"Dear Kathy, I cannot thank you enough for the kindness and support that you showed to Jack and me on the cruise. Getting to Florida the day before was an excellent idea. It enabled me to make getting to the boat on time a possibility! Thank you too for being sure that the room we had served our needs. Because I have some mobility issues, the shower without a tub was perfect. The ‘window’ allowed more light in our room so that Jack did not experience much ‘sun -downing’. During the conference, when he went to the men’s room and I foolishly did not follow him, you and your staff immediately joined me on a search. You repeatedly showed your compassion and understanding... you were there with a shoulder to lean on and support for all my needs." —Susan B. (East Windsor, NY)
"Hi Kathy, how are you? I'm so sorry that it took this long to let you know how much I enjoyed the cruise and conference. Donald n I was talking about cruise with friends today, we both really enjoyed that time, meeting other people. Thank you for all that you did to make it comfortable, enjoyable your kindness will never be forgotten. Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season." —Donald & Cecilia B. (Canada)
"Dear Kathy, this was the trip of a lifetime. After traveling with my husband for 30 years, I thought that I woud never get to go see the world again. But, you made a way that I can, Thank you so very much. It was perfect." —Phyllis D. (Indianapolis, IN)
"Kathy, you were right even Parkinson's can not keep me from a Cruise. when are we going again? I am ready.to go!" —Clara W. (Bloomington, IN)
"Kathy, Thank you so much for a wonderful trip!!!! I tried to post a testimonial for you. I hope it went through. If not let me know, I’ll try again. Our trip was amazing and you are amazing too. We are your biggest fans! Looking forward to our next trip!!!" —Scott D ( Milwaukee WI) Dementia - Friendly Cruise Client
Thank you for asking me to participate in the Dementia-Friendly Cruise in November 2017! My heart is still full with the friendships that developed so quickly and deeply. Your clients can rest assured that you will bring your professionalism, compassion and fun spirit aboard all your cruises! I look forward to joining you on dementia-friendly and accessible cruises in 2018 and beyond. —Lesli Jenkins Wang President & CEO Free2Go Mobility Products
Boston to Canada MS Maasdam Holland America. Our Nova Scotia “dementia friendly” cruise was a memorable one! We looked forward to the Zumba classes with Loretta to get us ready for the day ahead. What a great way to start the day with special movements to the familiar “oldies” tunes. We are still humming the familiar tunes. My husband really enjoyed the daily activities designed especially for people with dementia during respite time. And during that time, I was able to enjoy a show, a time to read, take a nap, or relax in the hot tub!!
Brian, our keynote speaker, had a great sense of humor and we learned so much from him as he shared his story – both the good and not so good days. We felt supported and affirmed at every moment. Our cruise director, Kathy, thought of every detail and helped create this special time for us and our daughter. We will carry these memories with us.
Holland America staff was very accommodating, the food was fabulous, the variety on the buffets was terrific, and Jim kept the ice cream place in business! We made lasting friendships and will savor golden memories. A big thanks to all the staff who made this dementia friendly cruise possible.