I'm a parapalegic (sp). I would REALLY like to hear some tips as I can't seem to raise any help from travel angies or cruise lines. I'm very big on studying up prior to do any new traveling. I've asked for guidebooks for the different cruiselines. No one has any disabled information do you?
I know I probably can't afford to cruise for a couple of years, but as I said I don't travel w/ doing ALOT of research first
I know that they do have special cabins that are wheel chair accessable, just look at the cruiseline brochures and you can find the ones that would work for you. Also any good travel agent will be able to direct you to the cruiseline that can make your cruising expierence more enjoyable, good luck and hope you find that perfect ship and cruise, keep saving those dollars :-)
You may want to browse through past messages both here on this forum and at the disabled cruisers forum at www.cruisecritic.com
Not all ships have good rooms that are fully accessible. You need to ask the right questions and have a TA who is very clear about your needs. For example, on HAL, more cabins are listed as "accessible" than actually have roll-in showers. The remaining "accessible" cabins have tubs with grab bars, etc. but the cabins are smaller and really designed for a disabled partially ambulatory person. None of the cruise ship lines I am familiar with have any details about this in their brochures, and none have photos of their accessible rooms in either their brochures or on their web site.
You can get a lot of ideas both here and at the site listed above. Also look for the Fodor's Cruise guide for the most complete information about accessibility.
I would be happy to answer any questions you might have. I travel with my mother who has quadriplegia from MS, and I am a professional rehabilitation nurse, so am experienced in accessiblity issues.
i WOULD ONLY GO ON THE NEWER SHIPS AS THE OLDER ONES MAY HAVE CABINS THAT HAVE ONLY BEEN MODIFIED NOT BUILT WITH US IN MIND. aLSO OLDER SHIP HAVE STAIRS IN TO THE MAIN DINING ROOMS.
WHEN YOU DO DECIDE START TO ASK MORE QUESTIONS SUCH AS HOW ARE THE TENDERS HANDLED. aS YOU ARE A QUAD YOU WILL MOSTLY LIKELY BE REQUIRED TO HAVE SOMEONE TRAVEL WITH YOU. yOU WILL ALSO HAVE TO GET A LETTER FROM YOUR DOCTOR STATING CERTEN THINGS (DEPENDS HICH CRUISE LINE AND WHAT THEY WANT).
yOU WILL HAVE TO BOOK EARLY AS THERE ARE FEW CABINS AVAILABLE AND THEY GET BOOKED QUICKLY. cHECK YOUR DESTINATIONS FOR TOURS THAT ARE EXCESSABLE (ST THOMAS, JAMACIA BOTH HAVE TOURS AVAILABLE.),