Canada and East Coast Independence Celebration
Caregiver Respite / Dementia Friendly Cruise
June 29 – July 6, 2020

4th of July Spectacular on the Queen Mary 2 - one of the Cunard Lines finest ships!

JUNE 29- July 6, 2020 Round-trip from New York, New York

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Join us as we sail on this amazing Caregiver Retreat and Symposium to Canada, Maine and experience a Spectacular overnight in Boston on JULY 4th 2020.

Caregiver RESPITE, RETREAT, SPA, and Educational forum, focused on making us not only a better caregiver... BUT a healthier, happier YOU.

A round trip adventure from New York exploring the east coast and Canada on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2. Celebrate Independence in more ways than one! As you enjoy the fireworks illuminating the sky, representing America’s independence, you can relax with your loved and just enjoy the moment. Freedom surrounds you at all times on this caregiver respite, supported cruise!

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Celebrate Independence!

Not only will we be celebrating 4th of July on this amazing cruise, but every Elite cruise celebrates the caregiver and their need for independence, or “ME” time! We understand the importance of rejuvenation! Allow our staff to provide 2 hours of daily caregiver respite assuring your loved ones are surrounded with interactive activities to keep their minds and bodies engaged!

We offer the following on every Elite cruise so you can bring your loved ones and enjoy life to the fullest!
  • RN Support 24/7
  • Daily Adult daycare sessions
  • Interactive Educational Symposium
  • Accompanied excursions
  • Group dinner seating
  • Custom one-on-one airport pick-up
  • Many additional custom group events
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Queen Mary 2 offers vacation experiences to be enjoyed by all ages!

Bring your extended family and create life long memories to hold in your heart forever.

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The luxury is in the details, and Cunard has crafted every detail to perfection on Queen Mary 2. With some of the finest chefs at sea, every on board dining location is filled to the brim with excellent cuisine. The cruise experience is complete with 3 formal nights, and dancing.

There is also a modern gym, sports court and swimming pools for those who want to stay active while still enjoying the opulence of cruising.For those who want to relax, the huge Canyon Ranch Spa Club awaits with signature massages, treatments and facials.

The library features over 8,000 books to keep every passenger’s inner book lover satisfied. The Royal Court Theater holds lavish productions every night, complete with a unique digital backdrop that makes every performance memorable.

For those who wish to try their luck, the casino holds plenty of gaming tables, slot machines and video poker.There are even complimentary gaming lessons for those who are new to casino games.

The kids won’t be left out with their own dedicated, fully staffed areas for playing and exploring.

Queen Mary 2 is the only liner to regularly carry animals in their dedicated kennel at sea, so you can bring along your furry companions.

There’s even a full scale planetarium to take a virtual ride into outer space.

All of these unique touches make Queen Mary 2 one of the most luxurious experiences at sea.


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Our Keynote Speaker: Tracey S. Lawrence

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Tracey S. Lawrence is the founder of Grand Family Planning LLC and author of the ground-break book “Dementia Sucks.” Having been primary caregiver to two parents who succumbed to dementia, Tracey has a unique perspective on the issues surrounding caregiving and the challenges of staying healthy and productive under extreme pressure. Realizing that millions would be facing the same struggles she had, she conceived of a team approach to coaching families through life transitions and health crises. Tracey’s commitment to raising awareness of the growing family caregiving epidemic drives her business and her professional speaking and training programs.

We strive to make traveling easy, comfortable and safe!

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)

Accessible accommodations and mobility assistance. (ALL cruise cabins can be retro-fitted with elevated toilet seats, shower chairs and detachable shower heads)

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.

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June 29 – July 6, 2020
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Your Professional Cruise Team

Kathy Shoaf

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1. 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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2. 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.

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3. Barbara Roberts - RN

Barbara is the owner and CEO of Barbara Roberts Consulting, LLC. She has worked as a Registered Nurse in Eldercare Services for over 30 years and currently works near Kennebunk, Maine in Eldercare Services as a Nurse Consultant. She specializes in Education, Regulatory Compliance and Recertification Medication Competency. Barbara is enrolled at York County Community College with a goal of obtaining a Gerontology degree. She is a former Director of Residential Care facility specializing in Dementia Care, as well as a CRMA and CNA Instructor. Barbara is a Four Star Mariner on Holland America Cruise Line and is compassionate about helping families with loved ones with cognitive impairments.

4. Stephanie Smith

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5. Fern Pessin

Overwhelmed at first, Fern realized there was scattered information out there to help guide her in this new role of caring and advocating for her parents. So, she did a ton of research, got certified as a Home Health Aide, attended conferences and classes, interviewed experts, attended weekly support groups and more -- to ensure an understanding of what to look for and do for her parents both physically and emotionally. She sought out a team of experts to help her and her siblings navigate through the financial, legal and medical requirements of securing her parents well-being over the long term.

After accumulating this arsenal of knowledge, she decided to share it with the other 34 million adult children caring for their parents in this country, so she wrote I’ll Be Right There, A Guidebook for Adults Caring for Their Aging Parents. Her goal was to remove the overwhelm that she felt when she assumed the caregiving role and to support other families in their caregiving journey; to help people know what they didn’t know they needed to know when they found themselves in the role of helping a parent.

By request of her parent’s friends, Fern created a second workbook for people wishing to provide information about one’s own wishes to family and care partners, I’m Not Gonna Live Forever You Know.

Enjoy 7 nights departing June 29 – July 6, 2020 on Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 round trip from New York:


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Accessible accommodations and mobility assistance.

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Elite Cruises strives to bring relaxation, peaceful memories and a renewed spirit to all who travel with us!

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