Wheelchair Accessibility Aboard a Cruise Ship

Wheelchairs can be a handful for users sometimes if they purchased a chair that isn’t suited to their needs. This is why it is imperative that you know to do research before buying a chair. One of the main issues we will tackle in this article is how much of a hassle bringing a wheelchair on a cruise trip can be if you don’t plan ahead.

First off, what type of wheelchair would be good to take on a cruise trip if given the choice? I would think a transport wheelchair would be the right type of chair to bring along on such a trip because it is narrower than most manual chairs, it is designed to be easy to fold and to store. It folds down to a compact size that would fit in any small cruise room closet. When you board the ship, you can imagine yourself carrying a very light transport chair that you can carry like a handbag or a beach chair, and it wouldn’t be such a hassle.

On the other hand, imagine you are going on a cruise trip and you remember that you have a power wheelchair in your possession. Can you imagine the hassle it would be to bring that chair onto a ship without much effort? It would probably ruin your trip.

Or you can also think about if your chair was rigid, non-foldable, meaning that when you board the cruise or when you are in your room, you don’t have the ability to fold the chair into the closet if you are temporarily not using it. It would mean that you would have to plan your trip around the wheelchair, instead of the opposite.

 

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