Cruise for a Cause Sets Sail

Breast Cancer Survivor’s Cruise gets ready to sail to the Bahamas

Norweigan Cruise Lines

Travelers who want to sail for a cause can now book spaces for the Breast Cancer Survivor’s Cruise to the Bahamas, which sails round-trip from Miami to the Bahamas March 25 to 29, 2013. The charity cruise is raising money for breast cancer patients and survivors.

The cruise is hosted by Denise’s Breast Cancer Survivor’s Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization founded this year and based in Stormville, N.Y. Guests will sail on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Sky. The four-day cruise includes stops at Nassau, Grand Bahamas Island, and Great Stirrup Cay before returning to Miami.

"I outlived and survived my diagnosis and want others to know there is help," says Denise Robinson, founder of Denise’s Breast Cancer Survivor’s Foundation and Denise’s Travel Agency, and herself a breast cancer survivor.

Open to the public, the cruise includes a welcome cocktail party, workshops, and guest speakers, including a keynote speech by Lou Paradise, president and chief of research at Topical BioMedics, one of the trip’s sponsors. Paradise will discuss pain management and the roles nutrition, supplements, exercise, and hydration play in health, healing, and wellness.

"I know by personal experience that everyone who is experiencing this illness is facing hardships on multiple levels in some form or fashion whether it is emotional, physical, and financial, or a combination of them all," said Robinson, who hopes to have a "pink" ship one day; pink is a color often associated with breast cancer charity events. "I am grateful to be in a position to now offer help, support, and comfort to others in need to get through their journey."

Norwegian Sky has 10 dining options, including Cagney’s Steakhouse, Italian restaurant Il Adagio, and French restaurant Le Bistro.

Rates start at $410 for an inside cabin, $450 for an ocean view, and $699 for a balcony. Prices are per person based on double occupancy, and include cruise fare, meals, group activities, taxes, port charges, and fees. Reservations are open until Oct. 25.

Lauren Mack is the Travel Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @lmack.