Caregiver Respite - Dementia Friendly - Elite Supported Cruise
Panama Canal/Southern Caribbean Sunfarer

Panama Canal/Southern Caribbean Sunfarer

This cruise is appropriate for those who are slow walkers, have Dementia and their caregivers,
Parkinson's, Diabetes, Arthritis, and those that only need a little bit of extra help.

Pricing and Itinerary Details

10-Day Panama Canal Sunfarer
Holland America Line MS Zuiderdam
October 20-30, 2019 Round trip for Ft. Lauderdale

Panama Canal

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 Music and Movement Therapy
4. Respite sessions for caregivers will be included with the conference
5. Interactive conference topics created to “Enjoy Life”
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, and 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.

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Fort Lauderdale, FL

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

At Sea



At Sea

Panama Canal (Partial Transit)

Gatun Lake, Panama

Colon, Panama

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

At Sea

At Sea

Fort Lauderdale, FL



8:00am 3:00pm


1:00pm 11:00pm

8:00am 4:00pm




3:00pm 9:00pm

7:30am 4:00pm




The Perfect Spa Relaxation! Appointments Available During Daily Adult Care Sessions

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.

Cruise and Conference Event Support Staff


Keynote Speaker: Francis J. Morris, PhD, CDP

Dr. Fran, as she is called, has worked with dementia for over 20 years, beginning with the caregiving of her Mother in the mid-90s. She developed the Morris Memory Enhancement Program (MMEP) in 2014 and since, has made a dramatic improvement in the quality of life of her clients through her neuroplastic-based techniques. The amazing changes in the lives of her clients have earned her the title “The Dementia Whisperer” by both clients and healthcare professionals alike. She will share with you information & techniques to help you become a “Dementia Whisperer” with fun, informative, interactive sessions as well as help you start your own Dementia Whisperer “Bag of Tricks”!

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.
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.

Barbara Roberts, RN

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.

Pricing and Itinerary Details

10-Day Panama Canal Sunfarer
Holland America Line MS Zuiderdam
October 20-30, 2019 Round trip for Ft. Lauderdale

Call 888-826-6836 today for booking details!
Hold your cabin with a 100% refundable deposit

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