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Old April 14th, 2009, 08:19 AM
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My husband and I are traveling with a friend who uses a motorized scooter to get around. He doens't need the scooter in his room. Our problem, he would like to have a room with a balcony however on NCL you have to step over the door step so he wouldn't be able to bring the scooter into the room. Any suggestions?
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All the cruise lines have staterooms for people with disabilites. These rooms are wheelchair accessible. So a motorize scooter would work in these types of rooms. I would call NCL directly for the cruise you are interested in and find out of any of these rooms are available.
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Thank you katlady for your response. Love your babies!!!
I know they have handicap rooms where a scooter will fit, but he would like a balacony room. It's a shame the handcap rooms on NCL are inside only. It just doesn't seem fair. Even disabled people should be able to get a balcony room. Do you know of any ships that don't have the step over in the balcony rooms? I don't have to cruise NCL we just wanted the freestyle.
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We had a balcony on Carnival Glory and I don't recall any kind of a step over (but I know what is simple and forgettable to the fully mobile can be an obstacle of those who are not - I apologize if this is misleading). You say your friend doesn't need the scooter in the room so I assume bathroom facilities are not an issue? As I type that I realize there was a small step (4 to 6 inches) into the bathroom.

There might be a slight step from room to balcony - don't know if that would create an obstacle to your friend - it probably would to a fully wheel chair bound passenger.
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Thank you katlady for your response. Love your babies!!! Thanks they are pampered pets.

I know they have handicap rooms where a scooter will fit, but he would like a balacony room. It's a shame the handcap rooms on NCL are inside only. It just doesn't seem fair. Even disabled people should be able to get a balcony room. Do you know of any ships that don't have the step over in the balcony rooms? I don't have to cruise NCL we just wanted the freestyle.
Okay I just checked cause I was wondering. The Star Princess has wheelchair accessable balcony rooms on Aloha deck 12 rooms A304, A302, A301 and A303. Princess cruise lines also has personal choice dining. We cruised on this ship in 2003 with the personal choice dining and really enjoyed it. I'm guessing some of the other princess ships also have wheelchair accessable balcony rooms. I hope that helps.
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I found this website it should help you determine which lines have the must wheelchair accessible cabins. Also check with the cruise line to find out of the elevators will be big enough for the scooter.
http://www.cruising.org/planyourcrui...wheelchair.cfm
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Carnival has balcony rooms for the disabled. I was going to go on the Legend out of Tampa and the cabin I wanted had a balcony the length of the cabin. The cabin was situated lengthwise vs width wise. It didn't have a notation saying it was handicapped, but it was....so I choose the Freedom instead.

Even if you brought wedges to allow the scooter to go up and into the cabin, the cabin is not handicapped accessible it is unlikely that the scooter will fit through the doorway/hallway into the cabin. NCL should have balcony cabins that are scooter accessible.

I must make this note, scooter drivers on the ships are MUCH more pedestrian friendly than at home in public. I have almost been taken out by scooters several times where the drivers don't care who is in their way, it's THEIR public space and YOU should get out of their way....Some scooter drivers are maniacs, and some are considerate to those around them and don't try to take them out!!!!

Good luck on your hunt for a balcony cabin!
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Thank you katlady for your response. Love your babies!!!
I know they have handicap rooms where a scooter will fit, but he would like a balacony room. It's a shame the handcap rooms on NCL are inside only. It just doesn't seem fair. Even disabled people should be able to get a balcony room. Do you know of any ships that don't have the step over in the balcony rooms? I don't have to cruise NCL we just wanted the freestyle.
NCL has numerous HC balcony cabins on their Jade, Jewel, Pearl, Star and Dawn. Check out the deck plans. Star and Dawn do not have the aft balcony, HC cabins but have four HC balcony cabins on deck 9 and 10.

On our last cruise on the Norwegian Jade we had cocktails with a couple who were in an aft AE suite that was HC accessible. I can't remember if there was a door sill or not but the bathroom was HC accessible with no step up and the bathroom was open.

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If he doesn't need the scooter in the room then he should be able to get on the balcony no matter what. Some of them have smaller doors that swing out, while some have sliding glass doors. Sliding doors will probably be easier to deal with since the wind and smaller size of swing doors make them pretty hard to handle.
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One issue Are the cabin doors wide enough for a scooter or will it need to be parked in the hallway?
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One issue Are the cabin doors wide enough for a scooter or will it need to be parked in the hallway?
It would have to be a handicapped cabin in order to get the scooter through the doors - you are not allowed to leave them in the hallway.
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One issue Are the cabin doors wide enough for a scooter or will it need to be parked in the hallway?
It would have to be a handicapped cabin in order to get the scooter through the doors - you are not allowed to leave them in the hallway.
This is not true. My 89 year old mother uses a scooter when we cruise and we have to leave it in the hallway every night. We park it right up against the wall outside our door.
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