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Cruise ship travel with wheelchairs

Cruise ships are becoming more accessible and continue to make great accommodations a priority for wheelchair passengers.

CHOOSING A CRUISE SHIP

All of the major cruise lines offer wheelchair-accessible accommodations and excellent amenities.

All cruise ships that sail in U.S. waters must be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and offer equal access for people who travel on cruise ships. 

Some stateroom and cabins include ambulatory accessibility for cruisers with mobility limitations that require canes, walkers, and wheelchairs.

Cruise ships offer their guests stair-free, flat-threshold cabins with wider (32-inch) doorways, turning space, and bathrooms equipped with grab bars and shower seats.

Accessible staterooms can range from 160 square feet to 300 square feet, offer a five-foot turning radius, bathrooms and sitting areas for easy maneuverability.

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SHORE EXCURSIONS

Go on an adventure, sightseeing and explore in comfort with accessible shore excursions offered by your cruise line or a travel company.

These cultural excursions and tours accommodate wheelchair users by offering adventure tours with accessible vehicles with wheelchair lifts or ramps, interesting attractions with accessible bathrooms and wide doors, and experienced local tour guides familiar with accessibility needs.

Some common questions about cruise ships and wheelchairs are below: 

Do cruise ships offer wheelchairs?

Some cruise ships have wheelchairs available for loan or rental onboard. Many cruise lines like Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, Cunard Line, Disney, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, and Royal Caribbean

Can I take my wheelchair on a cruise?

Yes. You can bring your own wheelchair on board a cruise ship. The majority of the cruise lines have accessible public areas, large corridors, special wheelchair seating, automatic doors, accessible staterooms, and accessible public restrooms.

Can you rent a mobility scooter on a cruise ship?

You can rent a mobility scooter on a cruise ship. The average price to rent a wheelchair is from $175 to $250 for a 7-day rental. 

 

Ships for Cruisers with Disabilities

  • Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas
  • Holland America's Koningsdam
  • Celebrity Reflection
  • Princess Cruises' Regal Princess
  • Norwegian Bliss
  • Disney Fantasy
  • Regent's Seven Seas Explorer
  • Carnival Horizon
  • MSC Seaside

Mainstream Cruise Lines

  • Carnival Cruise Line
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Costa Cruises
  • Cunard Line
  • Disney Cruise Line
  • Holland America Line
  • MSC Cruises
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Princess Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean International

Luxury Cruise Lines

  • Azamara
  • Crystal Cruises
  • Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
  • Oceania Cruises
  • Paul Gauguin Cruises
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Seabourn Cruise Line
  • Silversea Cruises
  • Viking Ocean Cruises
  • Windstar Cruises

River Cruise Lines

  • A-ROSA
  • Amadeus
  • AmaWaterways
  • American Cruise Lines
  • American Queen Steamboat Company
  • APT
  • Avalon Waterways
  • CroisiEurope
  • Crystal River Cruises
  • Emerald Waterways
  • Gate 1 Travel
  • Grand Circle Cruises
  • Scenic
  • Tauck River Cruises
  • Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
  • Vantage Deluxe World Travel
  • Viking River Cruises

Expedition Cruise Lines

  • Alaskan Dream Cruises
  • Blount Small Ship Adventures
  • G Adventures
  • Hurtigruten
  • Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic
  • Ponant
  • Poseidon Expeditions
  • Quark Expeditions
  • Silversea Expeditions
  • UnCruise Adventures
  • Zegrahm Expeditions
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