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Enjoy a stellar entertainment line-up for this cruise, PLUS, a celebration of Women Who Have Changed the World.

Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem is a writer, political activist, and feminist organizer. She was a founder of New York and Ms. magazines, and is the author of My Life on the Road, Moving Beyond Words, Revolution from Within, and Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, all published in the United States, and in India, As If Women Matter. She co-founded the National Women’s Political Caucus, the Ms. Foundation for Women, the Free to Be Foundation, and the Women’s Media Center in the United States. As links to other countries, she helped found Equality Now, Donor Direct Action, and Direct Impact Africa. For her writing, Steinem has received the Penney-Missouri Journalism Award, the Front Page and Clarion awards, the National Magazine Award, the Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Writers Award from the United Nations, and the University of Missouri School of Journalism Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism. In 1993, her concern with child abuse led her to co-produce an Emmy Award–winning TV documentary for HBO, Multiple Personalities: The Search for Deadly Memories. In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. In 2016, she and Amy Richards co-produced a series of eight documentaries on violence against women around the world for VICELAND.

Judy Collins

Judy Collins has long inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, with an iconic 55-album body of work, she continues to shine brightly, and new generations are inspired by both her luminescent presence and the spiritual discipline she developed to thrive in the music industry for half a century.

The award-winning singer-songwriter is esteemed for her imaginative interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk standards and her own poetically poignant original compositions. Judy’s stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell's “Both Sides Now” from her landmark 1967 album, Wildflowers, is in the Grammy Hall of Fame, and her dreamy and sweetly intimate version of “Send in the Clowns” won Song of the Year at the 1975 Grammy Awards. She’s garnered several top-ten hits and gold- and platinum-selling albums. And in 2008, artists such as Rufus Wainwright, Shawn Colvin, Dolly Parton, Joan Baez, and Leonard Cohen honored her legacy with the album Born to the Breed: A Tribute to Judy Collins.

In addition, Judy has also authored several books, including the powerful and inspiring Sanity & Grace: A Journey of Suicide, Survival, and Strength, her extraordinary memoir Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: My Life in Music, and Cravings, the no-holds-barred account she shared about her struggle with compulsive overeating to help others avoid having to take the same long, harrowing path to recovery. With Jill Godmillow, she co-directed Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman, an Academy Award–nominated film about Antonia Brico, the first woman to conduct major symphonies around the world. And she remains a social activist, representing UNICEF and numerous other causes.

Now 80, Judy is as creatively vigorous as ever—writing, touring worldwide, and nurturing fresh talent. She is a modern-day Renaissance woman who is also an accomplished painter, filmmaker, record label head, musical mentor, and keynote speaker for mental health and suicide prevention. She continues to create music of hope and healing that lights up the world and speaks to the heart.

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Cris Williamson

Decades before indie labels were the norm, and years before women had any real access to the industry, Cris Williamson and the Olivia Collective were busy changing the face of popular music. In 1975, the twenty-something former schoolteacher recorded The Changer and the Changed for her brainchild, Olivia Records, the first woman-owned, woman-focused record company. Her music and voice quickly became an essential part of the soundtrack of a movement and was the cornerstone of what would become known as “women’s music”—music created, performed, and marketed specifically for and by women. Today, The Changer and the Changed remains one of the best-selling independent releases of all time.

For Cris, the music has always been the vehicle for something larger. Her work appears on a regular basis in books and thesis papers, on radio, and in film. Her albums are part of the curriculum for women's studies courses, and thousands of people who may not even know her name join their voices in “Song of the Soul” around campfires and places of worship. She is embraced by women. She is sampled in hip-hop. Her music is used by midwives welcoming life into the world, while hospice choirs sing her songs in tender sacred escort. “She is often considered a treasure, passed hand-to-hand, person-to-person,” says the Boston Phoenix, “Williamson is a heroic character whose tireless activism continues.”

