Autism Cruise 2017

Autism Cruise® 2017

Families raising a child or adult with autism can experience feeling constantly overwhelmed; isolated from their family, friends, community, place of worship, etc.; mentally stressed out; financial hardships; physically exhausted; strained/broken relationships; guilt; depression, and so many other factors that can affect their household and lifestyle.  Autism Cruises® takes the family out of their environment so that they can enjoy themselves, be in the company of other families and caregivers who understand their daily concerns, and where the entire family can experience a respite.

DayPortArrival TimeDeparture Time
SundayPort Canaveral, FL4:00 pm
MondayFreeport, Bahamas8:00 am5:00 pm
TuesdayNassau, Bahamas8:00 am5:00 pm
WednesdayDay at Sea
ThursdayPort Canaveral, FL


If you know anyone who is interested in joining this cruise as an autism family or if you would like to support by sponsoring a family or by sailing with us (yes, everyone is invited), contact us at or donate by using the button below.  All proceeds go towards sponsoring an autism family.  All donations/gifts are tax deductible.

There’s A Star Inside of You Benefit Cruise

Join Cruising with Autism, Inc. on June 23, 2016 for a 4 Day Cruise aboard the Carnival Elation


4 Day Cruise Aboard the Carnival Elation - Sail Date: April 27, 2017

DayPort of CallArrival TimeDepart Time
ThursdayJacksonville, FL4:00 pm
FridayFreeport, Bahamas12:00 pm7:00 pm
SaturdayNassau, Bahamas8:00 am5:00 pm
SundayFun Day at Sea
MondayJacksonville, FL8:00 am

Things to Do:

Onboard Activities: Stage Shows, Hasbro, The Game Show, The Punchliner Comedy Show, Camp Carnival, Seuss at Sea, Piano Bar, Serenity Adult-Only Retreat, Spa Carnival, and Twister Water Slide.

Dining & Activities: Lido Restaurant, Seaday Brunch, The Chef’s Table, Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast, Mongolian Wok, Kids’ Menu, Coffee Bar, Dining Room, and Taste Bar.

Freeport: Freeport Kayak & Nature Experience, Dolphin Close Encounter, Wester Heritage & Snorkel Tour, Family Beach Escape, Beach Getaway with Open Bar, All-Inclusive Beach Getaway, All-Inclusive Reef Snorkel Beach Break & Shopping, etc.

Nassau: Catamaran Sail & Snorkel, Sea & See Tour, Atlantis Aquaventure Full Day with Lunch, Promo-Private Island, Graycliff Chocolatier – The Art of Chocolate Making, Straw Market, etc.

Note:  Day Trips/Excursions are available, contact us for more information.

CategoryType StateroomRates
Ocean view6B$586.91
Ocean view6C$596.91
Ocean view6D$616.91

Rates are based on double occupancy and per person. The type stateroom determines the cabin location on the ship.

Suites, as well as single and triple occupancy is available, contact us for rates.  Note:  Triple rates:  starting $468.16 per person; Quad rates:  $436.29 per person and five in one room: $417.16 per person.  (Must be booked early, when booked closer to the due date, subject to availability).

Payment Plan:

$100.00 per person is due at booking to hold your cabin.

$150.00 per person is due by 02/15/2016

Final Balance is due by 04/15/2016

Passport is not required; however, Highly Recommended.

Vacation Protection coverage is Not Included; however, Highly Recommended.

Book at: BOOK NOW

Cancellation Policy:  $150 per person 04/20/2016,  50% per person 05/05/2016 and Full Penalty 06/01/2016

This is a “Benefit” cruise and ALL  Commissions/Incentives will go towards funding the cruise payment for a child, teenager or adult with autism or a related disability.

We are licensed and bonded with the State of Florida.  Registered with the State of Florida as a Seller of Travel.  Registration No. ST39800

Thank you so much for booking and we appreciate your support.  — Cruising with Autism, Inc., a non-profit organization.

Contact Ms. Clayton at or 904-805-2336 for additional details and questions.

Interested or know someone that is may sponsor a person with autism, please share the following link:  Sponsorship Package


On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, Cruising with Autism, Inc. will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. It has been set aside for the world to come together for one common purpose: to give thanks to celebrate generosity and to give.

Cruising with Autism, Inc. Joins the National #GivingTuesday Movement to Encourage Spending with A Purpose.

Pledges to Support Our Campaign #AUTISMIS

Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support and help create a better world.

