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Celebrity Cruises' Autism-Friendly Ships

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By Celebrity Cruises®, a AAA Travel Partner
December 16, 2019
As an Autism-Friendly cruise line, Celebrity Cruises offers a warm and welcoming environment onboard our ships for children and adults with autism and other developmental and intellectual divisibilities.
Celebrity Cruises offers a unique collection of products and services providing choices and options for families to choose all or some of the features depending on their needs, including sensory friendly films and toys, dietary menu options, and overall autism-friendly training for Camp at Sea staff. Additionally, we offer a wide range of autism-friendly products and services, which include:
All of our Camp at Sea Youth Counselors have a minimum of Bachelor’s Degree, and over 60% of our team hold Graduate level diplomas, making them truly qualified education professionals.
• Priority check-in, boarding and departure
• Special dietary accommodations including gluten-free and dairy-free
• Camp at Sea flexible grouping by ability for children 3 to 12 years old
• Camp at Sea toilet-trained policy exception
• Pagers/phones for parents of children while signed into the care of Camp at Sea programs (subject to availability)
Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Solstice ship theater
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Autism-Friendly Films

Autism-friendly films are presented in a low-lit and 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 when there are at least five children with autism onboard. Dates and times will be highlighted in Celebrity Today.
Toys on board of a Celebrity Cruises ship
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Autism-Friendly Toy Lending Program

In our efforts to deliver top-rated products with both play and educational value, Celebrity Cruises partnered with Fat Brain Toys, one of the most highly regarded toy companies by 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.
Celebrity Cruises Camp at Sea room
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Autism-Friendly Activities

We offer activities for children of all abilities. Families are encouraged to consult with Camp at Sea 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.
Kids club on Celebrity Cruises ship
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Cruising Social Story

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.
Kids cook on a Celebrity Cruise ship
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What Do You Offer for Teens with Autism?

• 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, they do not provide supervision or one-on-one attention.
Couple walking on top deck of Celebrity Cruises
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What Do You Offer for Adults with Autism?

• Expedited 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, they do not provide supervision or one-on-one attention. (Adults are not permitted in Teen or Camp at Sea spaces.)
Developed by Autism on the Seas’ Advisory Team, autism awareness training 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.
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