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Best Cruise Line For Autism

Best Cruise Line For Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) impacts countless individuals globally, and for those with autism, embarking on a journey can often prove to be an anxiety-inducing and daunting experience. To help combat this, numerous cruise companies have taken steps to create a more inclusive and accommodating environment for individuals with autism.

It is crucial to know what cruise lines provide inclusive and accessible experiences for guests with a disability or special needs requirements.

Autism on the Seas

The professionally trained staffed cruises are run by the organisation Autism on the Seas. This caters for guests of all ages and includes additional services such as assistance with onboard products and services, respite sessions, private sessions and specialised activities. Autism of the Seas staffed cruises are also offered by Norwegian Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line and Carnival Cruise Line.

Celebrity Cruises

For individuals with autism, Celebrity Cruises has developed several activities onboard that cater to specific needs. These include sensory-friendly toys, film screenings with low volume in a low-lit environment, special dietary options (including dairy and gluten free), a toy lending programme and priority embarkation/disembarkation.

There’s also pagers/phones available for parents of the children who are within Camp at Sea. This allows parents to keep up-to-date with how their children are coping. Alongside flexible grouping by ability for children in the kid’s program, from 3-12 years old.

All youth staff onboard receive autism awareness training. This covers a wealth of topics, including communication tactics and characteristics of developmental disabilities.

Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean offer initiatives for those not only living with autism, but other developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome. These comprehensive initiatives include dietary menu options and sensory friendly toys and films. This includes specially trained staff in Adventure Ocean, flexible grouping and priority check in and out.

Other onboard services include the Autism Channel which is a complimentary, on-demand channel with exclusive content. It provides guests with information about how to support those with developmental disabilities, including in-depth interviews with medical professionals.

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line is known for its magical experiences and exceptional customer service. A beloved family-friendly cruise line, it’s no surprise that they offer a wide variety of activities and services for those with autism and other developmental disabilities.

These offerings include priority check-in, assistance from crew members at theatres and restaurants. Disney provide Family Movie Fun Time (popular family-friendly films shown in a relaxed environment) and hand wipes in the Disney Oceaneer club (for those with sensory issues). Youth Activity Counsellors will advise as to what times are the quietest in different ship areas.

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