As many of you know (if you follow along with me on Instagram!) I recently took my mom on the Oprah Cruise and today I’m finally going to dish the details of our experience!! I also documented a good portion of the trip which we turned into a vlog for you to view below!!! Actually, some of you may know a little bit about the trip already as I briefly mentioned our cruise in my blog on pumping and storing breast milk while travelling (check out my 8 tips, here!). So today, I thought I would give you the low down on how everything went!!
My mom and I have ALWAYS been massive Oprah fans, since the time her talk show first aired back in the ’80s!! I’m sure many of you are very familiar with Oprah, so I don’t need to go on about how inspiring she is and why I love her so much! Needless to say, meeting her has always been a dream of mine! Back in 2009, I actually took both of my parents to see her last show in Chicago and while we didn’t get to meet her that time around, it was still such a cool experience as we have always been mega fans!
One day a few months back, I was cruising Instagram and I came across this cruise by Holland America … THE OPRAH CRUISE!! I was immediately intrigued and quickly checked out all of the details as I knew this would be so special for my mom. She has had a few tough years recently and we haven’t had much mother-daughter time lately so I didn’t hesitate to book the tickets. I purchased these back in July and kept them a secret until my mom’s birthday in November. Make sure to watch the video below as I got the whole surprise on camera … and there were a few tears!!
Fast forward to February and this mama-daughter duo was OFF!! I had only ever been on one cruise before this and to be honest, I swore I would never step foot on another cruise again after my first experience because it was so terrible!! So, I was completely unsure of what to expect! Well, this cruise (as I mentioned above) was with Holland America (and no, this isn’t a sponsored post!! 😜 ) on their brand new ship, the Nieuw Statendam!!
The Nieuw Statendam was gorgeous and the colour scheme was RIGHT up my alley! We’re talking whites, and creams, with nice little pops of colour. The service and food were seriously INCREDIBLE!!! I couldn’t believe how may vegan and vegetarian options there were! My mind was totally blown!! The casino and the entertainment on board the ship were top notch as well!!
The cruise was seriously everything you would imagine it to be … other than the fact that I pictured mom and I sitting down with Oprah talking about life, with a glass of champagne in hand … and her inviting us to her vacation home in Hawaii … LOL!! While that didn’t happen … mom and I DID get to meet Oprah very quickly (and snag a photo!!) and we had the opportunity to hear her speak … which was nothing short of amazing!!!
I think mom and I would both agree that listening to Oprah speak was one of our favourite memories from the trip … she shared SO MANY valuable lessons (which I’m going to share with you in another blog post … coming soon!!) … and we left feeling totally invigorated. I felt (and still feel) so inspired … not only to be a better person myself but to read more and help OTHERS more. It was ridiculously inspirational and I can’t WAIT to share my favourite bits and pieces with all of you.
It was all such an amazing experience and on top of that, mom and I got to spend 5 full days together which was so overdue. We have the best time and were able to really bond on this trip. The last time we took a mother-daughter trip together it was a little bit chaotic and I wasn’t very relaxed and I felt a bit high strung. So this time together was needed. At one point I remember thinking how much I missed the kids and then it hit me … that I AM my mom’s little girl, HER baby … and it makes me emotional writing this because one day I know that Annie and I will be in the same situation. Annie will grow up and she will move out and start her own family and we won’t get the same quality time as we have now.
When that hit me, I knew I had to be fully present with mom and to really take the time to connect with her. I think this is important for EVERYONE to do … and it doesn’t have to be going on a cruise with your mom … it could be going out for a drive … grabbing ice cream cones for the road while looking at houses … or, it could be going on a little day trip somewhere close.
So all in all, this experience was truly amazing. In fact, it was so amazing that it completely changed my view on cruises and Justin and I are thinking of planning a family cruise at some point. I think cruises are really one of those things that you either love or hate and this one was on for the books. It was so great! Thanks, Oprah!!! LOL!