Our experts share their insights into getting the most out of your travels.
“Do you have tips on planning a cruise for travelers with limited mobility?”
This is a great question, especially since many people who may not identify as disabled can face mobility challenges on vacation. Every cruise ship that touches U.S. waters must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which includes ambulatory-accessible cabins, wide gangplanks and wheelchair seating in public spaces. However, simply the process of getting around a cruise ship, tendering to shore and navigating port cities can be difficult for people with arthritis, pulmonary disease, neuropathy or obesity, for example.
Once we have all the necessary information, we’ll work with our partners at Special Needs at Sea to assess your best solutions. For example, while a joystick-operated powered wheelchair might sound like the right device for someone with limited mobility, we might recommend a lighter electric scooter for more flexibility.
For someone cruising between beaches in the Caribbean, Hawai‘i or the Mediterranean, they could benefit from a Joy on the Beach wheelchair. It’s portable, sturdy and rolls easily through sand with someone pushing it.
Getting access to these devices is easy when we enlist White Glove Service. Even before guests enter the cruise terminal, an ambassador will deliver necessary equipment and be on hand to retrieve it upon return. Our global network of experts and constant communication with the cruise lines means we can address any issue even in the middle of a voyage. We believe that traveling should be inclusive, and we want every part of a cruise to be as carefree as possible.