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Creating travel opportunities so that Everyone can Enjoy Life

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Kathy Shoaf

Kathy Shoaf

Franchise Owner

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Alaska - "Living Everyday to Enjoy Life" Dementia Free,
Sept 15-22, 2018

Panama Canal - Elite Supported Senior Cruise, Nov 4-14, 2018

Elite Supported Senior Cruise Eastern Caribbean
Dementia Friendly Cruise & Conference
Jan 12-19, 2019

Diabetes Cruise... A NEW Health Journey, Feb 17-24, 2019

February 17-24, 2019 "Elite Caregiver Respite / Dementia Friendly Cruise and Conference

Mexican Riviera April 21-28, 2019 Caregiver Celebration Respite/ Dementia Friendly Supported Cruise 

Sincere Passion to Help People Enjoy Their Lives

'Elite Cruises and Vacations, LLC / Cruise Planners, American Express Travel is a full-service travel agency with clientele nationwide. The agency specializes in: Multi-generational Adventures & accessibility travel. Group Travel includes corporate, club, topical, and faith-based projects. Additionally, we produce educational /CEU Cruise Events that provide educational credits and tax advantages. Our luxury travel focuses on worldwide adventures, romance and family escapes.

Kathy's Article in the Times

Kathy's Interview with "Cruise Critic"

Grandpa with Child

Perfect Holiday Gift
January 12-19, 2019
Create "Bucket-List" Memories with Educational adventures for kids and parents alike, Relaxing Beach Fun or See the World from your unique perspective. Relationships that are the foundation of Your LIFE...

Grandmother with Walker

Southern Caribbean Panama Canal

November 4-14, 2018
All seniors and those afflicted with limiting diagnosis still deserve to ENJOY EVERY DAY. No excuses and NO exceptions. Travel Adventures are NOT out of Reach.

Tracy Herbert

Diabetic Cruise

February 17-24, 2019

A NEW Health Journey

With Best Selling Author Tracy Herbert

Cruise Liner

Educational / CEU Events

Cruise Events for professionals, providing VACATIONS/ EDUCATION events while earning CEU's. Unique itineraries, destinations, and cultural adventures.

No matter where I go, travel is my destination.

Topical Group Travel

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Our Mission: Create Travel Adventures and Opportunities…
” To Enjoy Every day that God Gives Us.”

Founded in ownership of the Cruise Planners/ American Express Travel franchise. American Express provides many unique options, opportunities, and financial advantages when booking Travel.

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Imagine looking up at the mesmerizing architecture of the Eiffel Tower or standing where great men stood thousands of years before you. Elite Cruises and Vacations makes those dreams a reality by offering cruises, and tours to amazing locations around the world.

For more than 10 years, our travel agents have worked with individuals, couples, families, and groups to create memorable, life-changing trips. We are members of the Cruise Lines International Association and provide personal inspection of all ships to ensure your safety and satisfaction.

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"Dear Kathy, I cannot thank you enough for the kindness and support that you showed to Jack and me on the cruise. Getting to Florida the day before was an excellent idea. It enabled me to make getting to the boat on time a possibility! Thank you too for being sure that the room we had served our needs. Because I have some mobility issues, the shower without a tub was perfect. The ‘window’ allowed more light in our room so that Jack did not experience much ‘sun -downing’. During the conference, when he went to the men’s room and I foolishly did not follow him, you and your staff immediately joined me on a search. You repeatedly showed your compassion and understanding... you were there with a shoulder to lean on and support for all my needs." —Susan B. (East Windsor, NY)

"Hi Kathy, how are you? I'm so sorry that it took this long to let you know how much I enjoyed the cruise and conference. Donald n I was talking about cruise with friends today, we both really enjoyed that time, meeting other people. Thank you for all that you did to make it comfortable, enjoyable your kindness will never be forgotten. Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season." —Donald & Cecilia B. (Canada)

"Dear Kathy, this was the trip of a lifetime. After traveling with my husband for 30 years, I thought that I would never get to go see the world again. But, you made a way that I can, Thank you so very much. It was perfect." —Phyllis D. (Indianapolis, IN)

"Kathy, you were right even Parkinson's cannot keep me from a Cruise. when are we going again? I am ready.to go!" —Clara W. (Bloomington, IN)

"Kathy, Thank you so much for a wonderful trip!!!! I tried to post a testimonial for you. I hope it went through. If not let me know, I’ll try again. Our trip was amazing and you are amazing too. We are your biggest fans! Looking forward to our next trip!!!" —Scott D (Milwaukee, WI) Dementia - Friendly Cruise Client

"Thank you for asking me to participate in the Dementia-Friendly Cruise in November 2017! My heart is still full with the friendships that developed so quickly and deeply. Your clients can rest assured that you will bring your professionalism, compassion and fun spirit aboard all your cruises! I look forward to joining you on dementia-friendly and accessible cruises in 2018 and beyond." —Lesli Jenkins Wang President & CEO Free2Go Mobility Products

"Boston to Canada MS Maasdam Holland America. Our Nova Scotia “dementia friendly” cruise was a memorable one! We looked forward to the Zumba classes with Loretta to get us ready for the day ahead. What a great way to start the day with special movements to the familiar “oldies” tunes. We are still humming the familiar tunes. My husband really enjoyed the daily activities designed especially for people with dementia during respite time. And during that time, I was able to enjoy a show, a time to read, take a nap, or relax in the hot tub!!
Brian, our keynote speaker, had a great sense of humor and we learned so much from him as he shared his story – both the good and not so good days. We felt supported and affirmed at every moment. Our cruise director, Kathy, thought of every detail and helped create this special time for us and our daughter. We will carry these memories with us.
Holland America staff was very accommodating, the food was fabulous, the variety on the buffets was terrific, and Jim kept the ice cream place in business! We made lasting friendships and will savor golden memories. A big thanks to all the staff who made this dementia friendly cruise possible." — Mary Todd

"From our first contact, Kathryn was very professional, yet very compassionate.
Kathryn is very knowledgeable in many aspects of nursing as well as traveling with disabled individuals and their caretakers.
She arranged a cruise for us to go on, we were accompanied by her, another nurse, and an aide. Kathryn rented our medical equipment, made sure it was all in working condition, made sure our lodging was also as accessible as possible. She and the other nurse, Barbara Robert, worked very hard and perfectly, together.
Both my husband and I look forward to our next cruise together.
Kathryn has very high standards and went beyond her rolls of being a nurse and travel agent. I feel like I've known her for years, as a friend. If you book with Kathryn, you will feel comfortable knowing you made the right choice, being in very competent hands." — Miriam Jasinski (Brick, NJ)

"As a person living with Alzheimer's Disease, I first met Kathy on my first Dementia Cruise in 2017. Now, I serve as a member of her team as an Alzheimer's Advocate and Keynote Speaker.

Kathy offers a unique experience for Seniors and other individuals living with disabilities, Dementia-Related Illnesses, individuals who need a little extra assistance and their families.
Working with the cruise line, Kathy makes sure every requested accommodation is taken care of, no matter how big or small.

Kathy creates a safe atmosphere for her guests, giving them choices of various educational programs, music therapy, Zumba, group dining, as well as having a professional photographer capturing all the precious, beautiful moments.

If you're looking for travel opportunities to celebrate milestones, cross off bucket list items, or just to celebrate life, Kathy Shoaf is the person you need to call. " — Brian LeBlanc Alzheimer's Advocate (850) 637-2586 "I have Alzheimer's BUT, it doesn't have ME"

Elite Cruises& Vacations Kathy Shoaf, RN, BSN
Adaptive Technology Professional, Certified Accessible Travel Advocate
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