Ways to Give this #GivingTuesday

On #GivingTuesday, Cruising with Autism is raising awareness and funds for its campaign #AUTISMIS – which will fund at least 10 children/teens/adults with autism to take a group cruise on June 23, 2016 and for monthly community informational sessions to provide support to families with a family member living with autism.

Thank you for giving to our #AUTISMIS campaign, your generosity on #GIVINGTUESDAY will help many children, teenagers, and adults with autism.

If you prefer to mail your contribution, please send to Cruising with Autism, Inc., 3545 St. Johns Bluff Road So, #123, Jacksonville, FL 32224

If you have any questions, please contact

Special Needs Trust Info Session (Q&A)

Jacksonville Autism Meet Up
Special Needs Trust Presentation

When: Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 10:30 am

Where: Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint, 8821 Southside Blvd, Ste 1, Jacksonville, FL

Do you have Special Needs Trust documents in place for your child living with autism or other disabilities? Do you have questions regarding the purpose of these documents and how to properly prepare for your child’s future? Peace of mind is priceless and knowledge is power. Join us for a brief session with a Special Needs Attorney who will provide us with the information that we need to protect our children’s future. Information will be provided that you may take with you so that you can review. If you already have a trust in place, you can come and ask questions and find out how to update your information. This is an area that we as parents take very seriously and we can never have too much information.

As always, your child is not only welcomed to attend, we encourage you to bring your child. Please let us know in advance if a gluten-free meal is required. Please let us know how many of your family members will be attending. Eventbrite - Understanding Special Needs Trust

Let’s Learn about the ABLE Act

Jacksonville Autism Meetup
Date: October 31, 2015 at 10:30 am

Place: Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint, 8821 Southside Blvd Ste 1, Jacksonville, FL

Topic: The Achieving a Better Life (ABLE) Act, a Florida Board Certified Attorney will provide us with a brief presentation regarding the new Florida ABLE Act. Come out and find out how you can set up tax-exempt savings accounts for disability-related expenses without jeopardizing programs such as SSI and Medicaid. This will be a brief informational session followed by Q&A.

A FREE pizza lunch will follow. Please RSVP by 10/26/2015 at and provide us with the number of people attending as well as whether a gluten-free pizza will be required.

Not only are your children/teens/adults with autism welcome, but are encouraged to attend.

Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser

On Saturday, September 12, 2015 join us at 8:00 am at Applebee’s at St. Johns Town Center, 4507 Town Center Pkwy, Jacksonville, FL for our 1st Back to School Event for the 2015 – 2016 school year. Come out and enjoy a delicious full pancake breakfast along and fellowship while supporting our teenagers’ cruise which is scheduled in June 2016. During the event everyone will have a chance to win a gift card to make a purchase at various stores in the mall. Bring your family members and friends and please share!

Tickets: Adults: $10.00 each Students: $8.00 each

Note: Gluten-free options are available upon request.

Purchase FlapJack Fundraiser Tickets

Valentine’s Day Fundraising Cruise

6-Day Western Caribbean Cruise aboard the Carnival Conquest
February 14, 2016 – February 20, 2016
Depart from Fort Lauderdale, FL and sail to Key West, Florida; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; and Cozumel, Mexico.
Rates start at $554.22 per person based on double occupancy.
For additional information and booking:; or contact (904) 383-0874.

ALL proceeds from this cruise will go to Cruising with Autism, Inc., to fund a cruise vacation for 10 teenagers with autism.

End of the School Year Pizza Party

Hosted by Cruising with Autism, Inc.
Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 3:30 pm
at the Pizza Hut located at 4311 University Blvd., S. Jacksonville, FL

FREE Pizza for Autism Families & Informational Session for Parents

RSVP by 05/04/2015 by contacting or call 904-383-0874

Please provide the number of guests, special diets (gluten-free, vegetarian, etc.)
Pizza Collage

One Spark: Cruising with Autism, Inc.: Project# 21794

Project Showcase:  The World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival:  Start-up funds for an existing non profit (Cruising with Autism, Inc.), for Cruises/Vacations, etc.  Funding of first program:  A Group Cruise for 10 Teens Living with Autism

When:  April 7 – April 12, 2015

Hosted:  Omni Hotel, 245 Water Street, Jacksonville, Florida


Wed 11 AM – 9 PM
Thu 11 AM – 9 PM
Fri 11 AM – 9 PM
Sat 11 AM – 9 PM
Sun 11 AM – 3 PM



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