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May 29, 2011

Ron Scheinberg, Contributing Writer

Last month I returned from an exciting one-week cruise that was held from February 27 to March 6, called “A Holistic Holiday at Sea.” This year’s annual adventure took place on a luxury Italian ship that left from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and toured the Caribbean. The cruise had stops in Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Mexico.

The cruise was about offering a relaxing and educational vacation with many classes and lectures on holistic living and natural health. Many of the topics included diet, cooking, acupuncture, homeopathy, massage, and spiritual practices such as chi gong, yoga, and meditation. All of the food was vegan, vegetarian, and macrobiotic and was prepared by a great chef. The best part? All of the food was amazing. Also, there were many social events, such as a pizza night (using Daiya cheese) and several ice cream nights (using Coconut Bliss), along with a large dance party on the closing night—with, of course, more Coconut Bliss ice cream.

As part of the program, the cruise features many nationally known and respected speakers. This year, the most prominent cruiser was T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study and recent co-star in the groundbreaking film, Forks Over Knives, who gave several very interesting talks. He came with some of his family, including his son Thomas, who co-authored The China Study. On one of the talks, the father and son duo presented together, and it was interesting to hear them speak side-by-side on the same stage.

There were also many great classes on vegan and macrobiotic cooking. A couple of classes were taught by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, author of several popular vegan cookbooks. Christina Pirello, who wrote several books on veganism and is a prominent voice in promoting a vegan lifestyle, also taught classes.

In all, there were over 900 people in the group amongst about 3,000 total passengers. It was definitely a fun and worthwhile experience, and such a great way to meet like-minded people. I would definitely recommend the experience to fellow Northwest VEG members.

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