Posted November 12th, 2017, 11:52 AM
We tried to arrange embarkation together for this on the phone and email with P&O but they refused point blank. They would only allow my daughter's family (3 of them) to embark together as priority.
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Just to be clear, being disabled does not get you ‘priority’ boarding. You only get that if you are in a suite or Caribbean tier or above loyalty status. I think you are referring to ‘Assisted Embarkation’ where a wheelchair pusher is provided. As people awaiting that service are held in a small area, extended groups cannot all wait here. It is important to note that Assisted Embarkation does not necessarily get you on board quicker. People are generally still boarded in order of boarding time as and when ‘pushers’ are available. Sometimes it’s quicker and sometimes not because, sadlly, it is abused by people who don’t really need it but think that it’s a short cut.
Given the size of your group, I would suggest that you all stay together and do not use Assisted Embarkation. It sounds as though there are enough people to be able to free up one person to push the wheelchair, that way you can all check in together and link the card to all passengers.
I should clarify that my wife is a wheelchair user and we often bypass Assisted Embarkation and Disembarkation for the reasons described above.
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