Today, with 32 full albums to her credit, Cris continues to tour the acoustic circuit, promoting her latest album, Motherland, and adding new material at each juncture. Her performance career has included three sold-out shows at Carnegie Hall and headlining many of the great folk festivals, including Newport, Kerrville, Moab, and Vancouver. This last year Cris and Judy Dlugacz were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed upon them by the Americana Music Association at their annual awards ceremony in the illustrious Ryman Theatre. The award was presented by NPR music critic Ann Powers.

2020 marks the 45th anniversary of The Changer and the Changed. In addition to a full schedule of touring and teaching, Cris will be presenting a handful of Changer and the Changed all-star anniversary shows in select major cities—on land and at sea!

Suze Orman

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Suze Orman is the most listened-to and respected personal finance expert in the world today. She is the author of nine consecutive New York Times Best Sellers, a two-time Emmy Award winner, and a twice-named Time 100 Most Influential People in the world. Not only is Suze the most successful single fundraiser in the history of PBS, raising over $200 million dollars, she also hosted the award-winning Suze Orman Show, which aired worldwide for 14 years. She is the host of the Women & Money podcast.

She is immensely proud of her work in the LGBTQ community, including her public support for marriage equality. She received the GLAAD Vito Russo Award for her TV work in promoting equal rights for the LGBTQ community as well as the Human Rights Campaign’s National Equality Award.

Annise Parker

Victory Fund and Victory Institute president and CEO Annise Parker is the first former elected official to lead the organizations, having served six years as a Houston city council member, six years as city controller, and six years as mayor. She was the first openly LGBTQ mayor of a major American city. One of the Time 100 Most Influential People in the world in 2010, Mayor Parker was named top US mayor and seventh ranked world mayor in 2014 by the City Mayors Foundation.

Mayor Parker was also a member of President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, chaired the US Conference of Mayors Criminal and Social Justice Committee, and was a steering committee member of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. She co-owned Inklings, a lesbian/feminist bookstore, for 10 years and graduated from Rice University with a bachelor of arts degree.

Amythyst Kiah

Born in Chattanooga and now based in Johnson City, Amythyst Kiah’s commanding stage presence is matched by her raw and powerful vocals—a deeply moving, hypnotic sound that stirs echoes of a distant and restless past.

Whether accompanied by banjo, acoustic guitar, or a full band, it’s evident that her eclectic influences span decades, with inspiration from old-time music, alternative rock, folk, country, and blues.

Our Native Daughters, her recent collaboration with Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, and Allison Russell (Birds of Chicago), has delivered a full-length album produced by Rhiannon Giddens and Dirk Powell, Songs of Our Native Daughters (out now on Smithsonian Folkways). NPR described the opening track, “Black Myself,” written by Amythyst, as "the simmering defiance of self-respect in the face of racism.” The supergroup hit the road in July 2019 with a series of special dates that included performances at Washington DC’s Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Newport Folk Festival. Most recently, the group has been nominated for Duo/Group of the Year at the 2019 Americana Honors & Awards.

Amythyst regularly tours the United Kingdom and has performed at Celtic Connections, Southern Fried Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, and SummerTyne Americana Festival. She is a crowd favorite at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in the United States and has shined at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, and opening for artists such as the Indigo Girls, Rhiannon Giddens, Dom Flemons, Old Crow Medicine Show, First Aid Kit, Darrell Scott, and Tim O'Brien.

Provocative and fierce, Amythyst crosses boundaries in a way that is groundbreaking and simply unforgettable.

Elvira Kurt

When Elvira Kurt is not writing about herself in the third person, she’s a Canadian Comedy Award–winning, three-time Gemini Award–nominated stand-up comic and Second City veteran, who has starred, hosted, or appeared in too many TV shows and comedy specials to mention. Except for these: Popcultured with Elvira Kurt on The Comedy Network, the first late night talk show hosted by a woman, which she also created and produced; The Gayest Show Ever, co-created, co-produced, and hosted by Elvira and winner of Best Pilot at the Banff World Television Festival; Queer as Jokes, with Elvira as host and headliner of CBC’s first ever all-gay comedy special; and Big Girl Now!, Elvira’s award-winning one-hour CTV comedy special.

