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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

86 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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.

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 .

Maria141

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had been looking at joining the Buddy Cruise for a few years and finally signed up last year to take my daughter. I was worried about going alone however we met so many wonderful people . It's like a family reunion. There was so much for my daughter to do. My biggest surprise was how everyone one the ship outside of our group was so curious about wanting to know more about us and joined in on our Buddy Walk. I am looking forward to bringing my daughter again .This is one cause worth supporting!!!

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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!

Gina Terrasi G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hands down the best vacation we have ever had! We went to have fun and meet other special needs families and walked away with friends for life!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This will be our first Buddy Cruise and we are so excited. The amount of information, help and support in the pre-planning has been nothing less than excellent. Everyone is so friendly, making this so much less stressful for first-time Cruisers like us!

Client Served

Rating: 5

One of the best family vacations ever. Made many life time friends. We now go every year. My daughter asks to go many times during the year.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When we found out about Buddy Cruise, the thought of taking my brother-in-law who is now 58 and has Down Syndrome on a cruise with is peers intrigued us. We found out how fantastic the people who plan this event every year are. They make sure there are activities to include all folks no matter what their disability, chances to do something you can not do at home, and make new friends who you can keep in touch with through the year.
My husband and I have taken my brother-in-law on the Buddy Cruise 3 times now and it has been an forgettable experience each time.
Buddy Cruise has the most caring and helpful people working to make the experiences unforgettable to the people who attend whether they are young or old, family or friends.
I would recommend this cruise to anyone who has a family member or friend with a disability.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.