Break down barriers for clients and recommend a cruise on one of these accessible ships.
1 CRYSTAL CRUISES – CRYSTAL SERENITY
Designed to be welcoming for passengers with mobility issues, there is ramp access to most decks and public areas, plus wheelchair spaces in the theatre. Serenity has eight dedicated cabins and suites for wheelchair users, which can be booked prior to boarding. They feature extra-wide doors, fully wheelchair-accessible bathrooms, and wardrobes with low-fitted hangars. The ship’s lifts can accommodate wheelchairs and scooters, allowing access to all public decks.
crystalcruises.co.uk | 0207 399 7601
2 CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE – CARNIVAL VISTA
There are 65 adapted cabins on Carnival Vista, the line’s latest ship, which debuted in May. The specially designed staterooms are available in two categories – modified and accessible. Modified cabins are for guests who use a wheelchair or mobility aid and include features such as grab bars and shower seats in the bathroom. Accessible cabins are ideal for wheelchair users and include ample turning space, clear routes throughout the cabin and a fully accessible bathroom. Lifts include buttons within reach of wheelchair-bound passengers and audible signals for the sight impaired.
carnival.co.uk | 0843 374 2272
3 FRED.OLSEN CRUISES – BALMORAL
Fred. Olsen is a firm favourite with older British cruisers and is well-equipped to accommodate passengers using wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Balmoral has nine adapted cabins, the biggest number in the fleet, with wide doors and grab rails and a fixed seat in the bathrooms. Additional mattresses can be provided in all cabins to elevate the height of the bed and raised toilet seats are available. Passengers are welcome to bring additional equipment, such as hoists. Hearing loops are fitted in the show lounge, with headsets available from guest services.
fredolsencruises.com 0845 154 2961
4 ROYAL CARIBBEAN – HARMONY OF THE SEAS
The world’s largest cruise ship has 46 accessible cabins with wider doors, turning spaces, beds with open bed frames and fully accessible bathrooms with grab rails, shower seat and lower sinks. Other cabin amenities include lower vanity areas, amplified phones and captioned TVs. All onboard dining venues, bars and lounges offer wheelchair access and seating. Portable room kits are available for the hard of hearing that provide alerts for door knocking, telephone ringing, alarm clock and smoke detector. The ship also features Braille signage and large print menus.
royalcaribbean.co.uk 0844 571 9999
5 HOLLAND AMERICA LINE – KONINGSDAM
There are 28 accessible cabins in every category – inside, outside and deluxe balcony suites – Holland America’s newest vessel Koningsdam, and all public rooms, lifts, and toilets are wheelchair accessible. The line’s wheelchair-accessible tender transfer system is unique and makes boarding tender boats much easier for passengers with limited mobility. Computer software in the Explorations Cafe can read text on the Internet to cruisers with impaired vision. Facilities for the hard of hearing include amplified phones, visual alert alarms, and captioned TVs.
hollandamerica.com 0844 338 8600
6 DISNEY CRUISE LINE – DISNEY DREAM
With its strong family appeal, Disney is a very inclusive line and every effort is made to accommodate youngsters with disabilities, including autistic and special needs children who can join in the youth programme, subject to certain conditions. And if a child’s condition means they are unable to queue to meet a Disney character someone else can wait in their place. Disney Dream has 25 disabled cabins that are fully equipped for wheelchair passengers and in-cabin communication kits are available for the hard of hearing.
disneycruise.disney.go.com 0800 171 2317