Buddy Cruise Inc
Rating: 5 stars 53 53 reviews 3,543
PO Box 162 Lithia FL 33547 USA
To provide educational opportunities and resources for families, while promoting awareness, acceptance, inclusion and advancement for individuals with Down syndrome and developmental delay through unique venues.
Serving families touched by Down syndrome and developmental delays globally.
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Our family first found out about the Buddy Cruise several years ago while we were living in Alaska, and have since attended 3 sailings. It has been a fantastic experience for us being the person in our family who has a disability is my 57 year old brother in law with Down Syndrome.
The experience of going on a ship for him has been wonderful great. There are so many people and being with his peers makes him very happy. Even though he is older, there are always activities he can participate in.
Jorge and Pam Arnoldson who founded Buddy Cruise, their family and the crew who help them (they work year round) every year, think of everything for the inclusion of the participants no matter what age. Parents are always included each trip with seminars to help them cope with happenings in their lives.
I can't say enough about the Arnoldsons and the cruise. Anyone who has a child, sibling or any member of their family with a disability should attend a Buddy Cruise to have a fantastic memorable experience.
I have been on four Buddy Cruises and each and everyone is a heart warming experience you just won't forget. Its a wonderful way to meet and make new friends from all over the country and people you look forward to seeing each and every year. Its like seeing family again and catching up on everything and making new memories.. Please take a Buddy Cruise once, and you will be hooked.. I hope you will..
Each time we go on a buddy cruise we can't wait to sign up for the next one. Fun, exciting and we have made some great friends.
Imagine being surrounded by people that know how to genuinely love better than any on earth. Oh, then you are in PARADISE too. Best week of my year. Coolest part is you don't have to have Down Syndrome or go with someone who does to be a part of this incredible group. A++
From the first moment we joined the group, we were welcomed with open arms. It was educational, fun, refreshing, enlightening and so much more. We fell in love with the Buddy Cruise organization and the people. We now volunteer our time to help others experience that same wonderful feeling we had about the Buddy Cruise. One of the coolest effects to observe is how the other passengers interact and learn about our family members. It is amazing to see what a difference the week makes. We are definitely Buddy Cruisers for life!
1st time cruiser with the Buddy Cruise. We had the trip of our lifetime, filled with great people, great experiences and most of all fabulous memories. We hope to be able to enjoy it next year.
The Buddy Cruise is an amazing organization! I just love the level of excitement about every single family!
My family and I have been on two Buddy Cruises thus far and find it to be a wonderful experience for the whole family. It is a great way to take a vacation since you are with other families who have a child with a intellectual or physical disability. There is something for everyone in the family to do and enjoy on board and at the excursions.
Since it is also a conference at sea you learn from the many topics listed and have great presenters from across the country that have their heart and soul into their presentation's for the family to learn something new. We have meet many great families and have great friendships that have developed as well. We also like how the other cruisers not part of the BC group make our families feel included on board and at the excursions. It was impressive to see over 600 passengers (~300 Buddy Cruisers & ~ 300 other passenger's) on the walking deck during to Buddy Walk (BC15) to spread the mission of diversity and inclusiveness. We tip our hat to what the Arnoldson Family has created in Buddy Cruise. We look forward to each Buddy Cruise we go on to see our friends from past cruises and the new friendships developed on future Buddy Cruises. Thank you for creating great memories for the whole family.
How does one even begin to write a review on Buddy Cruise? Co-founders, Pam & Jorge have given their heart and soul into this amazing organization. I have been on Buddy Cruise twice now and I cannot imagine not going on another one. The people I have met are my extended family. Pam & Jorge are humble, hard-working and they have created a community of people who are committed to their families and who cherish meeting other families. I highly recommend Buddy Cruise to anyone. God bless Pam & Jorge!!
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Been on 2 Buddy cruises with my Daughter who has cerebral palsy and we felt like a part of a family.I does not matter what your Disabilities is your always treated and loved like family ......I could go on and on but you need too go on a buddy cruise to get the whole experience