Cruise facilities for the disabled have apparently improved over the past few years, allowing disabled guests to enjoy the experience of a cruise without all the stress of embarking and disembarking the ship.
Most cruise ships now offer great disabled features to ensure that their passengers have a hassle-free experience. If your disabled and are thinking of going on a cruise its important that you check out all the facilities open to you to make sure that you get the right ship that can cater for your individual needs.
Most cruise ships have a wheelchair bank to aid embarkation, mobility assistance staff, wheelchair friendly cabins and special disabled check-in desks. To help disabled passengers enjoy their cruising experience even more, some have additionally facilities for example a pool hoist, Jacuzzi lift and wide corridors and landing floors.
So if you have a disability and you fancy going on a cruise you can ensure that on most ships your needs can be catered for. Nearly all the Celebrity ships have great facilities for the disabled as well as P&O and Cunard’s Queen Victoria.
One thing I have to mention being a mother to a disabled child myself, is that while there are a lot of great facilities for disabled passengers I have noticed that on the ships I have been on including P&O and Celebrity, that there is no toilet changing facilities for disabled children. There are disabled toilets and baby changing rooms but if you need to change an older child’s nappy then you have to go all the way back to your room to be able to do this. Maybe this needs to be considered in the future.
You can see photos of the disabled facilities that you will be able to access on most ships here and also the disabled facilitates at P&O’s Ocean Terminal in Southampton. Have you had all you disabled needs catered for while on a cruise ship? Please share your cruise experience with others in the comment box below.