Our first cruise was in 1998 and hundreds of people attended from around the country. The following year in 1999, the date was moved to the second week of January in order not to interfere with the traditional Armenian Christmas, which is celebrated on January 6th. Subsequently, there was a desire to set the date as specific and adhering to recommendations from committee members and a survey from participants, the date for the annual Armenian Heritage Cruise is now set permanently for either the second or third week of January each year.
As part of the ACAA mandate, is the promotion of Armenian fellowship and awareness among the Armenian Communities worldwide. It was visualized by the ACAA that by promoting and creating the Armenian Heritage Cruise concept, this would be an excellent way to have hundreds of Armenians come together in camaraderie and good fun. The idea of spending an entire week of luxurious comfort, food and entertainment appealed to a vast segment of the community and the project idea began.
Each year new participants attend from all over the world. In the past we have had guests from France, England, Venezuela, Switzerland, Canada and from every part of the United States. This idea is definitely catching on and from a modest beginning of only a few hundred guests, on Armenian Heritage Cruise V we had over 600 people. For our Cruise VI the count had over 750 guests and by sailing date, we reached over 800 guests. The record was set for the Armenian Heritage Cruise VII when almost 1600 Armenians and their Friends from all over the world attended the Cruise.
It does our organization proud to be able to bring together Armenian worldwide with diverse persuasions, speaking Armenian together, dining together, dancing & laughing together and enjoying each others company for 7 full days of Caribbean vacation. We look forward to a continuing service to the Armenian Nation and appreciate the wonderful support to the ACAA.
From all over the United States, individuals have volunteered to work on this fabulous event. Each area of the country and even Europe is represented. Dedicated individuals working to enhance the Armenian Community. Proceeds from this cruise is given to the Armenian Cultural Association of America, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that primarily assist in Armenian research, cultural events, and especially provides primary assistance to the Armenian language newspapers.