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.
Getting Ready for our 6th Annual Caregiver Cruise!
We will be cruising the Southeast Coast from February 20-28, 2020
Caregivers can come by themselves or with their loved one with early stage memory loss. Insight Memory Care Center provides support during excursions, and respite during days at sea. Everyone can just show up and enjoy!
We'll be posting regularly about our adventures once we depart on February 20th. Follow along with us 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, 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!