It's time to do something new in your marriage! The 2017 BMWK Marriage Cruise is your chance to make your marriage better on the beach!

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Can you imagine yourself with couples from across the country, visiting exotic locations, and getting the tools to take your marriage to the next level?

On the 2017 BMWK Marriage Cruise you can expect both a good time and the opportunity to experience growth in your marriage as you form a closer connection with your spouse. We believe that God’s purpose for our lives is to encourage marriages just like yours. See you on the cruise!

Our Itinerary...

We'll spend 6 nights on the Carnival Splendor sailing from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas, Half Moon Cay, Bahamas, Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos and Amber Cove, Dominican Republic. Sailing date is Sunday July 30, 2017 and we return on Saturday August 5, 2017.

Our Ship...

It’s hard to tell which onboard space best represents Carnival Splendor — they all seem to hint at the amazing time you’re going to have. El Morocco Lounge hosts comedy shows, musical performances, karaoke and more… and wears its 1930s namesake clearly on its nameplate. The words “Royal Flush Casino” incite visions of winning, while our onboard jazz club’s moniker — The Cool — simply says it all without saying a word. And the Pinnacle Steakhouse can be found not only at the height of elegant dining, but at the apex of the ship.

If you like your fun to flow, there are options aplenty. If you list “splish” and “splash” among your favorite terms, there’s the Splash Park. Those into sitting and sliding are invited to try the signature Carnival Twister Waterslide. How about floating or swimming around? Carnival Splendor has pools all over the place, including the midship pool featuring a retractable roof that makes any day a pool day. So whether you splish or splash, you’ll find hydro-excitement galore.

If relaxation is more your thing, Serenity Adult-Only Retreat is more your place. Or if you’re looking to take relaxation to the extreme, direct your attention to the Cloud 9 Spa, featuring more (and better) ways to kick back than just about anywhere else, on land or at sea. You haven’t lived until you’ve relaxed in a Thalassotherapy pool, or chilled — so to speak — in a dry heat chamber.

What You Can Expect:

  • Private Parties & Events Just For Our Couples
  • Marriage Workshops Led by Top Marriage Experts
  • Private Time With Your Spouse
  • Time With Other Couples Just Like You!

Who Should Go:

  • Newlyweds
  • Couples Celebrating Anniversaries
  • Couples Who Need a Break
  • Marriage Ministries
  • Couples Who Want a Better Marriage
  • Couples Who Don't Get a Chance To Get Away From Their Kids

What You'll Learn:

  • Better Communication Skills
  • How to Handle Love & Money
  • Tips for Physical, Spiritual & Emotional Intimacy
  • First Hand Experience from Other Couples
  • & Much, Much, More

