TAPS 7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise

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Miami Florida to St. Maarten, Puerto Rico and Cococay Royal Caribbean's Private Island

All survivors are invited to join us on our TAPS Eastern Caribbean Cruises. 

Set sail with your TAPS family to kick off the new year. This self-funded cruise will be a chance to relax, heal and creating lasting friendships with fellow survivors.

TAPS cruise


This seven-night trip, cruises round-trip from Miami to St. Maarten, Puerto Rico and the private island of Cococay in the Eastern Caribbean aboard Royal Caribbean's beautiful Allure of the Seas.

Check out photos from the 2020 TAPS cruise to see what this trip is like. 


The Allure of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean's game-changing Oasis-class vessels with a range of the most uncruise-like venues at sea, such as an ice-skating rink, rock climbing wall, miniature golf course, water slides, surfrider, as well as a broadway production of Mamma Mia! Not to mention the themed neighborhoods such as the boardwalk with operating carousel and high dive water show, central park with its tropical foliage, quaint cafe and park like setting. There is a floating lounge and shopping mall boulevard of retail stores and cafes. Visit the Royal Caribbean's website to learn more about the ship. 


We know that healing is found when surrounded by peers who understand. While on board, TAPS will have a variety of programs and activities available for you based on relationship or loss, and we'll gather as a group each evening for a TAPS family dinner. We will have the conference space that we like to refer to as our “TAPS Helm” a place that will serve as our home base where you can always connect with your TAPS family.

When we reach each port, you'll be able to explore the area. We will also offer optional organized group shore excursions that will be announced closer to the cruise.


Special sessions at sea will be presented by TAPS President and Founder Bonnie Carroll and Dr. Frank Campbell.

Bonnie Carroll


Bonnie Carroll

Bonnie Carroll is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a retired U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer, the surviving spouse of Brigadier General Tom Carroll, a former staffer in the Reagan and Bush White Houses, and the President and Founder of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, the leading national Military Service Organization providing comfort, care, and resources to all those grieving the death of a military loved one. Ms. Carroll founded TAPS following the death of her husband in an Army C-12 plane crash on November 12, 1992.


Dr. Frank Campbell


Frank Campbell, PhD, LCSW, CT

Dr. Frank Campbell is the former Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center and the Crisis Center Foundation in Louisiana. He is currently the Senior Consultant for Campbell and Associates Consulting, where he works with communities on forensic suicidology cases. It was due to his more than 20 years of working with those bereaved by suicide that he introduced his Active Postvention Model (APM), most commonly known as the LOSS Team (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors). The model has now been replicated in countries as diverse as Australia, Singapore, Northern Ireland, Canada, and America. His work with survivors and victims of trauma has been featured in three Discovery Channel documentaries. Dr. Campbell received the Louis Dublin award at the 2010 American Association of Suicidology Conference. He is a past president of AAS and received the Roger J. Tierney Award for service. He was named Social Worker of the Year in Louisiana and was the first John W. Barton Fellow selected in his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


The cruise takes place from Sunday, January 3 to Sunday, January 10, 2021.

Day 1: Set sail from Miami at 4:30 p.m.
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: At Sea
Day 4: Phillipsburg, St. Maarten 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Day 5: San Juan, Puerto Rico 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: Perfect Day at CocoCay, Bahamas 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Day 8: Arrive Miami 6:00 a.m.


Self-funded trips are fully funded by survivors themselves and not covered by TAPS. 

Pricing starts at $538 per person, not including taxes of $122.75 per person and gratuities of $101.50 per person.


  • The first deposit is due at registration in the amount of $250 per person, based on double occupancy.
  • The final payment is due on September 25, 2020 or sooner.


All cruises booked on or before September 30, 2020 are eligible to cancel up to 48 hours before sailing and receive a future cruise credit good through April 2022 or 12 months after the date that you cancel your original sailing. All cancellations prior to final payment are entitled to a full refund. 


You’ll need to cover the cost of your transportation to and from Miami, Florida. If you are planning to travel the day of departure, please plan to arrive to Miami no later than 12:00 p.m. the day the ship departs.

If you plan to travel the day before we will have an optional group hotel that you will be able to join us at. More information about a hotel will be sent out after final payments have been made.

All staterooms come with two twins that can be converted to a queen bed, private bathroom, phone, closed-circuit television, mini fridge and a hair dryer.


To reserve your cabin, please submit a registration form. 

Please contact cruise@taps.org for any additional questions.