BDO Wellnes & Waves Cruise

Cruisin' To a better you!

Setting sail APRIL 12-19, 2020

From Ft. Lauderdale, Fl for the Bahamas, Grand Cayman, Jamaica and Cozumel

LIMITED TIME OFFER!

Get $100 Dollars Off Your cabin price if you pay your deposit when you register!

Questions? Call our cruise partners  at 800-422-0711. 

BlackDoctor.org (BDO), the leading health and wellness platform for African Americans, will take over Holland America’s Nieuw Statendam for seven days and nights of concerts, parties, healthy living sessions, and much more. With non-stop entertainment and activities throughout the day and night, there’s more than you can possibly do on a single cruise! Whether you’re traveling solo, with a friend, family member, or significant other, the BDO Wellness & Waves Cruise has fun activities for everyone.

Once on the ship, you’ll notice there’s fun everywhere you look– the show lounges are spectacular, there’s a variety of world class restaurants, casino is crackin,’ and each bar makes even a simple drink a chance to chill in a setting less ordinary. Our BDO Wellness & Waves team has events planned for every cruiser, including our top expert led workshops, old school and new school parties, golf outings, games for singles and couples, theme nights, and more.

The best thing about this cruise, however, is that YOU get to Experience BDO Live and in person.  Over 30 culturally relevant workshops and sessions are on hand for you to get in position to live the life you’ve always wanted!   Be the first to see our “Roadmap to Living your Best Life” broken down by health, wellness, wealth and lifestyle experts.

All of this, plus The camaraderie of sailing through the Caribbean, with other Black cruisers from all around the country, is what truly makes this cruise memorable.

On this journey to enhance your well-being, you will be joined by people who look like you. Everyone on board will be tapping into their best energy in order to live their best life ever.

We are all part of the BDO family so welcome aboard!

Click Below To See Images of the ship and things to do.

Events You Can Look Forward To!

THE CABINS

Cabin rates include all-inclusive access to the BDO workshops, seminars, and planned activities.
Place your fully refundable deposit now to reserve your cabin!

 

What's included in the cabin price:

Accommodations on board the ship (7-nights) include

  • Port Charges & Government Taxes
  • Meals, Snacks, and Most Beverages
  • 24-Hour Complimentary Room Service
  • Use of Ship Facilities (2 pools, spa, casino, on-board shopping, blues club, innovative specialty restaurants)

BDO Wellness & Waves Pass which includes:

  • Welcome Gift Bag
  • Meet & Greet Reception
  • Networking Mixers
  • Wide Variety of Seminars by World class Speakers/Experts
  • Fitness Classes
  • Theme Parties with a special guest DJ
  • Comedy Show
  • Karaoke

Inside Cabin

Two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our signature Mariner’s Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads and a host of amenities are featured in these comfortable staterooms. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

$1379

Ocean View Cabin

These expansive staterooms include two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—the Signature Mariner’s Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads, a host of amenities and an ocean view. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown. 

$1,749

Verandah Cabin

Filled with light from floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah, these staterooms include a sitting area, two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our signature Mariner’s Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, and shower with premium massage showerheads. The view is partially obstructed. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

$2,009 – $2,159

Vista Suite

With a teak-lined verandah, floor-to-ceiling windows and comfortable sitting area, these comfortable suites are filled with light. They include two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our signature Mariner’s Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses plus a shower with premium massage head and a refrigerator. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

$2,659.00

Signature Suite

These large, comfortable suites feature a spacious sitting area with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah, two lower beds convertible to one king-size bed—our signature Mariner’s Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, and one murphy bed for one person. The bathroom includes a dual-sink vanity and shower. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown. Approximately 393 sq. ft. including verandah. 

$4,309.00

Neptune Suite

With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah, these spacious suites are flooded with light. They feature a large sitting area and two lower beds convertible to one king-size bed—our signature Mariner’s Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses. The bathroom includes a dual-sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath and shower, or shower only. Approximately 465 sq. ft. including verandah

$4,959 – $5,359

LIMITED TIME OFFER!

Get $100 Dollars Off Your cabin price if you pay your deposit when you register!

Questions? Call our cruise partners at 800-422-0711. 

Sessions At Sea

Note: Cruise programming is subject to change without prior notice

Hosted by the leading top experts and celebrity coaches, these sessions will be filling up quickly. These are just some highlights of the amazing and impactful sessions that we’ll be having aboard the ship. Book your cruise to reserve your spot now.

