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Updated 2018 Ports of Call & Ways to Support Recovery Efforts in US Virgin Islands

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Holistic Holiday at Sea Port of Call 2013

There’s just a little over three months to go before February 15–25, 2018, when the 15th Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise sets sail. We are looking forward to a great event! We are sold out, except for a few suites. If you would like to come, but haven’t booked yet, we do have a wait list in case rooms open up! Email your name, phone number, type of room you would like, and the number in your party to info@lorrainetravel.com.

As many of you know, our original itinerary was changed by MSC Cruises due to the damage to several islands caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. With those islands focused on recovery efforts, MSC arranged for us to visit alternative destinations further south and east, in order to ensure a great vacation experience. We’re especially excited about the four ports that we will be visiting for the first time, and also about returning to St. Thomas, one of the favorite ports of past guests.

Since 2004, Holistic Holiday at Sea has been traveling throughout the Caribbean, and we feel deeply about the communities that were affected by the hurricanes. We’d like to update you on what MSC Cruises is doing and Holistic Holiday is planning in this regard.

First, we applaud the MSC Group—including the Mediterranean Shipping Company and MSC Cruises—for their engagement in both short- and long-term relief efforts, including procurement and complimentary shipping of needed goods to support the Caribbean islands most impacted by the hurricanes. These efforts are ongoing and will continue as MSC helps the Caribbean recover as quickly as possible.

Holistic Holiday at Sea president, Sandy Pukel, will be donating some of the proceeds of an onboard raffle to the recovery efforts. There will be lots of great prizes, so this is another way to contribute and hopefully win something, too!

A number of you have asked about what you can do to help. St. Thomas is the only port we will be visiting that was impacted by the hurricanes in September, and recovery efforts are well underway. Stay tuned for more updates on what we can do to help the people who feel like family in the Caribbean.

The Updated Itinerary

The MSC Divina will depart from Miami, Florida, and head to the following ports of call in the southeastern Caribbean:

  • Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI
  • Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis
  • Fort-de-France, Martinique
  • Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe

You can view the itinerary here.

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 part made possible by the extension from seven days to ten. “There is extra time so we will not be pressed to fit everything in,” says Sandy Pukel, HHAS president.

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.

The Ports

Basseterre (Photo courtesy of MSC)

Basseterre (Photo courtesy of MSC)

Charlotte Amalie on the island of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands was founded in 1681 by Danish settlers. What was then a colonial trading post is now a bustling town. The Three Queens Fountain honors three important women who led a successful 1878 labor revolt against the Danish Government: Queen Mary, Queen Agnes, and Queen Josiah. Listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, Charlotte Amalie features charming cobblestone alleyways and 17th century Danish fortifications. The combination of old and new is any history buff’s dream.

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.

Bridgetown, Barbados

Bridgetown (Photo courtesy of MSC)

Formerly the town of Saint Michael, Bridgetown is on the southwest coast of Barbados. Known for its British colonial architecture, Bridgetown has many historic sites, such as Morgan Lewis Windmill (last operating sugar windmill in Barbados), St. John’s Parish Church, National Heroes Square, and the oldest Jewish synagogue in the western hemisphere.

A city on the island of Grand-Terre in Guadeloupe, Pointe-à-Pitre is a fashion hub with a vibrant marketplace. The smell of aromatic spices will greet you in the marketplace where you can find locally woven fabric and fresh fruits and vegetables. Beautiful French architecture awaits you, such as the Cathédrale de St-Pierre et St-Paul, nicknamed the “Iron Cathedral” because of its iron girders.

Caribbean Hurricane Relief Organizations

US Virgin Islands Recovery

Here you can donate directly to St Thomas and “100% of your donation will benefit those in crisis” (via Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands).

Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has been operating in the USVI for more than 25 years. It has supported past relief efforts in the region and is working closely with government and community providers to identify priorities and direct resources for immediate needs as well as long-term recovery efforts.

