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Passengers with mobility issues:


Most modern (large) ships have specially-designed cabins for guests using wheelchairs. In general, they have two classifications of cabins:

Modified Cabins: these cabins have been modified from our standard cabins to include wider entry doorways. The cabin entry measures approximately 29". The cabin bathroom entry ranges from 22" to 29", with a lip ranging from 3.5" to 8" into the bathroom. These cabins are reserved for guests who use a wheelchair for distance or guests with limited mobility.

Fully accessible cabins: these cabins have an approximately 32" entry doorway into the cabin and cabin's bathroom. There are no lips into the bathroom. They have roll-in showers with fold-down shower seats. Additionally, there is a full turnaround space of approximately 60" x 60" in the cabin and as well as in cabin's bathroom. These cabins are reserved for guests who use a wheelchair, have limited or no mobility, or guests who use motorized scooters.

In general the larger and newer the ship the more stable it is and in general easier to get around..

 

Getting on/off the ship:

For transportation from the airport to the pier, Hydraulic Lift Transfer is sometimes available for guests with mobility limitations if requested in advance.

Ports in general use stairs or gangplanks or airport-like jet bridges to move passengers. Depending on the tides these can become very steep and often the lower gangways can not be used.
The lower the tidal difference, the easier it will to get on/off board.
The map below will show you the low (blue) and high (red) around the world:

tides

Areas with no or little tide differences are:
Mediterranean
Baltic Sea including Oslo.
Caribbean

Areas with very high tide differences are:
Normandy France
North East Canada (Bay of Fundy 12 meter!)
Cook Inlet USA
Bristol Channel UK

Check here for low tides expected during your cruise.

Tender Ports:

At a tender port, the ship isn't able to pull up to the pier or dock, usually because it's too shallow. You'll be loaded onto a small vessel called a tender, and taken to shore that way. Sometimes if there are a lot of ships at a regular port, some of the ships may have to stay offshore and bring their passengers in by tender. In general, only collapsible wheelchairs and rollator walkers are accepted.

Tender Ports
Airlie Beach, Australia
Ajaccio, Corsica
Akaroa, New Zealand
Alesund, Norway
Bar Harbor, Maine
Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Belize City, Belize
Benoa, Bali, Indonesia
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Buzios, Brazil
Cabo Frio, Brazil
Cairns, Australia
Cannes (Monte Carlo), France
Champagne Bay, Vanuatu
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
CocoCay, Bahamas
Copacabana Beach, Brazil
Denarau, Fiji
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Edinburgh, Scotland
Esperance, Australia
La Spezia (Florence/Pisa), Italy
Gaspe, Canada
Geiranger, Norway
George Town, Grand Cayman
Geraldton, Australia
Hanoi (Halong Bay), Vietnam
Honnigsvag, Norway
Icy Strait Point, USA
Ilha Grande, Brazil
Ilhabela, Brazil
Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
Jeju, Republic of Korea (South Korea)
Kailua Kona, Hawaii
Ko Samui, Thailand
Kotor Montenegro
Lahaina (Maui), Hawaii
Leknes (Lofoten), Norway
Lerwick/shetland, Scotland
Lifou, Loyalty Island
Lombok, Indonesia
Malacca, Malasia
Moorea, French Polynesia
Mykonos, Greece
Mystery Island, Vanuatu
Newport, Rhode Island
Villefranche (Nice), France
Ouvea (Wadrilla), Loyalty Island
Phuket, Thailand
Port Douglas, Australia
Portobelo, Brazil
Punta Del Este, Uruguay
Samana, Dominican Republic
Santorini, Greece
Split, Croatia
Sydney, Australia
Sydney, Nova Scotia
Visby, Sweden

This list is a guide only, sometimes smaller ships are able to dock.

West European and North American cruise ports cities are in general "wheelchair" friendly.

For other health issues consult your agent or cruise line before you book.