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  1. Rapid PCR tests take about 1 hour and are resolved under lab conditions. A LFT can be as quick as 15 minutes and can be done anywhere.
  2. Thanks for your insight - its really useful. Never suspected it word be a universal situation however given we don't cruise out of any ports other than UK, its been useful to understand what the difference are. We also really understand why Royal have one set of published rules to avoid confusion but am glad that they will confirming the more relaxed version where possible / appropriate to do so. Interesting also to hear that some of the information we were given was not 100% correct. So we now realise... but not all cruise ships are as accommodating. When travelling with a disabled child (or an adult), you are constantly trying to predict what problems may arise and how to solve them. So it may be, but we don't want to upset anyone or get into trouble. Unlike the idiots who were trying to argue with the crew that wearing a mask on one ear counts as complying with the Covid rules as 'i'm wearing it'!
  3. I wanted to give an update on this as it turned out really well in the end. The special needs team advised to check with Guest Services on board as the rules actually vary from ship to ship, cruise to cruise. This is what I found out. Firstly: the filtration system is essentially the same for all pools and the splash pool is no different. Apparently it has to be, for the odd occasion that an adult has an accident. (Apparently it happens more often than you expect). Secondly: the 'default' no swim-nappy rules apply specially if a ship is cruising in US waters, or calling at a US port on the cruise, or flagged in the USA. These are legal rules which the company cannot change. [certain other countries also] Currently Anthem is cruising from the UK and is not subject to these rules. "To avoid confusion", the company does not shout about the fact that the ban on swim nappies do not apply as most of their ships are in/out of the USA. However, they pointed out that on the stateroom TV information channel, it does say to enquire as to which ships allow this. Finally: Guest Services confirmed that as she is toilet trained, it didn't matter anyway. The fact that a swim nappy is being worn 'as an extra item of clothing' would be acceptable precaution for a disabled child. They confirmed that if a disabled person is toilet trained, stopping them using the pool just because of what they are wearing would be discriminatory and against UK and US disability laws. They key here is not whether a swim nappy is being worn but whether someone is toilet trained. I should note that it was pointed out that non-swim nappies are banned as they disintegrate and clog the filtration system. To summarise: Guest Services confirmed that their signs cannot account for every scenario and that the idea is to catch 99% of situations. We used the pools, the swim nappies weren't needed in practice but she did wear them and it provided her and us with added reassurance.
  4. Sadly no beaches on UK staycations and only able to leave ship if on ship excursion.
  5. This is a great idea - thanks. Not sure why I didn't think of that. Thanks. Will try this also. We would have but they are not accepting unvaccinated children during the UK summer holidays. So thought we'd try someone different and have always heard good things. Thanks. Will try this also if I don't get any job from Royal. Thanks everyone else also. I fully get the reason behind non-toilet trained kids not being allowed in the main pools. What I don't get is why a toilet trained kid who only wears a swim nappy in case the disabled toilet is not available gets disadvantaged. She is afterall, no more risk than the normal toilet trained kid.
  6. I'm hoping someone can help me. I'm taking my four year old daughter on Anthem in a few weeks time. She is toilet trained and will tell me if she needs to go with ample time to get out of a pool and visit the toilet. However, because her disability requires that she needs an accessible toilet, we choose to put her in nappies / swim nappies because very often the first accessible toilet you reach is already in use and we don't want her having an accident while waiting / on the way to find another. The following has been brought to my attention on the Royal website: My child is still in nappies - can they go in the pools? Only on certain ships. On Freedom and Oasis class ships, plus Anthem of the Seas, children in nappies – or who aren't toilet trained – can use the Baby Splash Zone. On all other ships, children in nappies – including swim-safe versions – or who aren’t toilet trained are not allowed in the H2O zones, pools or whirlpools. We've travelled P&O and Princess before and its never been a problem as its a disability issue rather than a toilet training issue. Swimming is a key part of our daughters physical development and our holidays. A splash zone isn't appropriate as she can't sit or stand safely but can swim. Does anyone have any thoughts?
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