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looking at a 4 night cruise on P and O for the Christmas markets. Are these two cities fairly wheelchair accessible. I know there are cobblestones so it could be bumpy, but I am thinking more of steps and slopes

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For Bruges, we docked at Zeebrugge Port and took the local shuttle to Blankenberge. There we took the train into Bruges. From the train station into the center of town, we rode over some random bumpy cobble stones, but nothing that I'd complain about. Most everything was accessible, some of which was limited. The Basilica of the Holy Blood (http://www.holyblood.com/?lang=en) is definitely worth a visit. There is an elevator on the ground level. We both use mobility scooters, thus we were not able to take a ship's tour into town. Thus taking the shuttle and train, we had limited time in Bruges.

Amsterdam we docked right down town, just a couple blocks from Central Train Station. I do not recall any bumpy routes and have been all over Amsterdam. However, stay off of the bicycle paths. I always make a stop at The Pancake Bakery (http://www.pancake.nl/). It is down a short flight of steps, but they helped us in and out. It is a little over a block from the Anne Frank Huis (http://www.annefrank.org/). The museum has limited accessibility now.

Have a wonderful cruise,

Betty

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You will enjoy Brussels. Beware of the candy stores... they have excellent chocolates. Of course, you can always think of an excuse to take some home. Taking a ship's tour into Brussels is probably best option. We had already been to Brussels, thus going to Bruges was a new adventure.

Amsterdam has those great pancakes.

 

Have a wonderful trip,

Betty

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On 9/22/2017 at 8:49 PM, raindropsalways said:

For Bruges, we docked at Zeebrugge Port and took the local shuttle to Blankenberge. There we took the train into Bruges. From the train station into the center of town, we rode over some random bumpy cobble stones, but nothing that I'd complain about. Most everything was accessible, some of which was limited. The Basilica of the Holy Blood (http://www.holyblood.com/?lang=en) is definitely worth a visit. There is an elevator on the ground level. We both use mobility scooters, thus we were not able to take a ship's tour into town. Thus taking the shuttle and train, we had limited time in Bruges.

 

Amsterdam we docked right down town, just a couple blocks from Central Train Station. I do not recall any bumpy routes and have been all over Amsterdam. However, stay off of the bicycle paths. I always make a stop at The Pancake Bakery (http://www.pancake.nl/). It is down a short flight of steps, but they helped us in and out. It is a little over a block from the Anne Frank Huis (http://www.annefrank.org/). The museum has limited accessibility now.

 

Have a wonderful cruise,

Betty

 I understand  this post is 2 years old but I cant find anything newer. Is the shuttle from the port of Zeebruges  accessible to someone in a wheelchair?  Thanks for any information.

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2 hours ago, cunnorl said:

 I understand  this post is 2 years old but I cant find anything newer. Is the shuttle from the port of Zeebruges  accessible to someone in a wheelchair?  Thanks for any information.

 

My memory is not good enough to answer your question. We took the ship's shuttle bus to Blankenberge to catch the train, however I do not remember if it was wheelchair accessible or if they could just transport our scooters. We were planning on taking the tram because it had two wheelchair spaces. The train was very accessible. You could contact the ship's service for the handicap and ask if their shuttle bus is wheelchair accessible. If you require a lift or ramp, please make that clear to them. Also, it appears that they may have a shuttle directly into Bruges now.

 

I know the trolley was accessible, however there is a distance between it and the terminal. Also, there has been some changes since I was there.

 

It appears that you may have a few options, https://zeebrugge.net/en/cruise-terminal.php#map I did not notice any “contact” info the cruise terminal, however here is the port's email address: mbz@zeebruggeport.be. I have found the Ports to be very helpful.

 

Here is another link that looks promising: https://zeebrugge.net/en/cruise-terminal.php

 

When you get into Bruges, visit the Basilica of the Holy Blood. We had to ring a door below below and they sent an elevator down to us. Here is there email address if you wish any further info: info@holyblood.com

 

And, if you are traveling with someone, please take your parking placard. Many of the sights in Europe will let your “helper” in free if you have the placard. Sometimes they ask and other times they just let the person with you in free.

 

If you could get a round trip shuttle direct into Bruges, it would save you hassle and time.

 

Ruth and I traveled before there was much of anything accessible, thus I sent an abundance of emails. Fortunately, people were very good at responding. If they could not help, most offered suggestions.

 

Have a wonderful cruise.

Betty

 

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Thank you so very much! I will make the contacts you suggested and report back. These boards are so helpful!

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I was in Bruges last month, we were on the Celebrity Reflection. I use a small folding scooter (TravelScoot). I was able to take the cruise excursion, which was just transportation. They put the scooter below.  The cobble stones were pretty bad in places, but we went all over.

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