Ways Cruise Lines can Improve Service for Travelers with Autism

More and more families who have children with autism are taking the plunge, venturing out and embarking on cruises. Many don’t have the experience or know-how and would benefit from any help they can get as they plan their vacations. By tweaking their services and adequately training their staff in accommodating families with autism, cruise line… Read More

Our Ocean View Cabin Aboard Carnival Imagination

The Carnival Imagination is one of Carnival’s many Fantasy class cruise ships, capable of holding over two thousand passengers in over a thousand cabins. The ship was built in Finland, sent out on the first of July in 1995. This ship takes passengers on short, three to four day long cruises from Long Beach California… Read More

Our Balcony Cabin on Harmony of the Seas

We recently went on a cruise to the Bahamas on one of Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas inaugural sails. This vessel is the world’s largest passenger cruise ship, capable of carrying over five thousand passengers. We stayed in a balcony cabin on the sixth deck -6212 during our journey. What Makes it Family Worthy? Royal Caribbean prides itself… Read More

The Autism Friendly Harmony of the Seas

Harmony of the Seas of the Royal Caribbean International is the world’s largest passenger ship at 226,963 GT. The ship carries over two thousand rooms and can house over five thousand guests. We were lucky to be hosted on one of Harmony’s inaugural voyages as part of Royal Caribbean’s advisory committee for autism travel. Embarkation On… Read More

Twelve Tips for Keeping a Cruise Cabin Tidy

      Cruise ship cabins are notoriously small on average. However, they are built to house families of three-four members for a couple of days in relative comfort. Parents should try to make the best of the limited space and accommodations by packing well and by organizing the space in such a way that… Read More

Eight Cruise Line Accommodations to Request When Traveling with Autism

For parents of children with autism or other special needs, there is more to planning a cruise than making reservations. Booking is only the first step for families to ensure their needs are met. Here are eight cruise line accommodations parents should consider requesting. Boarding The port is often noisy and chaotic with hundreds of… Read More

Tips for Families Cruising with Autism

Dear Margalit, Our friends finally convinced us to take a cruise vacation, and we are going to do it! My wife and I are finding it all a bit daunting and don’t know where to begin because of our one daughter with PDD and our younger son who was recently diagnosed with autism. Any tips… Read More

Five Common Problems On Shore Excursions

  Many people plan and prepare for the actual cruise, but may forget to plan appropriately for the shore excursions. Taking guided tours can be great ways to explore islands or cities safely without having to worry about making it back to the ship on time. But like everything else, these guided tours present certain… Read More

Cruise Cabin Comfort for Kids with Autism

As a parent to special-needs kids, I’ve found cruising to be one of the more enjoyable ways to enjoy a vacation.However, sharing a relatively small cabin can prove stressful for some kids on the spectrum, in particular for the younger ones. Here are some tips to help you, the parent, create a more ‘autism-friendly’  environment so that your… Read More

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