With appearances on everything from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, CBC’s The Debaters, CBC comedy specials from Just For Laughs in Montreal, and the Halifax and Winnipeg comedy festivals to her own comedy specials airing on Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, E!, and Bravo, there’s definitely something for everyone. Elvira headlined LOGO’s One Night Stand Up from Washington DC and hosted the network’s First Comes Love and Cruising the Caribbean with Olivia. On CBC’s The Second City’s Next Comedy Legend, Elvira was a judge along with Joe Flaherty and Dave Thomas; she’s guest starred on Degrassi: The Next Generation, hit the stage in the Vagina Monologues, and been featured in several comedy films, including the multiple award-winning Laughing Matters…More!

In her spare time, ha, Elvira writes comedy for TV, from series like This Hour Has 22 Minutes and Little Mosque on the Prairie to specials, most notably for Ellen DeGeneres on HBO. But that’s not all! Elvira’s toured North America as one of the hottest college acts around, nominated as both US College Comedian and Entertainer of the Year.

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Antigone Rising

In more than 20 years as one of America's hardest-working bands, Antigone Rising has established a far-reaching reputation for sticking to their instincts. While the all-female New York natives’ live performances have earned the long-term devotion of fans, Antigone Rising's passionate social conscience continues to manifest itself in the group's tireless activism. 

In 2014, the band launched the ambitious nonprofit organization Girls Rising, whose live presentations reflect the same passionate belief that drives the trio's music. Throughout the year, Girls Rising partners with local school districts and youth centers to create programming that's designed to inspire and empower young girls and LGBTQ youth through live performances, presentations, and workshops. The band also presents the annual Girls Rising Music Festival and Game Changer Awards, now in its sixth year. The festival showcases female artists the band has mentored, as well as giving these artists opportunities to perform alongside nationally recognized Grammy-winning artists. Girls Rising also awards scholarships to deserving girls established through private donations as well as celebrity grants to local youth created by Melissa Etheridge, Joan Jett, Carnie Wilson, and, most recently, Paula Cole. 

The creation of Girls Rising was originally set in motion after Antigone Rising was invited by the US State Department to travel as cultural ambassadors throughout the Middle East. After touring the Middle East, the band traveled to Asia, Europe, Mexico, and throughout the United States bringing the Girls Rising program to schools, refugee camps, and community centers, spreading a message of inclusion. 

The band’s activism is reflected in much of Antigone Rising’s latest work, as the trio continues releasing singles to download and stream throughout the year. 2019’s “It’s Gonna Be Alright” is an optimistic spin during a time of political unrest. The band’s next release, “Avalanche,” due in late 2019, is an anthem for young girls and women everywhere to stand up and be heard. 

Crys Matthews

Ask anyone in the know about the new generation of social justice music-makers and they will mention Crys Matthews, a powerful lyricist whose songs of compassionate dissent reflect her lived experience as what she lightheartedly calls “the poster-child for intersectionality.”

In her TedTalk about difficult conversations called "Sing, Don't Shout—An Alternative Approach" Matthews speaks about being born and raised in a small town in southeastern North Carolina by an A.M.E. preacher and how she witnessed the power of music from an early age. A former drum major and classically trained clarinetist turned folk singer, Matthews is using her music to answer Dr. Martin Luther King's call to be "a drum major for justice." She is singing out in the hopes of inspiring listeners to have more of those difficult conversations. "Now is the time for a revolutionary love," Matthews says, "a love so profound that it bankrupts organizations who would put their profits before the safety of our children and our citizens, builds bridges to unite us instead of walls to divide us, and changes hearts instead of minds."

A prolific lyricist and composer, Matthews has found inspiration in her surroundings, from driving through the Blue Ridge Mountains to the compelling and heart-breaking love story of Richard and Mildred Loving. Thoughtful, realistic, and emotional, Matthews’ songs speak to the voice of our generation and remind us why music indeed soothes the soul.

