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Be in awe of this vegan cooking cruise by Holistic Holiday at Sea. You will have full schedule of vegetarian cooking classes. Broaden your knowledge by the cruises over one hundred lectures, classes and workshops covering a wide range of holistic health topics. Scientists, speakers, famous chefs and other experts will be around and guide you to make sure this will be one-of-a-kind holiday.
Participants may choose to stay in inside cabin or ocean view cabin, deck 5 on double occupancy.
17:30 All passengers must be on board
19:00 Departs Miami
Holistic Holiday at Sea will be offering a variety of shore excursions at each of the ports of call. These will include relaxing, natural and cultural tours suitable for older and younger guests, as well as more active and sports-oriented excursions for those who prefer a little more excitement.
From Miamis glitzy waterfront skyline to the elegant splendor of Miami beachs pastel-colored 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 holidaymakers dream.
Miamis year-round sunshine, its cosmopolitan ambience, dramatic glass-and-steel architecture and fascinating hinterland have made it popular as a holiday destination in the United States for people all over the world regardless of the season.
Must-sees on your break in the United States 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 citys long stretch of pristine beach is naturally a highlight in itself.
Charlotte Amalie is situated on the island of St. Thomas and is the capital of the United States Virgin Islands. Elegant 18th century architecture in pretty pastel colors 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 islands status as Duty Free capital of the world!
Dont 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 islands history. If youre after relaxation, head to any of Charlotte Amalies pristine beaches, where the warm water, white sands and palm trees will ensure you feel youre making the best of your holiday! More active travelers will wish to browse the fantastic deals and excursion packages for the area, from snorkeling and scuba diving to great ideas for family days out including a visit to the coral world marine park.
Named in 1521 by Ponce de Leon, San Juan, Puerto Rico still lives up to its name of "rich port." It is a port rich in history, culture, food and beauty. As soon as you step off the boat you will be greeted by the sights and sounds of a bustling town bursting with personality. Amble down the narrow cobblestone streets to purchase handcrafted art from cheerfully painted colonial storefronts. Afterwards, you can lounge at a sidewalk cafe watching the vibrant town as you sip on a margarita. Take a walk to the massive fort El Morro and cool off in the subterranean passageways and hidden rooms of this sprawling edifice, named a UNESCO world heritage site.
Walking around San Juan, it is easy to be entranced. Around every corner is a significant historical site, a local eatery, boutiques and interesting cultural sight. The hillier elevations provide sweeping views of San Juan perfect for photo opportunities. When you're tired of walking, there is always an elegant plaza nearby with benches and a fountain. This small island packs a punch with an incredibly diverse landscape.
Sunny beaches give way to upland tropical rainforests. Year-old high-rises share the island with 300-year-old towns and 1,000-year-old trees. With over 300 miles of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, a large tropical rain forest, and dry cactus forest filled with its charm and warm people, Puerto Rico really has something for everyone.
A beautifully preserved city with Victorian mansions, cathedrals and 18th-century fortresses, Nassau is an entrancing port of call. This flat island is located in the north-eastern part of the island of new providence in the Bahamas and covered by pine-tree woods, lakes and swamps. In the north there are wonderful beaches, tourist ports, golf courses and many other venues for leisure and free time.
Once off the ship, you will discover Nassaus weather-beaten, ancient forts and fine local and international crafts and goods from handmade lengths of batik to Rolex watches. Also explore the queen's staircase, 66 steps lead to a breathtaking panoramic view. An abundance of smart casinos, cabaret shows and cruise ship docks make Nassau a vibrant center for entertainment as well as commerce, and a memorable stop during your vacation.
This vegan cooking cruise starts from Miami, down to Charlotte Amalie in Virgin Islands, to San Juan in Puerto Rico and back to Miami.
During your 7-day cruise with Holistic Holiday at Sea you will dine in a continental atmosphere in the new MSC Divina's elegant dining rooms, staffed with attentive, well-trained waiters. Your food will be expertly prepared with care and attention to detail under the strict supervision of Mark Hanna, an internationally known natural food chef who has cooked at yoga retreats, meditation centers and macrobiotic and vegan conferences around the world. Mark will personally design the menu and create the recipes.
Meals will be non-dairy, vegan/natural cuisine and organic when possible. Desserts will be sugar and dairy-free and prepared by our own pastry chefs. Macrobiotic quality, organic/naturally fermented condiments such as miso, shoyu, umeboshi and sun-dried sea salt will be used exclusively. Non-dairy and sugar-free beverages will be served. Our Holistic Holiday at Sea menu is 100% vegan.
We offer an optional diet for those working with a health provider or counselor on a specific health issue. This fare usually consists of specially prepared dishes with less salt and no oil and no flour. Please tell us what your dietary needs are and we will do our best to accommodate you.
We also have many gluten-free options, including side dishes, entres and desserts for guests with gluten sensitivity. Additionally, we offer an oil-free menu as advocated by restorative cardio-vascular health authority Caldwell B Esselstyn, M.D. Please ask the waiter to show you to the seating area for those with special dietary needs.
Although we offer a formal sit-down menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, a wide variety of raw and cooked foods is available on the breakfast and lunch buffets. Some raw foods are also available on the sit-down dinner menu.
Sample recipes from chef Mark Hanna:
Blueberry peach crumble
Kasha cabbage roll with mustard sauce
Shiitake pat with rice crackers