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Why Cruises Make The Ideal Wheelchair Accessible Holiday

Arranging a holiday suitable for someone with a disability can be difficult, as you may have encountered yourself.  Trying to find accommodation that meets accessibility needs, let alone the suitability of the surrounding area, can be long and tiring, particularly when so many hotel and accommodation owners aren’t equipped to deal with disabled parties.

While there are some great examples of accessible accommodation in and around the UK, nothing comes close to offering the sheer variety of an accessible cruise.  Picture waking up in a five star hotel, with a different view every morning, all from the comfort of your fully accessible room and you’ll see why accessible cruises are so popular.  Not only that, the various ports of call mean you’ll get a flavour of more cultures and experiences than you could from a traditional holiday, and you’ll only need to unpack once.  And to top it off you’ll find exquisite dining on your ship, with entertainment to suit all tastes – spas, theatre productions, pools, bars, games rooms, and much more.

Who are accessible cruises suitable for?

Everyone.  Modern day cruise ships are built with a number of fully adapted cabins, featuring wide doorways, large turning areas, grab rails, wet rooms and shower chairs to name a few adaptations.  The ships themselves are also designed with disabled people in mind, with most facilities easily accessible to those with disabilities.  What’s more, if you sail from the UK you’re able to take additional equipment on board with you, for example hoists or oxygen tanks.  This means if you aren’t a full time wheelchair user you could book a non-adapted room and take whatever adaptations you need, giving you more choice over which cabin you pick.  Adaptations aren’t limited to those with mobility difficulties either – those with visual and audio impairments are also well catered for.

Many cruises offer accessible shore excursions, meaning you’ll be able to experience fantastic cultures and sights without worry.  Add to this assistance at ports and adapted transfers where required and you’ve got the recipe for an unforgettable and stress-free holiday.

As for which cruise you pick – that’s really up to you.  Cruises last from a few days up to several months.  From the stunning sights of Norwegian Fjords to the beautiful sun of the Mediterranean there’s a cruise for everyone.  An accessible cruise specialist will be able to advise you on which destinations are most suitable for your specific needs, such as the Disabled Cruise Club.

Does it cost more for adapted cabins?

No.  The cost of an adapted cabin is the same as a non-adapted cabin of the same grade.  As you don’t pay the premium often associated with accessible accommodation and many cruises include food, entertainment and excursions in the price, accessible cruises offer exceptional value for money.

Does it book up quickly?

YES!  There are a limited number of adapted cabins on board a cruise ship and they book up very quickly.  Bookings for 2013 are well under way, so there’s no better time to find out more.  The Disabled Cruise Club is the UK’s only cruise club catering exclusively for those with disabilities and is the specialist in accessible cruises.  To find out more call 0800 993 0103 or visit www.disabledcruiseclub.co.uk




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