We 💖 Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
and the accessibility features they offer!
Cruises are quite often considered as the best holiday type for people with various disabilities; however, some are better than others at providing accessibility and service. Travel-for-All agents are cruising experts and well versed with ALL cruise lines. Some of the Travel-for-All team have worked onboard cruise lines and are a wealth of knowledge!
The biggest problem cruisers with disabilities face is: accessible shore excursions, accessible *tenders at port, equipment rental and travel insurance. Don’t worry we’ve got this covered as we work directly with the cruise line and our travel resources to ensure smooth sailing!
Travel-for-All and Royal Caribbean International® believe the best vacations come without limitations. We are committed to providing the most accessible cruise vacation experience to our guests with disabilities and special needs. That’s why we strive to meet the needs of every guest, by outfitting our ships with a wide variety of features designed to give access to all*, including guests who have:
• Mobility disabilities
• Hearing disabilities
• Visual disabilities
• Other disabilities including children with disabilities, people of short stature and individuals with cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities
Every year, thousands of guests with disabilities and special needs sail on Royal Caribbean International. Wherever our ships can go, you can, too – on a cruise designed to wow and accommodate you.
ACCOMMODATING MOBILITY DISABILITIES
Feel right at home on our spacious ships. These features and services ensure guests with mobility disabilities can cruise with ease.
GETTING AROUND THE SHIP*
- Corridors that accommodate 180-degree turns for wheelchairs
- Automatic doors, available on most ships
- Gradual inclines into all public rooms
- Elevators and ramps
- Lifts for one pool and one whirlpool per ship, throughout fleet
- Lowered playing tables and slot machines in Casino Royale
- Accessible Guest Relations desk with lowered counter
- Accessible public restrooms – many with automatic doors
ACCESSIBLE STATEROOM FEATURES*†
- Available on all ships in a variety of categories
- Stateroom and bathroom door width: at least 32 inches
- Automatic stateroom doors on Radiance-class ships
- No stateroom doorway threshold
- Lowered closet rods and safes
- Lowered sink and vanity
- Ramped bathroom doorway thresholds
- Roll-in showers with grab bars
- Fold-down shower seat and hand-held shower head
- Raised toilet seats – most are between 17 to 19 inches high
- 5-foot turning radius in sleeping, sitting and bathroom areas for easy maneuverability
- Accessible balconies†
- Most located near elevators
ACCOMMODATING HEARING DISABILITIES
Don’t miss a minute of the action. Our deaf and hard of hearing guests can enjoy an immersive cruise experience and peace of mind, thanks to features like visual alerts, sign language interpreters and captions.
- Portable hearing room kits that provide visual and tactile alerts for door knocking, telephone ringing, alarm clock and smoke detector.*
- TTY (Teletypewriter) that interfaces with Guest Relations Desk TTY to better meet all in-stateroom needs.*
- Amplified telephones in staterooms and public areas
- Assistive Listening System (ALS) available in:
- Main theater on all ships
- Studio B (ice-skating theater) on Voyager, Freedom and Oasis-class ships
- AquaTheater on Oasis-class ships
- Sign Language interpreters** (available on a shared basis to guests who utilize American Sign Language as their primary means of communication)
- Closed-captioned televisions in all staterooms fleetwide. Closed captioning provided on select programs.
* Notify us at least 30 days prior to sailing.
** Notify us at least 60 days prior to sailing in order to ensure interpreter services. Requests are subject to availability of interpreters. Sign language interpreting services are provided on cruises that depart from and return to the U.S. and Canada.
ACCOMMODATING VISUAL DISABILITIES
For guests with visual disabilities, Royal Caribbean International® has worked to incorporate Braille wherever possible, including but not limited to: staterooms, staircase handrails and public areas. Additionally, our crew and staff are on hand to assist by reading menus and signage or any other way we can make our guests’ cruise vacation experience even more exceptional. It’s all part of our award-winning Gold Anchor Service®.
- Service dogs welcome onboard – a 4 x 4 foot relief area* with cypress mulch will be provided
- Braille/tactile signage
- Braille/tactile elevator buttons and audio call signs
- Braille deck numbers on staircase handrails
- Menus and Daily Cruise Compass available in large-print*
- Qualified Readers
- Orientation tours
*Notify us 30 days prior to sailing
And there's more
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is for everyone!
