Article by Nora Farris
The majority of the newer ships offer wheelchair assessable state rooms and can provide dining room seating arrangements to steer clear of stairs and raised areas. Just be sure your travel agent notifies the cruise line of your wheelchair usage and any other special needs prior to sailing when making your cruise vacation reservations.
Cruise travelers with physical challenges ought to talk with the onboard tour office to ensure that all pre-reserve tours can cater to their needs.
Cruise travel will be the ideal vacation for a person using a wheelchair, since it offers the chance to visit a number of destinations in a fairly short time.
A cruise vacation provides effortless travel between locations without the inconvenience of packing and unpacking. You’ll take pleasure in the choice of experiencing the ship’s destinations or relaxing and enjoying the comfort of being pampered at a “resort at sea”.
It is essential that if one of your party makes use of a wheelchair, you would like to ask the following questions:* How many wheelchair accessible cabins on the cruise ship?* Are the doors to the rooms and elevators wide enough to allow for a regular wheelchair?* Can I get my wheelchair out on deck and into the public rooms during my cruise vacation?* Will I be able to access the dining areas?
In some ports of call, where the ship should anchor, access by way of wheelchair might not be feasible.
Ships usually stock a limited number of wheelchairs but please bear in mind they must be pre-reserved at the time of your booking.
Because of S.O.L.A.S. (Safety of Live At Sea) Regulations, physically challenged guests should have partial mobility, and a traveling companion who can help them, should an emergency arises.
You’ll find that the newer, larger cruise ships have been built with the goal of full-accessibility.
A new ship will have wider corridors, more spacious cabins, more, and larger, elevators and ramps where needed. In addition, the designated “accessible” cabins on newer ships are fitted with many of the following features which will make your cruise vacation a more comfortable experience:
* Stateroom and cabin doorways wide enough for wheelchairs (at least 30″)* Stateroom dimensions and floor space for maneuverability and bathroom dimensions sufficient for maneuvering * No “lips” or sills into bathrooms * Sink positioned so wheelchair can roll under it * Roll-in shower wit a fold-down stool in shower with detachable showerhead * Bathroom walls with handrails * Raised toilet seat, at least 17″ inches high
In certain ports, ships must anchor offshore due to size of the port or because of extreme weather (if the weather is way too extreme, they will not stop at that port in any way).
They “tender” guests to shore with little boats that may not be accessible to guests in wheelchairs.
Some of the Princess cruise line ships have hoists by the pool thus a physically challenged passenger can enjoy the pool. A few of Holland American ships have the ability to tender wheelchairs into ports where they don’t dock.
Ask your travel agent to inquire with those lines to find the ship that is appropriate for you.
There is no reason that anybody who’s physically challenged should avoid a cruise vacation. Just remember when you are considering cruise travel that you have your travel agent find the cruise ship that caters to your needs.
Now that you know that a cruise vacation might be ideal for you, contact your travel agent and start packing.
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