Posted July 17th, 2017, 01:30 PM
Hi. You don't get to board early with a wheelchair, but are able to use assisted embarkation where an assistant will push the wheelchair on board (same with disembarkation). Other members of the party can accompany. However, this system is unfortunately abused, as some people who are quite capable of boarding unaided think that it's a way of skipping queues and boarding / disembarking early which, as a result of the high numbers now using the service, it often isn't. When travelling with our adult children I tend to push the wheelchair and we board ourselves. I have spoken to several other wheelchair users who do the same. Shame really, as the people who need the service are deterred from using it due to the abuse, but P&O are in a very difficult position with this.
With regards to restaurants, no need to warn the restaurant. All restaurants are fully wheelchair accessible and the staff are excellent. Tables are such that you can remain in the wheelchair or transfer to a chair and staff will store the wheelchair until you need it. As you are on Arcadia in September, the age profile will be such that I should think there will be a considerable number of wheelchair and scooter users.
P&O Cruises Experience – 136 nights over 12 cruises (Aurora x 2, Azura, Britannia x 3, Oceana x 2, Oriana x 2, Ventura x 2)
P&O Cruises to Come - 81 nights over 6 cruises (2017 - Aurora, 2018 - Aurora, Arcadia, Aurora, 2019 - Aurora x 2)
674(A) Oriana 14/5/96. Southampton to Istanbul (Fly back). 8 nights. Outside Cabin.
E620 Oceana 11/8/06. Western Mediterranean. 14 nights. Outside Cabin.
E720 Oceana 12/8/07. Canaries. 13 nights. Outside Cabin.
X912 Oriana 24/7/09. Baltic. 14 nights. Outside Cabin.
A118 Azura 5/8/11. Eastern Mediterranean. 16 nights. Superior Deluxe Balcony Cabin.
N321 Ventura 18/8/13. Western Mediterranean. 14 nights. Superior Deluxe Balcony Cabin.
B517 Britannia 15/8/15. Western Mediterranean. 14 nights. Forward Suite + Balcony Cabin.
B622 Britannia 23/7/16. Norwegian Fjords. 7 nights. Forward Suite + Adjacent Balcony Cabin.
N703 Ventura 15/2/17. Amsterdam & Bruges. 4 nights. Penthouse Suite.
R705 Aurora 13/5/17. Baltic. 16 nights. Accessible Balcony Cabin.
B721 Britannia 22/7/17. Western Mediterranean. 14 nights. Aft Suite + Adjacent Balcony Cabin.
R718 Aurora 20/10/17. Zeebrugge (although didn’t dock due to storm). 2 nights. Accessible Balcony Cabin.