We had a choice between a balcony cabin on the Lido deck, or a wheelchair accessable balcony cabin on the Caribe (hmm or was it the Baja) deck. We choose the Lido deck (L218). I hear the wheelchair accessable cabins are bigger and better .. have we made the wrong choice?
That was my thought too, but then I read some other posts on booking wheelchair accessable cabins. Some comments I found were that you have a better chance of getting upgraded from that cabin. Also people said the extra space in the bathroom is nice to have if the cabin is not required and you don't get upgraded. I also read that they have more of these rooms than needed per cruise.
CT, you'll hear those things only from people who don't NEED a wheelchair accessable cabin. Talk to those who do need it, and you'll see that there are not enough of those cabins to go around! It's a terrible thing to take it away from someone who needs it. The reason the cabins and bathrooms are larger is that they are large enough for someone in a wheelchair to get around, and wheel into the shower.
I hope you never find yourself in that position!
No, they won't upgrade you they just won't have a cabin for someone that needs it take it from someone who knows.
I have 2 kids in wheelchairs and on our last cruise we were unable to get 2 wheelchair cabins next to each other because a non disabled couple in their 20's TA thought that they would love the extra space and booked them the room.
I'm very disappointed to hear that a TA booked an accessible cabin for non-disabled cruisers!
I had heard that if you booked an accessible cabin and didn't need it the cruise line would move you (not upgrade you), if someone else needed it. Apparently this is not true. I personally think that the only time they should sell an accessible cabin to non-disabled cruisers is at the last minute, when those are the only cabins available.
I had a wonderful Uncle who was in a wheelchair all of his life. If this had happened to us I would have terribly upset, as I'm sure you were.
I personally would never again book a cruise with the line that did this.
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Good for you CT!
Some travel agents tell you that they will move you IF someone else wants the cabin, but in reality, they do not. They just marked the cabin as sold, and a handicapped person does not get to cruise. There are relatively few handicapped cabins on the ship.........I think that on the Grand Class ships there are only 28............insides, oceanviews, and a few balconies. No minis and no suites. BUT, for the balconies, the accessible cabins are BAs, so wheelies do have to pay more........they can't book guarantees. On the other classes of Princess ships, there are even fewer H/C cabins.