Three Generations Aboard Ship
  • On Jan 28, 2012
    Tracey Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Is it safe to take an active 9 year old boy with Down Syndrome on a Disney Cruise and have you any recommendations please? We are contemplating doing the Disney Caribbean Cruise in Nov 2012 however feel a bit nervous. Thank you for your advice.

    Hi Tracey!

    As someone who works with special needs children, I understand the nerves you are feeling about booking a cruise.

    On a Caribbean cruise, you and your family will have more time to enjoy to the impressive ship.  If your son loves the water, there are plenty of splastacular activities for him to enjoy on the pool deck. The interactive sports deck is a perfect place for an active nine year old!  The character meet and greet opportunities are available throughout the day and collecting autographs and taking photos is always fun for my kiddos!  He also might like to participate in pin trading and finding  the tricky hidden mickeys!  The options are endless since Disney  plans amazing activities for all children, young and old!

    If you are looking for your son to participate in the youth programming, Disney Cruise Line is definitely the right match! Their trained counselors do work well with special needs children.  The vibrant youth spaces are filled with engaging, hands-on activities with supervision, but a one-on-one ratio is not available.  If your son does well in a group setting, he will love the youth programming onboard.  You will want to stop by the Youth Club to discuss your son's needs with the Director of Youth Programming once you embark the ship.  Registration can be done online prior to your cruise or during the Open House.

    When you decide which cruise vacation to book, I would recommend calling (800) 951-3532 to make your reservation with a reservationist instead of booking online.  By speaking with someone in person, you can make sure your son's needs are noted on your reservation.   They can also inform you of any other additional information that might be helpful for your situation.

    Have a great day!

    Nancy

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Meet the Panelist: Nancy, Georgia

Ahoy there!I'm excited to help you plan a magical voyage filled with pixie dust onboard one of the magnificent Disney cruise ships. As a mom of two,I love planning a Disney cruise and can't wait for you to experience all that DCL has to offer. Learn More About Nancy

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