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Old April 4th, 2007, 02:16 PM
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Default Question re: special needs child, kids program

My husband and I have a little girl that just turned 3. Anna has a genetic disorder which has caused her developmental delays. She still cannot walk independently, can't talk (babble only) and needs help with feeding. We brought her on a cruise with us when she was 2 and that was OK because we had the grandparents' help. But, if it's just the 3 of us that go this time, is there a cruiseline that has a kids' program that will accommodate her? She doesn't have behavior issues and she plays well by herself. On our last cruise we were on Carnival and she wasn't old enough yet to use their kids program.

Any advice? We'd like to take a vacation where we could get a little bit of a break.
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Old April 4th, 2007, 02:54 PM
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I have read reviews from people whose children have special needs and the cruise lines have gone out of their way to accomodate those children. I think I would try to engage the cruiseline directly and discuss your child's specific needs with them and find out exactly what they are able to do to ensure your entire family has a wonderful vacation. One thing I would advise you to be aware of, especially on Carnival is to find out what ship's are wheelchair/stroller accessible. Some of the older ships kids clubs can only be reached by stairs. Also on some of the new ones, the only elevator that services Camp Carnival was frequently out of order on the Liberty. I would either call Carnival directly and ask to be directed to the appropriate person or have your T.A. direct you.

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