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Joined Oct 2009
Thanks so much for doing this. It helps so much.
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1994 Commodore Enchanted Seas ~ St. Lawrence Seaway
1995 Sky Princess ~ Alaska
1996 Commodore Enchanted Isle ~ Caribbean
1997 Regal Princess ~ Panama Canal
1999 Renaissance ~ Holy Land, Turkey, Istanbul
2002 RCL Brilliance of the Sea Canada/New England
2004 Mississippi Queen ~ Cumberland River (Civil War)
2005 Island Princess ~ Hawaii
2007 Empress of the North Riverboat ~ Lewis and Clark
2008 Star Princess ~ Alaska
2011 Sapphire Princess ~ Alaska
2013 Crown Princess ~ Western Caribbean
2013 Carnival Triumph ~ Western Caribbean
2015 Celebrity Reflection ~ Eastern Caribbean
Raleigh, NC USA
1,897 Posts
Joined Oct 2001
Originally posted by skoeper
We've been on countless cruises and have yet to be able to find an accessible one for someone who can't hear. I'm not Deaf (born deaf), but have lost 95% of my hearing due to measles. I read lips, wear hearing aids (which only give me environmental sounds but not speech) and have a great command of the English language. But I can't enjoy the shows or the talks. Does anyone have any recommendations based on your experience or knowledge? I'd REALLY love to enjoy the shows
Some cruise lines and itineraries have more visual shows (dancing, magic, acrobats, etc) than verbal shows (singing, comedians, etc). We have found that the ships and itineraries that tend to be multilingual are more visual shows. Think: Mediterranean cruises, South American cruises on MSC and NCL. I woukd think Costa would fall into that category as wrll, but I've never sailed on them.
SLC, Utah
1 Posts
Joined Mar 2015
Newcomer. Great resource, but dated. Pointers to most comprehesive, but reasonably concise, info concerning cruising w/ mobility disabilities in general AND Europe river cruises specifically? THANKS!
British Columbia
59 Posts
Joined Jun 2015
We will be on Celebrity Equinox in September and are in Aqua class accessible room. My husband uses a rail to pull himself out of bed as he only has use of his left arm. Do the beds accomodate a rail or can I rent them on the ship?
We have not cruised for years and this will be the first holiday since he has had his disability.
72 Posts
Joined Mar 2014
Thank you for posting this.


Originally posted by Host Walt
One of our wonderful Members, Kathy (Splinter) took the time and effort to capture a lot of useful material from the old Cruise Critic Message Boards that would otherwise have been lost when the old boards are shut down.

As Splinter requested, please use these threads for reference. Please post any additional reference material to these threads (in the correct category) but, if you have any questions or suggestions that arise from these threads, please post them in a separate thread. Thanks.

Again many thanks and a big high five to Kathy for her initiative and for taking the time to undertake this project.

Good work!

The links below will take you to the post that contains Splinter's Resource listings:

Cruise Line Special Services Offices

Resources for Eastern Caribbean for Disabled Cruise Travel

Resources for Western Caribbean for Disabled Cruise Travel

Resources for Mexican Riviera for Disabled Cruise Travel

Resources for Alaska for Disabled Cruise Travel

Resources for South America for Disabled Cruise Travel

Resources for Hawaii for Disabled Cruise Travel

Resources for Europe for Disabled Cruise Travel PART ONE

Resources for Europe for Disabled Cruise Travel PART TWO

Resources for Europe for Disabled Cruise Travel PART THREE

Resources for Europe for Disabled Cruise Travel PART FOUR
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Rochester, New York
249 Posts
Joined Apr 2013
My Hubby and I created a YouTube channel all about cruising with disabilities if that helps. We have videos that come out 3 times a week.
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#8 3/2007 RCCL Serenade of the Seas - 7 Night Southern Caribbean
#7 2/2006 Costa Europa - 14 Night Mediterranean
#6 2/2004 NCL Sun - 7 Night Southern Caribbean
#5 3/2002 NCL Sky - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean
#4 4/1999 Grand Princess - 15 Night Hawaii
#3 3/1995 NCL Wind - 5 Night Caribbean
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