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Five O-Mazing reasons to book an #OMAGonHAL cruise!

*Disclosure: I paid my own way to sail on the inaugural cruise July 2017 and while onboard I worked with Chico’s, Holland America, and Oprah Magazine .  All blog post opinions are my own. #OMAGONHAL #OMAGINSIDERS #AD

It’s January and in Chicago this week that means single digit temperatures. BRRR. A perennial favorite activity of mine is planning vacations and right now is a wonderful time to plan another Holland America and Oprah Magazine cruise.

All photos by Amy Boyle except bottom right photo by George Burns

I took my first cruise in July on the inaugural #OMAGonHAL journey to Alaska. It was incredible to share the adventure with my fellow passengers. Being a photographer, I was like a kid in a candy store with the Alaskan grandeur at every vista. The ship was the perfect size. The accommodations, dining and entertainment were incredible. The icing on the cake of this particular cruise for me was of course seeing Oprah, Gayle King, Adam Glassman, as well as experiencing all of the OMag programming!

©Amy Boyle Photography

Five O-Mazing reasons to book an #OMAGonHAL cruise:

  1. Daily activities that inform and motivate, such as: Just Breathe, On Deck for a Cause, Let’s Eat!, Reading Room, and Love That!

  2. Go with friends but know that you’ll come home with even more!

  3. Relax and renew – the Greenhouse Spa on the ms Eurodam was a daily delight and the ticket to relaxation!

  4. Be inspired by SuperSoul 100 speakers – We enjoyed ANGELA M. DAVIS, GLENNON DOYLE MELTON and INDIA.ARIE

  5. Change your perspective, and be prepared to make waves for these cruises will change your life!

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Three more chances to sail with #OMAGonHAL in 2018 

7 DAY TROPICAL CARIBBEAN  – March 3rd – 10th departing from Fort Lauderdale

Beauty Director Brian Underwood and Books Editor Leigh Haber will be on board the March sailing!


7 DAY ALASKAN EXPLORER August 11th – 8th departing from Seattle

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7 DAY EASTERN CARIBBEAN  – October 28th – Nov. 4th departing from Fort Lauderdale

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A free trip to paradise? YES PLEASE. 1 lucky person and their guest will have the adventure of their life in the Caribbean, courtesy of @HALcruises and @OprahMagazine – more info and official rules oprah.com/paradisecruise

I said top 5 reasons, but really I could go on for pages. I am a water gal – My husband and I were married on a boat, we sail on Lake Michigan as well as in Cape Cod Bay, I am happiest and most at peace when I am on the water. To take a vacation where you are surrounded by the ocean, natures strength and beauty, as well as pairing that with the level of service the Holland America Line provided has been permanently etched on my soul.

©George Burns 2017

I will be back on a future cruise. I have yet to visit the Caribbean…

Did you hear that, Universe?

Here’s to smooth sailing in 2018!



15 Comment

  1. Sounds like an incredible journey. Can’t wait to sail in August. I have a question, are men on board as well or do most people book with a friend, sister, mother? My hubby wants to come but I’m thinking it may be better with a girl friend or my mom.

  2. This looks like a fun cruise. The scenery must have been incredible. I don’t like the cold but I think a cruise like this would be amazing, especially with Oprah and friends.

  3. Cool! I want to go on a cruise this year but finances might be an issue. I’ll look for this next year! Thanks for all the great pics and review.

  4. We are cruising to the Caribbean in March and now I’m even MORE excited, thanks for all the great info and I sure hope to meet you one of these days!!

  5. This looks amazing. I would love to visit Alaska, it is on my bucket list. I have never been on a cruise before so I am looking forward to adding this to my list!

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