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bigorangefan March 26th, 2006 09:14 PM

Looking for wheelchair accessible excursions in Hawaii...
My wife are 1st time cruisers. I am disabled in a wheelchair, but can stand on my left leg for a minute.

We are leaving from Honolulu on the Carnival Spirit in April to cruise Hawaii & Alaska. but we can't find out which excursions in Hawaii are handicap accessible. And how does one spend time on the beach when they can't walk? As I mentioned, I use a wheelchair to get around....a manual wheelchair. Should I plan to rent a scooter to get around, or can I just use my manual chair?

Any information will be more than we can get from Carnival. All they can say is wait till you get onboard. HELP!!

JeanS March 29th, 2006 08:03 PM

Dear Big Orange,

Have you tried calling their Special Needs desk? Also, did you get the shore excurion brochure? They should have indications as to whether you can bring your wheelchair on certain excursions.

If you don't have it, the # is 800/438-6744 ext 70025 to the Special Requirements office.

Renting a scooter may not be a bad idea. When you port (not tender) you can bring your chair with you to get around. My husband usually brings his electric and manual wheelchair.

Good luck to you! Have a great cruise!


bigorangefan April 11th, 2006 12:44 PM

Tnak you, Ms Jean......tried your suggestion on contacting Carnival's Special Needs Dept again...and got ahold of Ms. Lillian Gallagher. She got me almost all of the answers needed.

Really getting excited as it is only 17 days to our 19 day cruise begans!!! LOL

Thanks again...hope ya'll have a good cruise.

JeanS April 11th, 2006 11:27 PM

Glad you got the answers you needed. Can you believe we have been struggling for WEEKS with Celebrity Cruise Lines to get ANY answers!!!! Their customer service so far gets an F! But we still have a positive attitude and will enjoy our cruise to the fullest!!

Happy Cruising!!!

KLD April 16th, 2006 10:05 PM

In Honolulu, the Bus is fully accessible, and an easy way to get to Waikiki from the cruise ship port. You can also go to Ala Moana park, which has a nice beach. The shopping shuttles in Honolulu are NOT accessible for the most part, although you can get one from Hilo Hattie's or Maui Diver's with 24 hours notice.

You can also get beach chairs many places on Oahu. Here is a list:

We got accessible tours (with a lot of struggle) through Princess in Hilo (Volcano National Park) and Kauai (Waimea Canyon). The shuttle into town in Hilo is wheelchair accessible ($3.00/person). In Kona and Lahaina you are right in town, and the access is pretty easy. If you want to get out of town, rent a car (cabs are expensive). If you can transfer to a car, this is the easiest way to get around for a wheelchair user. We used Alamo and got a full-sized car most places for less than $40/day. The rental car shuttles are not accessible (except Alamo in Kauai), so plan to have an AB member of your party get the car and come back to the pier to pick you up.

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