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Disabled Passengers

Cruise Facilities for the Physically Challenged

Over recent years, cruising facilities generally for the physically challenged have improved. Cruise lines are aware of their obligations to provide adequate facilities for disabled passengers and most major lines have invested heavily in providing excellent features to ensure a hassle-free experience. When choosing a cruise for the physically challenged it is important to research the options with our trained staff and choose a ship that provides the right facilities for your individual needs.

In general, most ships have the following features:-

  1. Mobility assistance to help on arrival - at P&O's Ocean Terminal, Southampton.
    Wheelchair bank to aid embarkation at P&O's Ocean Terminal, Southampton
    Wheelchair bank to aid embarkation - P&O's Ocean Terminal, Southampton

    Mobility arrival area at P&O's Ocean Terminal, Southampton
    Mobility arrival area - P&O's Ocean Terminal, Southampton

    Mobility assistance staff on hand to aid and escort at P&O's Ocean Terminal, Southampton
    Mobility assistance staff on hand to aid and escort at P&O's Ocean Terminal, Southampton


  2. Special disabled check-in desks - Ocean Terminal, Southampton for the physically challenged.
    New disabled check-in desk at P&O's Ocean Terminal, Southampton
    New disabled check-in desk at P&O's Ocean Terminal, Southampton

    Passengers checking-in for boarding at Oceans Terminal, Southampton
    Passengers checking-in for boarding at Oceans Terminal, Southampton


  3. Assisted Boarding - from check-in desk to cabin.
    (both embarking and disembarking)
    Escorted assisted boarding on Explorer of the Seas
    Escorted assisted boarding on Explorer of the Seas

    Welcome aboard Cunard's Queen Victoria
    Welcome aboard Cunard's Queen Victoria

    Mobility assistance to cabin on-board - Cunard's Queen Victoria
    Mobility assistance to cabin on-board - Cunard's Queen Victoria


  4. Wheelchair friendly cabins
    Specially designed cabins for the disabled vary in quality of design and facilities - depending on the ship and Cruise Line. These cabins usually have wider entrances for wheelchairs with no lip and are more spacious to allow freer movement for wheelchairs. Facilities such as phones and rails are fitted lower than normal to make handling easier at wheelchair height. Bedside "panic" button or phone. Adapted bathroom / wet room vary in design and facilities but many features are standard such as no "lip" at bathroom or shower stall. Shower chair that folds up when not in use. Washbasin low enough for wheelchair to get in close for easy use. Most disabled cabins are positioned close to the ship's lift system.
    Disabled BALCONY Stateroom on board the Celebrity Summit
    Disabled BALCONY Stateroom on board the Celebrity Summit

    Disabled INSIDE Stateroom on board the Celebrity Summit
    Disabled INSIDE Stateroom on board the Celebrity Summit

    Disabled bathroom - Celebrity Infinity
    Disabled bathroom - Celebrity Infinity

    Disabled toilet - Celebrity Equinox stateroom
    Disabled toilet - Celebrity Equinox stateroom

    Disabled shower seat - Celebrity Equinox stateroom
    Disabled shower seat - Celebrity Equinox stateroom

    Disabled balcony / stateroom (no lip) entrance - Celebrity Equinox
    Disabled balcony / stateroom (no lip) entrance - Celebrity Equinox


  5. On-Board ship facilities
    To enhance the cruising experience for the physically challenged some ships have opted for additionally facilities, such as pool hoists. For dining, most wheelchair guests are allocated tables close to the restaurants entrance to avoid negotiating round other tables. When taking in a show - most ships have a disabled parking area.
    Outside disabled lift to sun deck on-board Cunard's Queen Victoria
    Outside disabled lift to sun deck on-board Cunard's Queen Victoria

    Pool hoist on-board P&O's Ventura
    Pool hoist on-board P&O's Ventura

    Jacuzzi lift on board Celebrity Constellation
    Jacuzzi lift on board Celebrity Constellation

    Wide landing floors and corridors for easy wheelchair and scooter access - on board P&O's Ventura
    Wide landing floors and corridors for easy wheelchair and scooter access - on board P&O's Ventura

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