Lady Truck Driver Cruise

Lady Truck Driver Cruise -March 26, 2017 to April 1, 2017

The 1st Annual Lady Truck Driver Cruise has been scheduled for March 26, 2017 to April 1, 2017.


Downloadable PDF with Sponsor Levels & Agenda

The “Queen of the Road on the High Seas” event will include learning workshops, a driver advocacy forum and a dignified award ceremony to recognize women who work as truck drivers.


January 2017 UPDATE: Ship Space is Still Available with Rates Starting at $680.00 per person , Port Charges Included, Gratuity & Insurance Optional and Additional, rooms are double occupancy (Food is included in Rate) **Rates are subject to change

Payments must be made in full at time of booking: For more information call Kristen Thomas 800-819-3902 Ext. 85597 or email her at: refer to group code 1wk2r8 or mention the “Queen of the Road on the High Seas Cruise”

ALL are invited and you are welcome to bring your families and/or significant others.

Learning workshops will be held during the “fun day at sea” afternoons. These workshops will be related to promoting advocacy involvement through social media, improving tech skills for drivers, women’s issues in truck driving, CDL training, transitioning from company driver to owner-operator successfully, plus, driver health and wellness. There will also be a forum of truck driver advocates who will discuss issues that affect our industry and we will be encouraging drivers who want to become more involved to learn how to become part of a growing unification movement to create positive change.

Getting to know one another and forming unity is a goal of this cruise

We ARE NOT jamming this cruise schedule with workshops and attendance IS NOT required. Networking with fellow drivers and the sponsors who support our purpose are the primary goal. We want everyone to enjoy their downtime and we encourage you to bring your families, friends or significant others to enjoy the cruise activities.

Speaker Spotlight Preview:

eeocJan Shelly , Senior Trial Attorney from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission who was part of the legal team that won the $3.1 Million dollar settlement against New Prime, Inc for their discriminatory training policy will be deliver a workshop during the cruise to help interested individuals understand their rights. HR professionals are encouraged to join us on the cruise to understand whether their policies are truly “reasonable” or if they are placing their company in jeopardy of a multi-million dollar lawsuit. Jan Shelly was a guest on the Women Truckers Network Blog Talk Radio program with the others from the New Prime, Inc. Plaintiff’s legal team. You can listen to the replay of that show with this link. “Discrimination is NOT the Solution to Sex Harassment in Trucking

Allen Donna Smith

Allen & Donna Smith

Allen Smith the original CDL student advocate is known for his extreme passion and conviction to warn new truck driver students about the scams involved in trucking CDL Schools and starter companies. His 2000 book “The Truth About Trucking” revealed the questionable tactics of student truck driver industry that still exist today; the unlivable low wages, the commercial drivers license mills (CDL Mills), false advertising in truck driver recruiting, the one-sided truck lease scams, and more. The REAL Women in Trucking are thrilled that Allen Smith will host the Welcome mixer on the cruise along with his wife and co-host of their popular “Ask the Trucker” blog talk radio program and Trucking Social Media.

Allen Smith who was formerly in law enforcement and has taught Traditional Tae Kwon Do both publicly and privately since receiving his first black belt in 1979 will be teaching a “Women’s Basic Self Defense” course for attendees of the cruise that includes the following:

* Self Defense Theory of Simplicity
* Recognizing the 5 Stages of Imminent Violence
* The 5 Most Common Places For Attacks On Women
* The 5 Most Common Street Attacks on Women
* Soft Target Focus : Proven Self Defense Techniques : (Group Participation)
* Improvised Weapons
* Self Defense Legalities
Every attendee will receive a detailed booklet of the seminar to keep as a study/reference guide.

Shannon Morris is a professional truck driver who is passionate about driving and views it as an amazing, challenging adventure. She owns two operating trucks and trailers, and als

img_0118o founded her own companies, Happy Flats, Inc. in 2007 and Special “D” Transport, Inc. from 2000-2012. Before Shannon’s career as a driver, she received an Associate in Science degree in paralegal studies and worked as a paralegal for several years. Due to an injury, she had to change careers and obtained her CDL in 1998.

Shannon has had the honor of being nominated to the final three of the “Back on the Road 2011” program , and she was the only female driver to have ever made it that far. Shannon was also selected for the “l in 100 million” presentation by Kronos.

Watch her video HERE> “Truck Driver Shannon 1 in 100 Million

Shannon will be delivering a workshop on the cruise to help company drivers understand the process of becoming a owner-operator. Shannon will help drivers understand differences between company drivers, lease owner operators, owner operators leased to companies, and operating authority. She will explain the factoring process for drivers considering obtaining their own authority. 

