My mother broke her hip Monday and won't be able to put weight on it for at least 3 months. We're booked on the Destiny in July and I don't know whether to rebook or wait a month or so. My mom's 51 so I don't know how fast she'll heal. She's in a walker or a wheelchair now. We have insurance on the trip but my sister and brother-in-law are meeting us in San Juan and they dont have trip insurance. They don't want to go if we can't go. My mom still want's to go, but I don't how hard it will be to get around on the Destiny and the ports in a wheelchair. Does anybody have any suggestion or any idea on wheelchair access? We've been planning this for a year and it's really depressing right now. But we all just want her to get better right now.
I had my hip replaced two years ago and it does take a lot of time to heal. More or less you would have to plan that Mom will be in a wheel chair most of the time.
I have been on many cruises and I do know Carnival is VERY GOOD with people that need access. First I would ask for a handicapped room they are a big help. They have no step over into the bathroom and big roll in showers with built in stools. I was paired up at dinner last year with a Carnival employee that was in a wheel chair and she was checking to see how the access was on a new ship. I think that goes a long way showing how much Carnival cares.
The handicapped rooms are really a big help and they do not cost anymore and they can even provide a wheel chair.
I took my 84 year old mother-in-law on a cruise last year on the Triumph two weeks after she had been hospitalized and she was in a wheelchair....I rented a companion wheelchair from a local medical supply company ($30 for two week rental) and brought it on the ship with us because I needed it to get her on the ship and didn't want to rely on Carnival having a wheelchair available for her constant use, it's smaller than the wheelchairs with the huge wheels in the back (which she would never have been able to propel herself) and folds up very compactly....she was able to navigate on her own in the stateroom but I used the wheelchair to take her everywhere else on the ship...dining room, buffet, Lido deck, casino, etc., no problems at all. And, we did the eastern Caribbean and got off with the wheelchair in San Juan, St. Thomas and Nassau....Carnival employees were always there to assist me in embarking and disembarking, they were just great and practically picked her up and carried her up and down the gangway. If you go on your cruise, I would notify Carnival that your Mom will be in a wheelchair so they can make accommodations for you in the dining room (we had a wonderful table next to a window with lots of room for the wheelchair). All the ports are wheelchair friendly, we even went on a island tour excursion in St. Thomas, the driver helped her into the van, folded up her wheelchair and stuck it in the back and we were off. She had a wonderful time and so did I. As long as your Mom has people that are willing to extend themselves and help her, she should have no problems.
I would definately NOT cancel the cruise for your Mom...with all that she's been thru, I'm sure this would just take the cake!
My husband always travels with his wheelchair and I took my Mom also when she was in one, and Carnival and everyone is VERY helpful to make sure you can get around. They put a ramp down in the dining room so we could just wheel right up past the stairs. No problem at all!
One suggestion, when waiting for an elevator, take it in whatever direction it is going! If you wait until it's going the way you want, it's just going to keep filling up, and you will get there eventually!
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