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Kathy Shoaf

Kathy Shoaf

RN, BSN, ATP
Franchise Owner


Panama Canal/Southern Caribbean Sunfarer



Call 219-608-2002 today for booking details!
Hold your cabin with a 100% refundable deposit
Bonus Values and Special Deals available through July 31, 2018

Pricing and Itinerary Details

Panama Canal

10-Day Panama Canal Sunfarer
Holland America Line MS Zuiderdam
November 4- 14, 2018 Round trip for Ft. Lauderdale

1.RNs and geriatric care professionals will lead a dedicated cruise support team from Elite Cruises And Vacations LLC.
2. Senior-Friendly activities and social events specifically geared to our group.
3. Daily Senior Zumba with Loretta
4. Respite sessions for caregivers will be included with the conference
5. Interactive conference topics created to “Enjoy Life”
+” Living Well with Dementia”
+ “Diabetes and a Great Life”
+ Mobility safety… Live safe, Be safe… Enjoy
+ Capture Life’s best and simplest memories with pictures.
+ Overcome the obstacles and Keep going.
6. Daily agenda of activities to be incorporated with the daily activity schedule of Holland America Cruise Line.
4. Private Group Welcome cocktail party.
5. Group dinner seating available every evening.
6. Optional group shore excursions in each port escorted by a staff member. (shore excursions are at an additional cost)
7. Pre-cruise group hotel with Cruise Support Team staff to meet and greet you upon arrival and manage transportation to the cruise departure port. (hotel at additional cost)
8. Accessible accommodations and mobility assistance.

Arrangements made for assistive devices as requested on a per item rental basis, delivered to and picked up from the ship.
Scooters, Power wheelchairs, Power recliners etc.
All cabins on the ship can be retrofitted to be accessible. Elevated toilet seats, shower chairs, detachable shower-heads. can be added to any cabin at NO additional cost.
Cruise guests and or caregivers must be able to manage their own personal care needs, mobility about the ship and in port along with and medication management. Elite Cruises and Vacations LLC can assist cruise guests/ caregivers, answer questions and problem solve. We can also assist in obtaining personal / private caregiver services to provide hands-on assistance for personnel care at an additional cost.
All medical and mobility needs can be managed with appropriate communication and planning prior to the cruise.


Seniors Having Fun
Respite Activities


Sr. Zumba with Loretta


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Port

November 4

November 5

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November 14

Arrive

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

At Sea

Aruba

Curacao

At Sea

Panama Canal (Partial Transit)

Colon, Panama

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

At Sea

At Sea

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Depart

5:00pm

8:00am 3:00pm


1:00pm 11:00pm

8:00am 4:00pm


(Cruising)

3:00pm 8:00pm

6:30am 4:00pm

7:00am




Itinerary Ship


Holland America Line MS Zuiderdam

Holland America Line MS Zuiderdam Refurbished in 2017.
Possessing one of the highest ratios of space per person in the Holland America fleet, the 1,918-passenger Zuiderdam is a modern ship with innovative, luxurious features. Expanded spa facilities -- with 11 therapy rooms, hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam and aromatherapy rooms -- pamper passengers in one of the cruise line's most spacious spas. 24 hour room service at NO additional cost, Elevators -- two are glass-enclosed with panoramic ocean views -- give access to 11 passenger decks, including a covered promenade that encircles the entire vessel.
Our cruise group will utilize the conference facilities on the ship along with many of the common areas for, Daily walking club, “Remember When” social activities and evening Music/ Dance group events.
One of the most unique features of the Zuiderdam is the NEW the Culinary Arts Center, a state-of-the-art show kitchen with plasma video screens and cooking display counters -- a must-see for food and wine enthusiasts.
Eighty-five percent of staterooms enjoy ocean views, and eighty percent of those have private balconies. Each stateroom is fitted with a data port for Web access, and there also is an Internet center and library. Internet packages are available for use the state room or in the internet café. Entertainment is varied, with duty-free shops, casino, nightclubs and lounges, a sports deck, plus thrilling productions in the Vista Lounge showroom. Kidzone and Waverunner rooms provide younger passengers (ages 5-17) with their own places for supervised programs and hanging out.
The MS Zuiderdam is a fully Accessible ship, including the dining areas, theaters, common areas and private state rooms.
This is a truly Multi-Generational cruise experience with options to entertain or provide relaxation for the entire family.



 


Kathy Shoaf

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Cruise and Conference Event Support Staff

Cruise Director: Kathy Shoaf RN BSN ATP, Travel Professional.

