Will Sweeney. @Kurtew Photography

Cheryl Furjanic, Caleb Mose and Will Sweeney. @Kurtew Photography

Andrea Meyerson premiered “Letter to Anita” at Outfest on July 20. Madeleine Olnek premiered “The Foxy Merkins” at NewFest on July 20.  “Casper Andreas premiered “A Last Farewell” at NewFest on July 27.

And The Best is Yet To Come

“The community that we’ve built over the past 5 years has been extraordinary. Our destinations, ships, value, and memorable experiences only get better with each trip, and our upcoming trip to Hawaii is really pushing the envelope.”, said Program Director John Scagliotti. “We really enjoy hosting these trips, and a  trip to Hawaii is tops on many people’s list of dream destinations, but it’s a rare treat to visit the Hawaiian islands by cruise ship and an even more of a treat to do it the company of smart engaging people.” To learn more about Pride of the Ocean’s Hawaiian Islands cruise, click on the image below.

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Pride of the Ocean Visiting Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Ocho Rios in 2015

Recently added to Pride of the Ocean’s portfolio of destinations for 2015, Grand Cayman is known for its famous 7 mile beach, crystal clear waters, and coral reefs, making it one of the most sought after snorkeling and scuba diving destinations in the world.20140713-091921 AM-33561048.jpg

Also renowned as a top destination for divers and snorkelers, Cozumel is where Spanish Conquistadors first discovered Mexico; consequently, there are many sites and ruins of historic significance to marvel at.

On Jamaica’s picturesque North Shore, Ocho Rios is home to many spectacular waterfalls, from which the town derives its name. You can also channel your inner 007 on James Bond beach, where the movie, “Dr No” was filmed.20140713-085203 AM-31923619.jpg

Click here or on the button below to learn more about these and other exciting destinations coming up in 2015.

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Celebrate! Where will you be on National Coming Out Day?

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Pride of the Ocean will be celebrating National Coming Out Day on October 11, 2014 in Honolulu. National Coming Out Day was founded in 1988, and the date of October 11 was chosen because it was the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Pride of the Ocean will then depart on a 7 day tour of the Hawaiian Islands, where the film, “Kumu Hina” will be screened aboard The Norwegian Pride of America cruise ship. Click here for more details.

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“Kumu Hina” filmmaker, Joe Wilson, was recently interviewed by Dallas Voice about Hawaii and the film’s upcoming screening at the Asian Film Festival of Dallas, where he said of Hawaii,

“…the Hawaiian spirit of aloha is very real. People here — Hawaiians and non-Hawaiians alike — tend to be much more courteous, respectful, welcoming and inclusive than in most other places.”

Click here or on the button below to read more about the film “Kumu Hina” and Joe Wilson’s full interview.

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