Cruises: A Vacation for Families with Special Needs
Family vacations provide an opportunity to create lifelong memories with those you love. For families with children with special needs it can be more challenging to plan a family vacation that will be enjoyable for the entire family. All children thrive on experiential learning and a vacation is a perfect opportunity to explore the world, grow and learn. All families should be able to explore the world with the entire family. Cruises offer a wonderful vacation for families of all types.
Royal Caribbean cruise line was certified as "autism friendly" in 2014. Highlights of this program include:
Sensory related toys are provided.
Autism friendly movies are offered (low-lit and low volume environment with guests encouraged to talk freely and walk around).
Modified kids programs are available. In addition the kids programs are grouped by ability as opposed to age.
Toilet trained policy exception for children's programs
More meal options are offered for those with dietary restrictions include gluten-free and intolerant options.
Priority check in, boarding and departure
In addition the crew are certified and trained in autism awareness. Some of the staff are also provided extra training to learn how to assist those with special needs.
Since cruises provide a wide variety of activities an entire family can find entertainment options that meet their interests. In addition cruises often stop at multiple, varied destinations allowing exploration of more than one culture.
If you are considering a cruise keep in mind that other cruise lines also offer options to assist families with special needs. In recent years cruise lines have identified this demographic as a growing customer base and have worked to meet the needs.
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