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“.

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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.

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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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2014 Paw Award Winning Film Announced

“A Last Farewell”
Wins Audience Award

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Casper Andreas’ film A LAST FAREWELL ((Ett Sista Farväl), won the audience PAW award at this  year’s Vermont Bear Film Festival and was the big hit of the festival. Many in the audience told film festival director John Scagliotti how moved they were by Casper’s fine work. The prestigious PAW AWARD includes a cash award and an invitation to present the winning film on Pride of the Ocean’s next cruise. So you’ll be able to join film director Casper Andreas and Program Director John Scagliotti on Pride of the Ocean’s 6th anniversary film festival cruise which sails out of Honolulu on a round-trip tour of the Hawaiian Islands October 11-18, 2014. This seven day film festival cruise celebrates National Coming Out Day.

To celebrate A LAST FAREWELL’s recent win, Pride of the Ocean is giving you, the film’s supporters, an opportunity to join the film while experiencing the peerless majesty of the Hawaiian Islands on board Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Pride of America luxury cruise ship. Click here or on the button below to learn about the special discount that we’ve created just for you.

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Celebrating 5 Fabulous Years

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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!

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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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Feature Film World Premiere on Pride of the Ocean’s 5th Anniversary Cruise

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In 1977, Anita Bryant’s anti-gay campaign, the “Save Our Children” coalition was formed.

The next year, while living in Florida, Ronni Sanlo came out as a lesbian and five months later she lost custody of her two young children.

Ronni Sanlo will be in attendance on the ship when the film, “Letter to Anita” premieres on June 5, 2014, as will the film’s director, Andrea Meyerson.

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“Ronni has been such an example of courage in the face of adversity. I’m very excited to see the finished film after having seen the work in progress,” said John Scagliotti, Program Director for Pride of the Ocean.

While the registration period is closed for the 5th Anniversary cruise from New York to Bermuda on June 1-8, 2014, our cruise associate Geisha Cumberbatch has been able to pull a few strings and get people on board. She can be reached at (866) 432-0050, or you can click on the button below to learn more.

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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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Today is the Last Day!

To reserve your space to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Stonewall on Pride of the Ocean from New York to Bermuda June 1-8, 2014

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Join some amazing people on our Bermuda cruise!

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Book your cabin until 9pm est today by calling Geisha Cumberbatch at (866) 432-0050 (toll-free), or email Geisha with questions at g.cumberbatch@cruiseone.com.

Or book your cabin ONLINE until midnight tonight by clicking HERE or learn more by clicking on the button below.

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It’s all fabulous on Pride of the Ocean!

 

 

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