YouCaring 21 US Virgin Island Relief Fund

Former San Antonio Spurs basketball star Tim Duncan, who grew up on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, created the 21 U.S. Virgin Island Relief Fund when Irma hit the island. Now, in the aftermath of Maria, the fundraising goal has been increased to $5 million. Duncan matched the first $1 million in donations. $2,742,158 has been raised so far by 21,538 donors. The goal is $5,000,000.

Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)

CDEMA is a regional, inter-governmental agency for disaster management in the Caribbean. Members include the Virgin Islands, Barbuda and Dominica—all territories devastated by the recent storms. Donations to the CDEMA Hurricane Relief Fund will be used to purchase relief supplies and support early recovery and rebuilding efforts.

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by these hurricanes and we will continue to update you on our efforts to ensure an amazing experience for our guests and support efforts of rehabilitation in the US Virgin Islands and other Caribbean islands.

Want to Win a Vegan Cruise? Here’s How!

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What’s the only thing better than spending ten days sailing to exotic ports in the southeastern Caribbean on Holistic Holiday at Sea’s vegan cruise? Doing it absolutely free. This summer, we are going to make that happen for two lucky people!

Introducing our Summer Sweepstakes, open to all first-time Holistic Holiday at Sea guests! At the close of the sweepstakes—which runs July 10 through August 11—one winner will receive two complimentary cruise tickets for our special 15th anniversary Holistic at Sea Voyage to Wellness, February 15–25, 2018. Whether you’re a seasoned vegan or just becoming curious about plant-based nutrition, this experience is perfect for you.

Yoga for all levels.

It’s a life-changing conference, celebration, and vacation—all rolled into one! More than 150 lectures and workshops will be offered by leading authorities in plant-based living and animal advocacy. Featured presenters include Rip Esselstyn, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Ingrid Newkirk, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Michael Greger, and Gene Baur, among many others. When you’re not attending lectures and participating in fitness activities, make your way to one of the dining rooms where talented chefs prepare gourmet plant-based meals three times a day—or stop by the vegan buffet for a more casual meal.

Exciting ports of call include Martinique; St. Kitts and Nevis; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Freeport, Bahamas. Choose an excursion in advance, or enjoy exploring the islands on your own.

Gene Baur

Aboard the luxurious MSC Divina, you’ll have no trouble finding something that sparks your interest, whether it’s a dip in the hot tub, game in the casino, or a breath of fresh air from the deck to greet the sunrise. Meet like-minded individuals and create memories that will last a lifetime. Enjoy nightly entertainment, socials, and lots of chances to hit the dance floor.

Your first Holistic Holiday at Sea will coincide with our 15th anniversary celebration, which will be full of reasons to celebrate. We recently put out a history of our vegan cruise on our blog that shares some of our fondest memories and facts that show just how far the plant-based movement has come since 2003.

In addition to two tickets, the winner will also receive tickets to free Cooking Boot Camps, yearly membership to Plant Meal Planner by Hannah Janish (“High Carb Hannah”), signed copies of the “No Meat Athlete” Matt Frazier’s books, signed copy of Robert Cheeke’s Shred It!!! and more!

Find out more information and enter the sweepstakes here. We’ll see you soon!

Let’s Get Physical: Fitness & Mindfulness on the Ship

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Holistic Holiday at Sea Fitness-2Vegan WNBF Pro Bodybuilder Derek Tresize believes that “Holistic Holiday at Sea’s emphasis on fitness really sets it apart from other cruise and getaway programs out there.”  

He’s not alone in that train of thought. In addition to enjoying delicious vegan cuisine and world-class presentations, guests on the annual Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise have come to expect first-rate fitness and mindfulness activities. From Qi Gong to total-body conditioning, attendees can choose from a range of classes and consultations led by plant-based athletes and instructors throughout the cruise.

There is such a wide range of classes available, that cruise goers of every type of fitness level can find activities suitable for them. Larry Krug is a certified personal trainer and masters triathlete with 46 years of experience. He has attended every Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise since the first ship embarked in 2004. “One of the things that’s great about the cruise is that we run the gamut of athletes and non-athletes,” says Larry, a cancer survivor who has been involved in competitive endurance sports for many years.

