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Celebrity Cruises offers a welcoming autism-friendly environment onboard its cruise ships. This includes sensory-friendly films and toys, dietary menu options, and overall autism-friendly training for Fun Factory staff. In addition, Youth Staff have received autism awareness training which covers the following topics: characteristics of autism and developmental disabilities, and communication tactics, such as person-first language and terms, and skills to initiate a conversation with a parent about his or her child's needs. Your search for special needs cruise ships ends here.
We've proudly achieved the Autism Friendly Cruise Line status, having completed certification with Autism on the Seas. This is awarded to cruise lines that ensure their products and services are accessible for participation by the autism and developmental disability community. Celebrity Cruises offers autism-friendly interactive initiatives for families, including sensory-friendly films and toys, dietary menu options, and overall autism-friendly training for Fun Factory staff and more. Additionally, we offer a wide range of autism friendly products and services, which include:
Priority check-in, boarding and departure
Fun Factory toilet-trained policy exception
Special dietary accommodations including gluten-free and dairy-free
Pagers/phones for parents of children while signed into the care of Fun Factory programs (subject to availability).
Fun Factory flexible grouping by ability for children 3 to 11 years old
Autism friendly films are presented in a low lighting, low volume environment. Guests are encouraged to freely talk and walk around during the film. These films will be offered on all autism group cruises, and cruises with at least five children with autism onboard. Dates and times will be highlighted in Celebrity Today.
"In our efforts to deliver top-rated products with both entertainment and educational value, Celebrity Cruises partnered with Fat Brain Toys—one of the most highly regarded toy companies among occupational, physical and play therapists—to offer an exclusive Autism Friendly Toy Lending Catalog. We also offer: non-toxic crayons, markers, water colors, building blocks, dominoes and picture books. Upon request, we will provide a tote bag with the Fat Brain Toys of your selection. Download Autism Friendly Toy Lending Catalog."
We offer activities for children of all abilities. Families are encouraged to consult with Fun Factory staff regarding any special needs that their children may have in order to identify which activities are appropriate for their child and any possible modifications.
"A Social Story is a written or visual guide describing various social interactions, situations, behaviors, skills or concepts. These Social Stories help individuals with autism to better cope with social situations. Celebrity Cruises offers a Social Story Booklet about cruising to help families with autism prepare for their cruise vacation. Download Cruising Social Story Booklet."
"• Expedited check-in, boarding and departure • Special dietary accommodations including gluten-free • Autism Friendly Toy Lending Program • Autism Friendly Films • Social Story Booklet • Our Teen Program with teens-only hangouts and activities. Please note while some activities are hosted, supervision or one-on-one attention is not provided"
"• Expected check-in, boarding and departure • Special dietary accommodations including gluten-free • Autism Friendly Toy Lending Program • Autism Friendly Films • Social Story Booklet • Our Cruise Activities Program. Please note while some activities are hosted, supervision or one-on-one attention is not provided (Adults are not permitted in Teen or Fun Factory spaces)"
Absolutely. We welcome guests with disabilities and special needs and work hard to make sure you experience your best vacation ever. You'll be able to book accessible staterooms, and take advantage of the pool, the casino, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub®,...
We do not require that a guest with a disability travel with another person as a condition for traveling on our ships. However, guests must be self-sufficient and note that our personnel are not required to perform personal tasks (e.g. assisting with...