There are a number of different cruise companies that sail from Southampton and offer disabled travelers a fantastic cruise experience, including Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International.
While facilities for travelers with disabilities are improving all the time, we have noticed that disabled children are still not really catered for, but with more new ships being built maybe disabled facilities for children will get better over the next few years.
Royal Caribbean is amongst the largest company that has some of the most accessible cabins available. Independence of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas offer a great choice of accessible cabins that feature assisted-listening devices, electric entrance door, braille signs and bathroom grab bars.
Celebrity Cruises also has a large verity of disabled facilities available including lowered casino tables, pool and whirlpool hoists and several larger cabins for families with a disabled family member. Celebrity Solstice is said to be the most accessible ship for disabled passengers. You can read more on what celebrity can offer you here.
While most cruise ships cater for disabled passengers we thought that we would just touch on what Royal Caribbean and Celerity both have to offer on board. In the disabled cabins you will find lowered closet bars, fold down shower seat, bathroom grab bars and enough room for you to be able to turn your wheelchair round. If you require basic equipment like raised toilet seats, commode chair or shower stool, refrigerator or sharps bin then these have to be requested 30 days prior to sailing.
All Disabled guests will get Priority Embarkation and disembarkation assistance. So all you need to do is make sure that when you book your cruise that you ask all the right questions for example whether you can take your assistance dog on board. The reason for this is so that you can make sure that the cruise company you are choosing to sail with can meet all your needs so that all you have to do is enjoy the cruise experience.
Do you think that cruise ships cater for the disabled well enough?