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Nancy Parode

Cruise Planning Tips for Wheelchair and Scooter Users

By July 31, 2012

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My recent interview with accessible travel expert and author Candy B. Harrington gave me a lot to think about. A few of my family members have mobility issues, and it's not always easy to find restaurants and places to visit that will work for them, particularly for one family member who normally uses a wheelchair. There's not always enough room to maneuver a wheelchair, and some attractions have areas where a wheelchair simply won't fit.

At first glance, a cruise vacation seems like the ideal solution, and for many people who use a wheelchair or scooter, it is. Like any vacation, a cruise needs to be planned. Wheelchair and scooter users need to take special care to find a cruise line that offers staterooms, activities and excursions that will really meet their needs. Because cruise line wheelchair and scooter policies vary, scooter and wheelchair users need to plan ahead for true cruise success.

If you're planning a cruise vacation and use a wheelchair or scooter, our cruise planning tips will help you decide which questions to ask when you contact your travel agent or cruise line.

Photo courtesy of Princess Cruise Lines

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