Are there carts for ushering disabled passengers to and from the ship?

Hi everyone. This will be my first time visiting St. Maarten. I'm taking my mother on her first cruise. She is disabled (can only walk short distances.) I have seen pictures and videos that show it's a pretty long way from the ship over to the area where you can catch a cab or visit the stores. I've seen somewhere that it's about 800 yards from the ship to this area and that's going to be too far for her to walk. Does the port offer any carts to transfer disabled/elderly to and from these areas? If they do, does it cost anything (or is it customary to tip them? If so, how much?)

Thanks for any info anyone can give.

Tags: Caribbean - Eastern Marigot Saint Martin StMaarten Disabled Elderly

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Reach out to the cruise line for the possibility of getting a wheel chair if you do not have one of your own that you are bringing with you.

Agreed. Be very careful and get a specific answer. Otherwise you'll discover you just can't get her off the ship. Some ports have jitneys, or the locals have a lil cottage industry going with pedicabs. We have noticed those piers get longer and longer from one cruise to the next. (HAH!) My wife walks with a cane except for very short distances. If there is not viable means to get off the ship, we just don't. It would take someone in here who has mobility issues and been to ST. Maarten to give a specific answer...and if its a "service" provided by locals, the cruise line either won't talk about it or guarantee it'll be there.

If you have a balcony on the pier side, just watch to see if there is a such a thing. If not, try to get to a deck where you can watch for a few minutes. Decide (or satisfy yourself as to the accuracy of your information) BEFORE you're "down there" with no place to go. If the ship doesn't dock, and passengers need to be tendered to shore, that's a whole different set of problems. I've seen folks in wheelchairs do it...it didn't look like fun, but by God they did it. More power to em. The good part of that is the tender will let you out exactly where you need to be ashore, or very close to it. Goodluck!!

I also notice in a lot of these ports there are small motorized golf cart-like vehicles that carry passengers from the ship to the cruise port waiting area where there are cabs and the like. I think was St Marteen or St Kitts, maybe both ports. Other posters may give more accurate information on the topic.

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