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O, The Oprah Magazine Adventure of Your Life Cruise Sets Sail this Weekend

Holland America Line continues to celebrate O, The Oprah Magazine’s Year of Living Well on a series of previously announced Adventure of Your Life Cruises. The first to set sail in 2018 departs March 3 on a seven-day Caribbean itinerary aboard Nieuw Amsterdam. A collection of the magazine’s editors and hand-selected visionaries are scheduled to join the cruise to share stories, inspire guests and impart their knowledge through special programming.

“We’ve designed the Adventure of Your Life Cruises to be thought-provoking and transformative; and by giving our guests access to some of the foremost experts in their fields, we’re making this cruise a once-in-a-lifetime experience that we hope will be deeply impactful,” said Orlando Ashford, Holland America Line’s president. “We’re thrilled to welcome on board this exceptional group of talent who will generously share their knowledge, secrets and tips with our guests.”

O, The Oprah Magazine’s Publisher, SVP/CRO, Jayne Jamison, will take guests behind the scenes of the magazine during ‘The Making of O’, showcasing what it takes to get from conception to newsstand, while Beauty Editor Brian Underwood will lead O Beautiful! and Beauty Talk sessions. Books Editor Leigh Haber is joined by award-winning author Tayari Jones in O’s Reading Room, which will feature Jones’ latest novel and the new Oprah Book Club selection, “An American Marriage.”

Leading guests in morning meditation and daily intentions at Just Breathe is Elisabeth Halfpapp of exhale mind body spa. Holistic nutritionist Elissa Goodman will present Let’s Eat, focusing on healthy eating habits and wellness. O, Mag Creative Director Adam Glassman will give a special video presentation of Love That providing guests with style and fashion tips for cruising.

Jayne Jamison, O, The Oprah Magazine Senior Vice President, Publisher and CRO
Jayne Jamison

Jamison oversees advertising and marketing initiatives, and develops strategies to drive revenue through print, online and partnerships. Under her leadership, O was named one of Ad Age’s Magazines of the Year in 2016 and also received the MPA’s Kelly Award for Best Magazine Creative/Campaign for Oprah’s Favorite Things in 2017. Among her many accomplishments, Jamison received the American Jewish Committee’s National Human Relations Award in 2010 and was named one of Folio’s Top Women in Media in 2017. Jamison previously cruised with Holland America Line on the July 2017 Share the Adventure cruise to Alaska that featured Oprah Winfrey.

Leigh Haber, O, The Oprah Magazine Books Editor
Leigh Haber

Haber is Books Editor for O, The Oprah Magazine and a coordinator of Oprah’s Book Club. She began her career in book publishing as a news aide for the Washington Post’s Book World. For years she was a publicity director for various publishing houses, and thereafter held senior editorial positions at Scribner, Hyperion and Rodale. Over the years, she has worked with numerous authors, among them Alice Walker, Gloria Naylor, Steve Martin, Al Gore, Terry Gross, Lou Reed and others.

Brian Underwood, O, The Oprah Magazine Beauty Editor
Brian Underwood

Underwood is the Beauty Director for O, The Oprah Magazine and winner of the 2016 Fragrance Foundation Award for Editorial Excellences in Fragrance Coverage (the first non-fashion title awarded this honor in more than 30 years!). With more than 13 years of experience covering beauty and style for national publications, Underwood brings a special focus on uncovering science and evidence-based solutions.

Tayari Jones, Award-Winning Author
Tayari Jones

Jones is the author of several novels, including “Leaving Atlanta,” “The Untelling” and “Silver Sparrow.” Her most recent, “An American Marriage,” will be featured in the onboard O’s Reading Room book club, which will be led by Haber.

A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, she is a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, United States Artist Fellowship, NEA Fellowship and Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellowship.

Elisabeth Halfpapp, Fitness Expert
Elisabeth Halfpapp

As executive vice president of mind body programming, Halfpapp oversees exhale’s mind body programs – managing classes, workshops, teacher trainings and retreats while teaching a robust class schedule and leading offsite escapes. As a member of exhale’s founding team, she leveraged her more than 20 years of teaching to co-create the company’s highly publicized fitness program.

Halfpapp regularly appears as a fitness expert on national TV including NBC’s “Today,” “CBS This Morning,” “Entertainment Tonight” and “Dr. Oz.” Along with her husband, Fred, Halfpapp has created, choreographed and starred in 11 DVDs and has contributed to many online classes on

Elissa Goodman, Holistic Nutritionist and Lifestyle Cleanse Expert
Elissa Goodman

Goodman is a Los Angeles-based holistic nutritionist, lifestyle cleanse expert and author of the international best-seller, “Cancer Hacks: A Holistic Guide to Overcoming Your Fears and Healing Cancer.” Goodman found her calling after a cancer diagnosis at 32 and 21 years of dealing with an autoimmune disease before taking her health into her own hands. Her mission is to educate and encourage healthy, mindful living, helping others embrace the concept that we are a product of what we eat and how we treat ourselves.

The March 3 cruise is roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and calls at Key West, Florida; Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos; Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; and Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s award-winning private island in the Bahamas.

Holland America Line and O, The Oprah Magazine Partnership

Holland America Line and O, The Oprah Magazine’s exclusive partnership unites the soul-stirring power of travel with O’s deep commitment to connection and personal growth. Two remaining Adventure of Your Life Cruises with Holland America Line and O, The Oprah Magazine also will feature members of the magazine’s editorial team, along with visionaries to be announced. The cruises depart Aug. 11, 2018, on a seven-day Alaska itinerary and Oct. 28, 2018, on a seven-day Caribbean sailing.

To further enhance the programming, more than 300 Holland America Line cruises sailing in North America this year offer a variety of engaging activities developed with the magazine’s editors including meditation, exercise, healthy eating, the onboard book reading room and more.

  • ruthie sargent

    I am very interested in considering taking a cruise with Oprah on board with some interactions with passengers

  • Claudette Haynes

    I would love to be on this cruise. what a beautiful way to spend my birthday. It seems like it would be fun, but also inspirational and inspiring.

  • Belinda M Evans

    How do I book this cruise?

  • suzan lewis

    Please send details of the cruise with Oprah and Gayle. Dates/Cost/Activities.
    Thank you very much.

    suzan lewis and daughter, gina.

  • Deloris Harlan

    I would love to take a cruise with Oprah and her staff. I am a school teacher, therefore, I would have to join a cruise during summer months. I am going to purchase O magazine every month to make sure I don’t the summer cruise (if a summer cruise is scheduled in 2019).

  • Julie

    Hi Suzan, the cruise with Oprah and Gayle is sold out, but there is a waiting list. Please contact your travel professional or Holland America Line reservations: 1-855-932-1711. We do have two more O, The Oprah Magazine Adventure of Your Life cruises without Oprah and Gayle, so you can ask about those as well.

  • Susan Sitze

    We are on the waiting list for the January 30th 3 day Girls Getaway Cruise with Oprah and Gayle!! We are so wanting to go on this cruise, but my question is “why can’t anyone tell us where we are on the wait list??” If we are at the top of the list or #500 on the list??? Please let us know!!

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