August 14, 2018

Cats, ferrets, mice, rats, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, dogs–can all provide emotional support to their owners. And it’s no doubt they are cute and cuddly.

Recently, however, Royal Caribbean stated that because emotional support animals (ESA) aren’t recognized as part of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), they will no longer be allowed on all their ships. The decision is in line with another company, Southwest Airlines, which has also banned ESAs.

According to the Royal Caribbean blog, a statement was issued to explain why they made this decision:

“We are updating the policy to differentiate emotional support animals from service animals that are trained and certified to perform a function for a person with a disability. It is important to us that all our guests enjoy their vacation, which is why we put into practice this new policy. Royal Caribbean’s policy remains the same for service animals traveling with guests that have a physical or non-physical disability.”

Any reservation for an ESA made prior to July 30, 2018, will continued to be honored.

You can read the original update at:

Royal Caribbean Blog

Photo by: Viktoriia Novokhatska

 

August 14, 2018

Cats, ferrets, mice, rats, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, dogs–can all provide emotional support to their owners. And it’s no doubt they are cute and cuddly.

Recently, however, Royal Caribbean stated that because emotional support animals (ESA) aren’t recognized as part of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), they will no longer be allowed on all their ships. The decision is in line with another company, Southwest Airlines, which has also banned ESAs.

According to the Royal Caribbean blog, a statement was issued to explain why they made this decision:

“We are updating the policy to differentiate emotional support animals from service animals that are trained and certified to perform a function for a person with a disability. It is important to us that all our guests enjoy their vacation, which is why we put into practice this new policy. Royal Caribbean’s policy remains the same for service animals traveling with guests that have a physical or non-physical disability.”

Any reservation for an ESA made prior to July 30, 2018, will continued to be honored.

You can read the original update at:

Royal Caribbean Blog

Photo by: Viktoriia Novokhatska