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
In general, most ships have the following features:-
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Mobility assistance to help on arrival - at P&O's Ocean Terminal, Southampton.
Wheelchair bank to aid embarkation - 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
Special disabled check-in desks - Ocean Terminal, Southampton for the physically challenged.
New disabled check-in desk at P&O's Ocean Terminal, Southampton
Passengers checking-in for boarding at Oceans Terminal, Southampton
Assisted Boarding - from check-in desk to cabin.
(both embarking and disembarking)
Escorted assisted boarding on Explorer of the Seas
Welcome aboard Cunard's Queen Victoria
Mobility assistance to cabin on-board - Cunard's Queen Victoria
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 INSIDE Stateroom on board the Celebrity Summit
Disabled bathroom - Celebrity Infinity
Disabled toilet - Celebrity Equinox stateroom
Disabled shower seat - Celebrity Equinox stateroom
Disabled balcony / stateroom (no lip) entrance - Celebrity Equinox
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
Pool hoist on-board P&O's Ventura
Jacuzzi lift on board Celebrity Constellation
Wide landing floors and corridors for easy wheelchair and
scooter access - on board P&O's Ventura
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