“If you’re a triathlete, you’re getting ready for season… There’s a real fitness component that you would not find normally on a regular cruise. There is a morning ‘Run, Walk, Stretch’ that I’ve organized and we have regulars every year who are getting ready for their season, as well as people who just want to walk around in the morning and greet the Caribbean.”

Holistic Holiday at Sea Larry Krug

Larry Krug leads Run, Walk, Stretch

Getting to the Core of It

In addition to the classes they lead individually, Derek Tresize and Marcella Torres will jointly instruct two active courses called “Total Body Conditioning” and “Prehab and Rehab: Exercises to Support Pain-Free, Long-Term Fitness” where guests can participate or just come and watch. “Total Body Conditioning” is a rigorous boot camp style class that focuses on the upper body, lower body, and core. “Prehab and Rehab” covers the most common areas of the body that lead to dysfunction and guests can walk away with simple daily exercises to stabilize and strengthen.

Derek says that since the cruise’s focus is on health, “physical fitness is absolutely essential, because the only thing that outranks it in its ability to improve your health is nutrition, which the cruise also covers!”

Marcella adds, “An active lifestyle will allow you to enjoy all the extra years a plant-based diet will get you!” Marcella will lead “Healthy, Happy Hips” in which participants will stretch, activate, mobilize, and strengthen these important muscles.

Angelica Kushi will guide students in yoga and meditation classes that incorporate physical movement, breathing, meditation, and philosophy based on Tibetan Buddhism. Furthermore, she says, her classes are really about living with compassion and love. “Within my classes I offer options for different levels, but the classes that are labeled intermediate have more challenging poses and sequences,” she says. “I encourage people to just come, participate by being there with their heart and mind, and to do what is right for their body for that day. It’s totally fine if you need to do savasana the whole class! But you do have the option to get sweaty!”

Sitting is the New Smoking

Master Pilates Teacher Bianka Steinfeldt believes, “Sitting is the new smoking.” She explains, “Humans are designed to move, but in this modern world we are hardly moving. Well, we use our fingers to type, our gluteus to sit, but that’s it. So it is no surprise when a nine-year-old is already complaining about back issues … Great food and exercise work in combination to a better life, and here you get both in a fantastic package and wide variety.”

Join Bianka in Pilates and yoga classes, as well as a workshop called “Diaphragm and Breathing” that takes a close look at what happens when we breathe during exercise. (Did you know that the diaphragm is a muscle and should hold your body weight? It’s really strong!)

Balance for Better Wellbeing

Holistic Holiday at Sea Meditation and MindfulnessPhysical activity is just one of the many aspects of our health-focused programming aboard. For more than a dozen years, Marcus Gary has instructed Medical Qi Gong classes in the Oakland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles areas. On the ship, guests can take his class “Looking and Feeling Great at Any Age with 5 Organ Qi Gong.”

When asked about his philosophy for this class, Marcus responded, “We are all doing something in life. This is what we all have in common. The fundamental component for getting anything done is energy. For someone to be visionary it takes energy. To plan well it takes energy. To be happy takes energy. Qi Gong is a health system that serves to increase the energy we need to get things done and to unblock the flow of this energy. Our goal in our classes is to help our students understand the practical every day application of Qi Gong.

Chandrakant Hiester leads a variety of yoga and stress-reduction programs, including Amrit Yoga and Amrit Yoga Nidra, nationally and overseas. He says, “The most significant contribution you can make to personal, family and community wellbeing is to live your life with less stress. All of the sessions offered on our holistic cruise are specifically designed to provide the ‘tools’ and the direct experience of being profoundly at ease on all levels; physical, mental and emotional.” On the cruise, he will teach lectures and classes embodying this philosophy. Chandrakant says many returning guests report a reduction in stress from utilizing the skills taught onboard.

