Yes! The Vegan Woman has been invited to join the vegan cruise of Holistic Holiday at Sea for the third year in a row!
Those of you who have been following our previous posts about this beautiful vegan vacation know that our last two experiences on this Caribbean cruise have been a true delight. With an incredible lineup of leading physicians, top-notch vegan chefs, and health and nutrition experts, I am more than ecstatic to be one of the presenters on the 2016 vegan cruise, filling the vegan lifestyle slot.
What to expect as part of the 2016 Holistic Holiday at Sea experience
This vegan cruise has been running annually for 13 years, and each year the number of guests grows, with last year’s group reaching an impressive 1,800.
This means you will have ample opportunities to meet and socialize with like-minded people. So if you book, make sure to join in on the social events that are offered as part of the program (like the vegan ice cream party, the vegan sushi social, and — if you are single – the vegan singles evening. I personally know a loving couple who met on this cruise).
Where will the cruise sail to?
Using the luxurious facilities of the MSC Divinia ship, the 2016 vegan cruise will set sail on Feb. 27 from Miami, Florida, and will dock at the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas.
What lectures and classes will the program include?
The 2016 program boasts a truly remarkable lineup of presenters who will lead various onboard lectures, cooking workshops, workout and fitness sessions, and Pilates and Yoga classes. If I were to highlight some of the presentations and classes I’m especially looking forward to, my list would have to include:
- Lectures by the founder and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Dr. Neal Barnard. His kick-start and secret addictions lectures are an absolute MUST for anyone looking to truly understand the benefits of a plant-based diet. Those of you who deal with diabetes will also greatly benefit from his fascinating and empowering lecture on diabetes management.
- A series of MUST-HEAR lectures by internationally acclaimed physicians, Dr. Michael Klapper, Dr. Michael Greger, and the China Study author, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, who this year will be joined by his two sons, Dr. Tom Campbell and Nelson Campbell, as well as his daughter-in-law, Kim Campbell, in a series of lectures spanning the medical benefits of a plant-based diet to practical plant-based recipes and discussions about the need for a plant-based, grassroots, national movement.
- Yoga classes by Alese Jones. Fitness classes and presentations by leading vegan athletes and professional competitors such as vegan bodybuilders Robert Cheeke and Derek Tresize; Sessions with the founder of No Meat Athlete, Matt Fraizer, and with physique athlete, Marcella Torres.
The Vegan Woman will be there too!
I’m truly honored and excited to have been asked to be a presenter for the second year in a row. Filling the vegan lifestyle slot, I will be lecturing on two topics:
Difficulties in Going Vegan and How They Can Be Overcome, in which we will explore both food-related and social-related difficulties new vegans face and offer fun and practical solutions.
How Can I Spread a Message of Compassion and Good Health?, in which we will explore simple but effective ways in which each and every one of us can promote ideas of compassion and good health both in everyday life and online.
So if you are planning on joining the 2016 cruise, be sure to stop by and say hello! I’ll be absolutely delighted to see you at one of my lectures.
Also, if you are joining the cruise for the first time, don’t forget to mention The Vegan Woman when you make your booking to claim a $50 on-board credit!
Is the cruise 100 percent vegan?
Two final notes for my dear, fellow ethical vegans: You should be aware that while our group will be very large, and while the organizers of the cruise commit to serving 100 percent plant-based foods throughout the cruise for our group, there will be other vacationers onboard who are not part of our group and are not vegan. This means that although we will dine in separate sittings, there will still be occasions in which you might come across non-vegan foods, such as if you choose to dine in the buffet areas or when you lounge in communal areas across the ship.
You should also be aware that while many of the presenters on the cruise are also ethical vegans, some are solely advocates of a plant-based diet, and this may or may not be reflected in their presentations.
If you would like to learn more about the cruise, don’t forget to explore my detailed reviews of the 2014 and 2015 cruises. You can also watch the video below, and visit the Holistic Holiday at Sea website.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
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