While cruise facilities for disabled people have improved over the past few years, they still seem to be forgetting about the younger disabled guests i.e. Children. When you decide to book a cruise for your family you would expect that most if not all your needs will be able to be catered for.
We recently found out that while there are disabled facilities on board the ships there are not disabled facilities for children. For example on the three ships We have been on in the last year, including royal Caribbean and P&O, they do not have disabled changing facilities for older children still in nappies, nor can you put your child into kids clubs or use the swimming pools if they are in nappies. We have an 8-year-old disabled son and every time we needed to change his nappy we had to go back to the room to do so.
While on the ships we spoke to other families with young disabled children and they too found it quite disappointing that their child’s needs were not catered for especially this day in age.
While Royal Caribbean ships have the most fantastic family activities and entertainment including ice-skating rinks, miniature golf, rock climbing walls and not forgetting the kids clubs and teen clubs, which my daughter spent a lot of time in, they do not cater for the disabled child.
This is where Autism of the Seas comes in; as they are a dedicated cruise for disabled children. They work in collaboration with Royal Caribbean International, but unfortunately they do not sail from the UK yet and they are hoping to start in the next few years, which we will be sailing on as soon as it starts departing from Southampton UK.
We would love to hear your views on this issue regarding disabled children and whether you have had any problems with the lack of disabled facilities on the ships. If you have been on Autism of the Seas please let us know what you thoughts of the cruise experience in the comments box below. You can read more about Autism of the Seas here.