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Autism Accessibility with Royal Caribbean

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Royal Caribbean is committed to providing an inclusive and accommodating vacation experience for guests with autism and other developmental disabilities. From accessible stateroom amenities to sensory-friendly experiences, we strive to ensure that every guest can enjoy a comfortable and memorable cruise vacation. Our ships are designed to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for guests with autism, offering a range of features and services tailored to meet their specific needs and preferences.

Sensory-Friendly Accommodations

Royal Caribbean offers sensory-friendly accommodations for guests with autism, including accessible stateroom amenities designed to create a comfortable and calming environment. These amenities may include lowered closet rods and safes, ramped bathroom doorway thresholds, and roll-in showers with grab bars. These features are aimed at providing a relaxing and sensory-friendly living space for guests with autism, ensuring that they can enjoy a comfortable and accommodating cruise experience.

Assisted Boarding and Departure

Guests with autism are provided with assisted boarding and departure services, ensuring a smooth and efficient embarkation and disembarkation process. Royal Caribbean’s personnel are trained to provide assistance and accommodate specific needs, ensuring that guests with autism can navigate the boarding and departure process with ease and comfort. Additionally, pre-boarding is available for guests with autism, allowing them to board the ship before the general boarding process begins.

Autism-Friendly Initiatives

Royal Caribbean offers a range of autism-friendly initiatives onboard, including trained crew members who serve as Qualified Readers to read written material such as the daily Cruise Compass and shore excursions information. Waiters are also available to read dining menus upon request. These initiatives are designed to provide inclusive and accommodating experiences for guests with autism, ensuring that they can fully participate in and enjoy the onboard activities and amenities.

List of Amenities and Services

  • Complimentary access to The Autism Channel® for educational and entertainment content, available on select ship classes.
  • Autism-friendly films presented in a sensory-adapted environment, available on Oasis Class ships under certain conditions.
  • A toy lending program offering a selection of sensory-friendly toys upon request, available fleet-wide.
  • Cruising Social Story Booklet to help families with autism prepare for their cruise.
  • Trained Youth Staff with expertise in autism awareness, ensuring a supportive environment for children, available across all ships.
  • Additional services including priority check-in, special dietary accommodations, and flexible Adventure Ocean grouping by ability.
  • Exclusive teen programs providing a safe and engaging space for teenagers.
  • Partnership with Autism on the Seas for Staff Assisted Cruises, offering more personalized attention.

For more detailed information, you can visit Royal Caribbean’s autism accessibility page or contact Autism on the Seas directly.

Contacts for More Information

For more information about autism accessibility and assistance services, guests can contact Royal Caribbean’s Access Department via email at Special_Needs@rccl.com. Additionally, guests can visit RoyalCaribbean.com/AccessibleSeas for comprehensive information on accessibility features and services.

Royal Caribbean is dedicated to providing an inclusive and accommodating vacation experience for guests with autism, offering a range of features and services tailored to meet their specific needs and preferences. From sensory-friendly accommodations to autism-friendly initiatives, we strive to ensure that every guest can enjoy a comfortable and memorable cruise vacation.

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