Marriage Matters Cruise


The FamilyWorks® Marriage Matters Cruise is a getaway for married couples looking for relaxation, renewal, romance and life-long memories. The five-day four-night, cruise sails from Port Canaveral, FL to Nassau and Royal Caribbean’s private island Coco Cay Bahamas, you can look forward to:

  • Biblical teaching and refreshing words on marriage
  • Great entertainment by our FamilyWorks lineup
  • Fun with like-minded couples
  • Experiencing the incredible Royal Caribbean ship Mariner of the Seas
  • Lots of quality time with your spouse. 

Nothing is mandatory, and if you need to just get away and enjoy some time together for the week, you can do that too. Whatever you’d like to do as a couple, there is a good chance you’ll be able to do it.

It is truly an experience like no other. We invite you to join us on our Marriage Matters Cruise – an unforgettable few days on the high seas as you reconnect, relax, renew, rediscover, romance, and remember.                                                 

We believe the strongest marriages are anchored in Christ, intimacy, vulnerability, and safety. This peaceful setting will offer a backdrop for experiences that can take your marriage to the NEXT level!


Seven years ago, Austin and Sarelle’s marriage was in absolute shambles. Many pastors, counselors and even friends didn’t see a pathway for their marriage to survive. Sarelle stated that “it was as if my husband had died.” After making a series of sinful choices, Austin decided to leave his wife and kids with little desire to make things work. Sarelle remembers sitting on the couch one evening, and the Lord confirmed in her heart that everything was going to be ok. SHE never gave up on Austin in spite of being encouraged to do so. She continued to faithfully pray that the husband she loved would get right with the Lord and come home.

One evening Austin recalls sitting in his car struggling with what decision to make next. At the time, Austin only had the clothes on his back and his .38 revolver. Feeling chained by his sin, Austin contemplated taking his own life, but instead, turned in his gun into the local deputy sheriff he used to pastor. After a few months, Austin repented of his sin and returned to his family.

The Lord provided Sarelle with the grace and strength she needed to forgive her husband completely. Austin and Sarelle both acknowledge that the repentance, recovery and restoration process is not a simple or overnight process but is possible through the help, hope, and healing that only Christ can offer. Austin and Sarelle have had the privilege of using their ministry background, along with their personal story, to positively impact many couples for Christ.

FamilyWorks Ministries was born out of the Pendergraft’s personal story. Skilled in helping couples navigate through communication and conflict and various other issues, Austin and Sarelle will give you the helpful tools you need to move your marriage forward. They have had the privilege of traveling across the country helping couples in various services, workshops, ultimate date nights, and much more. Austin and Sarelle are excited about welcoming you aboard the FamilyWorks Marriage Matters Cruise!



Cary Schmidt serves as the Senior Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Newington, CT. He and his wife Dana have been blessed with three children, and have enjoyed twenty-eight years of marriage and ministry together. Cary’s passion is to love God, love his family, and point people to Jesus Christ—through teaching, preaching, and writing. He has written fifteen books, including Live Lighter Love Better, Real Christianity, Passionate Parenting, and Off Script. You can connect with Cary at

CRUISING ITINERARY: March 23, 2020 - March 27, 2020


Monday - March 23rd

Welcome reception – time TBD

Tuesday - March 24th

Marriage Matters Sessions – time TBD

Thursday - March 26th

Farewell Session – time TBD (evening)

*More speakers and their information will be added soon!


A conference fee of $199 per couple is not included in the cruise pricing.

A $200 deposit is required at time of booking. Final balance due January 6, 2020.

All pricing below includes the total cruise fare cost for 2 guests. This does not include transportation, shore excursions, travel insurance, pre/post hotel stays or gratuity for ship staff.

Gratuity is $116 total, and can be prepaid for convenience.


Cruise Fare: $1185.04 for 2 guests

+ $50 onboard credit if booked by 08/31/19


Cruise Fare: $1581.24 for 2 guests

+ $50 onboard credit if booked by 08/31/19


Cruise Fare: $1600.84 for 2 guests

+ $50 onboard credit if booked by 08/31/19


We will assist you every step of the way, including your pre-cruise hotel stay, transfers, advice on shore excursions and more!

If you would like to learn more, please contact us!


If you are ready to book, please fill out our secure booking form below.

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