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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

91 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Maria141

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter and I took our first Buddy Cruise knowing only a couple people however we left with a family of life long friends. Always great motivational speakers and fun for all. Bet you cant do just one ...Buddy Cruise!!

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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.

1 karenjp0915

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome experience! Top-notch conference, fun activities throughout the entire cruise, great spirit of "family" and fun. Highly recommended!

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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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Board Member

Rating: 5

Buddy cruise is a wonderful conference and social activity at sea! Educational, while having fun! Our family loved the cruise and can't wait until October!

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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!

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing group of people. Very helpful and informative. One of the greatest bonding experience for any person with any special need. I have a daughter with Down Syndrome it's hard to find activities she enjoys. Once you board the ship you don't stop smiling.

Ashley Marie H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization only went once this will be second cruise and the friends I have made have become like a another family. I love the Buddy Cruise .

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Buddy Cruise is an awesome organization. So many families with disabilities, from across the globe, come together to attend fun events and workshops; building lasting bonds.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My 36 year old son has Down syndrome. Prior to his first Buddy Cruise in 2008, he was very hesitant to travel with us (my wife and I are retired). He enjoyed the cruise so much that he has since travelled with us to 36 countries. The travel on the Buddy Cruise is not the main attraction, it is the opportunity to meet with others who are in the same "boat", so to speak. The 2017 cruise will be our 4th. We are both on the Steering Committee of our local Special Olympics and the timing sometimes conflicts with the Buddy Cruise. He looks forward to this event every year.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been on two Buddy Cruises with my 30 year old son, who has Down Syndrome. It was a great opportunity to meet others in the same situation. My son and I both made new friends and had some nice trips. Patrick has travelled extensively with his mother and me. The Buddy Cruises were a good way for him to meet some peers. It was a good opportunity for me to meet some of the other parents and speakers to know that we are not alone.

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Andrea105

Client Served

Rating: 5

LOVE LOVE LOVE this team! Such a special, extended opportunity for fellowship and life skills learning aboard the Buddy Cruise! We make friends for life and I encourage ANY family with ANY extra needs to participate if you're able.

camarodelacoke

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Where did I even start. From Jet skiing in Saint Martin to Dune buggy's in Jamaica to Dancing the night away to workshops with other families, buddy cruise has greatly impacted the lives of many families, mine included. What we have here isn't just a group, but a family where everyone is not only accepted but truly cared for. The networking within the group is phenomenal in connecting families with similar situations, along with offering a grand support group within itself. My family has been part of Buddy Cruise for 5 Years now & we are lifelong members. Come check us out & get involved!