Vegan Cruise – Your Journey to Well-Being

Everything you need to know about the Vegan Cruise!

Join us for the 2019 Holistic Holiday Vegan Cruise and read our highlights from our 2018 Cruise.

Holistic Holiday at Sea presents the ultimate gift for your mind, body and spirit. The 2019 Voyage to Well-being will include a stellar line-up of some of the world’s leading authorities and experts in holistic living and natural health and feature a wide range of holistic health classes, from yoga, fitness and meditation to vegan cooking, animal and environmental advocacy and the latest research into the benefits of a plant-based diet.

Over 150 eye opener lectures and workshops by iconic plant-based doctors such as:  Dr. Neal Bernard, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Michael Greger, Dr. Michael Klaper, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Joel Kahn, and many more.

All this and more while you dine on specially prepared gourmet vegan food and enjoy socials and entertainment each night. Sailing on the elegant MSC Divina from Miami on March 3, 2019, for 11 nights, going to Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Cartagena, Colombia; Cristobal, Panama; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Costa Maya, Mexico; and Cozumel, Mexico.

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When you sign up, be sure to mention our name “Jax Vegan Coupleto receive a discount and early bird registration by April 30th is $300 off.

Rates start at just $1399! That includes all the programming and amazing vegan meals!

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March 3 – 14, 2019 Ports of Call

Highlights from our 2018 Cruise

Read our story below and view pictures from our vegan cruise to the Caribbean Islands in February 2018.

Click Links below to read blog posts about the Plant-based doctors and vegan chefs:

  1. Plant Based Doctors we met on the vegan cruise.
  2. Cooking demos with the Vegan Chefs and pictures of the delicious vegan food.


Below are the details from our Holistic vegan cruise in the Caribbean – February 2018.


We left for Miami and enjoyed a day at the Wynwood Art Walls, South Beach, Chef Chloe’s vegan restaurant and dining at the Biltmore in Coral Gables.  If you haven’t been to these places they are must visit destinations when you are in Miami.

From Miami’s glitzy waterfront skyline to the elegant splendor of Miami Beach’s pastel-coloured art deco extravaganza, from the subtropical wetlands of the Everglades to a choice of stunning beaches giving onto the azure blue of the Atlantic Ocean, this all-American resort is a holidaymaker’s dream. Miami’s year-round sunshine, its cosmopolitan ambience, dramatic glass-and-steel architecture and shopping make it a favorite destination to visit.

Must-sees on your break in Miami not only include the incredible Everglades wetlands area, an important natural habitat for alligators and other marshland wildlife, but also the beautiful, multi-hued art deco district in Miami Beach and the jaw-dropping architecture on Star Island. The city’s long stretch of pristine beach is naturally a highlight in itself.  We loved Southbeach especially at sunset.

We celebrated Valentine’s Day at The Biltmore had a distinctive Old World Glamour and Elegance of The Biltmore. Immerse yourself in the picturesque Biltmore Hotel, where the beauty of the architecture and tropical landscape are the perfect backdrop for your next Miami visit.

Make sure you visit Chef Chloe’s new restaurant Roche Market for all the beautiful vegan eats when you are in Miami.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas US Virgin Islands

Located in the United States Virgin Islands, Charlotte Amalie is situated on the island of St. Thomas and is the capital of the USVI. Elegant 18th century architecture in pretty pastel colours creates the perfect backdrop for walking tours and a pleasant shopping experience.

The key sights of Charlotte Amalie are located within the town center, making it easy to combine sightseeing with what are fantastic retail opportunities due to the large proportion of duty-free shops, hence the island’s status as ‘Duty Free Capital of the World’!

Don’t miss Emancipation Park, named to commemorate the emancipation of slaves in the Danish West Indies in 1848 or the American-Caribbean History Museum for a snapshot of the island’s history. If you’re after relaxation, head to any of Charlotte Amalie’s pristine beaches, where the warm water, white sands and palm trees will ensure you feel you’re making the best of your holiday! More active travellers will wish to browse the fantastic deals and excursion packages for the area – from snorkelling and scuba diving to great ideas for family days out, including a visit to the Coral World Marine Park.

Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis

In spite of its small size, Basseterre had many things to see. The city’s two cathedrals, St. George’s Anglican Church and the Catholic Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in East Square Street, were at the top of the list.

On South Square Street, one can visit the Georgian House, one of the better-preserved examples of local 18th century architecture.  We truly enjoyed fresh mangoes and coconut water at every stop on our island excursion.

