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Please RSVP for Your Song – Exciting Changes to Our Musical Lineup Announced

Music has inspired us to change the world!! On our Stonewall 50 festival cruise we are presenting a wonderful singer, Skip Potter from Barre Vermont, who has been singing and performing since he was a child, most recently playing the lead role in a production of The Mikado at the Unadilla Theater, and  on the keyboards, his wonderful accompanist Isaac James to sing and play some of the songs that made us cry and helped inspire us to make the gay revolution!

Be it Judy Garland,  (whose funeral happened the night before the Stonewall Riots) or Bette Midler, music was an important part of our growing consciousness and identity as an LGBT community … And so we sing!! as we end with a surprise sing-a-long at our closing cocktail party… you will be thrilled.

Tenor Skip Potter (left), and Pianist Isaac James (right)

Skip Potter, a tenor, was Music Director of the Brandon Baptist Church and is currently a sought after soloist, having both current and past  engagements performing  with The Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Vermont Philharmonic, Counterpoint, and  Solaris. Skip was also the featured soloist for the Mayapple Center for Arts and Humanities in Stanford, Ct. Classically trained, Skip has performed works by Vivaldi, Dietrich Buxtehude and Gounod; to name a few, and was recently the Tenor Soloist performing Shubert’s  Mass No.2 in G Major.

Skip Potter

Isaac James has performed Solo recitals, and with Chamber Orchestras on both Piano and Pipe Organ and has served as resident accompanist for community, symphonic and collegiate choral groups. He has also worked in very close collaboration with opera vocalist, Mezzo Soprano Evgeniya Krachmarova-Sotirov from Bulgaria and with violinist Dmitri Gastonovichkoff in Texas. Isaac made his Carnegie Hall debut in November of 2012. Isaac is the Director and Founder of the P. Owen Willaman International Piano Competition, which he named for his late friend and esteemed citizen of Watertown, New York.

Isaac James

Please join us for our opening cocktail party (right after we sail past the Statue of Liberty) on June 8th,   with  Women On A Roll and Pride of the Ocean’s tribute to Margarethe Cammermeyer followed by a few wonderful tunes by Skip and Issac. At our closing cocktail  party, Skip and Isaac will bring it all together as we return to the port of New York with a sing a long as Pride of the Ocean marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising aboard the Norwegian Dawn.   We are so pleased to be presenting Skip Potter and Isaac James!
We are in our final weeks of cabin sales, so click below to learn more. Many exciting discounts available!

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The Ryan & Amy Show to Headline 5th Anniversary Cruise

The Ryan and Amy Show, featuring comedians and filmmakers Ryan Steele and Amy Goodmurphy, will be the Centerpiece Event on the Pride of the Ocean LGBT Film Festival’s Fifth Anniversary Cruise, sailing from New York City to Bermuda on the Norwegian Breakaway to kick off Gay Pride Month in June 2014.

“The Ryan and Amy Show will complement the Pride of the Ocean programming perfectly,” said John Scagliotti, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and Programming Director of the film festival. “Our cruises are a blend of stimulating independent films and the enjoyment and relaxation you want on a vacation. Ryan and Amy will enhance your experience of both.” Supporters of the Ryan and Amy Show are eligible for a $75 per person discount when they use the promotional code RYAN14 when booking a cabin. Click here to see available options.

A Vancouver-based sketch comedy duo, Steele and Goodmurphy have been performing live sketch shows and making comedy videos for six years. Steele’s short film work garnered him a spot on the 2013 Pride of the Ocean cruise, where his quirky and unpredictable comedy was a huge success. Below is an example of their work.

Ryan Steele and Amy Goodmurphy

Ryan Steele and Amy Goodmurphy

While Pride of the Ocean has always featured live entertainment at the closing party, this is the first time live performance has been scheduled along with films as the primary entertainment of the cruise. “Seeing Ryan’s work this year onboard brought a lot of excitement for having Ryan and Amy live next year,” said John Scagliotti. “We were delighted that our passengers were so enthusiastic about our upcoming cruises!”

The fifth anniversary cruise of Pride of the Ocean coincides with the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York, and the theme of the cruise is “Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall: Films that Made a Difference.” The cruise will sail June 1 and return June 8, 2014 and feature a variety of independent LGBT films and filmmakers.

This cruise is joined by 2 other cruises in 2014, for an unparalleled 3 Pride of the Ocean cruises in 2014. To learn more about all 3 cruises, please click here.

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Greg Louganis Speaks at Launch of 5th Annual Pride of the Ocean Film Festival

Sochi Olympics: “Boycotts Hurt the Wrong People”

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Greg Louganis

Seattle, WA: Olympic legend Greg Louganis appeared in Seattle for the launch of the Pride of the Ocean LGBT Film Festival cruise, featuring scenes from the upcoming documentary on his return to the world of diving – BACK ON BOARD. While speaking, he responded to questions on the controversy of the Winter Olympics scheduled for Sochi, Russia.

The director of BACK ON BOARD, Cheryl Furjanic, will be one of the filmmakers aboard the film festival cruise, departing Seattle for Glacier Bay, Alaska, and hosting workshops, seminars, and films along the way.

Addressing the press, Louganis spoke to how the documentary came about. “Cheryl reached out to me after she saw a New York Times article about me making my way back to diving, and coaching a dive teams.” The film, begun two years ago, chronicles the changes in Louganis’ life that brought him into his current role of mentoring in the sport he dominated for so long.

Questions turned to the anti-gay legislation and violent attacks on gay individuals in Russia, causing many in the LGBT community and beyond to urge boycotting the Olympics. Louganis answered directly, “Boycotts don’t work. They hurt the wrong people. I’m an athlete, I’ve lived it.”

Referring to Russia’s infamous law that criminalizes ‘propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors,’ he stated, “What we’ve seen has been heart-wrenching… The important thing is we’re talking about it, and that we keep talking about it. We’re shining a light on what is happening in Russia.”

“Here they are passing these laws that are supposed to ‘protect children,’ and gay children are born every day in Russia,” he concluded. “Who is protecting them?”

Yoruba Richen

Yoruba Richen

Following Louganis’ remarks, John Scagliotti, Emmy Award-winning director of the documentary BEFORE STONEWALL and Programmer of the Pride of the Ocean Film Festival, introduced the other speakers, including award-winning filmmaker Yoruba Richen, and celebrated LGBT community advocate and filmmaker Andrea Meyerson, recipient of this year’s Body of Work Award.

James Pollin, Cruise Director of the Pride of the Ocean cruises and owner of the Pollin Group, unveiled the 2014 fifth anniversary Pride of the Ocean cruise, leaving New York on June 1 and sailing for Bermuda on Norwegian Cruise Line’s brand new ship, the Breakaway.

“We’ve dubbed this year our ‘5th on the 45th’ as we will celebrate Pride of the Ocean’s fifth anniversary on the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Our official title is ‘Selma, Seneca Falls, and Stonewall: Films That Made a Difference.’”

With the release of the Pride of the Ocean 2014 cruise details, passengers may now begin booking for that trip. “We sold out this year,” said Pollin. “Our group doubled in size. We expect the Breakaway cruise to Bermuda to do the same.”

For more information about Pride of the Ocean, visit www.prideoftheocean.com.

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