2014 Paw Award Winning Film Announced

“A Last Farewell”
Wins Audience Award

Vermont Bear Film Festival

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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!

Pride of the Ocean is about more than films

Pride of the Ocean is about building community

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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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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Cock N’ Bull

Only 7 days left to explore, “What cures heartbreak?” with Nathan AdloffNathanAdloff

Nathan Adloff (Director/Co-Writer), perhaps best known for his feature film debut with “Nate & Margaret”, will be screening his latest film, “Cock N’ Bull” on Pride of the Ocean’s  45th anniversary of Stonewall cruise  June 1-8, 2014.

Roger Ebert commended “Nate and Margaret” as, “A smart, observant movie about two very particular people, and its casting is pitch-perfect.” The New York Times called the film “Fragile and simple in the best possible way.”

NateMargaretBannerNoMargin“Cock N’ Bull” has screened in some of the top LGBT Film Festivals, including Outfest, Sidewalk’s SHOUT! and the Reeling Chicago LGBT International Film Festival. Nathan’s experimental film was shot in four hours without a script.

April 1, 2014 is the deadline to reserve a cabin with a small deposit on our next cruise, where you can get to know Nathan in person, see “Cock N’ Bull”, and see if there is indeed a way to cure heartbreak. Click here or on the button below to learn more.

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Beyond The Mirror’s Gaze…

An animated exploration of gender fluidity and falling in love. BeyondTheMirrorsGaze-HDR-NoMargin

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Iris Moore is a Montreal based artist who is focused on painting, drawing and animation. In her animated film “Beyond The Mirror’s Gaze”, she explores the fantastical and surreal, with the intention of evoking the viewer’s sense of whimsy and wonder surrounding themes of gender.

Meet Iris at one of our group excursions, cocktail parties, or group dinners, because Pride of the Ocean is about much more than films. Only 7 days remaining to reserve your cabin! Click here or on the button below to see available options.

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