Best 2017 Cruise Line Itineraries for Wheelchair and Mobility Scooter Travellers
"The world is your oyster, with the top cruise lines offering everything you need to travel in comfort and style, in 2017."
A Mobility at Sea blog,
by Nicole West.
Where in the world would you like to travel to in 2017? A cruise ship holiday is a wonderful way to explore a range of destinations while indulging in delicious cuisine and fabulous entertainment on board. Many of the top cruise lines, catering to wheelchair and mobility scooter travellers, have released exciting itineraries for next year. Top holiday spots include the Norwegian Fjords, Scandinavia and Western Europe, departing from UK ports.
All you need to do is take your pick and get ready for the trip of a lifetime!
Princess Cruises: Scandinavia, Crown Princess
The Princess fleet ensures your comfort and peace of mind on board, with more than 350 wheelchair accessible cabins. There’s widened doorways in cabins, wheel-in showers, hand-held showerheads, lowered sinks and railings and bathroom distress alarms. In public areas, you’ll find it easy to navigate through restaurants, theatres, spas, lounges and decks and wheelchair seating is available in show lounges.
In 2017, during May and August, get ready to set sail on a Scandinavia cruise, visiting Belgium, Denmark and Norway on the luxurious Crown Princess. On the company’s website, you’ll find a list of wheelchair-friendly shore excursions. These include a full day excursion to historic Bruges and experiencing the best of Oslo, with visits to the Viking Ship Museum, the Fram Museum and Vigeland Sculpture Park.
Princess recommends that travellers with special mobility needs check with the on board Shore Tour Office to ensure all tours can accommodate needs. Some methods used to access ports of call include ramped gangways and by tender. In many ports, ‘stair climbers’ are used to assist guests up and down the gangway.
Royal Caribbean: Mediterranean, Independence of the Seas
Look forward to a good dose of sunshine, on a Mediterranean cruise next year, with the Independence of the Seas. Mediterranean itineraries include destinations such as Gibraltar, Barcelona, Nice, Rome, Valencia, Malaga and Seville.
There are a number of options to enjoy accessible shore excursions. You can discover the castles, churches, monuments, town squares and vineyards of Cadiz, on a relaxed motor coach tour. Admire the Sagrada Familia and travel to Montjuic Hill on a guided bus tour in Barcelona. In Rome, see the Colosseum, Via Veneto, Piazza Venezia, St. Peter’s Square and Circus Maximus on a narrated drive.
Royal Caribbean's ships are known for providing large spaces at sea and catering to wheelchair and mobility scooter travellers. The fleet offers wheelchair accessible cabins, both inside and out. Lifts are available to reach pool and whirlpool areas and complimentary assistance is offered for embarkation and disembarkation. You’ll enjoy early boarding, cruise transfers in specialised buses and accessible Blackjack tables in the casinos.
P&O Cruises: Norwegian Fjords, Aurora
World-class restaurants, bars, lounges, entertainment and leisure facilities await on P&O’s Aurora! In 2017, you can set sail to stunning Norway, to experience the remarkable fjords. From the comfort of the deck, you’ll see dramatic cliffs, thundering waterfalls and scenic landscapes for photo opportunities.
P&O offer a list of shore excursions that are wheelchair friendly. Discover National Tourists Routes as you travel to Egersund, via coaches and trains accommodating collapsible wheelchairs. Visit chocolate shops, historic wooden houses and pristine lakes along the way. Or, take a scenic, guided coach journey along Aurlandsfjord and the incredible valleys of Stonndalen.
The company’s fleet offer cabins with wide doorways, large floor space and balcony rooms with ramp access. Bathrooms have a flush threshold and grab rails for the toilet and shower. When you’re sailing from Southampton, assistance is offered to help you on board.
The world is your oyster, with the top cruise lines offering everything you need to travel in comfort and style, in 2017.
Nicole West is a writer for Simply Holiday Deals, a UK travel deals and destination site. With more than 60 countries ticked off her travel bucket list, first-hand adventures have contributed to a portfolio of internationally published work across 10 years as a professional writer.