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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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

2 Derrick T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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++

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Buddy Cruise is an amazing organization! I just love the level of excitement about every single family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Patricia143

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!!

1 Mark194

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Vaughan C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SO MUCH FUN!!! The connections and memories you make on this cruise will last a lifetime!

2 dan kulp

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a speaker/comedian who has the privilege of performing all over the U.S., with a primary focus being Special Needs Organizations (Down Syndrome Association, Autism Societies, Special Olympics, etc.), the Buddy Cruise rises to the top as one of the best conferences available to people with Ds and their friends and families. As I always say, it is the only conference I can think of in which ideas of inclusion and awareness are happening simultaneously with the conference itself, as the "Buddy Cruisers" enjoy the many amenities and activities of the ship, and touching lives everywhere on board. Exposure is key in opening hearts and minds for people with Down syndrome. The Buddy Cruise does an A1 job in making this happen! While traveling, i never hesitate to promote this event as an "must" for anyone touched by someone special with that wonderful extra chromosome! ..the food is better than most conferences too.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The passion and enthusiasm of the leaders of this organization is truly inspiring. Bringing a conference like this on board a ship is genius in that it not only provides all of the resources, entertainment and speakers which benefit its attendees - but it also helps raise the awareness of everyone else on board about the joy of those who have Ds! Other conferences may talk about this, but the Buddy Cruise does it simultaneosly with the conference itself.

If i were ever to hit an iceberg while on board a cruise ship, and had only a few hours left to live, I'd want my final moments to be with these folks!

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5


I cannot begin to express how The Buddy Cruise has enriched my life. The concept of Buddy Cruise was that of my older children in honor of their younger brother. The idea of a Down syndrome conference with expert speakers on board a cruise ship was quite appealing; however, before the inaugural voyage was over we realized this was SO much more. Being able to spend so much quality time with other families who share your experiences is unmatched. Learning with and from others who have walked this walk before you and being able to inspire those whose journey is just beginning surpasses any conference or vacation experience I have ever had. I think having the “down” time to vacation with the families and really form bonds between the sessions and in port make this so unique. Now in its 4th year, The Buddy Cruise is becoming more like a big reunion with so many returning each year to welcome into the Buddy Cruise family those who are sailing with us for the first time.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been on 3 Buddy Cruises with my wife and two young daughters. We had a fantastic time on all the cruises and have meet some great familes. The Buddy Cruise provides the opportunity to vacation with other families who have kids with Down syndrome. It's great to see all the kids included in all the ship's activities. They provide lectures and workshops to educate families on various Down syndrome topics.

Review from Guidestar

1 Christina H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

my son is 19 and finding friends is no easy task we met a dozen people around the right age with down's on our first buddy cruise . Zach had alot of fun and met alot of potental friends , Zach has been talking about that cruise longer than he has ever talked about any other activity we are looking forward to oct. this time we are going to be sure and give contact info to everyone, finding adult friends now that zach is out of school is vary important to us he has been less shy every since the cruise i also met alot of parents who understand the life we live the joy and the hardships we all have i wish there were more events like this

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This was my second buddy cruise and had a blast on both of them. Lifelong friendships have been forged because of the common bond we all share - our love for our Buddies! Looking forward to the upcoming cruise in October - Can't Wait! Awesome cruise, great directors and lots of useful information.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5


I cannot wait to sail with my newfound friends and their families.
They are truly an inspiration!
May God Bless them.
Rosa and Erik


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Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first learned of Buddy Cruise in 2009 and think that it provides wonderful opportunities for people with Down Syndrome and their families to get together for fellowship, sharing experiences and solutions, learning, and fun. I have heard all positive reports from people who have participated in Buddy Cruise.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Families and friends who give of themselves to raise amazing kids with Down syndrome are never alone in this world. They receive phenomenal support from Buddy Cruise, Inc. It is this fantastic non-profit group that reaches out to families who have been touched with Down syndrome, from prenatal through adulthood. Their annual awareness conference, Buddy Cruise, brings these families and friends together from all over the globe, forming bonds and lasting friendships. It is a privilege to be a part of this unique event, and cruise with such wonderful people.

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Buddy Cruise is a truly wonderful event! I learned about it last year, and was so impressed with this idea! It is a great way for families of children who have Down's Syndrome (and those children) to get together in a fun-filled, yet educational atmosphere where they can learn about Down's Syndrome and find a connective network of support. The organzation and planning that goes into creating this event is extraordinary, and I know hundreds of children and families have benefitted from this amazing opportunity. As an individual who works with children who have Down's Syndrome and their families on a regular basis, I can truly say that the Buddy Cruise is an unbelievable opportunity! I would highly recommend it to anyone who asks!!

Review from Guidestar

1 Carla E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is such a wonderful opportunity for families with children and adults with Down Syndrome to come together. I love that it is a cruise that combines learning, information and fun for everyone for all ages. It is so hard to find activities to do with our children where their needs are thought of. This cruise has it all. I'm glad that families through out the world can enjoy it too. It brings everyone together. And besides the Buddy Walks this is the only other event in the entire the year that is like that.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe that Buddy Cruise is the ideal get-away for Down syndrome families. Where else can we learn so much, fellowship with other familes, promote awareness, and have what I consider to be the perfect family vacation, all in one event? The speakers are top-notch, the cruise line is wonderfully accomodating, and the bonds that are formed among families and between the children are indescribable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a co-founder of a regional support group representing individuals living with Down syndrome, I have to say that this group is one of the best in advocating for individuals living with Down syndrome. My family has been on two Buddy Cruises and we will be making our third cruise in October.

I would strongly recommend the Buddy Cruise to anyone, especially those who life has been enriched by Down syndrome in some fashion, to come aboard and see for themselves what all of the excitement is all about. You will leave with a lifetime of memories to share for many years to come.

Review from Guidestar