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ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL SUPPORTS SATH

Jul 27, 2004
Accessible Seas Program Offers Extensive Services to Guest With Disabilities

MIAMI – Royal Caribbean International is committed to providing its guests with disabilities the resources they need to fully experience and enjoy their cruise vacations. The company recently reaffirmed that commitment with a $10,000 donation to the Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality (SATH).

SATH is an educational nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to raise awareness of the needs of all travelers with disabilities, remove physical and attitudinal barriers to free access and expand travel opportunities in the United States and abroad.

“Royal Caribbean is proud to support an organization such as SATH and renew our pledge to provide access to our guests with disabilities,” said Laura Amor, access specialist for Royal Caribbean. “Our Accessible Seas program offers extensive services, amenities and medical facilities to ensure that our guests can participate in the cruise experience.”

Royal Caribbean prides itself on providing personal attention to help address each guest’s specific needs. Access coordinators are available to assist in vacation planning at Royal Caribbean’s Accessible Seas desk: 800-722-5472, extension 34492. Guests can also request a free brochure detailing Royal Caribbean’s accessibility offerings.

Onboard, Royal Caribbean’s comprehensive accessibility program addresses the needs of guests with disabilities by providing specially configured staterooms, wide corridors, functional bathroom facilities, and special devices to aid the hearing and visually impaired.

Royal Caribbean’s Voyager-class and Radiance-class ships also offer other notable accessibility features including:
• Staterooms with 32- to 34-inch doors, ramped bathrooms, roll-in showers, grab bars, raised toilet seats, lowered sinks and vanity areas, and a five-foot turning radius in sleeping areas, bathrooms and sitting areas;
• Spacious corridors, pool lifts and ramps in terraced public areas;
• Braille on menus, stateroom doors, service directories and elevators buttons;
• Portable kits for the hearing impaired including TTY (Text Telephone)/TDD (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf), Alertmaster and a strobe alarm; and
• Closed-captioned televisions, amplified telephones in staterooms and public areas, and infrared systems.
Royal Caribbean also offers its guests assistance at its visiting ports.

Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise brand currently with 19 ships in service and one more under construction. The company also offers unique cruisetour vacations in Alaska, Canada and Europe. For additional information about the cruise line, please visit the company's web site at www.royalcaribbean.com or call 800-327-6700, or your travel agent.