Matthews blends Americana, folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass, and funk into a bold, complex performance steeped in traditional melodies and punctuated by honest, original lyrics. Having been compared to everyone from Toshi Reagon to Tracy Chapman to Ruthie Foster, Matthews’ eclectic infusion of genres and songwriting won her the grand prize at the NewSong Music and Performance finals at Lincoln Center in 2017. Her newest project, called These Old Hands, is being released under the NewSong label summer 2019.

Jen Kober

Originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, Jen Kober has energetically bounded onto the national stage, bringing crowds to their feet with her original blend of stand-up, storytelling, and improvised rock-n-roll comedy. Her hard-hitting hour is phenomenally funny—Kober commands the stage and dares you not to laugh. She was the 2016 winner of NPR's Snap Judgement Comedic Performance of the Year for her Girl Scout Cookie story, which went viral upon its release earlier that year.

See Jen now....

  • spinning stories on NPR's Snap Judgement Live Tour
  • as food court maven Brenda on The Middle
  • as Joan on BET's Real Husbands of Hollywood starring Kevin Hart
  • as Judge Selma on Franklin & Bash
  • as Nurse Dena on The Mindy Project
  • as Little Ed on Anger Management with Charlie Sheen
  • knocking out Larry David on Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • in the movie Paranoia with Liam Hemsworth and Richard Dreyfuss
  • in the film Grudge Match with Robert De Niro
  • in the riotous American Reunion as Ingrid
  • in Netflix’s AJ and the Queen with RuPaul and Dead to Me
  • on stage at a comedy venue near you!

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DJ Christie James

Bay Area radio personality and event host Christie James has been rocking a Bay Area mic since 2004. She caught the radio bug after working for the American Forces Network in Sardinia, Italy. Now a military vet and a radio vet, Christie can be heard daily on the new iHeart80s at 103.7 FM in San Francisco and Pride Radio on the iHeartRadio app. Currently she is the executive producer and co-host of The Martha Quinn Show on iHeart80s at 103.7 as well as host of her own midday show from 10 am to 3 pm. Can't listen during the day? Check her out nightly on Pride Radio, from 7 pm to midnight ET.

Christie's versatile style has allowed her to stay consistent and relevant in a changing radio landscape, and her positive vibe taken her on a radio journey to stations all over Northern California. But most particularly, she loves sharing her passion for music with her own Bay Area community, which she does in part by donating time to produce the women's stage for both San Francisco Pride and Oakland Pride. She also works with several charities, including the Chron's & Colitis Foundation, the American Lung Association, and San Francisco’s Queer Cultural Center, to name a few.

DJ KinkyLoops

Heart-thumping beats, an infectious smile, and electrifying blue hair. These words only begin to describe the adaptively talented and passionately energetic KinkyLoops.

Her upbeat personality and in-sync skills equally match her experience. KinkyLoops has opened for Ruby Rose, built her reputation with well-received sets in nine major cities—including San Diego, Palm Springs, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Seattle, and Portland, shook the stage at four different Pride festivals, and held residencies at five influential nightclubs in San Diego, including the Gossip Grill.

Growing up in a musically inclined family, her love for music and a range of influences started at a young age, with old school, house, and funk. That was her gateway for learning to mix as an open-format DJ and start incorporating 80s, 90s, hip-hop, trap, remixes, Latin, the newest hits, and everything in between.

Catch KinkyLoops throughout the West Coast, spreading her passion for music—she is especially known for her passionate and energetic performances. "DJing is about creating the energy of a crowd as a collective, letting people take that moment to let loose and dance getting lost and free of stress on the dance floor...there is no happier moment for me as a DJ."

You can find her playing 4-5 days a week, so come experience KinkyLoops on the Olivia stage and wherever she plays, where her strong work ethic, reputation, and love for the art are evidently expressed.

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