February 25, 2014
The travel organization Autism on the Seas designated Royal Caribbean as the first "autism-friendly" cruise line. The newly announced Bronze Level certification means that individuals will autism will receive reasonable accomodations on all Royal Caribbean cruises, including sensory-related toys, autism friendly modification to youth activities (where appropriate), autism-friendly movies, priority boarding and dietary offerings.
Founder and President of Autism on the Seas Mike Sobbell said, “We are very proud to bring Royal Caribbean on as our first “Autism Friendly” Cruise Line Certified partner. Royal Caribbean’s involvement and initiative to accommodate this community is to be commended, and will open the door towards filling the gap for special needs families seeking a vacation designed for their wide range of unique requirements."
Lisa Goring executive vice president of Family Services at Autism Speaks was recently quoted in an ABC News piece discussing Royal Caribbean saying, "For some people with autism, transitions and changes in routine can be very difficult. New surroundings and not having a known schedule or routine can make the travel difficult."
Royal Caribbean also offers cruises specifically for people with autism and their families. "Serenade on the Seas" departs on March 8 from New Orleans to Key West and the Bahamas. You can learn more on how you can enjoy these autism-friendly cruises on the Autism on the Seas website here.