“Cruise ships have done a very good job at making things accessible for [wheelchair users] … with larger rooms, wider doors and a helpful attitude of staff members,” shares veteran cruiser Mark Chilutti.
Tips for booking an accessible cruise:
Advance Planning is Key – Accessible cabins are limited aboard cruise ships, so be sure to book early! And check cruise websites, as they usually have lots of options for accessible rooms that you can browse online.
What About Excursions? – “Just because the ship is accessible doesn’t mean all the ports are,” shares Mark. Be sure to check into all excursions you’re interested in to see if they are accessible for wheelchairs.
Ask About the Rooms – Most accessible rooms on cruises are larger than standard rooms to allow for wheelchair access. And many have roll in showers. Always ask about the details of the rooms so you know what you’re getting into!
Speak Up! – “Every cruise line has a special department to help those of us with disabilities,” shares Mark. So be sure to speak up when you call the cruise company. It’s their job to answer your questions and make sure you have a positive experience.
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