I've booked a cruise with mom (80yo) and wondered if you knew what happens when someone is in a wheelchair? Mom can walk short distances, but not for long distances which is why I'm bringing one onboard. (If she needs it, it's there; and if not, OK.) Since the elevators are not running during a muster drill, what does someone who can't walk down 1-2 flights of stairs do? Especially with the amount of guests who do walk/run down/up the stairs!
Any advice or first hand knowledge is greatly appreciated since we leave next week on our cruise!
Surfguy, I don't have an answer to your question.
However I want to applaud you for taking mom on a cruise
You're a GOOD SON (done in my best Jewish accent)
And we want to wish you both a wonderful wonderful cruise.
I would suggest calling guest services for the cruise line you'll be on
and find out first hand what to expect.
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They will let her use the elevator during the drill. I have very bad knees and they have let me use the elevator on more than one of our cruises.
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All I can say is that from what I know of the cruise staff, they are more than prepared for this and will have a solution before you are onboard. Just make sure you let your stateroom attendent know as soon as you are onboard. Don't let this concern you.
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You will be able to use the elevator during the muster drill, no problem. If a real emergency happens, there will be crew stationed at every stair case to assist anyone in a wheelchair or anyone who needs assistance getting up or down stairs to their muster station. If you look at the crew members stationed at the stairs during the drill, you will see some "very healthy" crew members that are there for that very purpose.
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Mike and Suz; I called and kinda got wishy washy answers. They really weren't sure but I could find out when I board.
blueliner , addicted2 and shahram72; thanks for the tips!
We leave next Thursday so it is what it is. (Looks like I'll be doing alot of cleaning this weekend before she flys in on Tuesday)
We sailed on the Explorer last summer with my mom (81 and wheelchair bound) and other family members.
We asked about the drill and they allowed Mom to stay in her room with the door open and her lifevest on. She said someone came by to check on her during the drill to make sure she had the vest on and was ok.
I thought it was very nice of them to do this!
Ask when you get to your cabin as to what you're supposed to do and they will let you know.
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