Other intriguing destinations to visit in St. Kitts are Romney Manor, the home of the Caribelle Batik, where you can witness the birth of these hand-painted fabrics.  Or visit Wingfield Estate and the botanical gardens.

Admire the perfectly restored structures, the separate kitchen building made with lava rocks, the dining room that seats 16 and overlooks the ocean, and the bathing room with volcanic rocks for heating.

Fort de France, Martinique

Celebrating our anniversary in Fort de France, Martinique – what a beautiful island it was!

Martinique provides the perfect setting for a holiday in the Caribbean – white beaches, coconut trees for shade and luxurious inland vegetation as a background. Less than 20 minutes away from the island’s capital, in Balata, there is a Botanical Garden set up in the heart of the rainforest.

The island has over 3,000 species of tropical plants and flowers that can be observed along trails. Nearby, was the Balata’s Sacre Coeur, a miniature replica of the basilica in Montmartre, Paris.


Gala Night on the Cruise Special indian dinner prepared by the chef for our anniversary.

Watching a beautiful sunset over dinner which was vegetable birayni with chickpeas and papadum and salad.

Bridgetown, Barbados

For more than three centuries Barbados was a British colony and, perhaps unsurprisingly, it retains something of a British feel: the place names, the cricket, horse-racing and polo, Anglican parish churches and even a hilly district known as Scotland.

Saw the most beautiful rainbow over Barbados while we were doing yoga overlooking the ocean.


Barbados is covered by a patchwork of sugarcane fields and dotted with tiny rum shops. Calypso is the music of choice, flying fish the favoured food, and influences are as likely to emanate from America as from Europe.

Meanwhile the people of Barbados, known as Bajans, are as warm and welcoming as you’ll find anywhere. Among the more traditional attractions of a travel to Barbados are the island’s evocative plantation houses, colorful homes, botanical gardens, and proud military forts and signal stations.

The capital Bridgetown makes for a lively place to visit, with an excellent national museum and great bars and clubs.

Then there are the beaches, from the often-crowded strips such as Accra Beach and Mullins Bay to tiny but superb patches of palm-fringed sand like Bottom Bay in the southeast.


Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe

Pointe-à-Pitre is home to many charming small markets, including the Central Market, the Flower Market, and the Keruland Port Market.

Next, tackle an excursion to the Soufrière Volcano and to the three waterfalls of Carbet nearby. French relics can be admired at Fort Delgres, built in 1650 to defend Guadeloupe from the British.

Passengers of an MSC Holistic vegan cruise will also be able to admire the Domaine de Valombreuse Botanical Garden. Inserted between the mountains and the sea, it is a riot of tropical plants and flowers, which only a few other gardens in the world can equal.

To get a full taste of the spirit of the island, make sure to visit the Musée du Rhum in Sainte-Rose during your stay. Housed in the Reimonenq Distillery, it reveals the techniques and secrets of the making of rum.

You can view a series of historical tools used for cutting, working and transforming sugar cane into rum, as well as old incisions, objects and documents.

Between island hopping, excursions, sightseeing, feasting on gourmet vegan food, relaxing on the cabins balcony to going to the spa, we had an amazing trip.

With Sandy Pukel president of the Holistic Holiday Vegan cruise.

Eating exotic, gourmet, vegan food daily from delicious breakfast, lunches and 7 course dinners.

Holistic Holiday at Sea truly was a wonderful, relaxing vacation experience. With over 45 teachers and 150 classes, this cruise was beyond amazing. Curious about what a typical day was like with these plant based doctors?

We had classes from 7 am to 10 pm every day. As soon as you wake up, you had 5 choices at every hour: yoga, meditation, running, pilates, stretching, you name it! At 9 am lectures started: cooking classes, panel discussions, and so much more. We had book signings and social events. The days were jam-packed.

Being on this cruise was such an amazing experience to be amongst thousands of compassionate people in the Caribbean Sea!
– hearing the amazing expert lecturers by famous doctors
– doing yoga classes on deck in the morning sun and rainbow
– sitting in on cooking classes and food tasting
– being able to eat all plant-based, no-oil meals prepared by chefs
– meeting and spending time with other plant-based lifestyle like-minded people

It was an honor to meet so many amazing experts in the field of plant-based medicine.

Dr. T. Colin Campbell,  the author of the best-selling book, The China Study and Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition. With more than 70 grant-years of peer-reviewed research funding (mostly NIH), he has authored over 300 research papers on diet, nutrition and health derived from laboratory-based experimental research and large-scale human studies in China and the Philippines.  Had several conversations not only with Dr. Campbell, but his wife, son Nelson and daughter in-law Kim.