Owner and CEO of Elite Cruises And Vacations LLC,
Owned and operated with Sincere Passion to help people Enjoy their Lives!
Certified Special Needs Travel Agency
"Elite Senior Accompanied Cruises”

Kathy is a Travel Expert with 20+years of clinical and management experience in Geriatric, Neurology, Rehabilitation and senior housing as an RN and Adaptive Technology Professional. She realized after years of counseling with the families of our seniors that the QUEST to enjoy life "Should Never Have to Stop". Her ability to overcome Fear and Anxiety about travel... Makes travel possible and "Bucket-List Dreams come true.
Kathy is uniquely qualified to understand travel challenges and create rational solutions. Her passion is to deliver Senior Group Cruise Events, in an environment where support and friendships increase confidence, even when accessibility challenges and clinical issues exist.
All seniors, and those afflicted with limiting diagnosis, deserve to ENJOY EVERY DAY THAT GOD GIVES US!
Her Senior Accompanied Travel programs include RN support, Integrative group conference events, Educational and supportive presentations, Respite sessions for the caregivers, Topical “Enjoy Life” activities, Supported pre-cruise group hotel and Accessible/ mobility accommodations.
Let’s experience Life together without Limits
EliteCruisesAndVacationsTravel.com
219-608-2002


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Travel and Accessibility Expert: Lesli Jenkins Wang

President & CEO at Free2Go Mobility Products, Inc.
President & CEO of Free2Go Mobility Products Lesli Wang is fiercely committed to developing products that enhance the lifestyle of the aging and mobility impaired, enabling them to retain their independence and - most importantly - their dignity.
Her product, the Free2Go Rollator, makes it possible for those with reduced mobility to safely, confidently and discreetly use a toilet in ANY restroom - at home, the homes of others, in public restrooms. The 3-in-1 benefits of a walking aid, raised toilet seat, and toilet safety frame make it the ideal travel companion. She created the Free2Go Rollator to meet her mother's needs and recognized the product could serve people around the world.
Please visit their website. You can view this transformative product, a video with Lesli's inspiration (aka "Mom"), and how this product is changing her life - and will for many like her.


Brian LeBlanc

Brian LeBlanc International Dementia Advocate Living with Alzheimer’s

Dementia Action Alliance
Brian is Living With Alzheimer's Disease each and every day. Challenging? You bet, but not challenging himself every day is like giving up. He has too much living to do to even think about giving up.
He spends his time Advocating to Care Partner Support Groups as well as Support Groups for Persons Living with Dementia-Related Illnesses. "We have Alzheimer’s / Dementia conversations, learning from one another and supporting one another."
Brian will present “Living with Alzheimer’s ... an Up Close and Personal look at life with Alzheimer’s Disease.”
Explaining the good, the bad and the “all in between” of what's it's like to live with a disease that affects your brain which then affects everything else. He will give individuals a new perspective of the disease that is largely still misunderstood.
Alzheimer's Advocate
(850) 637-2586
"I have Alzheimer's BUT, it doesn't have ME"
Help me "Spread Alzheimer's Awareness"! Thank You!
GoFundMe Alzheimer's Awareness Campaign
Social Media

Affiliations:
Dementia Action Alliance (Advisory Council / Dementia Advocate)
National Alzheimer's Association (Early Stage Advisory Group / Alzheimer's Advocate)
Dementia Alliance International (Dementia Advocate)
Cruise Planners: Elite Cruises and Vacations (Dementia Advocate / Keynote Speaker)


Carmen Buck

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Carmen Buck, RN, MSN, FNP

Carmen Buck is a gifted intuitive photographer expertly capturing love and compassion in any situation. During her 40-year nursing career as a nurse practitioner, she worked with thousands of people seeking meaning and connection during challenging times. Her master’s degree in nursing focused on spirituality and health. Healing and connection through storytelling and photography is her passion.

Her latest book, Just See Me-Stories from the Other Side of Dementia tells the stories of family caregivers and those with dementia. She is an international speaker and author teaching both live events and webinars on the topics of living well with dementia and photography. She specializes in lifestyle, portrait and humanitarian photography for people of all ages in the Austin TX area and beyond.

Carmen with Carmen Buck Photography
Legacy Photography

Round Rock, TX 78665
512-920-2825 www.CarmenBuckPhotography.com


Loretta Kaminsky

Loretta Kaminski Certified Senior Gold Zumba Instructor,

Owner and CEO of  “Lou-retta's Custom Chocolates, Inc.”

Loretta Kaminsky at the age of 81 is enjoying the joy of sharing her love of music and movement with people of all ages. After a bout with breast cancer at the age of 37 she began a path of exploration to find a way to be remembered. That path found her starting her own chocolate manufacturing business, Lou-retta’s custom chocolates, Inc. From 1984-1999 Lou-retta’s became a world class company with clients such as Wegman’s food chain, Walt Disney World, Saks Fifth avenue, and the Japan travel bureau and others. She has served on many local and national boards and has been a frequent speaker nationally. After selling her business, she found herself ready to pursue her love of exercise, and after 25 years of taking Zumba, she became an instructor. Wanting to share her joy with others her age, she is currently teaching Zumba gold at 3 independent living centers as well as a local YMCA where her class totals 60-70 seniors each class ranging from 65-92. Age is only a number, and life is a precious gift, we need to celebrate each and every day, hope you will come and share it with me!
Loretta will create Sr. Zumba classes for our cruise group on a daily basis. Her music choices and senior friendly dance moves will create memories of joyful life experiences and get you motivated to move.


Robert Chick DDS

Type 1 Diabetic and Diabetic expert educator.


Pricing and Itinerary Details

10-Day Panama Canal Sunfarer
Holland America Line MS Zuiderdam
November 4- 14, 2018 Round trip for Ft. Lauderdale

Call 219-608-2002 today for booking details!
Hold your cabin with a 100% refundable deposit
Bonus Values and Special Deals available through July 31, 2018.

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