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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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        Vic Basile to be Honored on Pride of the Ocean’s Bermuda Cruise

        Vic Basile

        Vic Basile

        Vic Basile, Executive Producer of the film, “After Stonewall” and co-founder of the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, will be awarded in a ceremony on Pride of the Ocean’s 5th cruise from New York to Bermuda on June 1-8, 2014. He will be Pride of the Ocean’s 3rd Body of Work Award recipient. “Vic is the perfect choice for our film festival taking place on the 45th anniversary of Stonewall.” said John Scagliotti, Pride of the Ocean’s Program Director, “Certainly with our theme of ‘Films That Made a Difference’, Vic has made a difference in the world through his film work.”

        Vic Basile (2nd from left) at The Capitol Building in 1981

        Vic Basile (2nd from left)
        The Capitol Building 1981

        Besides being a major influence in film, Vic is also being recognized for his many years as a pioneering LGBT activist. He became the first Executive Director of the Human Rights Campaign Fund in 1983 and subsequently co-founded the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, the largest US LGBT political action committee. There are now more than 700 LGBT elected officials in the United States, largely thanks in part to the efforts of the Victory Fund.

        Vic’s work in film and television also includes his role as Executive Producer of “Stonewall 25: Global Voices of Pride and Protest” an hour-long television special produced for the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Vic was also instrumental in saving the “In The Life” Public Television series back in 1994 by single handedly bringing the show back into solvency, allowing it to continue for 17 more years on PBS.

        Under President Obama, Vic became Counselor to openly gay Director of the Office of Personnel Management, John Berry, and was responsible for overseeing the implementation of LGBT reforms across the Federal Government.

        Film "After Stonewall" with activists Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusencredit Wayne Marquardt

        Activists Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusen
        from the film “After Stonewall” (credit Wayne Marquardt)

         

        The award winning 1999 film, “After Stonewall: From the Stonewall Riots to the Millennium”, will be screened before the Body of Work awards presentation in the Manhattan Room on board the Norwegian Breakaway on June 7, 2014.

         

         

         

        2013 Body of Work Award given to Andrea Meyerson by Susi Walsh and John Scagliotti

        2013 Body of Work Award given to Andrea Meyerson
        by Susi Walsh and John Scagliotti

         

        Previous Body of Work Award honorees have included award winning director, writer, and actor Casper Andreas, and Director/Producer Andrea Meyerson, best known for her award winning 2012 documentary “I Stand Corrected” and her “Laughing Matters” series of films.

         

         

        How you can honor Vic’s contribution to the LGBT community: For each person reserving a cabin with the promotional code VIC2014, a contribution of $75 will be made to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and each person will receive a $75 cabin discount. Click here to learn more about our Bermuda Pride cruise.

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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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