Southern Caribbean Wayfarer – Caregiver Retreat/Dementia Friendly Cruise & Symposium!

Southern Caribbean Wayfarer is a fully accessible, dementia friendly, and caregiver retreat cruise! RN support 24/7 with daily adult sessions and an education symposium “Life-Let’s Enjoy the Journey!”

Four People on the Beach Kathy and Guest
Ocean Ocean View

You will be surrounded with beauty when visiting areas such as Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, and more! Enjoy and relax on this amazing retreat!

Palm Trees Cruise Ship
Ocean Ocean View

All aboard Holland America’s first Pinnacle class ship, the MS Koningsdam, which blends elegance and nautical tradition.

Some exciting features that make this ship amazing include:

  • Blend is a wine blending venue at sea which allows guests to create their own blend of wine from a selection of single-vineyard red wine.
  • The World Stage is another unique addition to the ship. This is a two-story, 270-degree wraparound LED screen that surrounds you in high definition entertainment.
  • You can also head out to the pool and watch your favorite stars on the large outdoor movie screen.
  • >Multiple evening entertainment options include the B.B. King’s Blues Club, BBC Earth Experiences, the Lincoln Center Stage, Billboard Onboard, Mainstage production shows, several lounges, a casino, and even an area exclusively for kids.
  • The Spa - a variety of ways to relax and rejuvenate.

No matter what your taste, the innovative Koningsdam is sure to please!

Group Dinner Beach Yoga Zumba 3 clients


Keynote Speaker

Rebecca Rushing, BSN, RN, has worked as a Registered Nurse in many areas of healthcare over the past 30 years. Currently, she is the Director of Client Services at FirstLight Home Care in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rebecca has always had a passion for working with the elderly, especially those with dementia. She currently is a Positive Approach to Care Independent Trainer through the Teepa Snow program, as well as a Certified Dementia Practitioner Trainer through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioner, as well as an Ageless Grace Educator.

Programming will include:

To provide the best services, the following professionals are urged to attend:

RNs and geriatric care professionals will lead a dedicated cruise support team from Elite Cruises And Vacations LLC.

RNs will be available 24/7

Senior-Friendly activities and social events specifically geared to our group.

Daily Senior Zumba with Loretta and Music therapy

Daily Respite sessions for caregivers--( Adult Day Care sessions) will be included with the conference.

Symposium conference topic "Life-Let's Enjoy the Journey!" to facilitate a better life.

Daily agenda of activities to be incorporated with the daily activity schedule of Holland America Cruise Line.

Private Group Welcome cocktail party.

Group dinner seating available every evening.

Optional group shore excursions in each port escorted by a staff member. (shore excursions are at an additional cost)

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 cabins can be retrofitted to be handicapped accessible.

Scooters, manual wheelchairs, and transport chairs are available for rental on a weekly basis.

Available meet and greet to the airport and available accompanied flights upon request.

One on one customized meet and greet at the airport with accompanied assistance back to the group hotel.

Available private duty assistance from an RN, or a caregiver upon request for a minimal additional fee.

Group Dinner Beach Yoga Zumba 3 clients

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

Jan 22 – Feb 2, 2020
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Your Professional Cruise Team

Professional Cruise Team

Professional Cruise Team

1. Kathy Shoaf RN BSN ATP, Travel Professional, Cruise Director
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” Daughter of 84 Year Old Type 1 Diabetic Wearing an Insulin Pump.

2. Lesli Jenkins Wang, Travel and Accessibility Expert
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.

3. Barbara Roberts, RN
Barbara 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 is the owner of Barbara Roberts Consulting, LLC and specializes in education, regulatory compliance and recertification medication competency. Barbara is a Four Star Mariner on Holland America Cruise Line and is compassionate about helping families and their loved ones.

Cruise Itinerary

Cruise Itinerary


Caribbean Scene

Elite Cruises and Vacations

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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