Cruising to Wellness: the 2014 Vegan Cruise of Holistic Holiday at Sea

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So far in parts one and two of my 2014 Holistic Holiday at Sea Vegan Cruise review I have talked about the ship, the facilities, the program, the places we visited, and of course the vegan food. 

But was it all really vegan? You might be asking, and my answer is as follows: 

A plant-based introduction to veganism 

The Holistic Holiday at Sea is a 100% plant-based diet cruise. All the meals that were offered to the guests who were part of the vegan group on-board were strictly vegan and all the lectures encouraged plant-based nutrition. 

This project, established by natural foodist, nutritionist, and author of Greens and Grains on the Deep Blue Sea, Sandy Pukel, actually started off as a purely macrobiotic vacation, and grew to accommodate vegan cruisers with both plant-based nutrition leaders and ethical vegans as part of the line-up. 

The cruise serves as a phenomenal starting point for those interested in curing themselves from various illnesses (such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and Crohn’s disease), those asking to better or maintain their health using the natural power of plant-based nutrition, and those who are seeking to go vegan for ethical reasons. For the later group this cruise is an exceptional, one-of-a-kind opportunity to gain the most up-to-date knowledge on the nutrition aspect of the vegan lifestyle (though some glimpses into other aspects of vegan living prevailed as well).

My top five memorable moments from the 2014 cruise 

1. Meeting some of The Vegan Woman community members on-board

Throughout the cruise, and specifically on its last night, I had the great pleasure of meeting some of our community members. Linda, Katt, Stephanie, Amy, Claudia and Simone – it was such a pleasure meeting you in person!

The Vegan Woman community members
Image: TVW.

2. Meeting and interviewing the phenomenal Dr. Neal Barnard

As some of you already know, Dr. Barnard is one of my biggest heroes when it comes to veganism, and also the man whose lecture on dairy pretty much helped change the course of my life. So you can imagine how honored and excited I was not only to meet him in person, but to also have the opportunity to conduct an exclusive interview with him.

Interview with Dr. Neal Barnard
Image: TVW.

3. The first welcome party

The organizers of the cruise set up quite a welcome party for us on our first night on the ship! Between the great music, dance party, the excitement in the air and the complimentary drinks on offer, you can understand how things got really hot really fast – you can see for yourself in our video.

4. Rubbing shoulders with vegan pioneers and leaders

Some of the greatest moments of the cruise were, without doubt, the personal connections and association with people who I truly admire for their pioneering work in promoting research on plant-based nutrition, and others who I truly enjoy keeping up to date with for their promotion of veganism.

Rubbing shoulders with vegan pioneers
On the left: Medical pioneer, Dr. T. Colin Campbell. On the right: Fitness pioneer, Robert Cheeke. Image: TVW.

5. Alese Jones and Dr. Michael Klaper

Saving the best for last, the biggest “discovery” on the cruise for me was the phenomenal MD, Dr. Michael Klaper; One of the most interesting, passionate, science-based speakers I have ever had the pleasure of hearing, and one of the very first MDs in North America to promote veganism and tackle the topics of animal consumption and illness. 

In addition to having the pleasure of hearing him give one of the most fascinating lectures of the cruise, Scott and I also had the remarkable delight of dining with him and his beautiful fiancée, Alese Jones (a delightful “discovery” by her own right), one of the evenings on-board.

Thank you Alese and Michael for a beautiful evening!

Alese Jones and Dr Michael Klaper
Image: TVW.

Good news! 

And here is the good news that I am absolutely thrilled about: Next year I will be coming back to the 2015 Holistic Holiday at Sea Cruise as one of the speakers…. how exciting is that! 

I am absolutely thrilled and honored to have been asked to present alongside phenomenal leaders of the vegan community and of the health and medical world such as Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Robert Cheeke, and many great others in next year’s cruise

Come meet The Vegan Woman on the vegan cruiseMy two presentation topics will be: 

‘Difficulties in Going Vegan and How They Can Be Overcome’, where I will present common challenges new vegans may face, and how these can easily and positively be overcome (which will include an abundance of tools and practical tips and advice) 

‘How Can I Spread the Message of Compassion and Good Health’, which will deal with ways of helping spread the word for veganism and plant-based diets, both online and in the “real world”. 

You can read more about my presentation topics here, and see the full list of the 2015 presenters here

Hope to see you there!

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Sivan Pardo Renwick

Founder, Director and Chief Editor of The Vegan Woman

Sivan is the founder, director, and chief editor of The Vegan Woman. As a vegan lifestyle expert and public speaker, Sivan leads interactive workshops and online communities that help men and women make the transition into veganism and plant-based diets an enjoyable and uplifting journey.

Sivan is also a writer and contributor on various vegan-living topics, and has been featured on CNN’s Eatocracy, Vegan Weddings HQ, Vegan Views, Vegan Lifestyle magazine, and other national and international platforms.

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