For holidaymakers travelling with a disability, there are a number of things you have to consider before booking a holiday. Will the accommodation be accessible? What facilities will our room have? Will communal areas such as corridors, lifts and stairs be suitable? And most importantly: will I be able to enjoy a fun and relaxing holiday without being hindered by my disability?
Thankfully, cruise holidays are a great option for the disabled, for a number of different reasons. Firstly, the static environment, superb access and list of facilities ensure you can move freely around the ship without being impeded – which is particularly important for wheelchair users. Secondly, the fact that cruises visit several destinations means that you’ll get the most from your holiday without the stress of further travel.
If you have a disability and are interested in booking a cruise, we’ve put together a list of three of the best ships that could be suitable for you and listed a few of the facilities they offer.
Legend of the Seas
Sailing from a number of Australian ports to some wonderfully exotic locations, Legend of the Seas makes cruising a dream. This beautiful ship – which features 8 bars, a nightclub, casino and plenty of outdoor lounging areas – has a choice of cabin types, each offering a range of facilities which may make them suitable for those with a disability. The ship’s wheelchair friendly staterooms are considered the most luxurious, and offer a range of disabled friendly features including 32”- 34” door widths, ramped shower-room thresholds, a lowered basin and grab bars.
Luxury abounds aboard Celebrity Reflection, a new, luxury liner from Celebrity Cruises. Relaxation tops the itinerary aboard this magnificent vessel, which features 79 square foot verandas where guests can dine alfresco – even when the weather takes a turn. Reflection’s gangways are wide enough for wheelchair and mobility scooter access, and large lifts to every deck of the ship mean you can explore the boat without obstruction. The ship’s staterooms offer a range of disabled friendly features, including lowered sinks, amplified telephones and lower closet rods.
This intimate vessel is perfect for those looking for the utmost in relaxation during their cruise. With a maximum capacity of 686-guests, Azamara Quest never feels overcrowded, yet offers those aboard plenty of things to see and do. Azamara operates an unrivalled approach to accessible cruising, with a number of special services offered to the less mobile or physically impaired. Guests holidaying aboard Azamara Quest will enjoy early boarding, cruise transfers with wheelchair access vehicles, boarding and departure assistance and scooter and wheelchair access. For the visually impaired, moving about the ship should be easy, with braille available in all communal areas and staterooms. Those hard of hearing will also be well catered for, with several technologies in place to ensure they enjoy a relaxing and stress-free holiday.
If you have a disability, a cruise holiday could be the perfect option for you. Not only do most cruise ships offer a range of accessibility features, but the staff is also on-hand to help guests enjoy a trouble-free getaway. For more information regarding disabled friendly cruising, contact the experienced Cruise1st team today on 1300 857 345.
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