Service Animals on Cruises | Accessible Cruises

Royal Caribbean International welcomes service dogs on all ships.* Please note we do not accept pets.

A service dog is defined as “any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability.” Service dogs are not considered pets.

Evidence that a dog is a service dog is helpful but not required (such as identification cards, other written documentation, presence of harnesses and/or tags or the credible verbal assurance of the person with a disability using the dog).

We provide 4 feet by 4 feet relief areas with cypress mulch to accommodate service dogs. Sod for sailings from the U.S. can be provided if ordered in advance and is available. Relief areas are provided on a shared basis with other service dogs onboard. Please note that Central Park on OasisSM class ships is not designated as a relief area.

Please notify our Access Department at time of booking but no later than 30 days prior to sailing if a service dog relief area is needed.

Service dogs are permitted to accompany the person with a disability in all public areas, including dining venues. While in public areas, service dogs must be on a leash, harness or other restraining device. Due to health regulations, service dogs are not permitted in pools, whirlpools or spas.

Care and supervision of the service dog is the sole responsibility of the owner. The ships are not required to provide food or care for the dog.

Guests may bring a reasonable quantity of food and bowls for the dog onboard the ship at no additional charge. If refrigerated space is needed, notify our Access Department at time of booking but no later than 30 days prior to sailing.

If the guest chooses to disembark the ship at a port at which the service dog must remain onboard, the guest must make arrangements to ensure that the dog is cared for. Note that the ship’s staff is not required to care for the dog, nor can the dog be left in the stateroom unattended.

Guests are responsible for obtaining all required documents for the animal to depart the ship in ports of call and at final destination. For document requirements, visit:

A copy of these permits must be carried on the ship, and a copy left with Guest Relations Desk upon boarding the ship.

The documentation and immunization requirements are established by government authorities and not Royal Caribbean International. Please note requirements are subject to change without notice.

Guests are responsible for the behavior or damage caused by their service dog. A cleaning fee may be charged to the guest’s shipboard account.

If the service dog’s behavior creates a fundamental alteration or a direct threat to safety, the dog may be denied boarding or removed from the ship along with the owner at the guest’s expense. Examples include: growling, barking excessively, initiating unsolicited contact, biting other guests and/or crewmembers, failure to use designated relief areas, sitting on

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Creating a Handicap Accessible Kitchen That Works!

How do you create a handicap accessible kitchen that will work for you? Focus on three things. First, focus on accessibility to storage spaces, pantries and cabinets. Second, prioritize wheelchair mobility. Space in front of and alongside appliances is essential. And, third, arrange your work space by coordinating utensils, pull out trash container shelves, frequently used dishes, etc.

Wheelchair accessible roll-under sinks and ovens are also advantageous for long term independent living. Upgrading or simply making a few home modifications may be just what you need to gain mobility, comfort and safety in your home.

Your home modification design should include ample floor space for mobility, ADA handicap accessible kitchen appliance access clearances, accessible cabinet doors, drawers and shelves, and a functional "work triangle". The work triangle refers to the comfortable work space area created between the stove, the refrigerator, and the sink. The sides of the triangle should be greater than four feet and under nine feet, with the outer limits of the triangle at a maximum of 26 feet.

When the design of a spacious and open feeling kitchen area is your design objective, it may be necessary to consider removing or replacing a wall, or moving counters. If your current kitchen design makes you feel like you are restricted or constantly battling with counters and cabinetry, you may want to consider remodeling. Frequently, modifying one aspect of your kitchen can make the kitchen significantly more user-friendly. Changing an island or peninsula counter, or relocating an appliance, can make all the difference.

Does your home have a "zero-step entry" – one entry point with a flat threshold, and is easy to walk through? Every home should have at least one zero-step entry for those grand kids taking their first steps, and for the visiting family member who may be using a cane or a walker, or recovering from an illness. Is it difficult getting groceries in from the car? Possibly, a small ramp and cart would be useful between the garage and the kitchen to make it easier to bring in packages.

If you need assistance designing your kitchen, you will find a directory of certified aging in place (CAPS) specialists on the NAHB website, or by visiting the Atlanta Home Modifications website on the Internet. Your CAPS specialist will schedule an in-home consultation to observe and evaluate your current living arrangement, and assist you in creating a more pleasant and accessible home.

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