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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Autism, Birth Defects & Genetic Diseases, Disabilities, Down Syndrome, Health

Mission: 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.

Target demographics: Serving families touched by Down syndrome and developmental delays globally.

Programs: Expenses associated with providing expert presenters for buddy cruise conference and events. Educational resources for families touched by special needs.

Community Stories

101 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Allison T.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love buddy cruise. I get to see my friends and meet new friends. I can’t wait for this years buddy walk at sea!

Buck N Sue C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group of people loves helping those who many others have cast to the side. They have devoted their lives to helping individuals with Down Syndrome and other disabilities have a better life. Our son loves to cruise and we all feel accepted and loved by the Buddy Cruisers. Thanks so much!

Client Served

Rating: 5

As the parent of individuals with special needs, vacations aren't always something you think you will experience. You are concerned people won't understand your kids or your family. Then, BUDDY CRUISE! It's a vacation, a wonderful family experience, a conference and so much more. For us, it's a dream come true. The most unexpected result of this experience was the new family we gained. Whether it's your first time or you have gone every year, you are part of this amazing family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is an incredible resource for family, friends, caregivers & loved ones of individuals with special needs. A great time cruising with people who get it. One Buddy Cruise & you are part of the family for life.
A much needed resource...and so much fun you can't believe it!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I might be biased because my BFF Pamela is a director of Buddy Cruise and her awesome kids came up with the idea to cruise and educate. But, my family and I are more than inspired by this amazing group. I’ve met people who are not “associated” with Buddy Cruise but plan their cruises at the same time as Buddy Cruise because they are so inspired by this group of wonderful people.. I can not say enough about all these wonderful inspirational people!

karenjp0915

Client Served

Rating: 5

Buddy Cruise is family! This fall will be our fifth cruise. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet other families in the special needs community, enjoy fellowship, learn (there is a conference on board), dance, sing and just enjoy a week at sea with some amazing people. We love it - and you will too!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This fall will be our fourth Buddy Cruise and we absolutely cannot wait! We were hooked from the start - fantastic conference, wonderful cruise staff to assist, beautiful scenery, exclusive excursions, fabulous food. Very accommodating for any family with special needs. Every year, it keeps growing because the secret is out - Buddy Cruise is THE BEST!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Most amazing nonprofit organization I’ve ever been a part of. Everybody is your family whether you know them or not. We go in early now just to be able to hang out with people that we will be cruising with.

Maria141

Client Served

Rating: 5

Buddy cruise is like a huge family reunion. They combine FUN and education for a week experience your family will not forget. BuddyCruise..bet you can't do just one!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Buddy Cruise does many amazing things for amazing people. My daughter's and my first cruise ever was on Buddy Cruise and we now have a new family. This cruise gives any one with a "Disability " a chance to meet new friends, Dance, have fun and be them selves along with some informative sessions for parents, guardians and caregivers.

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Pamela Ferry G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Buddy Cruise has become family. This is the highlight of our daughter’s year! We have been on 5 Buddy Cruises now and both me and my husband also look forward every year to the Buddy Cruise as we have also made friends that have become Buddy Family, truly a week of education and memories. Our daughter has made Buddy friends that keep in touch all year long, can’t wait to see what speakers and memories wait for us in September!

Melissa

Board Member

Rating: 5

Buddy Cruise is more than a non-profit. Buddy Cruise is family, friends - laughing, learning, enjoying a mini vacation.
It’s an educational conference at sea, mixed with making new friends, dinners dancing and excursions at exotic ports
Of call.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Buddy Cruise is the best family conference we attend each year. My daughter looks forward to meeting new friends, and I enjoy meeting other families with loved ones with disabilities to share information and
Experiences.

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Stefani H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have the best time cruising with the Buddy Cruise family. The dances are my favorite but the conference speakers are always so good. Such a great opportunity for families to vacation with other families like theirs. Memories that last a lifetime.

Amanda Jane F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was great!! Had a great time and will do it again

1 deborahlovebradhsaw

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been traveling with the Buddy Cruise since 2011 and it is still an amazing, fun experience each time! We love the activities, the people, the conference on board the ship and everything about the event. It is expertly run and well managed. We love that we feel that the fellow Buddy Cruisers are now family.

The Buddy Cruise does an amazing job of showing the world that people with differing abilities are more alike than different. We get on board the ship with people asking why they picked this week and get off with them planning to join us next year! Where else can you literally change the world one cruise at a time!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

bamagrl93

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We love love love Buddy Cruise! Our family has been on (4) of them, and A Mother's Rest is a proud supporter of their family trips every year.

Laura C.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

2017 was our first Buddy Cruise. And let me tell you, we are hooked! The atmosphere was energizing!! We made so many lifelong friends! Even the non cruisers joined in the fun

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Five years ago I went on my first cruise with this amazing group. Each year I’m more excited than the year before to get together seeing old friends and making new one. If you would like to see individuals that focus on ability versus disabilities please come join us. Be prepared to have the time of your life with some of the most incredible people. You will not be disappointed.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family loves Buddy Cruise! We come every year because it’s so much fun, it’s educational, we get to reconnect with friends we don’t see the rest of the year, and because it’s just good for us. All the programs, activities, seminars are top notch. Pam and Jorge go above and beyond to make each Buddy Cruise an unforgettable experience, and they are successful. We tell everybody about Buddy Cruise because we want other families to experience what we do on Buddy Cruise-love and acceptance and an experience that will make them want to come back year after year!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the amazing opportunity to go on the 2017 Buddy Cruise! The organization of this event was phenomenal! The organizers and all involved facilitators went above and beyond any requirements, and crossed over into making this the experience of a lifetime. This event should be on everyone's bucket list. I was humbled to be able to be a part of it.

Melvin J W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was our first cruise and Buddy Cruise treated us like family from the first moment we entered the hotel lobby. They are a great group of people demonstrating that there are no disabilities but different abilities that truly make a difference. They go above and beyond to show love.

Shannon M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been in 9 buddy cruises!! Cannot wait for #10! Nothing gets better than this experience!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Buddy cruise allows my family to have a safe, educational and relaxing vacation all in one.

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Norm M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Can't beat Family and Education and plenty of FUN! Very inspiring, and the whole family loves going!