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Caregiver Cruise

 

We can all use a getaway, but what about traveling when your loved one has dementia? It can certainly be difficult, and that’s why Insight Memory Care Center offers a Caregiver Cruise! Both the individual with a dementia diagnosis and their caregiver attend, making the program possibly the first of its kind in the country. In addition to the many benefits a cruise offers – the chance for a vacation, seeing new sights, a getaway – the caregiver cruise provides families with a chance to vacation in a safe and supportive environment.

 

Join Us for the Sixth Annual Caregiver Cruise!

Cruise the Southeast Coast from February 20-28, 2020!

Caregivers are welcome to come by yourself or with your loved one with early stage memory loss. IMCC will provide support during excursions, and respite during days at sea. Personal care assistance cannot be provided by IMCC. We can also help arrange for respite care at home, if needed.

 

Travel Details

   • Grandeur of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International

   • Departs Baltimore on Thursday, February 20, 2020, returns Friday, February 28, 2020

   • 8-night trip to Nassau, CocoCay, Port Canaveral and Charleston

 
Destination & Excursions

   • Enjoy bustling straw markets and glitzy casinos in Nassau, have a perfect day at the beach in CocoCay, explore the Kennedy Space Center in Port Canaveral, and enjoy the southern charm of Charleston!

   • Possible excursions include a helium balloon ride, dolphin encounter, and professionally guided tours.

 
Cost

All inclusive rate of $2500 per person (double occupancy)

Deposit due: November 1, 2019, $1000 per person

Price includes oceanview stateroom on the cruise, taxes, gratuity, excursions, transportation from IMCC to Port of Baltimore and back to IMCC, and IMCC fee for respite care. Drinks and incidentals are not included.

 

Questions? Interested? Please contact Lindsey Vajpeyi at 703-204-4664 or lindsey.vajpeyi@insightmcc.org.

 

About our Cruises

Insight’s first Caregiver Cruise was offered in 2015. We sailed aboard the Grandeur of the Seas down to the Bahamas, allowing 8 couples to enjoy Port Canaveral, Nassau, CocoCay, and Key West. In June 2016 we took another 8 couples on our second annual cruise to New England and Canada. Families enjoyed stops in Boston, Portland, St. John’s, and Halifax. For our third annual cruise, caregivers enjoyed the sunny beaches of Bermuda! We took a glass bottom boat tour, got our toes in the pink sand beaches, and explored the city of Hamilton. We also had some time for shopping, sampling rum cake, and taking advantage of all the amenities onboard the Anthem of the Seas. Our 4th cruise had us returning to New England and Canada in July 2018 for lots of sightseeing, seafood sampling, and fun with Insight friends.

We just completed our 5th Annual Caregiver Cruise! We sailed to sunny Bermuda aboard Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas. We enjoyed the sights, great weather, and a fun, supportive vacation. One of the best parts of the cruise is that families can actually have time to relax. Insight does all of the planning and preparation so that families can just show up and enjoy!

As one caregiver shared, “I really appreciated a group that could take care of each other, so we didn’t have to do it all ourselves, because it’s getting more and more difficult to travel, but it was so well planned and a great respite for both of us.”

Of course, we had plenty to keep us busy too! Whether it was getting to enjoy the sands of Horseshoe Bay, take in the sights on a glass bottom boat tour, or participating in the Love & Marriage Show on the ship, we had many fun activities to enjoy. Or as a caregiver put it: “We had places to go, things to do, fun people to be with, and a little bit of a break from the routine!”

The Caregiver Cruise provides a safe and supportive environment to vacation, so that everyone can relax and have a little fun! You can check out all of our adventures on Facebook!

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