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Fellowship-Centered Sober Cruises

At Sober Celebrations, we believe that travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer. We're passionate about helping folks in recovery travel without worrying about relapsing. Our goal is to provide a safe, compassionate environment for you to broaden your horizons and travel to exciting destinations around the world.

About Our Sober Vacations

A "sober cruise" or a "sober vacation" is a way of identifying a trip where, as far as anyone can tell, all attendees have the main goal of staying sober while out in the real world on vacation. There will typically be alcohol in locations we pass, but we aim to stay spiritually fit, in keeping with the Big Book, to go anywhere in the world. When we travel together, we have a safety net like no other.

Gratitude Cruises® is the trademarked name of the sober cruise line created by Snow P. At Gratitude Cruises, we operate an anonymous parallel universe in which the word "sober" is never uttered. Our 6 annual vacations travel to destinations across the globe and feature the following:

  • Keynote Speakers
  • 12 Step Meetings
  • 24-Hour Fellowship Station
  • Al-Anon Meetings
  • Group Shore Excursions

About Our Founder

There is something about a woman's touch which adds love and unique attention to detail that can't be replicated. As a concierge travel professional and the President of Vacationquest, Inc., Snow knows how to foster extraordinary fellowship trips that will leave you refreshed and enlightened. A resident of South Florida by way of New York, she is a seasoned traveler who loves meeting new people and organizing group trips.

Snow has a passion for service, worldwide travel, and fellowship. Her gratitude for sobriety infuses every journey with a unique joie de vivre, and she treats everyone as a treasured family member. She is also an artist, writer, photographer, and architectural designer with 43 years of sobriety and an infectious passion for living. Drawing on her impeccable organizational skills and attention to detail, Snow makes sure that even the smallest concerns are addressed long before your trip begins.

Snow Piccolo


Snow's Background

Snow is a graduate of The Travel Career Institute of Florida and Parsons School of Design in New York and Paris, and has studied at NYU, Iona College, New School for Social Research, and Florida Atlantic University. Prior to focusing her career on travel, she worked as a privately commissioned architect for US industry leaders and was highly recommended for her professionalism.

Along with her degrees, Snow holds Cruise Line International Association certificates as a Cruise Counselor and Luxury Cruise Specialist. Additionally, she is a Notary Public and Ordained Minister and can perform civil wedding ceremonies anywhere in Florida or on any cruise ship in port.


Snow's Travel Diary

The following is an excerpt from Snow's travel diary after a recent fellowship cruise from Venice to the Greek Isles:

"There are two times that define a particular dimension of reality in my life: the first 35 years before I experienced Creme Brulee and the years that follow. Explaining the last 10 days on islands in Italy and Greece with a band of adventurous recovering alcoholics is like trying to explain the experience of having Creme Brulee. The silky richness of it rolls around your mouth and brain like the siren's song that secluded the sailors into the glistening Aegean sea at dusk; there is a smooth yolk texture that slips under your tongue like the egg tempera wood covered in gold leaf by ancient artists in Byzantine paintings, and while the dessert is similar to a religious experience, it can't compare to whispering the Serenity Prayer with people who have been raised from the dead while inside St. Mark's Basilica in Venice where the saint himself is buried.

Creme Brulee, Venice and Santorini have a lot in common for me this week. The last day at sea I actually got to serve several sober people on their first cruise their very first Creme Brulee at a Jazz Brunch at Le Bistro Cafe. It doesn't get any better than that!"

Our Cruises:

Exotic Sober Asia

Dates: March 25 - April 8, 2018
Details: Round-Trip from Singapore to Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam & Thailand

Gratitude Cruise to the Mediterranean

Dates: June 10 - 17, 2018
Hostess: Polly Pistole

17th Annual Halloween Gratitude Cruise

Dates: October 27 - November 3, 2018
Details: 7-Night Round-Trip Through the Eastern Caribbean Starting in Fort Lauderdale

11th Annual Sober Sisters Weekend to the Bahamas

Dates: January 18 - 21, 2019
Details: Round-Trip from Miami, FL

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Christmas on the Danube

Dates: December 2 - 9, 2018
Details: Viking River Cruises Through Budapest, Hungary, Vienna, Austria, Passau, Regensburg & Nuremberg


A Note About Our Cruises

Sober Celebrations and its trademarked event Gratitude Cruises is neither endorsed nor opposed by Alcoholics Anonymous. These trips are not a treatment center, nor a recovery convention, but a lovely fellowship vacation for those who are spiritually fit enough to be in the general population. Please consult your sponsor prior to booking. Your personal information, including your email address, will never be used for any other purpose other than for vacation updates and for what is legally required during travel.