The Marriage Cruise for Smart Couples

Imagine 7 nights away with your spouse. A time of relaxation, exploring new places, having fun together, and strengthening your marriage. Wouldn't that be beautiful?

February 23, 2019 - 7 nights

8 Days / 7 Romantic Nights aboard the Celebrity Equinox

Miami | Key West | Costa Maya | Cozumel | George Town

What If You Could Change Your Marriage?

The Marriage Cruise for Smart Couples is a retreat for married couples looking for relaxation, renewal, romance and life-long memories. The eight-day (seven nights) cruise sails from Miami, FL to Key West, Puerto Costa Maya, Cozumel and George Town, Grand Cayman. Hosted by Caleb & Verlynda Simonyi-Gindele, the marriage seminars feature inspiring, entertaining and educational messages that will transform your marriage. Think of it as similar to our Marriage Podcast for Smart People, but even more powerful and actionable. You can look forward to practical, refreshing and research-based content, great laughs with like-minded couples, and quality time with your spouse while sailing on the amazing Caribbean Sea. 

Enjoy a dip in the pool, relax with a couples' massage in the Spa, hit the gym, grab some soft serve ice cream or order room service and get intimate in your stateroom. Whatever you'd like to do as a couple, there is a good chance you'll be able to do it! Join us for an unforgettable week on the high seas as you relax, renew, rediscover, romance and remember.

Imagine how nice it would be to spend time away and not have to worry about the day-to-day challenges of life at home. While the crew is taking care of your needs, we'll help you give your marriage the care and attention it deserves.

It is truly an experience like no other. We invite you to join us on the second Marriage Cruise for Smart Couples.

A Luxury Cruise Ship

Topped with a half-acre of soft grass, the Celebrity Equinox is an iconic ship resplendent with a plethora of amenities. There is more space to relax on this ship and to socialize in the warm sea air. Head upstairs and take a Hot Glass Class together. Inside, embark on a culinary adventure at Qsine® where you order from an iPad® menu. 85% of the ship's luxurious staterooms are enhanced by sweeping veranda views. Celebrity has truly created an extraordinary vacation experience. Again.

Make the most of your time together and continue your health, fitness and wellness routine while on board. You're invited to indulge your mind, body and spirit in the state-of-the-art fitness facilities with soaring floor-to-ceiling windows. Experience the profound pleasures of the spectacular spa setting with luxurious services and enlightening presentations designed to restore your serenity and leave you feeling fantastic.

Your Hosts


Co-hosts of The Marriage Podcast for Smart People, Caleb & Verlynda are now bringing their extensive expertise to a cruise-based marriage retreat. 

A seasoned public speaker and marriage therapist, Caleb will be sharing his wisdom and experience together with his wife, Verlynda. You are sure to see your marriage grow, renew and flourish as you discover new, deeper ways to connect and strengthen your love for one another.

Also, since you're on the same cruise, you will have closer access to Caleb and Verlynda as they look forward to getting you know you better.

Transformational Retreat Topics

What if 2019 was the year your marriage turned a corner and became filled with joy, connection and satisfaction?

Research shows that marriage retreats of this length are most effective with about 12 hours of seminar time. We are planning the sessions so that we spend more time as a group on the two sea days and have shorter, morning sessions when the ship is in port so that you are free to enjoy excursions. You will also have marriage-enriching and enjoyable "homework" (don't worry, it will not feel like work!) exercises between sessions. As well, we have been very intentional about designing a retreat that is not just a flash in the pan experience, but truly creates a lasting, positive impact on your marriage. These 8 days are designed to change your life.

Topics are detailed below, but in each and every session you will:

  • Absorb digestible, practical, easy-to-follow marriage teaching that actually works
  • Hear about real-life challenges and have honest, open discussion with your spouse about issues we all face 
  • Take confidence in learning from research based, marriage saving wisdom from a seasoned therapist
  • Enjoy the kind, humorous banter between Caleb & Verlynda as you are inspired with positive, hopeful truths about marriage



Create marriage legacy

Legacy Building

Explore, enjoy and expand your sexual intimacy.

Listen, understand, connect. Hear and be heard. 

Let go of the past. Make sense of the present. Build something amazing for the future.

Retreat Session Details:

Welcome Reception

Session 1: Shortwave Radio Lessons

Session 2: Your Own Love Boat

Session 3: Sex Ed for Experienced Couples

Session 4: Your Safe Harbour

Session 5: Who’s The Captain, Anyways?

Session 6: Navigating Out of the Storm

Session 7: Sailing Off Into the Sunset

Session 8: Wrap-up -- Land Ahoy!

On-board Venue

Book Now! Rooms are held for another:


You've waited long enough to put your marriage first. Why not start today?  What could you accomplish in the lives of your children and grandchildren, in your community, or in your life if your marriage was a source of positivity and encouragement?

Your Marriage Investment

To participate in The Marriage Cruise for Smart Couples you will need to:

  1. Register for the retreat (below),
  2. Book a stateroom (with Leah Defreece of Travel Time AZ, see below), and 
  3. Make travel arrangements to and from the cruise terminal.

We have targeted that $2500 mark for you as a couple to enjoy this beautiful vacation. If you live further from the cruise terminal, you will also have airfare to consider. 

