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Kristof on Feb 14, 2017

Grab your chance to cruise alongside Oprah with Holland America Line

The wonders of cruising attract people from just about every walk of life, from the everyday man or woman on the street to the fabulously rich and famous. It seems no one is immune to the charms of a great cruise including Oprah Winfrey, one of the world's most popular talk show hosts. The multi-billionaire TV personality is embarking on a Holland America Line cruise to the icy waters of Alaska this July, as part of a partnership launch between O, The Oprah Magazine and Holland America Line. 300 Holland America cruises will aim to bring the spirit of the magazine to HAL cruisers, incorporating a range of holistic activities including tai chi, healthy cooking demonstrations, meditation and a book club.

Of course, in addition to the onboard activities, guests on this Alaska cruise will be treated to some of the most awe inspiring vistas on earth - one highlight that cruisers are sure to remember for years to come will be gliding through the waters of Glacier Bay, gazing at the immense sheets and chunks of ice which lend an otherworldly feel to the pristinely beautiful bay. If this all sounds like a dream getaway, the good news is that you can secure a spot on the very cruise that Oprah is planning to embark on. Oprah will only be aboard for part of the voyage but passengers may still have the chance to hear her speak, and the astounding scenic opportunities provided by Alaska certainly aren't going anywhere.

Holland America Line is famed for their Alaskan itineraries, but they are far from the only line to offer cruises exploring this magnificent corner of the world. Alaska cruises can be a great way to try a new kind of cruising experience, one that's far removed from the stereotypical ‘tropical islands and fruity cocktails' cruise. Cruises are an increasingly popular way to explore many different parts of the world, from sunny Caribbean shores to the ice laden waters of Antarctica and all kinds of incredible destinations in between.

While Holland America Line offer a low-key classic cruising experience, with an emphasis on onboard lifestyle enrichment, fine art and good service, other lines have their own take on Alaska cruising. Norwegian Cruise Line have a more casual style, allowing guests to customise their time onboard to suit their own tastes and preferences, and Princess Cruises lay claim to old school elegance, promising that passengers will come back new. Oceania Cruises on the other hand offer an ultra luxurious cruise in a smaller, more intimate setting.

Whether you choose to cruise with Oprah or try out one of the other countless cruises that sail to breathtaking destinations across the globe, it's easy to see why this kind of vacation appeals even to those who have it all.

Image: aphrodite-in-nyc, Flickr Creative Commons

While I’m no cruise veteran, I do have a deep love for travel and fond memories of a certain Baltic cruise I went on many years ago… I think cruising is the ideal way to make sure there are no boring bits in your trip - why waste your holiday enduring arduous air journeys when you can cut through the waves in style and comfort?

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