Cruises (Autism-Friendly)

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Autism on the Seas has been in collaboration with Royal Caribbean International since 2007 in developing cruise vacation services to accommodate adults and families living with children with Special Needs, including, but not limited to,  Autism,  Asperger Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Tourette Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and all Cognitive, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. These services quickly expanded to other cruise lines.

We provide Cruises with our Staff (selected from regular cruises throughout the year) that assist adults and families in accommodating the typical cruise services, as well as providing specialized Respite and Private Activities/Sessions that allow our guests the use of the ships entertainment venues in an accommodated and assisted manner. Our professional Staff (educated, experienced, background checked and sanctioned by the cruise lines) accompanies you on your cruise to provide these amazing vacation and travel experiences onboard Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Disney and Carnival Cruise Lines. We also provide a “Cruise Assistance Package” (Cruises without our Staff) on all of the major Cruise Lines to help accommodate guests who wish to cruise on their own.

I just want to add that while the cruises do seem wonderful–and quite a few leave from Galveston–there is no discount rate or special grant to send your family on a cruise. The program seems to be all about providing additional staff and accommodations, if these are needed, plus some respite/babysitting services. Also note, these are not “autism” cruises like singles cruises. These are regular Royal Caribbean cruises but with special staff to assist. In addition to their website, they have a Facebook page:

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