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

Psyche alata, 2nd century AD, Capitoline Museums, Rome

 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.

Mosaic of Plato's Symposium

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.

Butchart Gardens

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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La Dolce Vita

Join our cruise associate Geisha Cumberbatch as she gives you a taste of what’s to come on Pride of the Ocean’s 2016 Western Mediterranean cruise, departing from Barcelona and visiting the Italian cities of Naples, Florence, and Rome.

Standing in front of the famous Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma in Mallorca, Spain, Geisha shows us some of the highlights of Pride of the Ocean’s 2016 tour of Spain, Italy, and France.

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Standing in front of the world renowned Leaning Tower of Pisa, Geisha says, “Do the Math! Enjoy this tower while it lasts, but with staterooms on this 7-day, 7-night European cruise starting at $954 per person double occupancy, enjoy that opportunity while it lasts, because it is a deal!”

 

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. Please click here or on the button below to learn more about the itinerary, excursions, and activities planned for Pride of the Ocean.
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Be The First…

LetterToAnitaScreeningDear Friends, AndreaAs many of you may already know, our dear friend Andrea Meyerson is currently in post production on her latest documentary, CLAMBAKE. Andrea screened a work in progress unfinished rough cut of CLAMBAKE on Pride of the Ocean’s Western Caribbean Cruise this past March. The film offers an insightful, exciting, and humorous look into the 30-year history of Women’s Week in Provincetown, one of the largest lesbian destinations in the world. We have just found out that the film has been accepted into the prestigious Provincetown International Film Festival where it will have its world premiere! The festival takes place June 17-21, 2015. She is working diligently to complete it by the festival’s deadline, which is quickly approaching. woarheader Can’t make it to Provincetown in June? Would you like to support Andrea and her new film? How about Alaska in August? Andrea has graciously agreed to screen the finished CLAMBAKE film on Pride of the Ocean’s Alaska Cruise in August. Alaska has been Pride of the Ocean’s most popular destination to date, with many of Andrea’s WOMEN ON A ROLL members supporting her on the cruise. Andrea will also be joined by comedian Jennie McNulty, who not only appears in the film, but who will be giving an exclusive performance for Pride of the Ocean. As Andrea agrees, this is a tough road — making documentaries about our LGBTQ history and culture, but we feel it’s extremely important to document, preserve and share our important journey. It’s a blessing and a curse — but someone has to do it to ensure our rich LGBT history does not get lost or forgotten, and that generations to come will have a greater understanding and appreciation of the individuals and events that paved the way for them. Please click here or on the button below to learn more about Pride of the Ocean’s Alaska cruise.   Button

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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.”

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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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Reaching Across the Gender Aisle

Alaska Festival Cruise Lineup Announced

What sets Pride of the Ocean apart from the all-male and all-female cruise ships? Pride of the Ocean is the only cruise where our gaylesbiantransgender and straight ally brothers and sisters can spend time together, enjoying  each other’s good company while sharing exciting destinations and inspired films that celebrate the masculinefeminine and full spectrum of gender expression between them.

Celebrating diversity of all shapes and sizes, below is  a partial selection of films for Pride of the Ocean’s Seattle to Alaska cruise on August 1-14, 2015. Please consider joining us, not only to see the films, but to meet, socialize and make new friendswhile experiencing the majesty of the Alaskan wilderness.

The true delight of the trip was… the friends we made on the cruise.
– George Gustines, The New York Times

 

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charlie is the story of a young man who suddenly can’t speak after leaving his abusive past behind him. Alone on Christmas EveCharlie stumbles upon a loving environment where perfect strangers accept him as one of their own. Starring Shawn Ryan(Bones), Jim O’ Heir (Parks and Recreation), Mo Collins (MADtv), and Golden Globe Nominee Andrea Marcovicci.

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Clambake

30 Years of Women’s Week in Provincetown

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Following the world premiere of her film Letter to Anita on Pride of the Ocean in 2014, Andrea Meyerson returns with an exclusive sneak peek of her unfinished work in progressClambake, which introduces us to the many funny ladies, such as comedians Kate ClintonSuzanne WestenhoeferVickie Shaw and the local Provincetown businesswomen who helped to create Women’s Week, the success of which paved the way for the numerous other summer festivals for which Provincetown is now famous.

Trans Lives Matter!

Justice for Islan Nettles

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Filmmaker Seyi Adebanjo tells the story of a community vigil for Islan Nettles, a murdered transgender Womyn of Color. During the vigil, her naturelifelove and oppression within the Queer community suddenly and sharply come into (more…)

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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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We’re Heating Up Alaska with Carmelita Tropicana

Your Kunst Is Your Waffen

Alaska-Glacier-HDR-640x360carmelitatKunstWaffenYour Kunst Is Your Waffen is the short film that won the coveted Teddy Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. Accepting the award was Carmelita Tropicana, the alter ego of Alina Troyano, a performance artist and writer who burst onto New York’s downtown performing arts scene as the spitfire Carmelita Tropicana. Bask in the heat of the fiery Carmelita as you sail past spectacular Alaska landmarks aboard the Celebrity Solstice®.16-LaLupeRouge

A tireless and prolific artist and filmmaker, you may have seen her sister Ela Troyano’s PBS documentary, La Lupe: Queen of Latin Soul, which was nominated for a prestigious Alma Award. The Troyano sisters love working together and their current projects include a collaboration with Sara Coffey, Founder and Director of Vermont Performance Lab, a performance incubator in the foothills of Vermont.

Far from the foothills of Vermont, the spectacular landmarks of Alaska await you in Pride of the Ocean’s exciting itinerary, including ports of call in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Victoria, and Seattle, not to mention the Tracy Arm Fjord, one of the few naturally occurring fjords in the United States.

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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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