Join our Caregiving Cruise: November 11-15, 2013

CruiseChris (@thpurplejacket) had a great idea last fall: Let’s get together for a caregiving cruise.

So, he’s been working hard these past few months to make it happen. And, it’s happening!

Join Chris and I as we set sail on November 11 for a four-day cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Sky. We leave from Miami and then head for three stops in the Bahamas before returning to Miami.

This cruise is for both members of and helps you begin again when caregiving ends.

Our cruise will be a get-away that includes support for you on your caregiving journey. Not only will we enjoy a break at sea but we’ll gather each morning we’re sailing for a one-hour workshop, including a Three-Word Journaling class led by me. On our first night together, we’ll meet for a one-hour cocktail party.

In addition to special pricing for our cruise, members also will receive a $25 onboard credit which can be used toward excursions, drinks and gift shop purchases. The cost of the four-day cruise, which includes your accommodations, meals and our workshops, begins at $345 per person for an oceanview stateroom. A deposit of $250 per person is due at time of booking. You can pay the remaining balance in installments, with final payment due on September 1, 2013. You can book your caregiving cruise vacation here.

If you’d like, please feel free to bring your caree on our cruise. Our travel agent (Gerard Desmarais Cruises Inc.) can assist with your special needs.

Traveling alone? No worries! Our travel agent can find you a roommate. Or, consider rooming with another member of who has become a good friend.

Our travel agent also can help arrange your airfare and transportation to our cruise.

Please feel free to talk about the cruise in our Caregiving Cruise group. We’ll also share updates and details on what we’re doing to make this cruise one to remember.

Book your caregiving cruise vacation here.

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About Denise

I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues. I've written several caregiving books, including "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again." You can purchase my books and schedule a coaching call with me in our store.

8 thoughts on “Join our Caregiving Cruise: November 11-15, 2013

  1. Beverly Huffman

    What a wonderful Idea, is there any respite available on the cruise? I sure could use a break away for some fun and relaxation. I am new to this site and appreciate finding others in similar situations.

    • Profile photo of DeniseDenise Post author

      Hi Beverly–We’d love for you to join us! This is our first cruise so we’re not offering any respite simply because we want to make sure we know what we’re doing. :)

      Can you tell more about your situation? I can recommend ideas for respite for your caree at home so you can take a break.

      And, please join us here. :) After joining, you can participate in our support groups, our weekly chats and connect with our other members.

  2. Profile photo of PegiPegi

    OMG, what a marvelous idea. My husband has been talking about taking a cruise for the past few years. I never felt it would be safe enough with his health issues. Once we get through this latest crisis will discuss this with him. Would be a wonderful way to relax and have some fun with others in similar situations. Not to mention being able to meet our fellow caregivers face to face; too much!

  3. Annie

    This sounds just perfect. But do you think you might have a turnout of “Godspeed Caregivers?” or young adults caring for parents? I find my situation to be unique (although there must be others out there somewhere!) in that at 26, I have no family left. I was the solo caregiver to my mother and then to my grandmother and they passed exactly 1 year apart, the last of which was October 2012. I want to go on this cruise to give and receive support, and being an airline employee, it is within my financial means.

    • Profile photo of DeniseDenise Post author

      Hi Annie–Yesterday, I had the thought: I need to publicize our cruise on AfterGiving, which is our site for those who begin again after caregiving ends.

      So, my short answer is YES! We’d love you to join us.

      I’m so glad you’ve joined us here. is also a resource for you. Although the site is smaller, it’s growing and it could be a nice place for you to talk about your grief and your transitions. I’d love for you to blog there. If you’re up for it, just let me know. :)

  4. Sue Bonhagen

    I hope there will be more of these planned in the future. What a nice relief for my brother and I. Great price too!


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