Take the Stairs Instead

This will be Robert Cheeke’s sixth consecutive year leading group fitness classes on the cruise. He’s been a plant-based athlete for more than 20 years. In “Functional Fitness,” Robert will perform exercises that engage upper and lower body muscles and the core in movements that we do on a daily basis. For example, lunges can help strengthen muscles for climbing the many flights of stairs on the ship. Push-ups utilize our arms, chest, and shoulders, which are useful in swimming (in case you go snorkeling on an excursion).

Holistic Holiday at Sea Marcus Gary and Robert Cheeke

Marcus Gary (left) & Robert Cheeke

“Simple Exercises and Nutrition Tips to Keep Your Body Toned and Give You More Energy Year Round” is an hour-long lecture that Robert presents on board that gives guests the tools you need to achieve your health and fitness goals. He says “In general, physical activity, especially some form of moderate to vigorous exercise, will help enhance bone density, strengthen and tone muscles, increase cardiovascular conditioning, improve circulation, and often increase energy as well.”

While, Robert says, the typical vacationer will burn fewer calories than normal and consume more calories than usual (equating to a cruise ship industry average of about seven pounds of weight gain over a seven-day cruise), this cruise is a bit different. Chefs prepare nutrient-dense foods and there are many ways to stay active. “There are classes from morning until night, with three major meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), and sitting will be something you’ll do a whole lot of. Getting out and going for a walk in the morning, doing a little dancing at one of the nightly pool deck parties, or climbing a lot of stairs, will be some ways you can offset all the time spent sitting in a chair.” You can also workout in the gym onboard.Holistic Holiday at Sea Fitness-3

Book Today!

Want to feel your best and experience a unique cruise ship vacation that helps you on your path to wellness? Book your spot on our 2017 Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise, which runs March 11–18. Check out our full list of presenters, and start planning your schedule now with our 2017 Cruise Program.

Merry Macrobiotics: Healthy Eating for the (Holistic) Holidays

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No matter the holiday you’re celebrating this month, you’re sure to be running around from party to party (or possibly hosting your own!) where your vegan or macrobiotic diet may be put to the test. Sugar, white flour and dairy products like eggs and milk seem to dominate the holiday party ingredient list for most, but there are plenty of options out there to keep your plant-based diet on track.

If you’re hosting a party for a number of people, One Green Planet offers great suggestions for plant-based meals that serve many but don’t take a lot of time. These meals include vegan casseroles, hearty vegetable soups and filling salads that are sure to please all of your guests.

Want to stick to a more traditional holiday menu? Dreena Burton shares recipes for vegan versions of holiday favorites like plant-based “dressing” and vegan “gravy” on her Plant-Powered Kitchen blog.

We all could use more inspiration and motivation to stay healthy this holiday season. Cruise presenter Matt Frazier from No Meat Athlete addresses this very topic on a recent Epic Holiday Extravaganza podcast (including “why holidays with non-vegan family members get easier over time”…so it’s a can’t-miss episode!)

strawberry martini cocktail

“Making spirits bright” can apply to holiday vegan cocktails as well, as 2016 cruise presenter Sivan Pardo, the Vegan Woman, shares 10 vegan cocktail recipes to keep you and your guests content.

Finally, our Greens and Grains on the Great Blue Sea Cookbook can come in handy multiple ways this month. Use it to prepare your family meal or give it to a friend who is just beginning their plant-based lifestyle journey.
Happy holidays to all of our plant-based friends out there!

Happy Macrobiotic Halloween!

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Happy Halloween: Sweet Vegan Treats for the Holiday

Any holiday can be a challenging one when you’re trying to avoid meat or dairy products. Halloween proves to be particularly challenging for those of us adhering to a whole foods, plant-based or a macrobiotic diet. Before you take the little ones (or yourself) Trick or Treating this Halloween, remember that many candies are not vegan and may contain animal by-products, most notably gelatin and marshmallow.

Huffington Post Green has put together an extremely helpful list of non-vegan Halloween candy that you may want to browse before knocking on your neighbors’ doors.

