Cruises - The Perfect Vacation
Cruises are perfect for family trips. Taking a family vacation on a cruise ship is a great way for families with special needs children to bond. Imagine meeting at dinner each day with each family member sharing their own unique adventures. Not only are modern cruise ships equipped for special needs passengers, savvy cruise companies such as Disney, Norwegien Cruises and Royal Caribbean are actively recruiting these families.
Most newer cruise ships have special cabins available for special needs passengers and their families. Usually, there is not an extra charge for reserving this type of cabin. In fact, some cruises offer special rates to assist families in arranging time away from home. In addition, special needs families are encouraged to reserve specific times to use the very popular attractions aboard ship, thus eliminating long wait times. Special seats are usually available at most shows and events on the ship. Most passengers look forward to leaving the ship to see a variety of ports, but there is plenty to do on board during the cruise. This makes a cruise perfect for family members who need to stay on board, while allowing other family members the choice of activities on shore.
Ships have easy access to board and disembark from the ship for anyone with medical issues. Access is just as easy through most of the modern ship, with elevators and clear passageways. Dining areas are experienced in arranging seating and other needs for each meal, including the large dining rooms. Many ships offer meals delivered to the cabin as well, if this works better after a busy day.
Depending on your family's needs, cruises can be chosen that are never very far from a port in case of a medical issue. More importantly, all cruise ships have a medical department with doctors and nurses. This can be quite calming when traveling with a special needs child. An additional bonus is that medical equipment such as an oxygen concentrator or wheelchair can be ordered in advance and delivered to your cabin so that it is there on arrival. An experienced travel agent can be quite helpful in planning an appropriate cruise.
If you would like to find out more about cruises for your family, contact us. Together, we can plan a wonderful vacation with great family memories.
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