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Royal Caribbean now offers autism-friendly cruising for families

Published: April 3, 2014, 3:32 pm, by Debbie Kelley

Royal Caribbean now offers services and activities on cruise ships to accommodate families with children who have autism. This news comes from Vacations To Go, which created the first comprehensive list of cruise lines and ships that cater to people  with special needs.

Autism-friendly toys are available for loan on all ships. Counselors can provide a tote bag of toys that can be used in the Adventure Ocean children’s centers or brought back royal caribbeanto the stateroom.

Groups or individuals sailing with at least five children with autism on board will be able to view films presented in low-volume, low-lit environments, where guests may freely talk and walk around during the show.

Other autism-friendly features include:

  • Priority check-in
  • Priority boarding and disembarking
  • Special dietary offerings, such as gluten-free and diary-free foods
  • Pagers for parents of children in the Adventure Ocean program

Vacations to Go cruise counselors in the special needs department can talk about the special offerings at 1-800-998-6902.