oe and his wife Linda love cruising so much that they cruise a couple times a year. Joe Monteforte is a T10 paraplegic, and he highly recommends cruising as a way of vacationing for wheelchair users because of the accessibility a ship offers.
One of Joe’s recent trips was aboard the Anthem of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. “The ship is designed to accommodate any type of wheelchair,” Joe writes. “They have handicap rooms with a full turnaround bathroom. The pool areas have lifts and are designed to get in and out with ease. They have some amazing activities on board for you to try.”
One of the most exciting on-board activities Joe got to try out was the RipCord, an enclosed skydiving simulator where passengers can actually experience the thrill of skydiving on the deck of the ship. “It was an amazing experience for me,” shares Joe.
Another great feature aboard the Anthem of the Seas is the North Star, a gigantic capsule that allows passengers a unique bird’s-eye view. “It was great to go in and get a view of the islands from 300 feet high,” shares Joe of his experience in the North Star.
And accessible activities aren’t just limited to the ship. Many ports of call also offer adventures that wheelchair users can enjoy. Joe’s favorite cruising destinations include the islands of St. Martin and St. Thomas, and Labadee, Haiti where he was able to “wheel from the ship directly on a jet ski.”
Thanks, Joe, for sharing your cruising adventures with AbleThrive. Hopefully Joe’s adventurous spirit will encourage others to get out there and explore the world.
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