The Marriage Cruise for Christian Couples

Ignite the spark in your marriage on a 7-night Caribbean Cruise while relaxing, exploring God’s creation, and having fun together.

What if seven nights away with your spouse could change your entire life?

Whether you’ve been married for 5 years or 50, it’s easy to get wrapped up in day-to-day life, putting your spouse and your marriage on the back burner.

Even IF you make date nights a priority, it can be hard to find time to truly connect with each other amid all the other demands of daily life.

Eventually, you begin to lose touch. To feel distant. To forget what it was that brought you two together in the first place.

That’s why we created the Marriage Cruise for Christian Couples, a chance for couples to escape from the daily grind and focus on what really matters to you.

Departs February 19, 2023 for 7 nights

8 Days / 7 Nights aboard the Celebrity Beyond℠

Fort Lauderdale | St. Maarten | St. Thomas | Dominican Republic

A Luxury Cruise Ship

Topped with a half-acre of soft grass, the Celebrity Beyond℠ is a brand new cruise ship with a plethora of amenities and plenty of room to socialize in the warm sea air. Savour fine dining that rivals anything oyou'd find on land. And discover even more ways to relax and renew.

Check out our previous cruise in this video:

Meet Your Hosts

Hello! We’re Caleb & Verlynda Simonyi-Gindele, co-hosts of The Marriage Podcast for Smart People (with over 2 million downloads!). We share research-based and actionable steps every couple can take to strengthen their marriage. We live in rural Saskatchewan, Canada, about 10 miles from the U.S. border and the state of North Dakota.

Together, we run a counselling agency that serves hundreds of marriages each year. Caleb is a registered Clinical Counsellor (#4323) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, a seasoned public speaker, and professional marriage therapist who serves as the Clinical Director of OnlyYouForever’s virtual counseling agency.

Verlynda is currently working towards her Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy and supports the operations of our agency. She is the Group Coordinator for the cruise and will work directly with you to ensure your reservation is successful.

We are excited to be hosting our third Marriage Cruise For Christian Couples, where we will be sharing practical Bible teaching along with research-based lessons learned from a decade of helping couples create thriving, passionate marriages.

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.

How it works

The Marriage Cruise for Christian Couples is a small group retreat for couples looking for relaxation, renewal, romance, and life-long memories.

Aboard the Celebrity Beyond℠, your hosts Caleb & Verlynda Simonyi-Gindele will guide you through inspiring, entertaining, and educational messages that will transform your marriage. Enjoy 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. Whatever you'd like to do as a couple, there is a very good chance you'll be able to do it!

On the Marriage Cruise, couples will:

  • Discover deeper, lasting intimacy through research-backed and Bible-based learning
  • Learn and practice communication and conflict-resolution tools that will help you both gain clarity and understanding
  • Build a legacy for the future by creating a shared vision for the next phase of your life together

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

* Rooms and times will be confirmed closer to the date of sailing. We plan the sessions to work around port visits and ship activities so you don't miss out on any of the fun and adventure!

In every session, you will:

  • Discover deeper, lasting intimacy through research-backed and Bible-based learning
  • Have honest, open discussion with your spouse and discuss real-life challenges
  • Gain confidence while learning research-based, marriage-saving wisdom from a seasoned therapist
  • Feel inspired by positive, hopeful truths about marriage, shared in a humorous, supportive environment

The Marriage Cruise is for Couples who:

  • Want to brush up on ways to reconnect or connect more deeply
  • Struggle to communicate in open discussions
  • Want to learn strategies to support other couples in their church
  • Are looking for undistracted time to focus on their relationship
  • Feel unsure about the direction of their future together

Stateroom Prices


Inside Stateroom + Retreat Sessions



/and up*

  • Inside stateroom for two
  • Retreat sessions
  • Taxes, fees and port expenses included
  • Gratuities not included
Porthole Veranda

Veranda Stateroom + Retreat Sessions



/and up*

  • Veranda stateroom for two
  • Retreat sessions
  • Taxes, fees and port expenses included
  • Gratuities not included

* Limited room options remain -- please contact us ASAP if you would like current pricing and availability. Prices in Canadian dollars: for US residents, the cost is about 30% lower.

What past cruisers have to say


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.



We’re always looking to grow as a couple and improve our communication and saw this cruise and seminar as an opportunity to enrich our relationship. Caleb showed solid knowledge and understanding of behaviors and patterns in marriages, as well as scriptural examples and guidelines. We worked on communication strategies, mapped out goals and took home tools to help us deal with specific challenges. We were specially reminded to keep our energy focused where it needs to be; it is too easy to get caught up in a hectic life and get lazy in some areas of our relationship. The cruise was great but the time spent with friends, both old and new, was even better! We would highly recommend the Marriage Cruise to couples in any stage of marriage.



The cruise 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.


Ready to set sail?

Make 2023 the year your marriage turns a corner and becomes filled with joy, connection, and satisfaction.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How many rooms are available?

2. Is this just for couples with big problems?

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

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

5. Can we bring our children?

6. What about COVID requirements?

Still have questions?