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Best cruise for disabled

Telford, United...
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Best cruise for disabled

My parents have been on numerous cruises in the past,however my mom now has mobility issues.Can anyone recommend a cruise line/ ship which is wheelchair friendly or that cater for the disabled.Thanks

Chatham-Kent, Canada
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1. Re: Best cruise for disabled

All cruise lines have an access and compliance department (that's the North American name; Thomson et al may call it something different.) This department deals with passengers who are challenged in some way, and making sure that their on ship experience accommodates their limitations.

However, all cruise lines have a bit of a problem in the shore excursions department. Many ship's excursions are pre-sold as wheelchair friendly, then turn out to be a disappointment, and it's not possible to go on the excursion after all. Aftr you find a ship, a great deal more research is necessary on excursions. Don't rely on what the ship tells you. Sage Traveling is highly recommended:

http://www.sagetraveling.com/

I have many cruising friends who are completely wheelchair bound, unable to walk at all, and who have managed to continue travelling, but it does tkae some work.

I *strongly recommend* you find a good local travel agent willing to help you verify details.

That said, here are some links.

From our sister site, Cruise Critic, an article on the best ships for disabled cruisers:

http://www.cruisecritic.com/articles.cfm?ID=105

And, here's a link to the invaluable Disabled Cruising forum over at Cruise Critic:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/forumdisplay.php?f=190

I'm well know here as "Holland America girl". That's my cruise line of choice. HAL doesn't do many departures from England. However, if you do find yourself considering a HAL cruise, let me recommend this website for 2 reasons:

http://abqreunion2008.com/

That site has photos and information on HAL cabins offered by actual travellers. This includes detailed information on the handicap cabins.

Also, the webmaster is my friend Joanie, who is herself disabled. She's been there, done that.

Edited: 11 years ago
Woodbridge, United...
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2. Re: Best cruise for disabled

I have no legs and so am confined to a wheelchair at all times. I have cruised with Celebrity Cruises twice (Infinity and Eclipse) and found both excellent, with vey helpful crew and specially arranged excursions in vehicles with ramps or lifts. Bathroom space can be a problem, but you can hire equipment from Mobility at Sea - delivered and collected from your canin. I am hoping to travel with Celebrity again in future.

Chatham-Kent, Canada
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3. Re: Best cruise for disabled

MEP333, I agree - Mobility at Sea is *the best*.

To update my post above, that HAL website has folded - Joanie was unable to keep up with the incredible work - but there is now http://www.halfacts.com for similar information on Holland America line cabins and ships.

Sydney, Australia
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4. Re: Best cruise for disabled

I can't comment too much on other lines but I know on Princess there are dedicated cabins for those who are wheelchair bound or need a scooter all the time. I believe that you need some sort of certification from your doctor to be able to book these rooms.

I've seen many wheelchair passengers on board and the only difficulty they have is the same as everyone else - just when you want an elevator they're full !!

My only recommendation is to look at the ports (cobblestones? is the dock close to town?) and if there are any tender ports which may preclude a wheelchair passenger from going ashore unless they are able to walk for a short time.

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