Owned and operated with sincere passion to help people enjoy their lives!

Creating travel opportunities with RN Support and caregiver respite!
Certified Special Needs Travel Agency • Alzheimer's State Champion

As a nurse, safety is my #1 priority for all travelers. I am passionate about creating travel experiences, but first and foremost, I am a nurse, and I am 100% staying on top of the current situation to ensure that future cruises are safe for all guests. I am happy to answer any questions you may have regarding precautions our cruise line partners are taking, booking refundable cruises and airfare, or anything else you can think of!


Kathy Speer Shoaf

Elite Cruise & Vacations

Kathy Shoaf

Kathy Shoaf

Franchise Owner

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Kathy's Story

Kathy is a Travel Expert with 20+ years of clinical and management experience in Geriatric, Neurology, Rehabilitation and senior housing as an RN and ATP (Adaptive Technology Professional). She realized after years of counseling with families and clients that the QUEST to enjoy life "Should Never Have to Stop". Her ability to overcome Fear and Anxiety about travel... Makes "Bucket-List Dreams come true. Her professional career has allowed her to be a public speaker, CEU educator, clinical consultant, and passionate travel advocate.

Kathy is uniquely qualified to understand travel challenges and create rational solutions. Her passion is to deliver “Travel opportunities so the Everyone can ENJOY their Life”, even when accessibility challenges and clinical issues exist. All seniors and those afflicted with limiting diagnosis still deserve to ENJOY EVERY DAY THAT GOD GIVES US!

Founded in 2005, Elite Cruises And Vacations LLC, is Owned and operated with Sincere Passion to help people Enjoy their Lives!

 Specializing in group, multi-generational and Edu travel, our group travel events have focused on specific diagnoses such as Dementia/ Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, MS, Diabetes and several more. We have also created custom cruise and conference group events around an individual senior housing company, fitness educator, CEU education and home health conglomerate.

Kathy is:
Franchise Owner and CEO of Cruise Planners/ American Express/ Elite Cruises And Vacations LLC                             www.EliteCruisesAndVacationsTravel.com 

Certified Accessible Travel Specialist and Adaptive Technology Professional

Mobility specialist, creating travel opportunities for those that may require Power wheelchairs or electric Scooters, Portable O2 and room concentrators, Hospital beds, Hoyer Lifts, Elevated toilet seats or shower chairs to name a few.

Fellow at the American College of Healthcare Trustees, Certified Dementia Educator; an Athena Nominated Senior Care Advocate, and an American Express Travel Agency Award winner.

Kathryn Mae Speer Smith Shoaf RN, BSN, ATP