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jennifer48847 October 15th, 2004 11:01 PM

Hi everyone
I was just wondering if there is a ship that is better for severly overweight people. I am planning to send my parents on a cruise for there 25th ann. and I know my parents would love it but I want my dad to feel comfortable on the ship. This includes having chairs in the dining rooms with no arms and he cant sit at a booth...also I've seen that they have movie theaters on some ships and I dont know if they have the statium style seating with the arm rests that fold up or not.... and one last jackets...will they fit him??? I am just in some need of some answers....I would love any info I can get. Thanks everyone

KLD October 21st, 2004 12:39 PM

Re: overweight
Is your father disabled as well? I know a man with a disability who is also quite heavy and who does a lot of cruising. I will ask him if he can address this question.

The movie theater seats are not stadium type in any ship I have been on. Regular theater seats with stationary armrests. Life jackets are also the cruise line before you go to alert them to this potential problem.

Big Craig October 27th, 2004 09:39 PM

Re: overweight
My wife and I are o/weight also, me 450 her 220, and have a high energy 11 yr old daughter anorexic, imagine that???, Princess (we did golden princess)would be the worse, small seats no moving armrestes, I sat on the floor to see shows and sat sideways at dinner-not good, RCCL (Voyager) was nicer armrests in some seats crew saw me walk in and escorted me to a very comfy seat and saved it for me for all 7 nights, Celebrity Century Very Nice found seating and people pleasant, we are trying Carnival Triumph 12/11/2004 in pictures the theater has comfy bench looking seating and cust svc told me no problem in any dining areas.
always looking for pre cruise friends, let me know if they are interested as its hard for us to meet people without being discriminated against.

Big Craig October 27th, 2004 09:49 PM

Re: overweight
Lifejacket? I own a power boat and bring my 4xl ski jacket with me to prevent any problems, also we bring chairs we bought at Target they fold up into a carry bag are very light and very strong for use on the balcony and anywhere we go on excursions

Lindy December 11th, 2004 11:54 PM

Re: overweight
I am extremely overweight - and enjoy cruising a lot. Every ship I have ever been on has armless chairs in the dining rooms. We ask the Maitre' d before our first meal and they have always taken care of it.
Morbid obesity is considered a handicap according to the ADA and you can feel free to request a handicapped accessible room.
On RCCL voyager class ships this is a must as the shower doors on a regular room are too small for most very overweight passengers. They have roll in showers with large fold down seats.
Johnny Rockets is booth and stools only inside on voyager, but you can sit outside at a table.
I sit in my wheelchair for most shows and I would say that the theater seats could be a problem on some ships.
I am leaving in 7 days for a RCCL voyager class trip and plan to have a great time with a few small concessions on my part.

amullis May 3rd, 2005 02:03 PM

Re: overweight
we just returned from cruise and I have same problem as you father .I found just the walking to be very stressful as well as chairs and booth seating. Theater seating was bench and was quite easy to work with. I will not go on another cruise with out scotter......

Happy Camper May 17th, 2005 08:37 AM

Re: overweight
I requested "no booth and no stairs" on the Carnival ship we did with my father in law because i didn't think he could sit there or go up and down stairs and when we first went to dinner they had assigned us a very nice table right by the doors you walk in on the bottom level no stairs. Just request ahead of time and it should be fine. are you going with them - it really seemed to help that we were there and taking care of things for him. The cabins teward was so nice and didnt' take her 3 minutes to locate and bring dad a shower stool for the shower. One thing keep in mind is the small showers on lots of cruises - that is one reason I chose Carnival. Another reason I chose Carnival is because the halls are wider and when you are overweight that is something you really notice when someone has to squeeze by you. Everyone on board including the staff were so nice to my dad - it made him really like cruising. The staff would offer to get him things in the alternate dining and even carry his tray if we weren't. They couldn't have been better. We did the ELation out of Galveston. Do get a newer ship as some of the older ones just are not equiped for the handicap as well as the newer ones. In newer I mean 1990 and up. The 1980 ships I'm not too sure about. Debbie

MaureenR June 26th, 2005 10:32 AM

Re: overweight
I am soooooo happy to be reading these posts ! We're thinking of taking our first cruise next October 2006, and I weigh 350lbs.. I'm 5 feet tall.. so you can imagine my dilema ! Seating, Seating, Seating !! and walking, of course.. LOL ! We're going on the Carnival Legend.. Does anyone have any words of advice in regards to the service they've received on the Legend and any words on accessabiltiy?

mr midas September 6th, 2005 05:30 PM

Re: Re: overweight
been on legend 3 times 5"9 400 i use a scooter going on glory 10/1

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NY Cruisin Mama June 5th, 2008 05:28 PM

Check out my reply on the "Scooter" thread a few lines above. I think I
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skipp_r1 July 21st, 2008 03:46 PM

I am overweight and am disabled and have been on ten cruises since becoming disabled. Handicapped rooms are best, but as long as the showers have curtains and not doors I am okay. The chairs in the dining room are okay as are the theater chairs on every RCI and Celebrity cruise I have been on. We scout out the theater first thing and find the best seats and get there early and usually get our favorite seat. The lounges have great seats especially the Viking Crown on RCI ships. Your father will find some problems with the life vest but they will fit him. Of course I wouldn't want to test it out in the water to see if it would keep me afloat,lol.

james1 December 3rd, 2009 07:31 AM


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LucyHerre January 19th, 2011 08:32 AM

Greetings, new here!
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garyf March 8th, 2011 03:07 PM

Just joined this site today while searching for this information. Thanks for the information.

ayyogurt July 4th, 2011 10:57 AM

We are a large family (even my sister in law about 450 lbs) cruised on the Carnival Dream (its a newer ship so I wouldn't want to say if all Carnival is the same way) last year and loved it--seats in theater and dining room were open without arm rests, and you should be able to request a larger lifejacket (or take your own to be sure)-we had not thought about that to be honest.

Nelsonbill June 12th, 2016 05:03 AM

Large passenger travel
Hi I've cruised on several cruise ships. First off we are a large family (meaning weight). I'm 6'6" 620 wife is 5'9 405 (before monthly cycle) jr is pushing 300 and my lil princess is only 269. We've found that the food is great, all you can eat, which we love. The hard part is the shower. Not very accommodating. But hey we love it. Your parents will have fun,

Bill from Somoa

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