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Vegan Caribbean Cruise Sets Sail February 15: Travelers can choose from a variety of health-related experiences

Holistic Holiday at Sea, which has organized vegan cruises for 15 years, is now registering for its 2018 cruise on the MSC Divina, which will depart Miami on February 15, tour the Eastern Bahamas, and return on February 15. Ports of call will include St. John, Antigua and Barbuda; Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis; Fort-de-France, Martinique; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Freeport, Bahamas.

National Geographic Traveler has called Holistic Holiday at Sea “one of the 100 best worldwide vacations to enrich your life.” Since 2004, more than 15,000 people have joined the cruise, which is best described as a conference, vacation and wellness retreat, all in one. Travelers can choose from a variety of health-related experiences, including classes taught by experts on plant-based nutrition and lifestyle; fitness and mindfulness workshops; exotic ports of call; and gourmet vegan dining.

Sandy Pukel, president of Holistic Holiday at Sea, says he came up with the idea for a vegan cruise after four decades of conducting health educational programs in Miami. “No one minds learning when they’re having a good time,” he says.

In 2004, the first ship set sail from Port Everglades with 410 people. Next year, for its 15th anniversary, the cruise is expected to host more than 1,850 guests and feature more than 40 presenters and 150 classes.

Holistic Holiday at Sea is located at 434 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, FL. For information, call 1-800-496-0989 or visit