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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!

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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

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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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First Openly Gay Bishop Tapped By President Obama & Pride of the Ocean

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The fifth annual Easter prayer breakfast at The White House hosted faith leaders from many different spiritual disciplines. During the breakfast, President Obama encouraged the American people to stand united against “religious-based violence.”

At the conclusion of the breakfast, Bishop Gene Robinson was pleasantly surprised to be unexpectedly asked by President Obama to close the breakfast with prayer. Robinson, the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop, later tweeted about what an honor it was.

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For those of you in our Pride of the Ocean cruise group sailing June 1-8, 2014, you’ll be able to enjoy hearing more about this special occasion from Gene Robinson himself, as well as hear him speak about spirituality and activism, following a screening of the film in which he was featured, “For The Bible Tells Me So”, with the film’s director Daniel Karslake. More about that here, or click the button to the right. ClickToLearnMoreButton

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While we have officially closed our group for the June 1-8 cruise aboard The Norwegian  Breakaway, if you call  Geisha Cumberbatch at (866) 432-0050, she might be able to miraculously squeeze you into the group (after all, we have a Bishop on board, so we expect miracles) .

Kumu-HinaAnd speaking of miracles and President Obama, what a miracle the Hawaiian Islands are! We are still building a great Pride of the Ocean group for our Hawaiian Islands cruise, including a screening of Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson’s new film about native Hawaiian culture, called “Kumu Hina”.   It’s a great way to celebrate National Coming Out Day on October 11 with a “aloha spirit”! For more info on our Hawaiian Island cruise, click here or on the button below.
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March 31 is a very important day

An official communiqué to our Program Director, John Scagliotti

Obama_AffordableCareActThis just in from the White House:

The Affordable Care Act has the potential to transform the lives of countless LGBT people
and improve the health and well-being of our community – for generations to come.”

March 31st is the deadline to sign up. Click here to learn more.

March 31, is also the final date to sign up for Pride of the Ocean’s June Pride Festival on board the Norwegian Breakaway” Our festival will also “improve the health and well-being of our community.”

Click here or on the button below to learn more:

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A Last Farewell…

Only 1 week to reserve your cabin to see Pride of the Ocean’s 2012 Body of Work award winner screen his first Swedish language film Casper-Andreas-Header-360px

LastFarewellWriter and Director Casper Andreas will be screening his latest film “A Last Farewell”, about an aging author haunted by visions of his late husband and in conflict with his pregnant daughter, on Pride of the Ocean’s June Pride cruise June 1-8, 2014

Casper Andreas was awarded Pride of the Ocean’s 2012 Body of Work Award. He will be joined on our next cruise by our other award winners, Andrea Meyerson, who won our 2013 award, and Vic Basile, who will be awarded our 2014 award.

Support Casper by joining us with a special promotion. Click here or on the button below for details.
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Body of Work award winner Casper Andreas on a recent Pride of the Ocean cruise

 

 

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Looking Through the Sensational Headlines About Anti-Gay Religious Laws

In his landmark Nation cover story for the 1993 march on Washington, headlined the gay moment, journalist Andrew Kopkind noted, ‘Not for 30 years has a class of Americans endured the peculiar pain and exhilaration on having their civil rights and moral worth — their very humanness — debated at every level of public life. Lesbians and gay men wake up to headlines…”

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Twenty years later, LGBT issues are still making headlines. We at Pride of the Ocean dig deeper to address those topics with film and discussion to examine some of the important issues that LGBT people face. John Scagliotti, partner to the late Andrew Kopkind, presents thoughtful films and intelligent panels on the issues that make the headlines.

On our 45th Anniversary of Stonewall cruise, Pride of the Ocean will be doing exactly that on the hot topics of religion, law and politics.

Daniel Karslake will be presenting a film that has truly made a difference. See video trailer below, or click here.

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“For the Bible Tells Me So” is, strictly speaking, an educational film, but there is no denying that it fills a need. – The New York Times

In addition to this film, we are doing a panel with one of the most important religious leaders in the country, Bishop Gene Robinson.

“God calls all of his children to the table. We can disagree and even say a lot of hateful things, but what we can’t do in good conscience is — demand that someone else not be at the table.” – Bishop Gene Robinson

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You won’t want to miss this important film and discussion on Pride of the Ocean.

One of the most important missions of Pride of the Ocean is to increase visibility of the LGBT community. For this reason, the film festival is hosted aboard ships with a diverse group of passengers, in order to put out a positive, constructive, example of the LGBT community to society at large. As part of that mission, Pride of the Ocean will be making a charitable donation of $75 to Episcopal Response to AIDS and offering a cabin discount of $75 for each person reserving a cabin with the promotional code of GENE14. Click here to take advantage of this offer while helping those with HIV.

Episcopal Response to AIDS is an independent 501(c)(3) organization, whose mission is to support, foster and financially enable HIV/AIDS ministries affiliated with Episcopal faith communities in the Greater New York area. From its inception in 2006 through 2012, Episcopal Response to AIDS has awarded approximately $150,000 in 45 grants to 24 grassroots HIV/AIDS ministries in the Dioceses of Long Island, Newark and New York.

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