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Buddy Cruise is a 501c3 non-profit charity providing educational opportunities and resources for families, while promoting awareness, acceptance, and inclusion for individuals with Down syndrome and developmental delays through unique venues.

Join us for our unique annual conference at sea! The programs we offer are not only beneficial for families touched by Down syndrome but other special needs as well. A Buddy Cruise not only gives you the opportunity to gain information through educational workshops & events, but you will network with other families from across the globe that are in similar situations and form lasting bonds. Families who have a hard time finding a scenario to meet all family members’ needs are accommodated with a variety of activities for all ages and abilities.


Oasis of the Seas

October 22nd - October 29th 2016

Prices starting at $794.00 per person

Rates are subject to change so call for current group rates

1-877-BDY-CRUZ (239-2789) Option #4

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  • Lynette Trease

    I am the parent of three special needs children and a special education teacher. Even though we do not have any children (yet) with a Down Syndrome dx Buddy Cruise group has become am extended family for us! 2016 will be our 6th Buddy Cruise and they only get better! Thank You to Pam and Jorge for all of their hard work and we can't wait to see you all again soon! 3/7/2016 12:24:34 PM

  • Beverly Godfrey

    Each and everyone was a different memory and I am so happy I have been able to share all these trips with my sister Patty and nephew Tate. We all have the time of our life, and have everlasting memories of each one that I shall cherish the rest of my life. 3/6/2016 2:18:38 AM

  • WinnisquamNH

    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. 12/19/2015 1:23:35 PM

  • BevG

    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... 12/19/2015 12:36:17 PM

  • The Micheli Family

    2015 will be the fifth cruise we have been on since 2009 with our Buddy Cruise family. In 2011 we had our daughter and missed it. In 2013, we decided to go on a separate cruise and did not realize how much we would miss our family. This is truly the most amazing experience and you do not only educate and grow awareness but you also gain lifetime friends and what I call my BC family. If you are considering joining us...I say you have no idea what you are missing out on and you will too become a BUDDY CRUISER FOR LIFE! 11/9/2014 10:15:38 PM

  • Schofield family

    2014 was are first year on buddy cruise and we like so many with special needs children felt we were all alone. But when we went on buddy cruise it was an unbelievable experience. We loved it and was like a second family. Everyone on the buddy cruise acted like they knew us for years so this is like are second family.can't wait till next year and many more... 10/27/2014 7:32:02 PM

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