Wednesday 21 February 2018

Cruise ships improve facilities

ROYAL Caribbean cruise line now offers services and activities to accommodate families with children who have autism.

Autism-friendly toys are available for loan on all ships. Counsellors can provide a tote bag of toys that can be used in the Adventure Ocean children's centre or brought back to the stateroom.

Sailings with at least five children with autism on board will offer films presented in a low-volume, low-lit environment, where guests may freely talk and walk around during the showing.

Other autism-friendly features include priority check-in, boarding and disembarkation; special dietary offerings, such as gluten-free and dairy-free foods; and pagers for parents of children in the Adventure Ocean programme.

Vacations To Go has compiled a list of special needs facilities, amenities and services provided by more than 90 of the world's best cruise ships – including facilities for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, are blind or have low vision, have limited mobility or have to travel with supplemental oxygen.

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