We also recommend the following macrobiotic recipes and products for those striving to be a haven for vegan trick-or-treaters on Halloween:

Mitoku Rice Syrup Candies – From the Kushi store, flavors like lemon, ginger and peppermint are sure to satisfy your macrobiotic sweet tooth. And it gets even sweeter – they’re extremely affordable!

Macrobiotic Crispy Rice Treats – Here’s a recipe from Food.com that you can break out all year long. Rice syrup and vanilla extracts help to bring the sweetness to this macrobiotic treat!

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies – Thanks to the Dainty Pig for introducing us to this macrobiotic cookie recipe. The pumpkin spice gives you that extra punch of fall flavor!

We’ve also compiled some macrobiotic sweet treats on our Holistic Holiday at Sea Pinterest Board for you to enjoy. We’ll continue to update this board and welcome your suggestions on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

In short, don’t get “tricked” into eating animal by-products this Halloween; instead, enjoy these vegan and macrobiotic treats with your friends and loved ones.

Vegan Love Boat Article Featured in Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine

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If you’ve been on our cruise before, you know that the Holistic Holiday at Sea voyage brings thousands of like-minded people together in a comfy but contained space. So what do you get when you combine singles from all over the world with a vegan travel experience designed for folks who live a whole foods plant-based life? ROMANCE!

To get the inside scoop of how two siblings met their respective matches aboard our holistic, vegan cruise, be sure to check out Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine’s September issue where cruise attendee Melissa Karpel shares her (as well as her sister’s!) story of finding love on the high seas.

Single or not, if you’re interested in traveling with us in 2016, be sure to check out our Rates and Booking Information now. Our Early Bird Rate expires on Friday, October 9…and who would want to miss out on saving money?

The Rise of the Vegan Athlete

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With their toned muscles and determined stares, athletes have long been the picture of health and success. Vigilant in their training and nutrition, athletes’ dedication to fueling their active lifestyles has made headlines (for better or for worse) for decades. Lately, we’ve seen a steady rise in athletes who adhere to a plant-based diet. Below we share a round-up of recently lauded vegan athletes who are gaining as much attention for their diet as they are for their sporting accomplishments.

Scott Jurek

If you’ve been near your computer, TV or radio this summer, then you’ve surely read or heard about ultramarathoner Scott Jurek who set the speed record for completing the Appalachian Trail in 46 days, 8 hours and 7 minutes on July 13, beating the previous record by 3 hours. In a recent interview with Bon Appetit magazine, Jurek credits sandwiches, hash browns and ice cream for fuel on the trail while he tends to opt for smoothies, pancakes and salads back home. Jurek shares his love of cooking in his book Eat & Run, a great source of recipes for runners and non-runners alike!

David Carter

“Very early on I was taught that if I wanted to be big and strong there was only one way to go about it.  You guessed it—eat meat and the more the better.” These words, taken from David Carter’s bio on his website, are sentiments we often hear from athletes. If you’re not familiar with Carter a.k.a. The 300 Pound Vegan, he’s the NFL defensive lineman who has made headlines recently for signing a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears after recent stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders. Like Jurek, Carter also sites smoothies as being a great source of fuel for his active lifestyle. White beans and sunflower seeds are also favorites of Carter, whose vegan meal plan can be found at Care2.

Mark Hunt & Mac Danzig

Just recently, UFC heavyweight fighter Mark Hunt announced he would be switching to a vegan diet after seeing an animal cruelty video on Facebook. While his announcement occurred only days ago, we hope Hunt will remain true to his word and join other combat sports fighters like UFC Lightweight Contender Mac Danzig in giving up meat for good. Danzig credits brown rice, quinoa and black beans as important staples of his vegan diet while admitting he still enjoys the taste of vegan junk food now and then!

