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Five Great Reasons To Consider A Cruise

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I just love my cruises and I will admit I probably go on them more than any other type of holiday.  So I hear you ask, ”Why are cruises a great way to travel if you are a disabled traveler?” Well, here are 5 reasons I think they are a good choice.

1. Accessible Accommodation

Most modern cruise ships have really well designed accessible staterooms, with wide doors, adapted wardrobes, wet rooms with grab rails and wheelchair friendly sinks.  There is in general plenty of space to move around and many ships have facilities such as refrigerators in the room, although sometimes these may need to be requested in advance.  Whilst most cruise lines do not have hoists in the staterooms these can be hired from companies such as Mobility At Sea, who will hire you the equipment, deliver it to the ship and if necessary will instal it.

2. Great way to see the world and not have to fly

If you dread the prospect of flying, and I know some disabled travelers do dread that prospect, then sailing from the UK on a cruise is a great option.  Given notice most cruise terminals are only too pleased to arrange assistance that will whisk you on board and have you sipping your first cocktail in a jiffy.  

So much more civilized than the stress of catching a plane And your holiday starts the moment you reach the top of the gangplank.  Another great advantage is your luggage is taken from you as you get to the terminal and delivered directly to your cabin.

3.  Everything is at hand

One of the great advantages of sailing on a cruise ship is that you are never more than a few minutes away from a great selection of bars, restaurants, entertainment and leisure facilities.  On a ship you have no busy roads to cross or uneven surfaces.  So you can relax and enjoy everything the ship has to offer.  

4.  A Great opportunity to see a show

One of the great things that cruise lines are known for is their fabulous free entertainment.  This can vary from variety shows and production cabaret style shows through to full West End and Broadway musicals. Most ships have reserved seating for wheelchair users and their companions.  If you are visually impaired or hearing impaired they will try and reserve you seating nearer to the stage.

5. Healthcare on the ship

All cruise ships have a fully equipped medical centre staffed by qualified doctors and nurses.  Who are on call 24 hours a day.  However it should be remembered that using the facility does incur a cost to you that normally you can claim back from your travel insurance.  So it very important to ensure that you are adequately insured before you sail.

These are just a few of the great reasons disabled travelers should consider a cruise. In truth there are many more great reasons.  Cruising is a great way for disabled travelers to see the world.

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