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Cruising with Ease – Accessible Seas and Autism Programs

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines is highly rated for cruisers with special needs. Disabilities can be permanent, temporary, visible or invisible. One out of Five people in the U.S. have disabilities. That accounts for about 56 million people in the U.S.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has made getting on and off the ship easy for those with mobility disabilities. They offer pier assistance, tender assistance and accessible transfers. Although Royal Caribbean does have a few wheelchairs available on board, it is recommended you bring your own. They should be stored in your room when not in use. They also work with Providers: Special Needs at Sea and Care Vacations if wheelchairs or scooters are needed.

Special needs should be brought up at the time of booking your cruise. They provide sign language interrupters for main production shows, major activities and presentations. If you are in need of special diets, dialysis, or oxygen, Royal Caribbean offers all of these services as well for the traveler by request.

For visual impairments, service animals are welcomed on all Royal Caribbean ships. There are designated relief areas provided for your service animal on the ship. Braille is incorporated in public areas and elevators. Large print menus and cruise compasses are also available.

Accessible Staterooms are available with wider doors, automatic doors on Radiance and Quantum class, Roll-in showers, Grab bars, lowered sink and vanity, raised toilet seats – 17-19″, and lowered closet rods and safes.

Quantum of the Seas has 34 accessible staterooms. All include automatic entry doors, roll-in showers and bathtubs, and the accessible interior staterooms have virtual balconies.

“Easy” tours are designed for guests with limited mobility. When it comes to booking your shore excursions you will note the “easy” or wheelchair symbol for your shore excursion. You will want to be sure to request your tour 10 days prior to sailing: 21 days for private excursions.

Alaska cruise tours have accessible motor coaches and railcars. Railcars feature accessible seating with wheelchair lifts to both levels and have an accessible restroom as well.

Royal Caribbean International is the first cruise line to be certified as “Autism Friendly” by Autism on the Seas. The “Autism Friendly” certification recognizes Royal Caribbean’s efforts to make sure their products and services are accessible by guests with autism. Currently Royal Caribbean has achieved a Bronze Certification with “Autism Friendly” and plan completion of the Silver Certification by end of 2014. Silver Certification means that they will begin autism awareness training with their Adventure Ocean staff on-board.

Autism Friendly Features include:

Priority check-in, boarding and departure
Gluten-free and other special dietary offerings
Adventure Ocean flexible age grouping
Adventure Ocean toilet-trained policy exemption
Pagers for parents of children in Adventure Ocean

New Autism Friendly Features include:

Autism Friendly Films
Autism Friendly Toy Lending
Autism Friendly Activities
Cruising Social Story

To book your trip today:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
415.384.3880

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BAJA HO HO HO! PADDLE WITH SANTA IN BAJA!

LORETO, BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR – Need a sunny idea for Christmas this year – how about a fully catered sea kayaking/snorkeling tour in Loreto, Baja?  Rumor has it Santa will make an appearance by kayak on the tour!   OR

Ring in the New Year snorkeling with tropical fish in this UNESCO World Heritage site, watching dolphins leap from your stable kayak, sipping margaritas on the beach, marveling at the most incredible stargazing imaginable.  Tours fine for novices.

Baja whale watching and sea kayaking tours also make a great gift idea for Christmas, milestone birthdays or even wedding registry for loved ones who enjoy soft adventure without having to fully rough it.  Help your loved ones attain their dream travel “bucket list”!  From 28 October 2012 through 2 May 2 2013, the U.S.-based outfitter offers weekly four to six-day guided kayak trips in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, and gray whale tours February and March 2013.  We’ll bake a cake for you from scratch in our camp Dutch oven, celebrating on a sandy beach under the stars!   And our guides have been known to whip out a guitar to serenade at sunset!

Surrounded by warm waters, the towering mountains of the Baja peninsula and cactus-dotted deserts, adventurers forget about all but the present, as they maneuver two-person kayaks through the winter gathering place of blue whales, and among pods of dolphins guided by our marine biologist sea kayak guides. Paddling alongside bus-size fin whales as they surface and sink mere yards from the kayak is the highlight of the tour.

Guests also explore the area’s islands on foot, snorkel in Mexico’s newest national marine park (Loreto Bay National Marine Park) also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and spend nights under the stars camping on secluded beaches in personal dome tents.  Loreto is the site of the first mission in all the Californias, built by Jesuits in 1697, still in use today as a Catholic cathedral open to visitors.   Sleepy Loreto is truly the UN-CABO of Baja.  A portion of all proceeds go to conservation organizations in Loreto.

These all-inclusive tours include kayaks and instruction, all gear, sleeping bags, camping supplies, all meals at camp, two nights at a Loreto hotel and airport transfer for prices starting at $895 US dollars, featuring an outdoor island happy-hour, complete with hors d’oeuvres and margaritas each day at sunset. Airfare is extra. Excursions are limited to 12-13 guests. No prior kayaking experience is necessary; all gear provided.

The company also offers an extra one to three-day gray whale adventure in Magdalena Bay on Baja’s Pacific coast each Feb and March. Participants will get the chance to get eyeball to eyeball to gray whales in quiet lagoons. Cost is $150 for full day tour including snacks and lunch, to $995 for 5-day tour there.

Not included: air fare from Los Angeles on Alaska Air http://www.alaskaair.com, gratuities, meals in town, $25 national park fee.  10% off for youth age 8-17.

