One of the best things about taking a cruise is visiting many amazing destinations. The best way to see sights or experience a destination is to take an excursion. However, if you’re a wheelchair user, or have mobility issues you may be worried about not being able to get involved and explore the ports. But don’t worry, here’s a short guide to what excursions you will be able to get involved with when travelling onboard a ship.
What to do when onshore?
It is advised that you have someone to assist you if you plan on leaving the ship, as you may run into some problems when visiting an unfamiliar place. Ports vary a lot when it comes to facilities, so it’s recommended equipment is in working condition in order to assist you in port.
It’s important to us that every passenger enjoys their holiday, so we recommend taking everything you need that will ensure you have a safe and comfortable journey on and off the ship – as well as on your excursion.
Which cruise lines offer accessible excursions?
Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises offer two levels of accessible excursions. Level 1 are for passengers who can walk up to 100 yards unaided, and can use a walker or collapsible wheelchair when travelling. Guests must be able to climb the steps of the tour coach in order to go on a Level 1 excursion.
Level 2 excursions are catered to passengers who rely on a wheelchair to get around and need a fully accessible vehicle for transportation around the port.
Norwegian Cruise Line accommodate certain wheelchairs or scooters when arranging transfers for a shore excursion. If available, accessible transport can be arranged.
Carnival Cruise Lines can make extra provisions for disabled guests on their shore excursions. They specify a number of tendering ports for excursions, but they don’t allow for motorised wheelchairs or mobility scooters.
Fred Olsen are able to make adjustments where possible for their wheelchair using passengers – they also offer accessible transport for some of their shore excursions.