2017 BMWK Marriage Cruise Agenda

  • 12:30 PM – 01:00 PM:  Early Registration for BMWK Marriage Cruise at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six. 2301 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 Note: There will be more opportunities to register
  • 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM: Kickoff Session with Lamar and Ronnie Tyler
  • 03:00 PM – 03:15 PM: Break
  • 03:15 PM – 04:45 PM: Session – How to Have a Shatter-Proof Marriage –Joel & Naomi Mitchell will help couples recognize the signs of breakdown that occur before a marriage is shattered and provide strategies for reconnecting as a couple and moving forward in the vision set for your marriage.
  • 04:45 PM – 05:00 PM: Closing Remarks with Lamar & Ronnie Tyler
  • 05:00 PM – 07:30 PM: Enjoy Dinner on Your Own
  • 07:30 PM – 08:00 PM: Early Registration for BMWK Marriage Cruise at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six 2301 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 Note: There will be another opportunity to register on the ship.
  • 08:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Bon Voyage Party  – Pick up your conference materials, meet and greet the couples that will be sailing with us, and practice your dance moves before we set sail on the cruise.
  • 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Transportation to Port – Must Be Registered under BMWK Room Block at Hyatt.  Meet in the location TBD at 10:30 am at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six. The motor coach will leave at 11 am sharp (no exceptions.)
  • 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM:  Conference Registration Registration for the conference onboard the Carnival Splendor at the (Hospitality Desk – deck 9 (Facing Glass Elevators, Port Side))
  • 05:00 PM – 05:30 PM: Opening Remarks with Ronnie and Lamar Tyler (El Morocco Lounge – deck 5)
  • 05:30 PM – 07:00 PM: Session 1 –  Finding the Right Words – Ayize and Aiyana Ma’at will guide you through a process – a process that makes saying what you feel so safe that you’ll experience enormous love for your partner and the joy of being able to really be yourself– the self that gets lost in most relationships. (El Morocco Lounge – deck 5)
  • 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM: Port of Call:  Nassau, Bahamas – Enjoy your day
  • 05:30 PM – 07:00 PM: Finding Your Roots Scavenger Hunt Presented by African Ancestry (El Morocco Lounge – deck 5)
  • 08:00 AM – 04:00 PM: Port of Call:  Half Moon Cay, The Bahamas – Enjoy your day!
  • 05:00 PM – 05:50 PM: Breakout Session A – Couples in Business –Lamar and Ronnie Tyler have a candid discussion on how to build a successful business with your spouse without destroying your marriage. (El Morocco Lounge – deck 5)
  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Breakout Session B – Blended Family Success –Lamar and Ronnie Tyler have a candid discussion on how to come together as a blended family without putting your marriage at risk. (El Morocco Lounge – deck 5)
  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM: Breakout Session C (Location TBD)
  • 11:00 AM – 07:00 PM: Port of Call:  Grand Turk – Enjoy your day
  • 08:00 AM – 04:00 PM: Port of Call:  Amber Cove, Dominican Republic- Enjoy your day!
  • 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM: BMWK Masquerade Party! Come to dance, network and have fun, dressed in your best Masquerade themed attire! (The Red Carpet Night Club –deck 5)
  • 09:00 AM – 09:15 AM: Welcome and Opening Remarks with  Ronnie and Lamar Tyler (El Morocco Lounge – deck 5)
  • 09:15 AM – 10:45 AM: Session – The Essence of Love and Connection:  Allow this workshop, with Ayize and Aiyana Ma’at, to begin the process of transforming your relationship into the love affair you know it can be! (El Morocco Lounge – deck 5)
  • 10:45 AM – 11:00 AM: Break – Men, please go to the Grand Piano Bar
  • 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM: Session 2  – Real Talk with the Wives – Ronnie will facilitate a panel discussion with our marriage experts and educators. Wives will have the opportunity to ask the experts questions.  Come ready for some “real talk” about marriage and being a wife. (El Morocco Lounge – deck 5)
  • 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM: Session 2  – Real Talk with the Husbands – Lamar will facilitate a panel discussion with our marriage experts and educators. Husbands will have the opportunity to ask the experts questions.  Come ready for some “real talk” about marriage and being a husband. (The Grand Piano Bar – deck 5)
  • 11:45 AM – 11:50 PM: Break Men, please return to the El Morocco Lounge (El Morocco Lounge – deck 5)
  • 11:50 PM – 01:00 PM: Session 3 – Marriage Mastermind with Ronnie & Lamar Tyler (El Morocco Lounge – deck 5)
  • 03:00 PM – 04:30 PM: Couples Karaoke – A private karaoke event that will be both fun & funny! Come ready to laugh and have fun. Oh, and bring your A-game! Includes a competition with a cash prize. (El Morocco Lounge – deck 5)
  • 08:00 AM – Port of Call:  Ft Lauderdale (Pt Everglades) – Have a safe trip home!

What Previous Cruisers Are Saying...

My husband and I have been to numerous military marriage retreats where for the majority, we sit and watch a speaker for half of the day and then we leave. The BMWK Marriage Cruise does not compare to any of them at all. First, it was cruise that forced us out of our normal habitat and to rely on our spouse. Secondly, there was open dialogue on the topics and issues couples face. Third, there is nothing like black love. Seeing all the love in that room was truly a sight for sore eyes.

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Our marriage was on "Life Support"..., but GOD !!! This is a MOMENT my husband is still talking about. Trust me..., this was an "All GOD Moment" !!!

Previous Cruiser
Previous Cruiser

Sitting in the airport trying to find words to describe our week experience on the BMWK Marriage Cruise. I don't think I can describe such a feeling but if could I'll just leave it at absolutely AMAZING! much energy, so many great couples, the bonding, the laughter, the sharing, the love... What a pleasure to be apart of the 1st of many to come.

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Previous Cruiser

The tools discussed have opened the lines of communication for us. We'd already started applying some of it on the cruise and were able to have uncomfortable discussions without shutting down and getting angry.

Previous Cruiser
Previous Cruiser

Join Lamar and Ronnie Tyler, the creators of, the world’s largest African-American marriage and parenting website, for this once in a lifetime event!


Lamar & Ronnie Tyler: Founders -

Lamar and Ronnie Tyler make up the husband and wife power pair behind Black and Married with Kids, the largest independent African American marriage and parenting site on the web. Fed up with the pervasive negative images of black marriage in the media, Lamar and Ronnie started the site to combat the negativity by focusing on positive messages about marriage in the black community. Armed with a passion for empowering married couples and a knowledge of how to leverage social media, Ronnie and Lamar have in six years taken Black and Married with Kids from a small personal blog to an international brand under their own Tyler New Media umbrella that also boasts four independently produced films and a social media presence that includes just under 500,000 Facebook fans.

Among their many accolades and accomplishments, Black and Married with Kids was named a Must Read Blog by Parenting Magazine and in November 2012, for the second year in a row, Ronnie and Lamar were named one of Ebony Magazine’s Power 100, a list of the top 100 movers and shakers in the black community which lists President Barack Obama, Beyonce and Jay-Z and Tyler Perry among its ranks.

