Holland America's Oprah Cruise Will Feature Special Singers and Speakers

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#21
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I must be one of the exception to all of you that are opposed to an Oprah themed cruise. My political leanings are not aligned with Oprah but I booked on one of her cruises intentionally after hearing about her themed cruises.

I'm a frequent cruiser and have cruised on Holland American Line in the past but currently I mainly cruise on RCCL. Maybe if I didn't cruise so often I wouldn't want to share my time with enrichment lectures while vacationing, but I do cruise often and I think this will add another dimension to my upcoming trip.

BTW I won't cruise with the Oprah themed cruise until March 2018.
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#22
New Cumberland,PA, USA
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Originally posted by KirkNC
Another example of Orlando not understanding what his core base wants.
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That is one cruise we will avoid like the plague....but do wish HAL well (we are stockholders).

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#23
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Originally posted by Hlitner
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That is one cruise we will avoid like the plague....but do wish HAL well (we are stockholders).

Hank
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Ditto ... ditto (ditto) ...
#25
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In fairness to Oprah, I can't think of any celebrity-focused cruise I would want to be a part of. One of the things I love most about being at sea is getting away from the constant barrage of media "noise" about famous people and their opinions. It's just so nice to focus on the natural world instead. So another one here who would avoid an Oprah cruise.
#26
San Mateo, California
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Glad to see the list because I just booked a HAL, and do not want to be on an Oprah intensive trip her political activities have turned me off complete to her.. Luckily the cruise I have selected is not listed, I would changed it ... necessary.
#29
Montreal / Stowe
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Originally posted by Roz
When I think of Oprah, I think self-help, not political. I don't think the purpose of these cruises is to launch a campaign.

Roz
I am not an Oprah fan but don't understand the nasty comments .

Originally posted by KatnipKris
I must be one of the exception to all of you that are opposed to an Oprah themed cruise. My political leanings are not aligned with Oprah but I booked on one of her cruises intentionally after hearing about her themed cruises.

I'm a frequent cruiser and have cruised on Holland American Line in the past but currently I mainly cruise on RCCL. Maybe if I didn't cruise so often I wouldn't want to share my time with enrichment lectures while vacationing, but I do cruise often and I think this will add another dimension to my upcoming trip.

BTW I won't cruise with the Oprah themed cruise until March 2018.
We are also looking at this cruise . If I was convinced it was not going to be a Oprah love-in with hordes of her followers ,we would probably book. Extra enrichment options that we could take or leave would be a good thing . Prices are good .
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#30
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Originally posted by sail7seas
There is talk Oprah might run for President in 2018. Hopefully sh e and all her cronies will be too busy to sail. Does Orrlando really think this kind of policital conneciton is a great idea? I hope not. Maybe someone will clue him in. Maybe the'll hink it fine if she c ampaaigns aboard . That could saave HAL lots of money. Have her make campaign speeches in show loung e instead of hiring singers and dancers.


As much as some from U.S. might hate that scenario, or even love itt, I cannot imgine what those from other couuntries would t not like it much iff i ended up on an Oprah cruise if I forgogt to ksk when I booked..


There is no presidential election in 2018...alternative facts. Where is your source for where Oprah says is considering a run for president?


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#32
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Originally posted by kittinfeld1966
We booked 7/15 cruise because it was the only one going to Alaska that week where we could book a verandah/inside across from each other for 5 people last minute (30 days out). Thanks Oprah!
#33
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The problem here (forgetting Oprah) is that you will likely have a large "group" on a regular cruise (not chartered). So what does this mean to the cruiser on that ship who has no interest in the Oprah related stuff? There is a limited number or decent public venues on any ship. When you have a large group, they take over some of those venues (on a regular basis) which denies their use to the remainder of the passengers. If the Oprah group has entertainment or speakers in the main theater...it means that venue is not available for the normal activities. If one decides to go up to the Crows Nest (or what is left of the Crows Nest) for a drink...you may find that its closed on several evenings for a "Private Group."

Forty+ years of cruise experience has taught us to avoid any cruise (on any line) that has a large group on the ship. Sometimes you will not even know about a large group until you are on the ship...but this is the exception.

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#34
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Since I posted about a month ago the Oprah cruise in March has gone way up .
Now Oprah isn't for me but maybe the haters are wrong about what some people want.
Is it possible HAL's big shots aren't all that dumb ?
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#35
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Was on a cruise a few years ago on Niew Amsterdam with a group called The Nation. We did't know about it. Couldn't seem to get away from them and I wouldn't want to do that again, just like to get away and relax.
#36
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I understand why we would be loathe to be on a cruise that is dominated by a large group, but I do not think this is the case with Oprah Winfrey. She has no interest in public office, I doubt she has harmed anyone, and I heard her speak (on TV) at the memorial service for Maya Angelou. She described how being distraught one day she phoned Maya who told her "Oprah, stop crying, you believe in God who put the rainbow in the sky." We'll pray. Not everyone who wrote against Oprah may be a believer, but if you are, I wish you had heard the rest of the tribute.
#37
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Originally posted by Dunelm
I understand why we would be loathe to be on a cruise that is dominated by a large group, but I do not think this is the case with Oprah Winfrey. She has no interest in public office, I doubt she has harmed anyone, and I heard her speak (on TV) at the memorial service for Maya Angelou. She described how being distraught one day she phoned Maya who told her "Oprah, stop crying, you believe in God who put the rainbow in the sky." We'll pray. Not everyone who wrote against Oprah may be a believer, but if you are, I wish you had heard the rest of the tribute.
I did not mean anything against Oprah, I admire her greatly and would love to meet her and I am a believer,
#38
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Originally posted by KirkNC
Another example of Orlando not understanding what his core base wants.
Gosh, isn't this just one cruise? Perhaps if will attract like minded Oprah followers, but the next week there will be another sailing, perhaps with featured speakers on Russian ballet, for example...you never know, do you?

Don't see the fuss and blaming HAL for trying something new. Who cares, we all choose the activities we want to attend, be it needlework, Bridge, ping pong. This could start a thread about "doozy" HAL speakers..I could name a few, and many are boring!

My first cruise, a TA on the Nieuw Amsterdam, the shows were aimed at a pre WW2 audiences..hey, they were old but not that old! And how about the screaming worn-jean wearing musical cast on the Eurodam? Hip hop isn't that appropriate on a TA.

MESSAGE: lower your expectations and go to the movies or the Dance lounge...if you get the wrong speakers or performers: you will still have a great cruise for a myriad of other reasons.
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#40
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I want to clarify my previous remarks . My issue is not with Oprah....but simply with any cruise that hosts any large special interest group. Large groups demand special treatment...which includes the ability to reserve public lounges (and other spaces) for their exclusive use (i.e. Private functions). That means that others on that cruise are closed out of multiple venues. Consider being on a HAL ship...where perhaps you have previously enjoyed a late afternoon cocktail in the Crows Nest (yes, I know that HAL is now destroying this venue). So you go up to the Crows Nest to discover a sign, "Closed for Private Function." You go the next night. and again encounter that same sign. Of perhaps you want to book an early Fixed Sitting and are told, "sorry its full because the XXX group has taken all the tables."

This, and more, can happen on any cruise that hosts a large special interest group. So, unless you are part of that particular group....you might consider a cruise where you are not treated like a 2nd class cruiser.

Hank