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egtmedia59A published author who joined almost 2000 nudists (1866 to be precise) on a dedicated nude cruise aboard Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam has written a book about his experiences.

Mark Haskell Smith had never been on a cruise ship before and says he had never even been interested in cruising.

“But this wasn’t just any cruise,” he wrote in Britain’s Independent newspaper.

“This was the Big Nude Boat, a special charter offered by Bare Necessities, the premier ‘nakation’ (a portmanteau of ‘naked’ and ‘vacation’, but you probably figured that out) travel agency.

“Not only that, the cruise was on board the Nieuw Amsterdam, one of the Holland America Line’s more luxurious ships, which meant this was the deluxe version of non-sexual social nude recreation. Meaning nudism. Or naturism.”

Smith says he is fascinated by subcultures and seafaring nudists comprise one.

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He has previously written five novels and a nonfiction book about cannabis connoisseurs.

Having finished the cannabis book, Smith claims that when he revealed he was going on the nude cruise, his wife reacted this way: “First you’re stoned all the time and now you’re going to be naked? Why can’t you write a book about cheese? You like cheese.”

The average age of naked cruisers was mid 60s, Smith adds. He is a little younger than that – in his late 50s. He lives in Los Angeles.

‘Naked at Lunch: The Adventures of a Reluctant Nudist’ by Mark Haskell Smith is published by Atlantic Books)

Written by Peter Needham

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  1. Hi Peter, I have translated your story ( see below) and I am going to publish it in Italy.. Pior to receiving your consent, Regards, Mario

    Uno scrittore che ha fatto una crociera dedicata al nudismo integrale di 1866 passeggeri sulla Holland America Line Nieuw Amsterdam ha scritto un libro sulle sue esperienze.

    Mark Haskell Smith non era mai stato su una nave da crociera prima e dice che non era mai stato interessato alle crociere.
    “Ma questo non era una crociera qualsiasi”, ha scritto sul quotidiano britannico Independent.
    “Questo era il Big Nude boat, un charter speciale offerto da Bare Necessities, il premier ‘nakation’ (un portmanteau di ‘nudo’ e ‘vacanza’) non un’ agenzia di viaggi.

    “Non solo, la crociera era a bordo della Nieuw Amsterdam, una delle navi più lussuose della Holland America Line, il che significava questa era la versione di lusso non sessuale ma ricreazione di nudo sociale . Nudismo. O naturismo. ”

    Smith dice che è affascinato dalle sottoculture e seafaris ( safari marino) due in uno!

    In precedenza ha scritto cinque romanzi e un libro di saggistica su intenditori di cannabis.

    Dopo aver finito il libro di cannabis, Smith afferma che quando ha rivelato che stava andando in crociera di nudismo, la moglie ha reagito in questo modo: “Prima hai lapidato tutto il tempo e ora stai andando a denudarti? Perché non scrivi un libro sul formaggio? Ti piace il formaggio! ”

    L’età media dei crocieristi era sui sessanta, precisa Smith . Lui è un po più giovane – verso la fine dei 50 e vive a Los Angeles.

    ‘Nudi a Pranzo”: Le avventure di un nudista riluttante” di Mark Haskell Smith è pubblicato da Atlantic Books

  2. Peter stories are peculiar and most of the time amusing .

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