FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.
Wines on the Wing

Royal Caribbean Makes Cruising Autism Friendly

by Eugenia Lazaris

Aug 15, 2018

© Solarisys13 | Dreamstime.com

Cruising

Cruising is a great way to enjoy a fun family vacation but when it comes to accommodating special needs, they sometimes leave a lot to be desired. Royal Caribbean is hard at work to change that and make the high seas accessible for everyone with its autism-friendly ships.

The cruise line has taken great care to accommodate disabilities of all kinds by allowing service dogs, providing accessible shore excursions, accessible staterooms and specially designed in-room alert systems so hearing-impaired guests can easily be alerted to door knocking and alarms.

They’ve also gone the extra mile to create a fun and safe environment for families living with a variety of developmental disabilities, like autism and down syndrome. Its specially trained staff receives Autism on the Seas awareness training to educate them on a wide range of needs autistic passengers and their families may experience.

Participating in the autism-friendly cruising experience starts before check-in with the Cruising Social Story, downloaded from the Royal Caribbean website beforehand. It’s a great combination of visual and written tools to help children prepare for the experience so they know what to expect throughout the trip and don’t forget to bring their favorite comfort items from home.

Kids Cruise Ship Activities © Lawrence Weslowski Jr | Dreamstime.com

Once on board, families with children on the autism disability spectrum are greeted with expedited check-in, boarding and departure to avoid those overwhelming crowds and wait times. The on-board chefs can easily accommodate special dietary needs and there are a variety of autism-friendly activities available. The autism channel is available on most of the line’s many ships. It is an on-demand television service that streams an endless supply of educational and entertaining specialty programming.

Youth activity groups are a great way for kids to enjoy the cruising experience and make new friends by interacting with other kids their age. This not only gives them a kid-friendly experience but also lets mom and dad have some much-needed alone time. Royal Caribbean’s autism-friendly Ships offer the Adventure Ocean youth program for kids aged 3-11. These youth groups are designed to meet each child’s specific needs by assigning them to a group dedicated to their specific abilities.

Parents of kids participating in the Adventure Ocean youth program are equipped with an on-board pager so they can be instantly notified if their child needs some emergency mom and dad support to help them through a difficult situation.

If you are looking for an even more supportive cruising environment to meet the needs of your family, Autism of the Seas offers staffed cruises, which provide one highly trained staff member for every three special needs guests of any age. These cruising professionals can assist with all on-board activities and even offer private activities on board. They also provide the added bonus of a private muster drill — this emergency drill is a requirement for all cruise ship passengers and can be an overwhelming experience for those on the autism spectrum. These specialty cruises need to be booked directly through Autism of the Seas in order to benefit from all the great services.

#WhereverFamily

Insta Feed
Destinations
Feb 23, 2024

6 Spring Break Destinations for Families in 2024

Spring break is a great time for family travel, and these six destinations might be the inspiration you need for this year’s getaway.

Make the Most of Hamad International Airport When Transferring

Making travel plans can be exciting; did you know planning on how to spend time at the airport the right way can enrich the overall trip experience? As a transfer hub, traveling through Doha's Hamad International Airport is a unique experience, as waiting never feels like waiting at one of the best airports in the world.

Destinations / Asia
Feb 22, 2024

Don’t Miss These Family-Friendly Attractions in Tokyo

Tokyo is a fascinating city that draws visitors for many reasons. Some go for the city’s exceptional cuisine, some look to experience a city teeming with technical innovations, while others go to discover Japan’s fascinating culture. But one theme seems to be constant no matter what your reason for visiting the city; it is a great place for family travelers, with plenty to see and do.

Parents
Feb 22, 2024

Tiny Traveler: A Safer Way to Travel with a Baby

Are your upcoming family travels taking you on a road trip? It’s not always easy trying to keep an eye on the little ones while also keeping an eye on the road, but with Tiny Traveler, parents can have peace of mind about their child's safety on the road. This safe companion monitors the kids and can even record precious moments for eternity.

Travel Tips to Help Protect Your Health and Your Trip

Five Tips to Help Minimize Potential Travel Problems

Slideshow
Feb 22, 2024

5 Muscat, Oman, Destinations for Family Travel

It’s time to start dreaming of your next family trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Muscat, Oman, with us.