Holistic Holiday at Sea Vegan Athletes

We’re excited to welcome several top-performing vegan athletes on our upcoming vegan holistic cruise. We welcome back vegan bodybuilder, author, entrepreneur and multisport athlete Robert Cheeke who will participate and host several exercise-related classes and lectures while on board. Also sharing his expertise about vegan fitness tips on our 2016 cruise is Matt Frazier a.k.a. The No Meat Athlete, whose upcoming lecture will inspire you to set and reach goals in all areas of your life. Vegan bodybuilder Derek Tresize will certainly be a busy man during the 2016 cruise, between teaching three classes and participating in an informative Q&A with fellow vegan athletes. Tresize’s scheduled classes will emphasize taking optimal care of your body, including tips for pain-free fitness, posture, and total body conditioning. Tresize will be sharing his expertise alongside his wife, Marcella Torres, also an accomplished vegan athlete herself. Torres’ talents include bodybuilding, dancing and running the popular blog Vegan Muscle and Fitness…that is, when she and Tresize are not running after their three-year-old son!

While you may not have plans of becoming a professional athlete anytime soon, it’s important to educate yourself on proper nutrition and self-care for an active lifestyle. We’re looking forward to learning more on this topic from our cruise presenters in 2016!

Vegan Travel: Tips & Destinations

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According to Google Trends, interest in veganism is on the rise, which proves the search for “veganism” online has more than doubled in the past six years. Despite the increased popularity of veganism, navigating through small towns or traveling (we’re talking to you, airports!) can prove to be challenging for those of us who live a plant-based life. Luckily, there are many resources available online to help you adhere to your lifestyle and diet goals. Here, we have compiled a list of vegan travel destinations and tips to help as you continue to make your summer plans.

Prepare Your Food on the Go

Earlier this month, The Today Show reported on long-haul Mississippi truck driver Bobby Anderson, who lost 65 pounds by cooking his own vegetarian and vegan meals while on the road. Though more preparation is required when you’re not relying on a drive thru for your next meal, Anderson proves the health benefits are worth the extra effort. Consider making your vegan meals in advance and putting them in storage containers for easy transportation. Want to make fresher meals on the go? We suggest investing in a portable stove like a Jetboil or MSR Whisperlite for long road trips and using one pot vegan meal recipes, like these from blogger Vegangela. Relax by spending your lunch break at a picnic area at a park or rest stop where you can cook your own meals.

Visiting a Small Town as a Vegan? Never Fear!

So you live in New York City, but your in-laws live in rural Kentucky. While you may think vegan options are limited, a recent post by cruise presenter, The Vegan Woman, shows otherwise. Tips from this post include knowing vegan items carried at various grocery stores, getting creative in the kitchen, asking restaurants about ways to accommodates vegans, and being upbeat about the hurdles you may face. If you’re not sure about independently owned restaurants in your small town destination, check out PETA’s suggestions for vegan meals at chain restaurants like Applebee’s, Chili’s and more restaurants common to large and small towns.

Choose a Trip that Nourishes Your Vegan Lifestyle

Instead of working around obstacles to travel as a vegan, why not travel somewhere that caters specifically to vegans! We encourage you to check out our next holistic vegan cruise happening February 26 – March 5, 2016. If you’ve traveled with us before, you know the cruise is a perfect travel option for those of us who prioritize our health and fitness on a daily basis, with cooking classes, fitness classes and educational seminars taught by leading experts.

Can’t wait until February? We suggest attending the Global Roots Conference in the Dominican Republic from October 15 – 22, 2015. This one week health retreat focuses on the benefits of adhering to a whole foods, plant-based diet and features cooking classes, exercise classes and excursions. You may recognize some familiar faces, like Global Roots Conference Executive Director Dr. Leanne Campbell, daughter of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, as well as Dr. T. Colin Campbell himself who will also be speaking at the conference.

If you are interested in combining your love of travel with your love of a holistic, vegan lifestyle, contact us today to inquire about our next cruise!

