First, let me compliment you on a great resource and for your kindness in helping people out. I came upon you board while researching information for my relatives, who are thinking about joining my family on a cruise.
We are booked on the Zaandam for June to take the Inside Passage round trip from Vancouver. We are on the Navigation Deck in a deluxe suite.
We plan to book the pre-cruise package in Victoria-Vancouver.
We are also thinking about a post-cruise package, booking a train or renting a car to tour the Lake Louise-Canadian Rockies area.
My mother and aunt are in their 80s and have some mobility problems but can do stairs and walk a fair distance. My cousin has post-polio syndrome and has a leg brace. She can do limited stairs and walking. We had success renting a wheelchair and taking her on tours when she came to visit. She used the wheelchair when she got tired. In all 3 cases getting into a bathtup would be a problem.
Has anyone sailed on the Zaandam, and if so what was your experience?
Should they book a suite similar to ours or can they make do with something less expensive?
Should they book an accessible room?
Are there any issues we should be aware of in terms of getting around on the ship?
What are the best shore excursions for our group?
What are some of the best destinations for a post-cruise trip?
How or who should we contact ahead of time to make sure everything goes smoothly.