TAPS 7 Night Caribbean Cruise and Color & Flow Retreat

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Miami, Florida
Registration Open from November 1, 2022 to April 7, 2023
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All female survivors who are more than six months out from their loss are invited to join us on our self-funded TAPS 7 Night Caribbean Cruise and Color & Flow Retreat. 

Cruise Health Protocols: The travel requirements and health protocols are constantly evolving and vary by port of departure. Booked guests will be advised of their specific requirements before setting sail. Please see the Royal Caribbean Getting Ready to Cruise for more detailed information and the latest guidance.

TAPS cruise

TAPS cruise

OVERVIEW

Grief and trauma can hijack the normal range of human emotions. At times we may feel like we’ve been “flash frozen” and we’re unable to access feelings and memories.  On the other hand, at times we’re overstimulated - we can feel hypersensitive and unprotected, like a raw nerve, where every emotion is extreme. Sometimes we need gentle thawing, sometimes we need to add some insulation.  

Comfort and ease can be found when we learn to flow - to move easily in the space between these extremes, when the ways we’re closed and the ways we’re open allow the body to become a vessel for healing. Please join us on this hybrid retreat and cruise as we learn how to look with new eyes on big sky, big waves, and big feelings. 

Each cruising day will consist of around four hours of dedicated programming. We’ll set the stage with an educational workshop, then follow it with an all-levels, accessible yoga class that will be tailored to the day’s focus (each session a different energy center), followed by creative work in our onboard art studio. We’ll lean into the insights that come from accessing the mind-body connection and finish with discussion, sharing, and ways to integrate the experience into the rest of the day. 

Movement, exploration, and expansion mirrored with comfort, support, and certainty - the wind and water will be our teachers; other survivors on board will become your sisters. Together, we’ll tap into the power that comes from being able to function on the entire emotional spectrum - and the new perspective that comes from wide open spaces. 

This is a seven-night trip round-trip cruise from Miami going to Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas and a Perfect Day at CocoCay, Bahamas aboard the Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas.  

Check out photos from a 2022 TAPS cruise to see what a trip is like. 

THE SHIP

The amped Harmony the Seas® delivers a maxed out adventure in just a few short days. Take on record breaking thrills, like the longest waterslide at sea. Soak up bigger, bolder, splashier pool days. Swap going out for going all out with next level nightlife and new dining for every craving. This is your short vacay, turned way, way up. Only on Royal Caribbean®.

TAPS ON BOARD

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'll also have a survivor sanctuary, we liken her to  “THE HELM.” It will serve as our home base where you can always connect with TAPS staff should you need any emotional support.

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

 

SCHEDULE

The cruise takes place from Saturday, April 22 to Saturday, April 29, 2023. 

  • April 21: Optional Overnight Miami, Florida (Hotel TBA, recommended)
  • April 22: We'll set sail from Miami at 4:30 p.m. and cruise to our first destination.
  • April 23-24: We'll spend the days at sea, and you'll get to explore the cruise ship's many features.
  • April 25: The ship will dock at Philipsburg, St. Maarten, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • April 26: The ship will dock at Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • April 27: We'll spend these day at sea, you'll once again get to enjoy time onboard.
  • April 28: The ship will dock at Perfect Day CocoCay, Bahamas from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • April 29: We'll disembark in Miami at 6 a.m. and say our goodbyes.

 

TRIP FEES

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

  • Single cabin price includes all taxes, gratuities and fees.
    Balcony: $2,248.40
    Ocean View: $1,960.40
    Inside: $1,564.40

  • If you are traveling with another survivor attending Women's Empowerment and you would like to share your cabin, the total cost per person including all taxes, gratuities and fees are listed below.
    Balcony: $1,245.40
    Ocean View: $1,101.40
    Inside: $903.40

  • There is an additional fee for travel protection of $59 to $89 per person (depending on cabin price) that will be included with your cabin.

Group rate is guaranteed if booked by December 19, 2022. Final payments are due by January 13, 2023.

We will reach out to you on single, triple and quad pricing if selected during registration. Registration is open until April 7, 2023 or until the ship is sold out.

 

LODGING AND TRANSPORTATION

You'll need to cover the cost of your transportation to and from Miami, Florida. The nearest airports are Miami (MIA) and Fort Lauderdale (FLL). Please plan to arrive before 12 p.m. the day the ship departs and after 12 p.m. the day the ship returns. We highly encourage arrival the night before and will have a hotel option at a group rate if you would like to join TAPS staff. Any flight delays could mean missing the ship.

We'll have lodging on the ship for each night. All staterooms come with two twins that can be converted to a queen bed, private bathroom, phone, closed-circuit television, mini bar and hair dryers.

 

REGISTRATION DETAILS

To reserve your spot on this trip, please submit a registration form (look for the blue button at the top of this page) before December 19, 2022 for best rates. Registration will be open until April 7, 2023 or until cabins are full. Cabins can be added to the group up until two weeks before sailing, but may be at higher rates. Please contact cruise@taps.org any additional questions.