Just found this site and am looking for your input.
We (DH and i) will be taking our 2nd cruise in 01/15/06 aboard the Mariner of the Sea, we have a handicap room on level 7. My husband is a C-4 quad confinded to an electric w/c.
I am not worried about the ship and getting around because we adapt well and don't let many things stand in our way. What I would like info on is transportion to and from the ship. We plan to fly into Orlando and the ship docks in Port Canaveral. We would like to fly in a day early since it will be winter and we do not want to get delayed. We need to find a van with a lift to take us to a hotel near the port and then another one to the port in the morning. Then again back to Orlando with no hotel stay at the end of the trip.
other advise I need is about the ports. last cruise we drove, so we took an manual chair with us and used it in ports where we need tenders. This time since we are flying we will not bring a manual chair. Are they availble on ships?
On our Costa cruise I had to transfer my DH to a manual chair then the crew carried the power chair off the ship and I transfered DH back to power chair and off we went.
On the private island stay, i put Dh in manual chair and they put him on the tender and we used the manual chair until we got to the beach where our friends carried him on a beach chair out to the beach. Where he sat fully clothed in the shade sipping a cool drink watching us all ride banana boats. He had a great time.
Our problem with the Costa cruise was that they had 3 step to get off the ship. The crew where very helpful and they convinced they could carry my DH off the ship in his chair until they tryed to lift it. Even after I transfered him out of the chair it was still very heavy. But until they make it easier for us, I guess lifting is something they will have to do.
Any help you can give me will be welcome. Thanks