Mental Health
The Black Superwoman and How She Is Killing Us
This topic covers the concept of the strong, black woman and how trying to live up to this narrative is adding to the increased mental health burden on Black women. We’ll talk about mental health disorders, realistic self-care, sexuality, and boundary setting.
Mental Health
Self-Care
Caregiver Mini Bootcamp
You either are a caregiver, were a caregiver, will be a caregiver, or will need care. Our discussions will cover the statistics regarding family caregivers in the U.S., provide essential tips for navigating the healthcare system for loved ones, and discuss the importance of self-care.
Self-Care
Health Conditions
Living with Diabetes: Mind, Body, and Food
We will discuss how to accept the diagnosis of diabetes and how to live a normal, fulfilling life with a chronic disease. Renewing your mindset, understanding your body changes, and learning nutrition for diabetic living.
Health Conditions
Mental Health
The Elephant in the Room: Being Selfish
Everyone wants success but for many, it is at the expense of their body and health. This talk is about why Prioritizing oneself is KEY and NECESSARY for success and tips on how to put oneself first.
Mental Health
Self-Care
Own Your Confidence
We will talk about how self-care is a key component of building confidence in yourself and in your life! There are 12 principles that are important for self-care and building confidence. Our goal is to realize that we can truly take control of our lives and take our lives to an extraordinary level.
Self-Care
Relationships/Marriage
Keeping You and Your Spouse WELL
Marriage can definitely come with challenges, and one of these is staying healthy while dealing with life’s other responsibilities. In this "tag team" talk, Dr Felecia Sumner and her husband, Doyne Sumner (certified health consultant), review motivating tips to keep you and your spouse healthy.
Relationships/Marriage
Mental Health
From Burn out to Balance
We’ll discuss the methods to recognize burnout, bolster resilience and practical ways forward.
Mental Health

Other Sessions At Sea

Are we committing dietary suicide? We will discuss how our dietary habits have changed since evolution, and how our food is linked to the development and increased prevalence of chronic illnesses in communities of color.

Stop Struggling with Your Weight and Wealth

How water affects you from your head to your toes

We will discuss health and healthcare disparities among people of color. Then we will provide 5 concrete tips to help individuals advocate for themselves and get what they need from any doctor.

We will cover the 4 major types of health insurance plans (HMO, PPO, POS, HDHP), explain the key differences, and provide tips for which plan to choose based on individual health and financial factors.

This topic covers how Black Americans are dealing with racism, discrimination, and police killings of young black men.

Tips for healthy eating while traveling for work

How to Overcome Your Greatest Challenge

The Keys Mental Health and Wellness for Black Families

Transition Smarter, Not Harder

LIMITED TIME OFFER!

Get $100 Dollars Off Your cabin price if you pay your deposit when you register!

Questions? Call our cruise partners  at 800-422-0711. 
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We’d be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise.!

Our Destinations

Depart: Port of Ft. Lauderdale
 
4/12 – 5:00pm
Cruisin’ to a better you begins in the sunshine state of Florida where you’ll find yourself somewhere between laid-back island time and the fast pace of a thriving city. Don’t be afraid to hit the beach and dive fully into vacation mode while awaiting your Wellness & Waves adventure. Once we set sail at 5pm the party will begin, literally! Get ready for, hands down, the biggest welcome celebration the sea has seen. We’re celebrating YOU, so we’ve got to do it BIG!
Half-Moon Cay, BH (Private Island)
 
4/13 – 8am – 4pm
Did someone say private island?! There’s nothing like Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s 2,400-acre private island paradise in the Bahamas. Soak in the solitude of the white-sand beach or snorkel through the clear waters of the sea. Wanting to have more fun in the sun? BDO will be hosting a volleyball tournament, beach workouts, and our exclusive Wellness & Waves beach party. 
Day At Sea (Workshops & Party)
 
4/14 
We’ve got a full day at sea and lots of activities planned for you! Start your day with sunrise yoga or get the morning energy burst you deserve with our boot camp blast series. Customize the rest of your afternoon by joining the nation’s top experts as they lead our Wave Sessions in health, nutrition, beauty, and lifestyle. As the sun sets on the sea, the ship will light up with our mix and mingle group dinner followed by Cocktails and Karaoke.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
 
4/15 8am – 5pm
Is it just us, or did you read “Jamaica” and immediately start hearing the drums of Bob Marley’s “Jammin?” Well…we’re sure you hear them now, and that’s exactly what we’ll be doing in Jamaica. Unwind to the smooth sounds of the reggae shore and relax on a bamboo river raft down Martha’s Brae. Grab a friend and link hands as we climb the waterfalls at Dunns River Falls, or Bobsled through the Mystic Mountain. After your day of adventure, grab some Jamaican food and join us back on board for our Wellness & Waves stoplight party.  
Georgetown, Cayman Islands
 
