My whole family will be on the Grand Princess early Aug. Mom walks fine but with past leg surgeries and foot problems, and a huge boat we would like to have a wheelchair handy. I've read about renting lightweight ones...almost like a folding lawn chair on wheels. Where do I find these?. We will be coming from Portland, OR
Sounds like me I went on a cruise last year with bad feet and realized the ship was so large that it would do me harm. When I told my travel agent to find out if a wheelchair would fit in the room, RCI upgrades me to a suite, I THINK because it had a bathtub. We were booked into a balcony room. I had rented a wheelchair and it is huge and heavy, and changed my mind when I saw a transporter. It is like an adult stroller---the person seated cannot push themselves. But it worked out fine. Folds up and even fit into the overhead compartment on the plane! Check it out at a pharmacy which rents them. It was a Godsend! Just a little jarring on the cobblestreets of St Martin. Trust me she will appreciate a ride.
i have previously read that the wheelchairs offered for use on the ship are often in need of repair. i witnessed this too on a recent cruise -- the wheelchair that was rented from the ship was wobbly and falling apart but it was missing a foot rest and the one existing foot rest that was still attached was bent to the far right.
if i were you i would look in the yellow pages under wheelchairs or medical equipment and call around to rent one and take it on the cruise with you vs. taking a chance that the ship "might" have one that "might" work properly.
also, you may also want to consider buying one for $500 or less -- that way you will have it for future use as well -- you could share it in your family since you never know who may need it for temporary use in the future -- broken legs, hips, arthritis, sports injuries, etc.
go to www.google.com and do a search on the words "light weight wheelchairs" and browse around for one that is used for travel and is VERY light weight --