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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.”

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

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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
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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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Pride of the Ocean Goes International

Pride of the Ocean continues to expand its focus beyond the shores of the United States and will be showcasing a series of films from around the world on its Western Caribbean cruise sailing from Miami to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, and Labadee on March 14-21, 2014.

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Arnaud Lalanne, a native of France, in his film “La Princesse de Lamour Damour” asks, “Can a princess fall in love with a prince and a princess?”PrincessHeathDaniels_175x175flag-usa-XLA man summons men from around the world in, “International Male” from Heath Daniels.HeathDaniels_InternationalMale_640x360flag-sweden-XLCarolineDrab_175x175Caroline Drab, from Sweden, brings us Hundvakten/The Dogwalker, about a man who shares memories with his neighbor’s dog of failed relationships and questions what life might have beenCarolineDrab-TheDogwalker_640x360DavidFardmar_175x175flag-sweden-XL

Swede, David Färdmar is developing a feature film based on his short film, “My Name is Love”, where Love and Sebastian meet each other by coincidence on a summer night in Sweden.DavidFardmar-MyNameIsLove_640x360flag-china-XLStevenLiangSet in his native Taiwan, Steven Liang’s latest film, “Coming Home” follows a well-behaved high-schooler who takes a road trip down a dangerous path with his rebellious, foreign boyfriend.Steven-Liang-Coming-Home_640x360

On-line Registration for this cruise has ended, but 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.

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The Agony and Ecstasy: Sports & Films with an LGBT Arm Twist

Published Author and Filmmaker Added to Cruise Lineup

It’s hard to find females in leading roles as athletes, coaches and owners in sports film story lines. With an abundance of male-focused stories, Hollywood continues to reinforce the association of athleticism with masculinity. Viridiana Lieberman will be joining a panel discussion entitled, “The Agony and Ecstasy: Sports & Films with an LGBT Arm Twist”on Pride of the Ocean’s sports themed Western Caribbean cruise, from March 14-21, 2015.  The panel discussion will be moderated by Cheryl Furjanic, director of the recently released documentary film, “Back on Board: The Greg Louganis Story“.

Cheryl Furjanic with John Scagliotti and Greg Louganis on Pride of the Ocean in 2013

Cheryl Furjanic with John Scagliotti and Greg Louganis on Pride of the Ocean in 2013

In her 2014 book, “Sports Heroines on Film: A Critical Study of Cinematic Women Athletes, Coaches and Owners” Viridiana Lieberman, a former Pride of the Ocean filmmaker, discusses sports film heroines, beginning with National Velvet (1944) and ending with Secretariat (2010). Her book addresses the question of whether these story lines do or do not empower women as characters and role models, while offering alternative cinematic choices that reflect the true and ever-growing history of women in sports.

Viridiana Lieberman speaking on Pride of the Ocean in 2013

Viridiana Lieberman speaking on Pride of the Ocean in 2013

There are only 5 days remaining to join Cheryl and Viridiana in the Western Caribbean with ports of call in Miami, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, and Cozumel. Online reservations will close on December 15, 2014. Click here or on the button below to see available options.

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