Disabled cruising

I had 2 spine surgeries in January 2016. This is my first vacation since becoming disabled. I can walk with a cane, but no more booty shakin' on the dance floor anytime soon. I'll post after the trip (mid-August 2016). We'll see how accommodating Carnival is when I can't stand in a line for more than 15 minutes!

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OK, I believe one of the first things you should do is call customer service at Carnival. Explain to the representative that this is what the facts are. Get the name and e-mail of the rep and keep any correspondence. This is to protect both of you in case the arrangements you want, do not go as planned. I have mentioned before on one of our cruises there was a para couple and their chairs. Princess made accomidations and so should Carnival. On NCL, My sister requested a wheelchair as her knees had just been replaced. She did not follow up and had a great deal of trouble.

I hope that when you report back, that all the news you bring will be good news.

Thank you for the advice. They stated that they'll have a wheelchair for me for boarding so I won't have to stand in line. I'll print out the email for proof Big Smile

I would suggest that you take a doctors note of your walking and standing restrictions with you. Not only for boarding but also for the life boat drill and when getting on and off of the ship, I always have a copy of my doctors note with me when traveling (I have also had back surgery).

I hope you have a great cruise and please post a review when you return.

Have fun! Don't get into too much trouble Wink

Have an extra drink or three since you cannot stand for long anyway. No one will know the difference Wink

We are both disabled. I use a walker (rollator) and my husband uses a cane. I too have had 2 spinal fusions, and my husband got hurt at work 4 + years ago. Both of us have trouble standing for long periods. Cruiselines are very friendly for the disabled. However, you might want to invest in a 4 wheel rollator. They have a seat you can use while in long lines, and it helps with the plates.

Carnival has a special needs department. Your booking can be coded based on your limitations/needs. Contact Carnival and if necessary ask for the Guest Access Department.

You can also email at specialneeds@carnival.com Be sure to include your booking information and explain in detail what the Carnival staff should be aware of.

Deal?! Enjoy!

Yep, I needed with two cruise lines' help. Carnival and NCL are BOTH very accommodating. Sent them a letter/email at least a week before you depart, making your needs very clear, to the people at the cruise line. I felt a little bit self-conscious in a wheelchair as I whizzed by everyone standing in any line for anything being pushed around by a small-but-strong Indonesian guy. www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEPvrzpCBGM


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