Dr. Michael Greger is a founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, a physician, author and internationally-recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety and public health issues. He has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in the defense of Oprah Winfrey in the infamous “meat defamation” trial.

Rip Esselstyn is the founder of Engine 2 and a Healthy Eating Partner for Whole Foods Market. At Engine 2, Rip develops and implements plant-based programs that transform people’s health worldwide.
Rip was a three-time All-American swimmer at the University of Texas at Austin and spent a decade as a world-class triathlete. Rip’s New York Times bestselling book, The Engine 2 Diet, documents his success and shows the irrefutable connection between a plant-based diet and good health. His follow up, Plant-Strong, became a #1 New York Times bestseller.

Dr. Neal Barnard is the president and founder of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. He is the editor-in- chief of the Nutrition Guide for Clinicians and the author of more than 15 books on nutrition and health for lay readers. His research has been cited by the American Diabetes Association and the American Dietetic Association in official policy statements on healthful diets.

Dr. Michael Klaper is an acclaimed physician and health educator, known for his illuminating and humorous presentations on reversing disease and enhancing health through better nutrition. A long-time radio host and author, Dr. Klaper currently practices nutritionally-based medicine at True North Health Center in California. His talent for presenting complex medical topics in a simple, enjoyable format has made him a sought-after speaker at health conferences across the country as well as internationally.  We had amazing conversations over lunch with Dr. Klaper and his wife Alese.

Dr. Joel Kahn has been plant-based for 40 years and is known as “America’s Healthy Heart Doc.” He has expertise in both interventional and preventive therapies emphasizing lifestyle changes. He combines his university professorship with his love of patients, making his presentations sought after coast to coast. He is the author of three books, including The Whole Heart Solution.


We had heard so much about James Aspey and were thrilled and delighted to meet him the first night on the vegan cruise.  Had several conversations with him and Carly over the next 10 days and were amazed with how much he has accomplished.  James was diagnosed with leukemia and T-cell Lymphoma in 1994. After being told he had six weeks to live, he endured intense chemotherapy and remains in remission to this day. Now, over a decade later, James is vegan and an animal rights activist from Sydney, Australia. In 2014, he embarked on an unprecedented and life-changing challenge. James took a 365 day vow of silence to raise awareness for animals and promote peace over violence. He traveled throughout Australia and cycled 5,000 kilometers from Darwin to Sydney for his campaign, Voiceless365. He broke his vow of silence on Australia’s most popular morning TV show in an iconic, live interview that was viewed by millions. Since then, James has shared more about his past, including a history of drug abuse and bulimia, and his road to full recovery. In 2016, he was tattooed for 24 hours straight to raise money for charity, and he has given over 150 free speeches on his journey. One of his speeches has over 11 million views online, and the list of people inspired by James is long and growing every day.

Daily yoga sessions, pilates, cardio and meditation were done overlooking the ocean and rainbows too.  We had classes 7 am to 10 pm every day. As soon as you wake up, you have 5 choices at every hour: yoga, meditation, running, pilates, stretching, you name it!  At 9 am lectures started: cooking classes, panel discussions, and more. We had book signings and social events. The days were jam-packed with activities and educations seminars.

Cooking Classes

We learned how to get started and keep it interesting with beginner and advanced vegan cooking classes taught by Julieanna Hever, a Registered Dietitian who has authored Vegiterranean Diet and the best-selling book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition. Julieanna has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, The Steve Harvey Show, Reluctantly Healthy, The Marie Osmond Show, The Jane Velez-Mitchell Show, and E! News, co-stars on The Chef and the Dietitian, and lectures extensively throughout the world.

Kim Campbell is the author of The PlantPure Nation Cookbook and The PlantPure Kitchen. Kim is also the Director of Culinary Education at PlantPure, Inc., where she works with her husband, Nelson, promoting a whole foods, plant-based diet.

Jessica Porter is an exciting and interesting teacher/author, but much more she is the funniest lady I know and has a way of transmitting important life enhancing wisdom with a humor that is truly uplifting.

Meeting with Chef Mike Hanna – Sandy and head cruise chef Mark Hanna published a cruise cookbook, Greens and Grains on the Deep Blue Sea, which features the recipes served by Mark during the cruise.


Sandy Pukel – President of Holistic Holiday at Sea Vegan Cruise