4/16 8am – 4pm
The Cayman Islands have everything you would want from a Caribbean destination—warm breezes, clear seas, a laid-back attitude—and an exciting culinary scene. Between the celebrity chefs who’ve set up shop on Grand Cayman and the 135 or so resident nationalities that have helped season the island’s giant melting pot, this is one of the best places to eat in the Caribbean. Don’t forget to visit Stingray City, where you’ll be able to swim and interact with stingrays in the clear Cayman waters. At the start of the evening, we’ll be back on board hosting our healthy cocktail mixing, couples massage, and dance workshops. From there, we’ll laugh late into the night at the Wellness & Waves Comedy Show.
Cozumel, Mexico
 
4/17 11am – 11pm
Let’s get cozy in Cozumel at our Waves & Wellness and spa day retreat. Get the rest and relaxation that only this paradise island can offer with world-class spa treatments. For the golfing enthusiast, play 18 holes on Cozumel’s championship golf course and enjoy the satisfaction of hanging with good friends, new and old. With a full day on land, let’s reset, relax, and restore in Mexico’s Caribbean Island.
Day At Sea
 
4/18
We’re not ready to end the fun yet, and with a full day at sea, we really don’t have to. We’re back with more Wave Sessions to help you create your best life, ever! Remember, we’re following our best life roadmap and making stops in health, fitness, nutrition, beauty, and lifestyle. Check out the Wave Session schedule and customize your journey to a better you with the sessions that resonate most. With the color white symbolizing wholeness and completion, what better way to close our Wellness & Waves experience than with an all white party? Join us in our celebration of YOUR journey over the past seven days, and into the future as the NEW you. We’ll have music, prizes, and awards all night long.
Arrive: Port of Ft. Lauderdale
 
4/19 7am
You don’t have to go home, but you gotta get out of here! Leave the Wellness & Waves Cruise with your very own customized Best Life Roadmap and show the world the new you. Embrace the transformative power of travel and join us for more BDO hosted events in the future!

LIMITED TIME OFFER!

Get $100 Dollars Off Your cabin price if you pay your deposit when you register!

Questions? Call our cruise partners  at 800-422-0711. 
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We’d be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise.!

 

MEET YOUR HOSTS

BDO (BlackDoctor.org) is the leading health & wellness website for people of color. Our 22 million monthly visitors enjoy our custom content centered around black health, wellness, lifestyle and longevity. And over 100,000 people per month are searching for culturally sensitive doctors on our “Find A Doctor” Tool. 

At Holland America Line, we believe travel has the power to change the world. We consider it our higher purpose to help make the world a better place through opening minds, building connections, and inspiring a shared humanity. Holland America Line, the premium cruise line dedicated to explorers, foodies and music lovers who want to pursue these passions on perfectly sized, refreshingly uncrowded ships, filled with one-of-a-kind experiences.  Come Savor the Journey.

LIMITED TIME OFFER!

Get $100 Dollars Off Your cabin price if you pay your deposit when you register!

Questions? Call our cruise partners at 800-422-0711. 
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We’d be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise.!

CRUISE FAQ

The same items you would bring on any vacation. In addition to that, you may want to purchase items for motion sickness.

Yes, there is a convenience store on the ship in case you forget any essentials.

Yes, we will need passports for every destination.

No, airfare is not included. You are responsible for airfare, transportation to and from the airport and any other costs outside of the cruise itself and its included activities.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)

Yes, there will be WiFi on the ship!

Questions? Call our cruise partners Continuing Education® at 800-422-0711. 
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We’d be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise.

No. To book your cabin all you have to do is pay a $350 per person deposit (based on double occupancy)

Cruise Line cancellation policies are strictly enforced. For that reason, we urge all of our travelers to carefully consider whether travel protection is a good value for them.

Certainly, if you have reason to think that “something might come up” that might force you to cancel, travel protection is worth the cost of the premium. Examples we’ve seen in the past include ill or frail family members and changes in employment causing relocation.

Visit TravelSafe To Explore Protection Plans

If travel protection is the right choice for you, we recommend TravelSafe. To visit their site and explore your options click here or on the link above. The cruise lines also offer travel insurance and we’d be happy to help you go that route if you’d prefer.

Travel Protection Plans

  • TravelSafe Basic Plan – A plan for those who want just the bare necessities.
  • TravelSafe Classic Plan – TravelSafe’s most popular plan includes higher limits on all of the important benefits to expand your coverage. Add Cancel For Any Reason for even more coverage.
 

LIMITED TIME OFFER!

Get $100 Dollars Off Your cabin price if you pay your deposit when you register!

Questions? Call our cruise partners  at 800-422-0711. 
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We’d be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise.!