We will be going to Hawaii RT from LA on the Island Princess in November. Experienced cruisers (this will be #30). Have not been on this ship before. Any information about the ship, accessibility, tendering, etc. would be appreciated. We have not been on Princess for some time due to the lack of 3 person accessible cabins on most of their ships, so were pleased to find that they do have such cabins on this newer ship.
Just returned from Island Princess for cruise in Alaska.
The ship personnel are most helpful with assisting handicap persons. They never missed a beat at any time on our back to back cruise.
Also, they assist for tenders, although my wife doesn't attempt that. On handicap tours it was easy including lifts on buses.
The cabin worked well for the 3 of us. You can request a roll-away instead of the bunk if needed.
Tendering worked very well. They have a special elevator that takes you to the tender platform (instead of the stairs used by AB passengers) and then it is a very short lift by the staff (about a foot) into the tender. All tenders are equipped for wheelchairs with a specially designed platform (no tie downs though...a little scary).
Our biggest complaint is the standard Princess poor wheelchair seating in the Princess Theater (all the way in the back and off to the side with a rail right at eye level) and that the seating that was here was inadaquate for the number of wheelchair users on this ship. Universe Lounge set up is much better, but the "major" shows were in the Princess Theater. Most demonstrations (hair styling, cooking, flower arranging, etc.) were on the grand staircase landing in the atrium and thus completely inaccessible. You can see (from very far away) from the next atrium balcony up, but you are not going to see much. Doors from the pool area to the Horizon Court buffet were narrow and heavy...they really need automatic doors here, or at least a power door opener. No sign of the reported pool lift on the indoor pool this trip.