Posted January 15th, 2014, 07:01 PM
We're sailing the Equinox next fall and my mother is a full time wheelchair user. Do you have any other comments about the ship and it's accessibility? Anything done really well, anything that caused an issue?
Equinox is a fabulous ship for a wheelchair user. No complaints at all, and lots of praise. The automatic doors on the cabins and all public restrooms make it very easy for someone in a wheelchair to navigate. If there are any non-accessible areas, we didn't find them. The pool has a lift (DH would not try it, despite our encouragement.) Every time we went to the Oceanview Cafe (main buffet), someone came along quickly offering to carry hubby's tray and otherwise assist. As above, the rooms and bathrooms are very well designed.
You sometimes have to wait to find an elevator with enough room for the wheelchair and companion, and sometimes thoughtless people will rush in ahead of you as you are positioning. But that's just life in an environment where elevators are used. At really busy times, just go against traffic and you'll end up there (ie, go down when everyone wants to go up, and stay on the elevator going back up.)
If she's independent, she will have a great time and encounter few, if any, barriers. If she needs assistance, her caregiver will find it very easy.
Have a blast!