Head out on an incredible family cruise with the help of Autism on the Seas. In partnership with Royal Caribbean since 2007, the cruise vacation service seeks to accommodate adults, families and children living with special needs.
Engage your family and friends with interactive adventures, sightseeing and even educational services provided on select ships. Mix and mingle with families living with autism, Asperger’s, down syndrome, cerebral palsy and all cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities, or opt for a more privatized family experience.
Choose to cruise with or without specialty staff onboard. Staffed cruises include private sessions and activities with expertly trained staff ranging from one–three hours at a time. Check out the site’s full list of accommodations, services and activities for a wide range of needs.
Some guests prefer to cruise on their own, without professional assistance. Once you have your destination and travel schedule in mind, check out the Cruise Assistance Package and various cruises available. This option is offered on all of the major cruise lines and is a free service available upon booking.
Sail from ports all over the country to incredible destinations including Cozumel and Progresso, Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Kitts, Key West, Princess Cays and Freeport, and Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Alaska — just to name a few.
Give the kids the ultimate fantasy experience onboard a Royal Caribbean International and DreamWorks Animation cruise expedition. Kids (and parents), meet your favorite characters from Kung Fu Panda, Shrek and Madagascar over breakfast and watch 3D films, ice shows and live performances by night. Enjoy quality time with the family in a safe, friendly and fun environment.
The cruise lineup is constantly updating, so be sure to check autismontheseas.com for up-to-date sailings, added activities and special events. Head out on the open sea for New Years, or hold out for the spring sailings next year. Enjoy unforgettable travel experiences onboard select cruise lines including Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Norwegian, Disney and Carnival.
Halloween is right around the corner, which means its time to start making plans for spooky and scary stops for having fun with the family this fall. New York’s Cayuga County is always a fun visit for family travelers, but if you plan on being in the area this October, you will definitely want to explore its haunted history with some choice spots along New York’s Haunted History Trail. This curated list of haunted and spooky stops throughout New York features incredible locations showcasing the perfect combination of the state’s beautiful charm and fascinating history.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
The next two seasons see Franklin, Tennessee, come alive with festive events, fun pop-ups and colorful lights. Family travelers planning a trip to Tennessee this fall or winter must make time for Franklin, a city just south of Nashville with plenty of history and festivities awaiting.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Mysterious glowing seas? Yes, actually! Through October, Florida’s Space Coast waters within Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River and Indian River Lagoon glow with blue-green bioluminescence — a phenomenon resulting from the presence of comb jellies and dinoflagellates (tiny, single-celled marine plankton that exist in some freshwater locations).