The Buckeye Cruise for Cancer event is a 5-day, 4-night cruise vacation with a number of Buckeyes in attendance. The purpose of the cruise is to raise money for cancer research. Proceeds from the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer benefit Stephanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at Ohio State’s James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.
The Buckeye Cruise for Cancer event (2009) took place aboard Royal Caribbean International’s Grandeur of the Seas. The 2,446-passenger ship features six whirlpools, a full-service day spa and fitness center, an outdoor jogging track, a rock-climbing wall, an indoor/outdoor pool in a Solarium with a sliding roof, an outdoor pool, Casino Royale, eight bars and lounges, a variety of themed bars and lounges, Adventure Ocean youth facilities, and numerous meeting and conference rooms. All Grandeur of the Seas amenities, activities, and entertainment are open to guests of Buckeye Cruise for Cancer.
Cruise highlights include: private chat sessions with coaches and athletes, photo and autograph sessions, Buckeye Idol with celebrity judges, auctions and raffles, Buckeye Olympics, Buckeye Bingo, Football 101 with Craig Krenzel & Ryan Miller, Let’s Make a Deal Buckeye Deal Game Show, and more. Guests of Buckeye Cruise for Cancer will be treated to entertainment ranging from Elvis impersonator Mike Albert to a performance by Grammy nominated artists Emerson Drive.
For the 2009 BCC event, the following Buckeyes were in attendance: Chris Spielman, Kirk Herbstreit, AJ Hawk, Craig Krenzel, Anthony Gonzalez, Bobby Carpenter, Mike Nugent, Coach Bruce, Coach Cooper, William White, Simon Fraser, Doug Datish, Ryan Miller, Dimitrious Stanley, Bob Brudzinski, Susan Gottlieb, Craigen Pappas, Raymont Harris, and of course Brutus the OSU mascot.
The cruise featured a wide variety of room options with varying price ranges as well as hotel packages to fit a variety of budgets. Prices for accommodations ranged from $499 for a level 2 inside stateroom up to $1,099 for deck 7 and 8 junior suites. Mid-range accommodations included large inside rooms for $649 and oceanview rooms for $749. Prices are per person and they do not include a $109 per person charge to cover port charges, govt. taxes, and fuel charges. Prices do include accommodations and prepaid gratuities.
The Buckeye Cruise for Cancer took place during Valentine’s Day weekend, from February 12-16. The cruise set sail from Tampa, Florida at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, February 12. The cruise arrived in Key West, Florida at 10:00 a.m. on Friday the 13th, where it spent most of the day. Grandeur departed from Key West at 4:00 p.m., Friday the 13th and arrived in Cozumel, Mexico at noon February 14th. Guests spent the entire day in Cozumel (noon-9 p.m.) and they spent the following day at sea. The Buckeye Cruise for Cancer returned to Tampa, Florida on Monday February 16 at 7 a.m. The cruise attracted thousands of passengers and raised well over $500,000.
The Buckeye Cruise for Cancer is sponsored by large number of companies and individuals including: Buckeye Nissan and Buckeye Honda, Kroger, Dr. Robert Houser, The Fan Sports Radio 1460 WBNS, Minutemen Press, and Gregory Electric, to name just a few. For more information about the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer, past cruise highlights, or information about the upcoming Buckeye Cruise for Cancer 2010, visit the official Buckeye Cruise for Cancer website at www.buckeyecruise.com or you may contact Travel Partners Dublin directly at: