The MSF Cruise for a Cause is an innovative educational program at sea, providing the opportunity for people with MS to meet and learn from renowned MS specialists, hear motivational speakers, have fun with others with MS, and break beyond barriers – both physical and emotional – all aboard a luxury cruise ship.
Each year, hundreds of people with MS, their families, friends and well partners come together for this special event. A cutting edge educational program is presented by the country’s most renowned MS specialists. While visits to exotic ports of call are main attractions, attendees find the experience of being with others facing similar challenges to be the highlight of the trip.
Attendees pay only for the cost of their cruise. As with all MSF services, this comprehensive educational program is free of charge. The Cruise for a Cause is not a fundraising event.
Why a Cruise? When it comes to travel, people with MS face unique challenges. Some, especially those with mobility impairment, may feel that they can no longer travel safely or comfortably. But these hurdles can be overcome, and an accessible cruise is a great place to start.
Aboard a luxury cruise ship, a courteous and attentive staff caters to a traveler’s needs. Beautiful lodging, fine food, spectacular entertainment, and eclectic shopping are available without ever leaving the ship. Accessible excursions are often available, as well.
Always striving to meet the special needs of travelers with MS, the sponsoring travel agency works closely with the cruise line staff to provide shower chairs, scooter rentals, accessible transportation, ice for prescription medicines, and a limited number of accessible cabins.
The Program MSF Cruise for a Cause participants may attend a variety of programs that are designed to be educational, inspirational, practical and fun.
Lectures: Specialists present the latest information in MS research, traditional and complementary treatment options, and symptom management in a relaxed setting.
Workshops: Healthcare professionals provide practical advice on living well with MS.
Motivational speeches: Celebrities, professional athletes, and patient advocates inspire attendees to break down barriers and strive to live beyond their limits.
Discussion groups: At the Port-to-Port Support Group meeting, participants share their thoughts, feelings, and advice with one another.
Question and answer sessions: Presenters answer questions from the audience in an open forum setting.
Join Us! Many attendees have called the MSF Cruise for a Cause a life-changing experience. They have learned, not just about MS, but about themselves. They have forged lasting friendships, and brought back memories to last a lifetime.