cruise planning

If you, or somebody that you know, depends on a mobility scooter to get around, you have probably noticed that it can limit access to certain activities. In fact, even getting into shops and restaurants can be tricky, if they do not have the proper disabled facilities. Nevertheless, nothing is impossible, and whilst getting a hefty mobility scooter into certain places can be awkward, it is usually worth the effort.

It is especially worthwhile if you are planning to head off on a cruise. There are actually lots of reasons why cruise holidays are a great idea for mobility scooter users. For a start, you get to spend the duration of the trip in an accessible stateroom. Also, everything is close at hand; entertainment, food, drinks, staff, leisure facilities, and more.

So, the next time that you find yourself in a mobility shop in Suffolk, you might want to start planning some new adventures. You can use these handy tips and tricks for getting around on a cruise to help you have as much fun as possible.

Choosing an Accessible Room

The first thing that you need to do when planning a cruise holiday – particularly if you need to bring a mobility scooter or a wheelchair along – is pick out a room which perfectly fits your needs. This is important, because you should not assume that a space is suitable just because it has been advertised as 'accessible.' This could mean a number of different things, so call a sales representative or an advisor and ask them as many questions about their rooms as you can. For instance, is there space to turn a scooter or chair around in the room? Does it contain a socket which you can use to recharge your scooter?

Getting Around On Board

Whilst ease of success will, of course, depend on the size, model, and capabilities of the scooter which you have bought from your nearest mobility shop in Suffolk, you should find that most areas of a cruise ship are fairly easy to navigate. The amount of staircases is usually minimal, because long and flat surfaces are much safer for passengers out at sea. As aforementioned, it is still best to ask, specifically, about the areas in which you think you might be interested. So, for example, if you would like to go swimming, ask if there is a lift or a ramp. If you are looking forward to catching some shows, ask about the seating and access to the venues.

Onshore Trips and Excursions

This is the part of a cruise which can get tricky for mobility scooter users, because the line is often blurry when it comes to responsibility; namely, whether the cruise company is obligated to provide you with full access. However, it is very rare that providers are unwilling to arrange things like accessible onshore transport and safe movement on and off the boat. You must make it clear what you need before booking and boarding, however – just turning up and expecting all of the necessary facilities to be in place could leave you disappointed.

Making Sure Your Scooter Fits

There are some cruise lines which have strict weight guidelines for bringing mobility scooters and motorised wheelchairs on board. If your scooter is too heavy, there is not much you can do about it; your best move is to book with a more lenient provider. Clearly, it is not possible to foresee all future leisure activities and adventures when you are in a mobility shop in Suffolk, searching for a chair or scooter, but do keep weight and size in mind if you are a fan of this type of holiday. You can save yourself a lot of hassle by picking out a lighter machine, especially if there is a good chance that you might head out to sea at some point.

For more information and advice on mobility scooters, why not contact us at AGA Mobility Systems today or, call 01449 720809 to speak to a friendly advisor and discuss your specific needs.