Celebrate a PlantPure Nation This 4th of July

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It has been exciting to see the progress of Nelson Campbell’s film PlantPure Nation, which profiles the multitude of benefits from adhering to a plant-based diet, since it premiered on our 2015 cruise in March. If you attended our holistic, vegan cruise this year, you know the documentary was met with enormous support from our attendees, and we’re happy to see that feelings were mutual from those who viewed the film during its 23-city nationwide sneak-peek tour. We’re also grateful to those of you who donated to PlantPure Nation’s successful Kickstarter campaign, which raised over $163,000! The funds raised continue to provide the resources critical to bringing this breakthrough documentary to more cities and towns across America. Furthermore, this funding also will enable an innovative social/philanthropic strategy to help launch a grassroots movement around the idea of plant-based nutrition, perhaps the most exciting idea shared by the filmmakers during the cruise.

Saturday, July 4, marks the official release of the film as it will again be screened in each of the 23 cities toured. After that time, PlantPure Nation will continue to roll-out in over 100 cities following the initial release. The national tour continues this summer  with several West Coast screenings. You can continue to help the PlantPure Nation movement by sharing the release of the film across your social networks.

While the time to see the documentary is now, we’re certain Nelson Campbell will share his stories from the film’s impact during his presentations on our 2016 cruise. Visit Nelson Campbell’s biography on our website to learn more about his scheduled presentations for the 2016 cruise.

Join Holistic Holiday at Sea President Sandy Pukel: “Live Vegan Vibrantly”

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President of Holistic Holiday at Sea Sandy Pukel, along with over 20 of the world’s most renowned plant-based experts, will be included in the “Live Vegan Vibrantly” online series starting May 27th. This free online event will feature interviews with doctors, chefs, athletes, best-selling authors and others who are leading the plant-based, vegan lifestyle movement, several of whom are past cruise presenters. Interviews will be hosted by Laura Christine Sainz as she speaks with each expert to address the benefits of living vegan…vibrantly!

Sandy and the Holistic Holiday at Sea team invite you to join this free online event. See his note below, including more details and a link to sign up!

Dear Friends,

I’m excited to share and participate in this unique and powerful event featuring experts that tell their healing life journeys, successful career paths, and knowledge for a healthier world. I’m featured alongside over 20 of the world’s leading plant-based educators including world renowned doctors and researchers Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Neal Barnard, and Dr. John McDougall, Emmy-award winning vegan chef Christina Pirello, Chef AJ, world-class athletes, best-selling authors, celebrity health coaches, energy healers, mouth-watering recipe bloggers, and many more!

My friend, health educator and CEO, Laura Christine Sainz, is conducting interviews with each speaker, addressing critical questions that can help you discover how to: 

• Prevent cancer, disease, illness, mentally, physically and psychologically
• Reduce stress, successfully incorporate daily meditation, and live with purpose
• Prepare and cook easy and delicious meals every day for you and your loved ones
• Shift negative belief systems into positive pathways in order to heal your mind and body and connect to your true passions and dreams
• Become a certified whole-food, plant-based lifestyle health coach
• Visit farm sanctuaries, save animals one plant-based bite at a time, and find out how to help heal and sustain our beautiful planet Earth
• Eat foods in abundance that heal your body from the inside out and live with vitality! 

And much more!

I’m thrilled to be part of the Live Vegan Vibrantly worldwide event, and I’m happy to give you an exclusive invitation to watch this event for free!

Click here to claim your spot in Live Vegan Vibrantly 

This incredible, one-of-a-kind event is your chance to access free education on how to easily embrace a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle. We have come together to give you the simple truth, backed by scientific evidence, to embrace a new paradigm of health consciousness, and reverse our current world health crisis, the destruction of our environment, and alleviate the suffering of all living beings. Our present standard diet is a primary cause of most degenerative disease. Illnesses such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, stroke and many cancers are largely preventable. Embracing a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle is the road map to ultimate health, vitality and happiness. Join us and learn how to rejuvenate your body and life from the inside out!

Sign up now for free for the full event!

Sandy Pukel
President, Holistic Holiday at Sea

Live Vegan Vibrantly

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