letitrolltravel (letitrolltravel) wrote in disabled_travel,

Welcome to Disabled Travel

Please join me in the discussions about traveling for the disabled- tips, stories, problems and solutions. Post your suggestions and what you’ve found that works. Tell us about where you’ve been-the good, the bad and the ugly.


Who am I? I’m Roger Strahan, writer, appraiser, photographer/videographer, and traveler. I’ve been disabled for several years, chasing life as fast as I can in my scooter and Jazzy chair. I’ve found that the disabled are routinely ignored by travel agents, tour providers, hotels, cruise lines, and other providers. So, along with my wife, I’ve built this site to help those navigate the world while being disabled. There’s no need to sit at home. Get up, get out. Enjoy life. Just because you’re in a chair is no reason to be stuck in your home. It’ll drive you crazy staring at the four walls. 


I’ll spout off and you’re more than welcome to disagree. Just keep it civil, that’s all I ask. So, welcome aboard.

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Cruising Carnival: The good and the bad

We went on a Caribbean cruise last year, and chose Carnival Cruise Lines. We chose them in part because their new ships have suites set aside for the mobility impaired. I must compliment Carnival in the design of the room. We found it very accessible, with sufficient space to move from the entry door to the balcony door, between the bed and the vanity area, in a power chair or wheel chair. The entry door was motorized, eliminating the problems that we have getting through a typical door. The bath was fully tiled, with a roll-in shower area.

However, the remainder of the ship was not very accessible. The dining areas were very crowded, with problems moving between tables, or along the aisles. Some areas were just not accessible if you were in a wheelchair. The “atrium” area was poorly designed, in that support poles were not along the edge of the open area of the atrium, but placed in the walkways, restricting access, especially for those in wheel chairs.

Access off of the ship was problematic. More than one person had to be manually lifted from their chair and assisted down the boarding ramps, as they were not 36” wide. The opening of a second ramp, one down and one up could have easily alleviated this, yet this was not done.

The swimming pools were not accessible to the disabled. No lifts were provided for any of the pools. The cost of a lift is less than $1000, and is easily installed. Yet, Carnival failed to do so.

I am singling out Carnival on this because Royal Caribbean has taken all these issues, and more, into consideration. So, if you are mobility-challenged or are a caregiver for someone with mobility issues, I would consider using Royal Caribbean instead of Carnival. I know I will in the future.