Go Back   Cruise Reviews Forums > General Cruise Chat Questions > Disabled Travel Forum
Register Forgot Password?
New! Use your Facebook, Google, AIM & Yahoo accounts to securely log into this site, click logo to login  
Search

Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 08-14-2005, 09:09 AM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 16
Default
In addition to my prior post on Cozumel, does anyone have any suggestions or comments that would assist a first-time mobility scooter user on the Mariner, and at the other ports of Labadee, Ocho Rios, and Grand Cayman? These beach ports have me wondering just how well a scooter will work on land/sand. Even things like where do you sit for the shows seem a bit daunting. RCCL has told us the ship is completely accessible, but pointers from anyone who has been on this ship (or another of RCCL's voyager class ships) with a chair or scooter would still be very appreciated. Thank you.
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 08-14-2005, 10:48 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Valley Center, CA 92082
Posts: 2,362
Default
There is a special area for those in wheel chairs or scooters inthe theater, so on the ship should be no problem. It is very accessible.

However, the ports are going to be another story.

In Labadee, I remember seeing chairs with sand wheels (made to be pushed in the sand, that is) that would open the island up for someone in a chair. A scooter is going to be tough on Laqbadee.

Cozumel would be OK if you disembarked and then took a taxi to Chankanaab for the day (or one of the other accessible beach clubs). Downtown Cozumel would be very diffcult for someone in a scooter. However, if you dock at the downtown pier, the new mall is accessible for shopping.

Cayman is going to be tough. It is a tender port and the tender wharf is not accessible friendly nor is the downtown area, in my opinion.

Ocho Rios will be fine on a scooter.

Hope that helps.

Tom
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 08-14-2005, 06:28 PM
Larry in Miami's Avatar  
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 1,137
Default
On my last cruise there was a woman who required a scooter. She was loaded on the tender boat at Grand Cayman with no problems. I was on the same tender and saw them loading the scooter on the boat for her. I don't know how she made out in port though, I was on a different tour.
__________________
Larry
-------------------------------------------
Photo Website: www.larrysphotos.net
YouTube Channel: VideoOnTheWeb
-------------------------------------------
Upcoming:
Ecstasy September 12, 2014
Conquest November 16, 2014
Ecstasy January 23, 2015

Past Cruises:
43 and Counting......
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 08-14-2005, 07:40 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 16
Default
Thank you for the feedback. Tom, you mentioned taking a taxi to Chankanaab. These are suppose to be fairly compact scooters rented from a company recommended by RCCL (guaranteed to fit through doorways on the ship), but I have not actually seen one. Do you think it would fit in a taxi? Also, are most paths/trails in Chankanaab paved or packed dirt so a scooter would travel over them OK?
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 08-14-2005, 09:10 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Valley Center, CA 92082
Posts: 2,362
Default
There are taxis of all sizes and you might have to wait for a van, but I suspect getting the scooter to Chankanaab wouldn't be a problem. Once inside Chankanaab, there is a very firm trail that a scooter would have no problem with. Many areas of the park are very accesible and I believe that everyone would enjoy them.

Even certain parts of the beach are accessible. One beach club that comes to mind as being very accessible is Nachi Cocum. Easy arrival, easy entrance and a huge covered area to enjoy....but most of the beach clubs would offer the same.

Tom
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 08-15-2005, 09:04 AM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 16
Default
Good idea on the van for transporting the scooter. Someone told me that at the Park, there is a large expanse of soft sand that you need to go over before you can get to the botanical gardens and therefore they would not be accessible with the scooter. Is that what others recollect also?
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 08-15-2005, 02:08 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Valley Center, CA 92082
Posts: 2,362
Default
From the park entrance there is a solidly packed trail that enters the gardens and traverses the entire park. With the exception of access ing the beach itself, everywhere else is pretty solid.

Tom
 
Closed Thread

Tags
cayman, chankanaab, cruise, destiny, grand, mariner, mobility, ocho, port, rios, scooter, scooters, seas, ship, taxi92082

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Passageway accessibility HAL vs Princess RMLincoln Disabled Travel Forum 1 05-05-2008 06:37 PM
wheelchair accessibility bevbrit Disabled Travel Forum 1 09-26-2007 09:53 PM
Portable Scooter Accessibility WHBC Disabled Travel Forum 0 05-15-2006 01:05 PM
Radisson Seven Seas debuts luxurious wellness aboard the Seven Seas Mariner Tom Ogg All Other Cruise Lines 1 01-27-2005 02:21 PM
Explorer of the Seas Title for Mariner of the Seas Reviews cruiseclues Royal Caribbean Cruise Line 3 12-23-2003 05:47 PM


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On
 

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:33 AM.

Contact Us - Terms of Use - Cruise Reviews Home - Archive - Privacy Statement - Top

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.5.2