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Europe Disabled Travel Advice, Accessible Tours Hotels, Accessible Holidays, Disabled Guided Tours By www.sagetraveling.com. Europe disabled cruises are much easier and much more enjoyable if you know what you’re doing. Sage Traveling provides list of 13 Travel Tips. These 13 Tips for Disabled Cruisers in Europe will help you navigate a few of the challenges that disabled cruise passengers encounter.

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  • 1. 13 Tips for Disabled Cruisers in Europe http://www.sagetraveling.com/tips-for-europe-disabled-cruisers
  • 2. Europe disabled cruises are much easier and much more enjoyable ifyou know what you’re doing.These 13 Tips for Disabled Cruisers in Europe will help you navigate afew of the challenges that disabled cruise passengers encounter. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 3. Sage Travel Tip: With so many Sage Travel Tip: With so many accessible European ports to choose accessible European ports to choose from, there’s no need to choose a from, there’s no need to choose a cruise itinerary that includes ports cruise itinerary that includes ports that are not accessible. that are not accessible.1 Research port accessibility before booking your cruiseNot doing this is a common mistake that disabled cruisers make. Afterthey book their cruise, they start looking into accessibility of the ports onlyto find out that they are going to have to miss out on a few portscompletely because they’re not accessible. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 4. 2 Explore the ship on your first dayYou’re going to be living on the ocean for a while. Why not find outeverything the floating city has to offer? Pools, casinos, restaurants, andshopping are just a few of the common features on modern ships.While exploring, you should also look into the Europe cruise ship disabledaccess features. Cruise ships often have multiple pools, and some (like thepool shown below on the left) may be more difficult than others forwheelchair users to enter. Some parts of the sun deck may have loungechairs too close together for a wheelchair to fit, and you may want toknow about these areas while the chairs are still empty and can be movedout of your way. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 5. Explore the ship on your first dayIf you’re down on the promenade deck (shown below on the right), youmay want to know where the automated doors are located….when it getswindy, the manual doors can be tough to open! www.sagetraveling.com
  • 6. 3 Larger groups are cheaper per personMost excursions provided by the cruise lines use motor coaches that don’thave wheelchair lifts. Consequently, at least some of your Europe disabledcruise days will be spent with private tour guides. If you can split the costof the tour four or six ways, each person will pay less. After you book youraccessible excursion, create a post on www.cruisecritic.com to see if thereare any other disabled passengers who would like to split the cost withyou. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 7. 4 Find out about tender vs. dockIn each port, cruise ships will either pull up to the dock, or they will shuttlepassengers to shore using small boats called tenders. Tender wheelchairaccess is much poorer than using the docks. Check the cruise itinerary tosee which ports on your Europe disabled accessible cruise will be dockedand which ones will use tenders.In many ports, the first ships to arrive in the morning will get the dock andthe later ones will use tenders….confirm with the cruise line whetherdocking is a possibility or a certainty. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 8. 5 Be skeptical of accessibility information you find on travel forumsEveryone who participates has the best of intentions. Unfortunately, thereis a ton of incorrect Europe disabled cruise information passed along asfact and it’s difficult to tell who are the expert posters are and who are theposters who just sound like experts.Confirm accessibility information that you get from travel forums withmultiple sources. Also make sure that the information you are reading isnot out of date. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 9. 6 All accessible cruise cabins (even interior ones) will be large enough for wheelchair usersEach cruise ship has a certain number of accessible cabins. These cabinshave larger bathrooms (typically with roll-in showers) and can sometimesbe 50% bigger than normal cabins.Unfortunately, some passengers know this and take advantage of it.Accessible cabins should only be used by wheelchair users who can not fitthrough the standard bathroom door width. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 10. 7 Factor in accessible driving tours into your budgetMany ports aren’t actually that close to the attractions. If you arrive inWarnemünde, you’ll find that accessible Berlin is 3 hours away (each way).From the Livorno cruise port, you have many Tuscan options (Pisa, Lucca,Florence, etc…), but they are spread out.Rome is an hour and a half away from Civitavecchia port. Expect to spendmore money on tours that involve driving. Also expect that a good accessibledriving tour (such as one that explores the Tuscan countryside) will be one ofyour favorite excursions. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 11. 8 Verify which of your ports require taking a shuttle bus to exit the portSome ports combine commercial docks with passenger docks and don’tallow anyone to walk or roll out of the port due to safety reason. Beforeyou put down a cruise deposit, confirm with the cruise line whether or nota shuttle is required to exit the port. Also verify whether or not thesebuses have wheelchair ramps (example of the accessible Athens portshuttle is shown on the right). www.sagetraveling.com
  • 12. 9 Maximize the limited amount of time you have to see a cityCruise ships will arrive in port as early as 6 am. While you certainly don’twant to get an early start every day of your trip, you may want to preparefor a long day on occasion. This is especially true of large cities like Romewhere you can’t even visit half of the city’s wonders in a day. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 13. 10 Spend some time sightseeing before and after your cruiseIf you choose interesting embarkation and debarkation ports, it will beeasy (and worthwhile) to spend a few days sightseeing at a slower pacebefore or after your cruise. It’s easy to spend 4 days in Rome, 3 days inVenice, or 5 days in London before or after your Europe accessible cruise! www.sagetraveling.com
  • 14. Venice and London make great pre-/post-cruise destinations. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 15. 11 Visit multiple continentsIs there any easier way to visit multiple continents than a cruise? Youcould start your Europe disabled cruise in Venice, dock in Kusadasi to visitAsia, and spend a day in Africa in the port of Tunis….all without everhaving to unpack your suitcase! www.sagetraveling.com
  • 16. 12 Choose a cruise with a day at sea (or two)Spending a full day in a great port can make for a tiring day. Particularlywhen you’re visiting cities back to back to back (like the very popularNaples-Rome-Florence trifecta). You will enjoy your vacation more if youhave some time to rest and relax. Pick a Europe disabled cruise with a dayor two “at sea” to get a great mix of sightseeing and relaxation. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 17. Sage Travel Tip: Be sure to explore the Sage Travel Tip: Be sure to explore the attractions that are off-the-beaten attractions that are off-the-beaten path to feel like more of a local! path to feel like more of a local!13 Get more off the beaten path on your second time in a cityPorts such as Rome, Naples, Livorno, Athens, and French Riviera, etc…have much more to see and do than is possible in a single one-day visit. www.sagetraveling.com
  • 18.  We look forward to making your accessible dream vacation a reality!  Call Us: 1-888-645-7920 Contact us at info@sagetraveling.comhttp://www.sagetraveling.com/tips-for-europe-disabled-cruisers

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