It is time to enjoy life! Many people who use mobility devices book cruises daily. There are two cruise lines that cover all the basic concerns for persons with mobility needs.
Carnival Cruise Lines: Carnival Cruise Lines are known for fun, great service, and all inclusive pricing aboard ship. Hydraulic Lift Transfer is available for persons with mobility devices from airport to Carnival Cruise Line docking pier if requested in advance. Motorized wheelchairs and mobility scooters are not allowed on tenders. Tenders are the small boats that escort passengers from cruise ship to port of call. If current and tide conditions allow, fold-up wheelchairs may be taken aboard the tenders at ship officials discretion. Check for cruises where the ship is docked at each port for ultimate access.
A standard stateroom has a 21” doorway to accommodate the average mobility scooter. Mobility devices must be stored in staterooms and batteries may be recharged in staterooms. It is unsafe to store a mobility device in a hallway. Modified cabins are available for guests and include shower grab bars and seats in the bathroom. Accessible cabins are available with accessible pathways through the stateroom, turning radius and bathroom accessibility. Guests requiring an accessible cabin should confirm reservations early to assure cabin availability.
Disney Cruise Lines: Disney Cruise Lines provides multi-generational family fun. Disney Cruise Lines offers a Dream Class and Magic Class that accommodate persons with accessibility needs Counselors with the youth program are trained to work with children with special needs, too. Accessible cabins with automatic doors are available aboard the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. Disney Magic and Disney Wonder both have accessible staterooms available with wide doors and roll-in showers. Reservations should be made well in advance to book an accessible cabin or stateroom.
Wheelchair seating and listening devices are available in the onboard theaters. Castaway Island, Disney’s Private Island, provides docking facilities at the island and paved pathways for mobility ease. Braille bingo cards are available. Something fun is just around the corner on a Disney Cruise Line.
*Photo courtesy of Disney Magic by John B. Kalla at Flickr’s Creative Common.