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.
A Wonderful 6th Annual Caregiver Cruise!
We cruised the Southeast Coast from February 20-28, 2020
Between soaking up the sun in CocoCay, checking out wildlife on the Florida coat, and browsing the historic district of Charleston, we had a great time on our recent Caregiver Cruise. Check out more of our adventures on Facebook!
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 and seafood sampling, and our 5th cruise in 2019 brought us back to sunny Bermuda to enjoy the sights, great weather, and fun with Insight friends.
We just completed our 6th Annual Caregiver Cruise, sailing down the Southeast Coast aboard Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas. We enjoyed the sights in CocoCay, Port Canaveral, and Charleston, but most of all enjoyed a fun and 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 CocoCay, browsing the shops in historic Charleston, or winning a game of Family Feud 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!