Along with writing for and managing the Black and Married With Kids website, which now employs more than 40 regular staff writers, running Tyler New Media and producing and directing films, Ronnie and Lamar travel across the country screening Tyler New Media’s films and speaking on marriage and parenting-related topics.

They’ve appeared in a variety of local and national media outlets including Essence Magazine, Parenting Magazine, Ebony Magazine, Sirius/XM, TV One, HLN, NPR, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Washington Post.

Lamar and Ronnie are the proud parents of 4 children and call Atlanta home.

Ayize & Aiyana Ma'at: Founders -

Ayize & Aiyana Ma’at, high school sweethearts, have been together for 22 years and married for 14. Their love and devotion has been an inspiration to many as they demonstrate their commitment to increasing the quality of relationships throughout the world. Because they recognize the need for a rebirth in “sound” relationship dynamics, they’ve created a multifaceted relationship development business that focuses on Life & Relationship Coaching sessions, Pre-marital Counseling, Relationship Education Classes, Creative productions, and the Ask The Ma’at’s “Love and Life” Advice Column. They are firm believers in the fact that if we, as human beings, want to have the kind of relationships and life that many only dream of–we must Stop Playing and Start Pushing ourselves to the next level.

Aiyana is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker & Marriage & Family Therapist in the state of Maryland & the District of Columbia. She is also a certified Marriage & Relationship Educator. She has earned both a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Social Work with a specialization in Mental Health and Family & Child Welfare from Clark Atlanta University and Howard University respectively. Ayize is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker &  Marriage & Family Therapist as well and is a graduate of Bowie State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in History and Howard University where he earned a Master’s degree in Social Work. In addition, Ayize is a certified Functional Family Therapist and Marriage & Relationship Educator.

Together, they are the founders of B Intentional LLC, a personal development & relationship education company that exists to provide services that help people increase their self-awareness, overcome obstacles, and reach their most ridiculous goals. Through their popular web property, they’ve managed to help bring the power of intention and insight to more than 50,000 individuals and couples per month with their signature down to earth and “keep it real” style. Ayize & Aiyana Ma’at have been featured on Dr. Drew’s Life Changers T.V. Show, Michael Baisden Show, Roland Martin’s Washington Watch, The Matt Mcgill Show, The Oprah Winfrey Network, and many more.

While they are grateful for an abundance of opportunities to work with people all over the country committed to transcending self limiting barriers and elevating themselves and their relationships to a higher level, their most valued and important accomplishments to date are their 5 beautiful children who keep them busy, focused, centered, and laughing!

Joel & Naomi Mitchell - The Marriage Investors

Joel and Naomi Mitchell are the founders of “The Family and Marriage Institute of Chicago”, a not-for profit organization that provides Pastoral Care and Counseling to individuals and families; and “The Marriage Investors, LLC where they provide marriage counseling and coaching services.

Joel and Naomi have been married for fifteen years and as a result they have developed a heart and passion for working with married couples and families.

Their mission is to restore wholeness by healing brokenness. They are committed to reconciling relationships, deepening love and strengthening families. They believe that with the right tools and support, marriages can be restored, brokenness can be mended and individuals can live a life filled with purpose, passion and promise.

Joel and Naomi Mitchell together have extensive experience in social services and counseling. They are licensed and ordained ministers who love God and consider God an integral part of their marriage and their lives.

They are the proud parents of three children, a set of 13 year-old twin boys Jasper Caleb and Jacobi Israel, and an 11 year-old daughter Sidni Joi.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • q-iconWho is this cruise for?

    This cruise is perfect for married couples who are looking to get away from the rush of home and work to focus on and enjoy each other and their marriage. While this cruise is perfect for those who are celebrating a birthday, wedding or anniversary it’s also great for couples who need help or just want to add more tools to what they already have.

  • q-iconWill there be any private time?

    This cruise will be the perfect mix of both group and and private time. This is the cruise that you planned. We’ve based how much training there should be by a survey we published earlier this year. Over 1300 couples filled out the survey in just two weeks and we built the cruise and agenda around those answers. While we do encourage you to link up with other couples who you can learn from, we also want you to spend intimate moments together looking out into the sea or on the beaches.

  • q-iconIs this cruise for adults only or can I bring my kids?

    All of our workshop and social events will be adult only but you are welcome to bring your family along on the cruise. Carnival offers complimentary programs for your kids, that you will be able to utilize during our events.

  • q-iconHow much does it cost?

    Click the button to register and you’ll receive instructions on pricing and the registration process.

  • q-iconWhen and where is the cruise?

    The cruise departs and returns from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Sailing dates are Sunday July 30, 2017 to Saturday August 5, 2017. During the trip we’ll visit Nassau, Bahamas, Half Moon Cay, Bahamas, Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos and Amber Cove, Dominican Republic.

  • q-iconWill the price go up?

    As we get closer to the cruise date the price will rise so make sure you get your deposit in to hold your cabin at current rates as soon as possible!

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