To plan your trip today:

All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
info [at] allabout-travel.com
405.384.3880

About All About Travel

Opened in 1978, All About Travel is located in the Oklahoma City area.  We are a family owned and operated company that has strived to provide our clients with the highest quality of service for more than 30 years.  Our agents can arrange all your travel needs from the individual hotel and/or car reservation to an around the world cruise.  Nothing is out of reach.

We can help plan your honeymoon, your destination wedding or the much needed getaway for two.  Don’t forget about your business, we can handle all the travel needs for your company as well.  Anything from an airline flight and hotel for a meeting or all the planning needed for your next company-wide seminar.  We can arrange hotel space for all attendees and meeting rooms for all purposes.

Our agents travel to many destinations on FAM trips (Familiarization trips) these trips are designed by tour operators and cruise lines to make certain that travel agents are up-to-date on popular destinations and cruise ships.

So the next time you need to, or better yet, want to travel…Let us help, it’s what we do.

Travel Tidbits – Buenos Aires: city of passion

The Karen Blixen Museum in the author's original home, Nairobi. Picture: Susan Kurosawa Source: The Australian

Nairobi confidential
The sense of bush adventure comes early: there are zebras behind the fences at Nairobi airport and mobile phones’ global roaming pops up as Safaricom… The Australian

 

 

 

 

 

China’s flourishing Nanjing is fueled by youth and art
Thanks to a combination of young entrepreneurs, large numbers of university students and revitalization efforts, today’s Nanjing has an air of youthful exuberance that would have been unthinkable only a few decades ago… Seattle Times

 

 

 

Georgia: Blessed in a big-hearted country
A surprising welcome in a former Soviet republic that may be economically poor but has many other riches… Telegraph (London)

 

 

 

 

Buenos Aires: city of passion
Buenos Aires is often billed as the Paris of the South, and it certainly has the appropriate sophistication… Telegraph (London)

 

 

 

8 Unique Tours
Eight tours for people who don’t like tours… IndependentTraveler.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alcatraz, a blooming garden spot
The flower beds that once served as colorful buffers for the notorious former prison site known as the Rock have been restored thanks to the efforts of the Alcatraz Historic Gardens Project… LA Times

 

 

 

 

 

To plan your trip today:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
info [at] allabout-travel.com
415.384.3880

Travel Tidbits – All About Cambodia

Cambodia’s Sweet Spot    
Coastal Cambodia is ripe for travel right now, still mostly itself, with roads and a few nice hotels. But the clock is ticking until the concrete and crowds arrive… New York Times

 

 


Phnom Penh’s New Expat Hot Spot
Phnom Penh has become a trendy expat hub, and the best new restaurants, shops, and hotels are inspired by Cambodia’s rich history… Conde Nast Traveler

 

 

Cambodia: Scholar-led tours of Angkor temples    
The ancient temple complex in Angkor, Cambodia, represents remnants of the Khmer Empire from the 9th to 15th century… LA Times

 

 

 

 

Getting off the beaten track in Cambodia
Towering majestically over the jungle, and sometimes tangled up in its monstrous roots, the temples of Cambodia’s ancient city of Angkor have inspired awe for centuries… CNN

 

 

 

Road-Tripping in Cambodia – Journeys    
Up ahead lay the decaying remnants of a French hill station where colonists used to while away their weekends when they ruled this Southeast Asian country…New York Times

 

 

 

 

Homage to the new Cambodia
Our pepper-red Eurocopter swung south-east over the expanse of the ancient West Baray reservoir and suddenly I could see the sandstone towers of Angkor Wat , the largest religious building in the world, glowing like a set of giant chess pieces in the Cambodian sunshine…The Telegraph

 

 

To plan your trip today:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
info [at] allabout-travel.com
415.384.3880

Things to do in: Costa Rica

  • Educational Tours: Coffee Tour, Night Tour, Surf Lessons, Turtle Nesting Tour, Species Exhibit, Scuba Diving, Guided Tours
  • Adventure Tours: Rafting, Cave Exploration, Horseback Riding, Zip Lines, Rappel, Biking, ATV Tours, Water-slides, Kayaking

 

  • Marine Tours: Catamaran Tour, Sport Fishing, Marine Mammal Observation, Mangrove Tours, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling

 

  • Cultural Tours: Coffee Tours, Museum, Shopping

 

  • Leisure Tours: Tram, Fresh Water Fishing, Boat Tours, Catamaran Tours, Hot Springs, Safari Float, Suspension Bridges

 

  • Nature Tours: Mangrove Tours, Safari Float, Marine Mammal Observation, Night Tour, Horseback Riding, Bird Watching, Butterfly Gardens, Fresh Water Fishing, Guided Tours, Hiking, Species Exhibits, Suspension Bridges, Turtle Nesting Tour

 

Costa Rica – Welcome to Paradise

 

To plan your trip today:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
415.384.3880

 

Things to do in: Cozumel, Mexico

 

 

  • Dolpinaris Cozumel

 

 

  • Palancar Reef

 

 

 

  • Discover Mexico – Cozumel Park

 

 

  • Faro Celerain (Punta Sur) Ecological Park

 

 

 

Things to do in Cozumel

 

Underwater Scooter Adventure

 

Things to do in Cozumel

 

 

To plan your trip today:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
415.384.3880