Cruises are an increasingly popular vacation option for people who have low vision or are blind. Some cruise ships offer service directories, menus and daily activity lists in large print and/or Braille, provide Braille and tactile signage in public areas, and have Braille and audible arrival alerts on their elevators. Sometimes crew members can conduct familiarization tours of the ship and stateroom on embarkation day and personally assist those in need in the event of an emergency. These services may require advance request and are not offered on all ships. All services should be confirmed with your Vacations To Go cruise counselor (800-998-6902) at the time of booking.
Most cruise ships will permit travel with a service animal. However, each country has rules governing the entrance of animals, and you are responsible for obtaining all required permits for the animal to depart the vessel in non-U.S. ports. To learn about a country's rules regarding service animals, contact that country's consulate or embassy in Washington, D.C. Copies of these permits, along with proof of all necessary vaccinations for the return of your animal to the United States, should be faxed to the cruise line, and copies should be brought with you onboard the vessel. The cruise lines require proof of medical necessity and appropriate training certification for service animals.
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