The article below was written by Latima Mason, Management System Coordinator, Residential Services
After more than a year of planning, workshops, and continuous excitement, thirteen AHRC New York City residences took part in an experience of a lifetime. More than 80 people from Residential Services sailed on a seven-day cruise to Florida and the Bahamas. The trip, one of the largest in the department’s history, was organized by Latima Mason, Management Systems Coordinator, and Jackeen Sailsman, Assistant Director.
Come Sail Away
Our adventure started from New York City on October 27, where we sailed on the Norwegian Escape. The excitement was palpable upon seeing the huge vessel in the Hudson River. We sailed to three different ports: Port Canaveral in Florida, Great Stirrup Cay, and Nassau, Bahamas. While cruising there was something for everyone, from food and entertainment to clubs and spas. As we sailed from the cold weather of NYC to the warmth of Florida, it was common to find people on the upper decks sunbathing and enjoying the entertainment.
During the evening hours, nightlife was lively, and the casino machines would be heard sounding off everyone’s winnings as people gathered around to celebrate. The Broadway plays left people reflecting and mesmerized. Freestyle dining offered an array of scrumptious foods and catered to everyone’s diet. Captain’s Night afforded everyone an opportunity to dress up and take a picture with the shi’s Captain, who was thrilled to see so many people around him. One of the many highlights of the cruise was watching Danielle Sage from Gruenstein residence win Dancing with the Stars: Norwegian Edition and become a true celebrity as it played on TV and the big screens every day after.
The shore excursions were another highlight of our trip. While in Florida, people went to Disney’s Magic Kingdom to say hello to Mickey Mouse and friends, while others went to Universal Studios to visit Harry Potter’s Magical World or to hang out with the Avengers. It was an amazing feeling to hear the many tales of the other guests on the ship that felt the family-like feel of our group. The memories of this event will be with us forever!
Positive Feedback from a Shipmate
A fellow passenger contacted AHRC NYC through its website, commending the group for an exemplary trip:
“I had the opportunity of being on a cruise out of NYC at the end of October with some of your participants and staff. It truly made my cruise seeing how happy the participants seemed to be and enjoying all the experiences that I enjoyed. I work as an administrator at a small nonprofit in Watertown NY and came back from my cruise excited to share my stories with our staff. Your staff were amazing and if I didn’t work in the field I would have thought that each individual was with their family member. I loved how the group was frequently split into small groups never causing them to stand out. This experience for them is truly Person-Centered and Kudos to your administration and staff for pulling off such an amazing and detailed trip.”
Thank you to the overwhelming support of everyone that helped to create this magical moment for the people supported and to the hard-working staff members that ensured our outing was a massive success!