OTHER DISABILITIES & SPECIAL NEEDS
CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
Children with disabilities, including autism, will love our fun-filled, complimentary Adventure Ocean® Youth Program. Some of the accommodations for our youngest special-needs travelers include:
- Adventure Ocean grouping by ability (rather than age)
- Adventure Ocean toilet-trained policy exception
- Pagers for parents of children in Adventure Ocean program
- Babysitting services in stateroom (age restrictions apply)
These services and features ensure that more guests can sail away on an incredible Royal Caribbean International® vacation, without a worry in the world.
Royal Caribbean can accommodate guests with a variety of special dietary needs at no charge.
- We offer low-sodium, low-fat and gluten-free items on our menus. There is no need to notify us in advance. Check with your Head Waiter for assistance with selecting appropriate menu items.
- Lactose-free/soy milk and Ensure are available at no extra charge. Simply notify us at least 45 days prior to sailing and 90 days for European/South American itineraries.
- We can accommodate most food allergies in the main dining room.
Once you are on the ship, speak with our Head Waiter to discuss your needs and review your menu selections for the next day. For complex food allergies contact our Access Department for assistance. Please note we may not be able to accommodate all food allergies.
ONBOARD MEDICAL SERVICES
Every Royal Caribbean ship offers limited professional medical services for a reasonable fee. These physicians and nurses can be found in the onboard medical facility.
All types of oxygen are permitted onboard. Please notify the Access Department as to the type, quantity and delivery schedule of your oxygen. Oxygen must be stored in your stateroom.
Guests requiring continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis are welcome onboard. Guests should bring onboard or arrange to have delivered all necessary supplies and equipment needed to perform the dialysis. Please have your supplier contact our Access Department to request clearance for port delivery.
We are unable to administer or assist with hemodialysis treatments. However, guests using self-administered hemodialysis equipment are welcome to sail under certain requirements; contact our Access Department for details. Otherwise, guests requiring physician assisted dialysis may make arrangements by contacting a service provider who specializes in this service.
PEOPLE OF SHORT STATURE
People of short stature love cruising too. With many of our accessibility offerings, such as lowered Guest Service counters and lowered playing tables in Casino Royale®, height doesn’t get in the way of an excellent cruise vacation experience.
PERSONS OF SIZE
Larger guests are always welcome onboard. Armless chairs and special seating are provided throughout the ship and in various venues for your comfort and convenience. Larger guests may find our accessible staterooms with wider doors, roll-in showers and grab bars more accommodating.
COGNITIVE, INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
Royal Caribbean welcomes guests with cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease. Upon request, every reasonable effort will be made to provide accommodations to meet the needs of guests with these disabilities.
Some of these may include:
- Priority boarding
- Boarding and departure assistance
- Priority disembarkation
- If you have another disability or medical condition that has not been mentioned, please inquire how we might make reasonable accommodations to meet your specific needs. Please note that not all accommodations may be able to be provided.
- Also, note that guests should be fit for travel. We do not require guests to travel with a companion; however, our personnel are not required to perform personal tasks.
GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR CRUISE
While we don’t require information about the type or extent of your disability, the more information you can share with us about your specific needs, the better we are able to assist you.
We encourage you to notify us of your needs at the time of booking, however to guarantee availability of specific equipment or services, please provide at least:
- 60 days notice if you need sign language interpreting services
- 30 days notice if you need special equipment or services (see list to the right) to accommodate your disability
If we do not receive enough advance notice, we will make reasonable efforts to provide requested equipment or services, but we do not guarantee they will be provided.
LIST OF EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES REQUIRING ADVANCE NOTICE
60 days prior to sailing
- Sign language interpreting services
30 days prior to sailing
- Commode chair
- Shower stool
- Transfer bench
- Service animal relief area
- Large print materials
- Visual-tactile alert system
- Assistive listening device
- Sharps container
- Distilled water
- Extension cord
- Oxygen supply delivery
- Dialysis supply delivery