Posted July 18th, 2012, 07:32 PM
Hello, My husband and I will be sailing Adventures of the Seas to the Southern Caribbean in November. We have rented Scooters for cruises in the past and will do so for this cruise. I am thinking this cruise I will try to take the Scooter off the ship so my husband won't have to push me in my wheelchair. I've never taken the Scooter off the ship before, all our ports are docked. I would just like to get some idea of how difficult it is to get down the ship ramp once in port. Any opinions are welcome.
The crew will assist you getting up and down the ramp. Though there are a few things you need to be made aware of before the crew assists you. Do not under and circumstances allow the crew to push the scooter before you have engage the neutral switch.
It's generally the little yellow lever on the motor just below the seat. This places the scooter into neutral gear which allows the wheels to move freely . If the scooter is pushed when not in neutral the motor can be permanently damaged and you will be responsible for full replacement cost.
Also depending on the how steep of angle the gangway is the scooter may have to be lifted up over the hindge joints as the scooter will have only a 2" ground clearance and can get hung up on the hindge joints.
With this state, don't be scared, it's basically very easy and as already stated the crew will assist you. What I do is get off the scooter, place it neutral and a crew member will roll the scooter down/up the gangway while I than slowly walk up/down the gangway. It's much easier.