Customized Cruises for Families With Special Needs
Words Alexis Manrodt
Published June 2018 DFWThrive
Updated December 19, 2018
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If your family vacations aren’t always smooth sailing, book an open-sea adventure with Autism on the Seas (AotS). The company collaborates with major cruise lines like Carnival, Disney and Royal Caribbean to offer worry-free vacations to kids and adults with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other cognitive and developmental disabilities. AotS provides daily respite care, freeing up families to enjoy some much-needed R & R while their pint-size pirates take part in specialized activities led by trained AotS staff. The whole family is treated to reserved seating at shows and meals, priority boarding and even private performances and access to sports and swim areas. Four-day to weeklong cruises set sail from Galveston throughout the year; they sell out fast, so book your travel at least six months in advance.

Autism on the Seas, $15—$29 per person per day, plus cruise price // 203/604-0278; autismontheseas.com