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caseyg55 10-31-2006 01:47 PM

Hi all,

We are taking my mother-in-law on a cruise in Dec and looking for information on wheel chair rentals. Has anyone had any dealings with the cruise rental companies that rent wheelchairs? Are they strong enough to take off the ship? Any comments or suggestions will be a great help.

Thanks
Caseyg

Jim C. 10-31-2006 05:33 PM

Casey- Unless you want a power wheel chair for them, you can "rent" one from the ship. At least on Carnival, we were able to call ahead to make sure they had one available for us. Then it was a $50 deposit which we got back at the end of the cruise when we brought it back.

ceemonster 10-31-2006 05:43 PM

Hi Casey

My wife has a mobility problem and due to her pride refuses to let me buy her a power chair. But atleast she lets me rent one for her. If you check your phone directory you will find them for short term rent. I pay for 2 weeks around $75. The reason I am suggesting to rent one before you board is because it is a long trip for them to the ship from parking and it is cheaper. Be sure to get the insurance just incase you lose it though. For me it is the best $75 that I will spend on the trip. A power chair just makes it so much more comfortable for the ones who need them and for those that are traveling with them. If you wait till you get on the ship to get one your loved ones have to do a lot of walking to get onboard and then you have to hope they still have (in your case) 2 available. Its not worth the risk. Also if you rent it yourself before you board they get to disembark riding it which will make it more comfortable for them.

Cruise Specialist 11-01-2006 05:22 AM

Here are a couple of companies that will rent wheelchairs of scooters for cruise passengers:

CareVacations-STAR phone: 1.877.478.7827
website: www.cruiseshipassist.com

ScootAround: Phone: 1.888.441.7575
website: www.scootaround.com

Hope this helps.

Greyson 11-01-2006 07:14 AM

We rented one from a local company so she had it at the airport as well as to the ship. It is not counted toward your baggage limit and was just nice knowing we had it before we left for the ship. It only cost us $2 a day to rent so it was well worth it.

Sonny V 11-01-2006 07:14 AM

When we were on the Freedom last month and our friends mother had one of those 3 wheel electric scooters. She had no problem going everywhere on her own. I think it was about $15 a day for rental.

caseyg55 11-03-2006 07:13 AM

This is a great site. Lots of folk willing to share lots of information. Thanks to you all.

Enjoy Life & Cruising
Caseyg


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