Please join us for the next Mission Possible Cruise for Developmental Disabilities, Friends & Family. With Rosalie Newell-Wagner and co-hosts: Barbara Laird & Cyndi Gerlach
A great time of friendships, fun, entertainment, sightseeing, fantastic award winning cuisine by Celebrity Chefs and our workshops presenter, Barbara Laird. This Cruise is for family and friends who have loved ones with Developmental Disabilities. We love to include everyone. There will be many fun things to do, including HISTORIC KETCHIKAN TROLLEY ride with our Cruise group. After boarding, your guide will entertain you with stories about Ketchikan - the Salmon capital of the world - as you travel down its narrow downtown streets. You’ll go past City Park, Ketchikan Creek and the infamous Married Man's Trail on your way to Saxman Native Village. On the return, your guide will stop at Creek Street and allow you to disembark and enjoy the area on your own, before walking back to the ship. Or try one of the other exciting shore excursions Celebrity has to offer: Bear Creek ZipLine Adventure, Adventure Kart Expedition or Catch of the Day: Private Cabin Cruiser, Crabbing and Seafood Feast.
A Family Vacation with Information Sharing Opportunities and small group conference workshops.
Barbara Laird is our workshops presenter on this Cruise
Barbara is the parent of a daughter with Down syndrome and recipient of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for the many years she spent advocating for the rights of special needs children and adults across Canada and the United States. Barbara, as a teacher, has been a passionate promoter of inclusive education. She is a founding member and past board member of the Down Syndrome Research Foundation and Steps Forward Inclusive Post Secondary Education Society. In 2009 Barbara was honored to win the Champion of Inclusive Education Award from the Canadian Living Association and the B.C. Community Living Association for her service, support and advocacy for Inclusive Education in preschool, elementary, secondary and post secondary institutions. Barbara served for many years on the Special Education Advisory Committee of the Vancouver School Board. She has been involved in planning the Health and Wellbeing in Children, Youth and Adults with Developmental Disabilities Conference over the past four years. Barbara has helped many families access services and acts as an unpaid advocate for countless individuals in need. Her commitment to, and work for, inclusion, understanding and services, particularly for people with Down Syndrome, is outstanding. www.beyondtheboxbasics.com
Meet our Special Guest, Madeline Stuart - Model with Down Syndrome
The friendships, networking and connections made on this Cruise will be a wonderful experience for everyone who joins us.
Please note, minimum age for guests is 6 months
Vancouver, BC; Inside Passage; Icy Strait, Alaska; Hubbard Glacier, Alaska; Juneau, Alaska; Ketchikan, Alaska; Inside Passage; Vancouver, BC
Celebrity Infinity Ship:
Celebrity Infinity, one of our cherished Millennium® Class ships, has been infused with modern luxury and favorite Solstice® Class amenities. So now you can enjoy her familiar charms along with sophisticated new surroundings and even more onboard experiences to enjoy.
Celebrity is both Autism Friendly Bronze and Silver Certified, meaning that we accommodate guests with autism and other developmental disabilities and also have trained Youth Staff onboard in autism (and other developmental disability) awareness. We are able to accommodate guests, but unfortunately are unable to provide one-on-one care at this point.
Accommodated Services and Amenities - Confirms the ship’s readiness to accommodate guests with autism and other developmental disabilities to provide equal access to onboard services and amenities. Some of the reasonable accommodations include providing sensory related toys, a cruise social story, autism friendly modification to youth activities (where appropriate), autism friendly movies, expedited boarding, modified muster drill, dietary offerings (including GFCF), several modifications to services for groups of guests with special needs, and more. An entire fleet can achieve Bronze Certification at the same time.
Youth Staff Trained – Ships with Silver Certification have ensured that all Youth Staff onboard have received basic awareness training in autism and other developmental disabilities, including instruction on basic engagement and communication as well as safety and crisis prevention techniques.
To further the guest experience we have recently received a number of "Fat Brain" Educational Toys that are autism friendly. We use the toys as an educational and sensory aid as well as make them available to the families through a lending program.
Furthermore, each day we are incorporating Autism Friendly games and activities into our Fun Factory programs to encourage program inclusion with our guests with developmental disabilities. In the files section, we have attached a sample of one of the programs on the Celebrity Summit showing some of the Autism Friendly activities in our daily program. They are delineated by the Autism Friendly symbol to the left of the activity.
Upon registration for the Fun Factory, the parents/guardians can also fill out a Special Needs form with vital information that will aid the Youth Staff in providing the best care possible for the guest.
Endless options for family cruise fun
Our award-winning cruise experience is designed for all ages and interests. Most programs are geared to specific age groups and supervised by experienced youth staff members.
- Toddler Time for kids under 3
- Fun Factory for kids 3-11
- X Club for teens
- A variety of activities across the ship for all ages
You'll get all the details once you've boarded, but click here to get a peek at what's available!
Dining with Celebrity Cruises is an experience beyond the obvious, a globally influenced blend of classic and contemporary menus created by a James Beard featured chef. It's always a perfect marriage of flavors and the artful presentation of cuisine.There are many different kinds of dining experiences, including Main Dining, held in the main restaurant, where you can choose a set time every night, or you can be more flexible with Celebrity Select Dining.Casual Dining can be enjoyed in our Oceanview Café or Bistro on Five. And then there's Specialty Dining, where each restaurant offers a unique culinary journey.Celebrity Cruises is proud to be the first cruise line to present dinner at the prestigious James Beard House culinary celebration in New York City.
More than a room. An escape within an escape.
Our staterooms are a study in modern luxury, with forward-thinking design, beautiful craftsmanship, luxurious amenities, and innovative storage. Suite guests enjoy a completely indulgent experience with a full list of extras, including European-style butler service. AquaClass®, with its spa-inspired staterooms, provides you with unlimited access to the Persian Garden, and your own specialty restaurant, Blu.Concierge Class elevates your vacation experience with special perks, including early boarding, a pillow menu, and nightly hors d'oeuvres. Our Veranda staterooms offer breathtaking views and the perfect spot for a private meal or morning coffee. Ocean View and Inside staterooms are thoughtfully designed with ample space, tasteful amenities, and a sitting area. On Celebrity, your stateroom experience is sure to leave you relaxed and restored.
Please note, the number of Accessible Staterooms is very limited. Also connecting staterooms are limited, therefore the earlier you reserve the more likely you will be able to have the type of stateroom your family requires.
Pricing is available in Canadian Dollars (CAD) or United States Dollars (USD). Pricing will depend on the type of stateroom your family requires (Inside, Oceanview, Oceanview with Balcony, Concierge Oceanview with Balcony or Suites with personal butler service), number of guests, as well as other qualifiers (ie. military status, age 55+, province or state of residence).
Full Payment will be due on reservations made after April 5th, 2016
Cruise pricing includes: Premium accommodations for 7 nights; breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and complimentary room services (does not include specialty restaurant dining); standard beverages (coffee, tea, milk, poured water & juices, iced tea & lemonade); activities (including Youth Programs) and entertainment onboard the ship; complimentary use of the fitness center.