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Sandylynn 02-26-2013 08:29 AM

wheelchair rooms
Has anyone booked a wheelchair room....wondering what the chances are that I might have to be moved?

Dave 02-26-2013 09:28 AM

I wouldn't specifically book one unless I had a valid need for it. The cruise lines don't necessarily move people from the handicapped cabins.

Sandylynn 02-26-2013 10:29 AM

Thanks Dave...I understand what you are saying....we are booking 3 cabins and would like them on the lido deck...there are only 3 rooms left and one is a wheelchair room....we are willing to book the 3 rooms and take our chances that if someone with a disability needs the room....we DON'T have a problem moving the guests in the room to another room on the ship...but if the room isn't needed...we stay i making sense?

Sonny V 02-26-2013 10:45 AM

When a person is in need for a handicap stateroom they are suppose to fill out a form to qualify for it. If someone has a handicap stateroom that doesn't need it, then yes they can move you if a handicap person needs that stateroom. At least that is Royal Caribbean's policy. I have a friend that was upgraded to a Junior Suite that happened to be a handicap room. She had no problem but every thing is built in a little lower so things can be reached from a sitting position. If you were moved, it would probably be an upgrade. Your chances of being moved are probably slim.

Jim C. 02-26-2013 11:37 AM

It's Carnival's policy also Sonny. Yes, they will let you book it, but if needed by a handicapped person they will move you. But as Sonny said, most likely to a better room anyway. Also, it can depend on the timing. Sometimes if you are booking way in advance they won't let you book the handicapped accessible cabins. (Assuming that they will need them) Whereas when the cruise date gets closer and a HC person has not booked that cabin they will open up booking to anyone.

LisaP 02-26-2013 01:59 PM

Did you book the cabin directly or was it assigned to you? From what I've read on other boards, the cruise line does not necessarily move passengers from handicap-accessible staterooms; they just tell prospective passengers that no HC cabins are available (unless it is close to the cruise date, as Jim mentioned, when it's opened to general booking). You may want to put an indicator on your reservation that you will move if needed, but that won't guarantee it.

We actually qualify for a HC stateroom, but don't use it for two reasons. First, my son is ambulatory and can get over tub ledges with our help. Second, the one time we did have a HC stateroom (assigned to us), we didn't like it. Among other things, the shower (we had no tub) and bathroom did not have step-up ledges (obviously) and water would run from the shower into the area outside the bathroom door after someone showered.

Sandylynn 02-27-2013 05:55 AM

wheel chair rooms
Can anyone tell me ....can the beds be put together as a king in these rooms....looking at the floor plan of 9204...if you move the beds together...looks like you won't be able to manoeuver past the desk corner to get to the other outside of the bed.

Jim C. 02-27-2013 06:16 AM

My inlaws had that cabin. If that's the corner 4J cabin, then the answer is no. The beds are singles and cannot be pushed together due to the shape of the cabin.

Jim C. 02-27-2013 06:20 AM

Actually, I take that back.. they were in 7202 on the Freedom. What ship are we talking about?

Sandylynn 02-27-2013 07:28 AM

9204 Freedom

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