The Marriage Cruise for Smart Couples:
(All prices in US Dollars)

Retreat Fee

  • $800 USD per couple for the retreat
  • See below for Stateroom pricing


2 room options are being held for us. More options may be available when you call, but this cruise is filling up quickly! Also, the staterooms and prices are only being held until October 25, 2018!

Option 1: Veranda Stateroom

Latest Price: $1294.50 per spouse, USD
Taxes, fees and port expenses included. Gratuities not included. Based on double occupancy.

There may be extra perks and deals available to you from Celebrity depending where you reside. Be sure to contact Leah for these added bonuses!

Option 2: Inside Stateroom

Latest Price: $914.50 per spouse, USD
Taxes, fees and port expenses included. Gratuities not included. Based on double occupancy.

Special pricing may be available to you from Celebrity depending where you reside. Again, contact Leah for this information after you register for the Retreat.

Option 3: Concierge Class

Latest Price: $1484.50 per spouse, USD
Taxes, fees and port expenses included. Gratuities not included. Based on double occupancy.

Take your travel up a notch and enjoy the special perks that only come with the Concierge Class: personalized Concierge service, priority check-in and debarkation, exclusive embarkation day lunch, exclusive pre-departure lounge, afternoon savories delivery and more. With Concierge class, you can truly relax and focus on your marriage while Celebrity takes care of everything else!

Still Not Sure? 

Here's what past cruisers have to say:

“Incredible Cruise!”


I am a fan of Caleb & Verlynda's Marriage Podcast for Smart People: my husband Ron is the typical man who resisted marriage counseling. We were empty nesters traveling a divergent path. The cruise gave us hours for conversation, the classes were succinct and provided us many ideas that have brought us back to an appreciation for this life we made together. We look at each other more, at our phones less. We smile and touch and talk more. Caleb and Verlynda are truly gifted. The cruise was the perfect venue for this workshop.

Ron & Nancy Vinsant

“Exceptional Week!”


The Marriage Cruise for Smart Couples was a very special week bringing the relationship between my wife and I to a deeper understanding and appreciation for each other. Our lives were devoted to raising our children and now that they are launched, it seemed like our purpose for all these 20 plus years had come to an end. This week has helped us to set goals and look forward to the next phase of our relationship together, just the two of us. We came to understand and appreciate in a meaningful way what each of us desire in the years to come. It really taught us how to work through our differences and communicate to each other: to be able to talk and to listen with respect. I highly recommend this cruise for understanding and respecting your spouse and growing deeper in your relationship.

DJ & Dawn DeFreece

Registration Process

Step #1

Register for The Marriage Cruise for Smart Couples here.

Retreat admittance for the seminars is $800 per couple. Retreat fees are non-refundable but may be covered by travel insurance purchased through Leah.

Secure your place at the retreat immediately by clicking the button on the right:

Step #2

Book your cabin for the cruise through Leah Defreece, Travel Time AZ. She holds the group information for the retreat aboard the Celebrity Equinox.  If you have any questions about travel, please call Leah at (520) 485-9646 or email her at [email protected]. Leah and her husband joined us on our 2018 cruise, so she can help you with all your travel questions and booking.

Deposit $500 per stateroom is due October 26; full payment is due by November 25, 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is this just for couples with big problems?

No, quite the contrary. This is for couples who want to better adjust to common challenges and otherwise capitalize on their strengths to take their marriage to the next level. Couples who face severe challenges will benefit from this cruise if they have several counselling sessions under their belt before attending. There's still plenty of time to arrange those sessions with Caleb before the cruise leaves! This Cruise is not recommended for abusive marriages. Also, if you or your spouse are in sex addiction recovery, we recommend at least one year of recovery work before participating in our retreats so that you can benefit from the content.

2. Will we have to share about our relationship with other people?

Awkward! No, the seminars and work you will be doing in them is geared towards getting you and your spouse talking to each other, not to other people. We do not do any group therapy sessions or group exercises. All exercises are couple-based. 

However, as you mingle with other couples you may find that through casual conversation you have common struggles and will benefit from those interactions. Basically, you can be as private or open as you wish to be.

3. Are we going to have time just to ourselves?

Yes, and plenty of it! Before departing on the cruise, you will have the timing and location of all the seminars on board the ship. We actually asked our research assistant to review the psychological journals and come back to us with research on what makes for the most effective marriage retreats. We based our planning on that evidence-based data.

I do have one recommendation for you and your spouse: try at least one excursion that involves an element of risk. Something out of your comfort zone. Why? Because the research shows that taking risks together increases your attraction to one another! You'll get an adrenaline buzz and a romance boost as well!

4. Can we bring our children?

We recognize that time away from children can be a blessing to parents. However, we also understand this is not always possible! You may certainly choose to bring your family if you like. 

Our only stipulation for the retreat is that the seminars are for you and your spouse only.

Celebrity offers a FunFactory option for children up to the age of 12, and KidzClub 13+. If you'd prefer more personal babysitting options during our sessions, we are bringing our three daughters (17, 14 and 12) who love kids and would be happy to earn some extra spending money. After you register, just shoot me an email and we will work with you to make this happen. 

Please contact Travel Time AZ to request a quote for triple or quad occupancy rooms. (520) 485-9646