Accessible Ferry Experience

Curated by
Whitney Bailey
Content via Disability Horizons
Disability Horizons
Curated by
Whitney Bailey

Roadtrips can be liberating and some view them as embarking on new challenges. Martyn Sibley, a wheelchair user, shares this perspective on accessible cruising as he sailed on a Brittany Ferries cruise ship from Plymouth to Santander for an Accessible Tourism conference in Asturias.

Picture of the Brittany Ferry

For the first part of his journey, Martyn drove 5 hours to Plymouth where he drove his accessible vehicle aboard the ferry. 

"With an aching thumb I parked us up in time for our departure. We were given a disability sticker, directed to a space with room for my ramp to open, and I stretched out gleefully in the car parking area."

Next up, it was time to explore the ship. Martyn states he was pleasantly surprised at the accessibility of the ship itself. There was even an attendant to assist in moving all of his equipment (suitcase, shower chair, and hoist) to his designated cabin. The cabin had an accessible bathroom and enough room for Martyn to easily move around in his wheelchair.

“In exploring the ship I was pleasantly surprised. There were lifts throughout, accessible toilets, and general access everywhere. We enjoyed fish and chips, a glass of wine and a movie.”

Martyn thoroughly enjoyed his voyage on the accessible ferry, and successfully made to his designation.

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