It’s been a little over a month since our 2017 Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise returned to the port in Miami. Friends from cruises past were reunited and strangers became close pals. (Not to mention all the sparks flying from the love boat!) Seven days were jam packed with lectures, socials, excursions, and amazing plant-based food, and we know so many of you have kept the momentum going even long after you returned home.
Ten Days of Plant-Based Fun
We are excited to say that there are new ports of call for next year’s Holistic Holiday at Sea, which is extended from a week to ten days. “There is extra time so we will not be pressed to fit everything in,” says Sandy Pukel, HHAS president.
In 2017, we traveled to Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Mexico, and the Bahamas. Historically, the cruise has alternated between the Eastern and West Caribbean, but for our next cruise, there will be primarily brand new ports.
In 2018, the MSC Divina will depart from Miami, Florida, and head to the following ports of call in the southeastern Caribbean: St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda; Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis; Fort-de-France, Martinique; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Freeport, Bahamas. You can view the itinerary here.
Lectures will take place when we are not at a port so the maximum amount of time can be allotted to exploring these new places. Giving guests many opportunities to see new sights and learn about different points of history is an important part of the cruise’s mission. “Different cultures are always educational and exciting to experience,” says Sandy.
St. John’s, the capital of Antigua and Barbuda and the first settlement on the island, is famous for its festive farmers markets, colorful architecture, and rum. Guests love relaxing on the sandy beaches (Antigua has 365!) or snorkeling in the waters below. The white baroque towers of St. John’s Cathedral can be spotted along the skyline.
Founded in 1627 by the French, Basseterre (French for lower ground) is one of the oldest towns in the Eastern Caribbean. The capital of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Basseterre attracts visitors for its beaches, resorts, and marinas. One of the two centers features a green clock tower and water fountain known as the Piccadilly Circus, or the Circus.
Many visitors to Martinique’s capital city of Fort-de-France check out the Fort St-Louis, after which the city was named. Beach goers will not be disappointed as there are many spots to lounge by the water. Exports of Fort-de-France, Martinique, include rum, bananas, cacao, and pineapples.
St. Maarten is a constituency country controlled by the Dutch, about 230 miles east of Puerto Rico. We will travel to the capital city, Philipsburg. St. Maarten is the southern part of the island, and St. Martin is the northern part controlled by the French. European influences abound with these two island colonies that share the same 37 square miles. With more than one-and-a-half miles of white-sand beaches, you’re sure to spot elegant heron and pelicans.
Road Town, on the tropical island of Tortola, is the capital of the British Virgin Islands. It was once occupied by pirates, the Dutch, and the English. There’s an easy going vibe and lots to do! On the island of Grand Bahama in the northwest Bahamas you’ll find the city of Freeport. Just 80 miles from Palm Beach, Florida, Freeport is home to many white-sand beaches.
“The new ports were chosen after viewing different itineraries. These ports seemed the most exciting—truly the ones you read about as the exotic ports of the Caribbean, but could not visit in the usual seven-day sailing.” By summer, we will post information for all the excursions available at each spot.
And 2018 isn’t just any cruise—it’s our 15th anniversary celebration! Check out the blog next month for a special look at these past 15 years.
Super Early Bird Special Ends at Midnight May 25
Book by May 25 for the cheapest rates we will offer. Reserve a spot so you won’t miss out on any of the exciting new exotic ports, excursions, and 15th anniversary excitement!