Owned and operated with Sincere Passion to help people Enjoy their Lives!

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Creating travel opportunities so that Everyone can Enjoy Life

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Kathy Shoaf

Kathy Shoaf

Franchise Owner


Elite Supported Senior Cruise
Dementia Friendly Cruise & Conference
Eastern Caribbean Jan 12-19, 2019


Are you Looking for the PERFECT Solution to the Holiday Gift Dilemma?
How about a Caribbean Cruise?

The Conference Includes Caregiver Respite Sessions, Relaxation, Custom Group Events, Interactive Education& AND a GUARANTEE of NO SNOW!

Clients And Their Care Partners Who Have Been Diagnosed With:
Cognitive Impairment, Heart Disease, Dementia, Diabetes, MS, Parkinson's, Arthritis, CVA, Weakness, Cancer, Slow Walkers, COPD, and those that simply need a little bit of additional assistance... are perfect for our cruise group.

Let's Learn to LIVE WELL...

Conference topics will address and include:

  • Positive Options to Delay and Overcome Cognitive Impairment
  • Living Life to the Fullest
  • RN Support
  • Caregiver Respite Sessions
  • Custom Private Events
  • Pre-Cruise Group Hotel
  • Group Dinner Seating

Pricing and Itinerary Details

Dr. Fran Morris

Our Keynote Speaker:


Founder, President, Mind Your Memories, Inc.

Frances J. Morris, Ph.D. (Dr Fran) has worked in human cognition since the 1970s as an Associate Professor with the University of Kentucky. Her PhD from the University of Kentucky, Studies in Higher Education, is in the Science of Education, the science of how we learn. When we learn we are making memories. Dr. Morris became interested in the theory of neuroplasticity and the related brain exercises which stimulated the senses & how they could improve memory. After much research Dr Fran developed the unique Morris Memory Enhancement Program®. Dr. Fran has made great strides in her one-on-one and group work with people experiencing Alzheimer’s/dementia; clients have experienced:


She also uses these principles as the basis for her very popular work with Boomers experiencing “Saggy Brain Syndrome”, as well as with the program for menopausal women experiencing “Foggy Brain Syndrome”, etc.

Cruise and Conference Event Support Staff

Toni Gitles

Toni Gitles

CEO Caregiver Empowerment * Taking families from overwhelm to control * Caregiver Listening Circles * Speaker * Author

Instructor Baylor College of Medicine, Audiologist over 35 years, Sales and Marketing Manager in the hearing aid/speech products industry, Co-Owner and Sr. Vice President of Electone, Inc (hearing aid manufacturing), presented educational seminars in 12 countries and across the United States, written numerous articles appearing in hearing and heathcare professional journals, Orlando area periodicals, contributing writer Regional Caregiver magazines, nationwide, accomplished and dynamic educator and motivational speaker, author of 4 books.

Kathy Shoaf

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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

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Travel and Accessibility Expert: Lesli Jenkins Wang

President & CEO at Free2Go Mobility Products, Inc.
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

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 Kaminsky 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

Robert Chick DDS

Born in Brooklyn New York, he became a Pharmacist before moving to Buffalo, New York to attend Dental School. Deciding to stay in Buffalo, he opened his dental practice in 1969. He joined the Air Force in the Air Force Dental Corp, where he was diagnosed  as a Diabetic.  After 2 Years he returned to Buffalo to continue his practice and became very active in the local, state, and National Dental Society., serving a President of many of them.

Bob is very active in many local men's groups, often asked to speak on living with Diabetes. He has found a way to have a very active healthy life and looks forward to sharing his message with you.

Barbara Roberts

Barbara Roberts - RN 

Former Director of Residential Care facility specializing in Dementia Care
CRMA , C.N.A. Instructor
Owner and CEO Barbara Roberts Consulting LLC
Specializing in Education, Regularity Compliance, and Recertification Medication Competency.
Currently works near Kennebunk Maine in Eldercare services as a Nurse Consultant.
Currently enrolled at York County Community College with the goal to obtain a degree in Gerontology.
Has worked as a Registered Nurse working in Eldercare Services for over thirty years.
Four Star Mariner on Holland America Cruise Line.
Compassionate about helping families with loved one with cognitive impairments.


The Solution to Holiday Gift Giving


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The perfect holiday gift...Provide your loved one with memories, relaxation, sun, caregiver respite sessions, Sr. Zumba, interactive conference and many private group events.
We provide the Gift wrap and the Bow.
(Holiday gifts in every cabin)
Multi-Generational Family Event

RN Accompanied Accessible Cruise
7-days Round trip from Ft Lauderdale FL

Holland America Oosterdam Jan 12-19, 2019

Clients and their care partners who have been diagnosed with:
Cognitive Impairment, Heart disease, Dementia, MS, Parkinson's, Arthritis, CVA, Weakness, Slow Walkers, COPD, and those that simply need a little bit of additional assistance... are perfect for our cruise group.
(Power scooters available to rent for the cruise be delivered to the cabin)

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Senior Man on a Cruise KAthy Senior Woman on a Cruise

Call (219) 608-2002 for details and booking.
Reserve your cabins prior to Nov. 1, 2018, for early booking bonuses.

Specials include:
FREE Beverage Package
1/2 OFF Deposits
Reduced rate for a 3rd and 4th person in the cabin.
Pinnacle Grill dinner for 2.

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It is Time to Enjoy Life!

Accessible accommodations prepared for all mobility issues.
Oxygen, Hospital Beds, Hoyer lifts, Lift Recliners, Bed wedge, Scooters, Power Wheelchairs, transport chairs and more.

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  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.
  7. Private Group Welcome cocktail party.
  8. Group dinner seating available every evening.
  9. Optional group shore excursions in each port escorted by a staff member. (shore excursions are at an additional cost)
  10. 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)
  11. 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.

Date Port Arrive Depart
Saturday, January 12 Fort Lauderdale, FL 5:00 pm  
Sunday, January 13 At Sea    
Monday, January 14 Amber Cove, Dominican Republic 10:00 am 6:00 pm
Tuesday, January 15 San Juan, Puerto Rico 1:00 pm 11:00pm
Wednesday, January 16 St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 8:00 am 5:00 pm
Thursday, January 17 At Sea    
Friday, January 18 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas 8:00 am 3:00pm
Saturday, January 19 Fort Lauderdale, FL 7:00 am  

Eastern Caribbean

This is a truly multigenerational destination.
Possessing one of the highest ratios of space per person in the Holland America fleet, the Oosterdam boasts innovative, luxurious features. There are plenty of family friendly activities, such as the Mainstage with live entertainment, America’s Test Kitchen, the Lincoln Center Stage and BBC Earth Experiences. There’s even Billboard Onboard, an exclusive interactive experience which will let you sing along to fifty years of chart topping hits. You can also drop the kids off at Club HAL, a fully supervised area with tons of games and enrichment activities, then head over to the Greenhouse Spa and Salon to enjoy a premium facial or massage treatment. Gambling lovers will enjoy slots or blackjack at the casino, and music lovers will rejoice at B.B. King’s Blues Club, which has an eight piece band that presents the best of Memphis music.


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Call 219-608-2002 today for booking details!
Hold your cabin with a 100% refundable deposit
Bonus Values and Special Deals available through Nov 1, 2018

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