Christine Gray is doing a job her husband of twenty one years said, she couldn’t!! After driving everything you could think of local in Chicago for the first seven years to quench her desire of wanting to know all aspects of driving , she landed her first hazmat tanker 


Christine Gray

Christine Gray

job and found a true love a a truck driver. She has been pulling a tank ever since. Twenty years later, what started out as a job has become a passionate career. With the support of her Husband, three children, friends, family and coworkers, she has been a successful owner operator, achieved over a million and half safe driving miles, certified in OSHA, HAZMAT, recovery and spill clean-up and much more.  Christine says “The most valuable lesson of driving is Patience and Self -preservation“. Christine’s speaker presentation will focus on how women behind the wheel stay safe. Using Women’s intuition, Awareness, Common sense.

Anne Balay

Anne Balay

Anne Balay, published writer, and former truck driver and who recently wrote the op-ed piece in the New York Time’s titled “Long-Haul Sweatshops” with Mona Shattell will give an informal lecture about lesbians and T-girls who drive 18-wheelers. Anne does not need to tell you that truckers have exciting, challenging lives, and that you are great storytellers. And as lesbians and T-girls, we are bold, brave, and know how to have fun. Anne hopes her presentation will share stories, create community, and convince other women to contribute their experiences as heroes of the road. If you are interested in being interviewed by Anne Balay on this subject please contact her at

Anne Balay is the author of Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers.

Interested in sponsor opportunities?

Downloadable PDF with Sponsor Levels & Agenda

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Cruise Itinerary:


Lady Truck Driver Cruise

The 6 night cruise is scheduled for March 26, 2017 and returns April 1, 2017.
Ship: Carnival Conquestgt1
Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean
Departure Information:
03/27/2017 MONDAY FUN DAY AT SEA (Midday – Afternoon) Conferences
03/28/2017 TUE GRAND TURK 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
03/30/2017 THU FUN DAY AT SEA (Midday – Afternoon Conferences)
03/31/2017 FRIDAY NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS 8:00 AM 4:00 PM
  All are welcome so you bring your family if you like but each person’s deposit must be made when making the reservation.
Do you need a passport? NO, A passport is preferable but not required. You have plenty of time to get one though. Your state issued identification or driver’s license or CDL, AND a copy of your birth certificate is sufficient. It does not need to be certified , it can be a copy but it must have the state seal visible on it.
Reservations are now open.  You may contact the booking agent directly and use group code 1wk2r8 and call Kristen Thomas 800-819-3902 Ext. 85597 or email her at: 
**Rates are subject to change!
If you have additional questions or concerns please contact Desiree or call her at 561-232-9170.  The cruise has a travel insurance option available if you have an emergency and have to cancel.
Rooms on ships are based on double occupancy. If you are not bringing a travel partner you will share a space with another person. Please try to find a shipmate in advance. Be aware that if you want a room alone you have to pay the single rate alone rather than the “PP” per person rate. If you do not have a roommate yet let us know, we may have another lady trucker who is looking for a roommate.
For more information call Kristen Thomas 800-819-3902 Ext. 85597 or email her at: refer to group code 1wk2r8 
Room Types:
January 2017 Update: RATES STARTING AT $680.00 per person , rooms are double occupancy (Food is included in rate)
*Rates are subject to Change
Inside midship main deck low Starting at $680.00 per person
*Inside higher midship Call Kristen for more details
Ocean view midship main deck low Call Kristen for more details
Balcony midship upper deck Starting at $890.00 per person
**Indicates a level that could be balconies:
Port Fees & Gratuity: Port charges are included.
The government taxes the gratuity so there is an option for people who want them included but Kristen will need to know if you want to prepay or include the gratuity of $72.00 per person. Both people in the room have to agree to pay in advance. This is not the same gratuity you are responsible to pay your bartenders. It is for people who service the ship.
Parking Information: $20.00 per night (rates subject to change by the Port Authority) · All facilities are patrolled by security · Garage Parking / Parking Lot #2 (an open, outdoor lot) · Accepted forms of payment: Cash (USD), Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card or any major U.S Traveler’s Check. Debit Cards are not accepted. · No advance reservations required · Designated disabled permit parking spaces are available in each garage · Spaces are available for oversized vehicles in Parking Lot #2 only, across from Cruise Terminal E. Vehicles longer than 20’ are charged an additional $20.00 per night.
To make your reservation be prepared to pay in full as of January 2017 and provide the following information:
Legal First Name and Last Name
Date of Birth
Email for each person
Agreement that both room occupants in the room agree/do not agree to prepay the gratuity of $72.00 per person
Will you be adding the travel insurance option? Yes/No
What is the room type you are requesting?
Do you have any medical alerts or issues that should be noted on your file or need for a handicap room?
If you would like more information on the cruise, speaker or sponsor opportunities contact
Donna Smith  352-465-7476
Desiree Wood 561-232-9170
Would you like to sponsor a lady driver to come one the cruise who otherwise would not be able to afford the trip? You pay Carnival Cruise Lines Direct to Kristen Thomas 800-819-3902 Ext. 85597 or email her at: refer to group code 1wk2r8 to sponsor a lady driver who has this cruise on their wish list.