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The Best Accessible Cruise Itineraries Ports and Excursions


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Europe Disabled Travel Advice, Accessible Tours Hotels, Accessible Holidays, Disabled Guided Tours By Disabled travelers can choose from hundreds of cruise itineraries. These 12 Steps to Choose the Best Accessible Cruise will help you find your perfect cruise.

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The Best Accessible Cruise Itineraries Ports and Excursions

  1. 1. The Best Accessible Cruise ItinerariesPorts and
  2. 2. www.sagetraveling.comChoosing the best accessible cruise for your accessibility needs andpersonal preferences can be overwhelming. When you start to look at allthe different cruise lines, all the different cruise itineraries, the dates, andthe various shore excursions, you can soon find yourself choosing fromhundreds of options!
  3. 3. www.sagetraveling.comMany disabled and senior cruisers focus on the wrong aspects whenselecting their cruise. They first pick a cruise line based on a friend’srecommendation or their own previous cruise experience. Next theyselect an itinerary that they like and book their cruise. Finally they checkthe accessibility of the ports. They end up staying on the ship in some oftheir cruise ports because they didn’t check the accessibility first!
  4. 4. www.sagetraveling.comThese 12 Steps to Choose the Best Accessible Cruise are proven to work!They will ensure you focus on the right things so you can quickly narrowdown the options and select your perfect cruise!
  5. 5. The first step in choosing the best accessible cruise should be figuring outwhere you want to go. While most travelers can visit any port thatinterests them, disabled travelers have to do some homework.Which ports do you want to visit?
  6. 6. There’s no need to spend any days on your cruise trapped on the shipwhile other people go ashore…check out the accessibility of the portsbefore selecting the best accessible cruise.www.sagetraveling.comMediterranean cruise port accessibility canvary great. The best accessible cruise portshave attractions within walking/rollingdistance on the cruise dock (Monaco,Naples) while the least accessible cruiseports require using buses with steps to getanywhere (Livorno, shown on the right).
  7. 7. Are there any cities that you would like to spend more time visiting beforeor after your cruise? The most popular embarkation ports in Europe areVenice, Barcelona, and London. Other popular cities include Rome(Civitavecchia), Naples, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and Athens.Decide on your embarkation/disembarkation ports2www.sagetraveling.comOf all these cities, Barcelona and London are the best accessible cruiseports in terms of wheelchair accessibility. If there’s a particular city thatyou want to spend additional days in, you can quickly eliminate somecruise itineraries.
  8. 8. Barcelona and Venice are two great citiesto visit before or afteryour accessible
  9. 9. Many cruise lines run similar itineraries such as the popular "GrandMediterranean" cruise between Barcelona and Venice. However the subtledifferences can make a big difference on your trip!Compare cruise itineraries3www.sagetraveling.comSage Travel Tip: Research the portsbefore deciding on a cruise line!Sage Travel Tip: Research the portsbefore deciding on a cruise line!
  10. 10. Does one itinerary dock in Monaco and another one tenders inVillefranche? You can see the same sights from either port so you willdefinitely want to go with the cruise that docks in Monaco!Compare cruise itineraries3www.sagetraveling.comNaples instead of Sorrento, Dubrovnik instead of Split, Mykonos instead ofSantorini, Livorno instead of La Spezia...each of these choices can mean thedifference between you enjoying world-class destinations or having to stayon the ship! Choose the best accessible cruise itinerary before deciding ona cruise line.
  11. 11. Cruise ships generally relocate so that you get the best weather.Nevertheless, taking a Mediterranean cruise early in the season couldmean it’s too chilly for pool time, and taking a cruise in early August couldmean that your experience in Rome and Naples is scorching andexhausting.There are also certain periods to avoid. If you want a relaxing time on thebeaches, avoid the crowds in August. Visit Venice during high waterseason, and you could be trapped by extensive flooding (shown in thephoto on the right) throughout the city!Decide on a time of
  12. 12. Cruise lengths vary drastically…from 1 day re-positioning cruises betweenLondon and Rotterdam, to 3 month long world-wide cruises.In the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, most of the itineraries arebetween 7 and 21 days.The shorter cruises visit a smaller region (for example, Venice, Athens, andsome Greek islands), while longer cruises such as the 12 Day GrandMediterranean Cruise will have at least one “day at sea” built in and visitcities throughout the Mediterranean (such as Venice, Athens, Ephesus,Istanbul, Mykonos, Naples, Rome, Florence, Monaco, and Barcelona).Choose your accessible cruise
  13. 13. Cruise ships come in a variety of sizes. Smaller ships will mean shorterdistances to travel onboard. Since the mega-ships are 1200 ft (360 meters)long, this can make a big difference to disabled passengers who can’t walklong distances. The smaller ships like Azamura, Regent, Crystal, andSeabourn are typically more luxurious and consequently cost more.Decide on a cruise ship
  14. 14. Small ships are the best accessible cruise option for many peoplebecause they have shorter walking/rolling distances and shorterwait times to
  15. 15. Many people do this step first, but you should actually decide on the portsfirst before picking the cruise line!While many cruise lines are similar, each tries to sell themselves a littledifferently. Do you want to choose a cruise that is “Fun for All. All for fun”or a cruise that is “A Signature of Excellence”?The most popular companies are Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and Carnival(Carnival has fewer European itineraries). Other popular cruise lines areCelebrity, Princess, and Holland America. Premium lines include Azamura,Seabourn, and Crystal. The best accessible cruise for you will use a cruiseline that fits your travel style.Pick a cruise
  16. 16. When choosing the best accessible cruise itinerary, you will need to factorin your accessibility needs and your energy level. “Days at sea” often givesome much-needed rest and relaxation.Choose a sailing date8www.sagetraveling.comLook at how many hours are in each port...some itineraries may spenda half-day visiting your favorite port, while other itineraries give you a fullday to explore. Our accessible cruise consultants can help with choosingyour itinerary.
  17. 17. Cruise ships offer something for every traveler type. The best accessiblecabin type for budget travelers will be interior cabins which are often at arate 1/3 less than the rate of balcony cabins. At the other end of thespectrum, enormous suites with hot tubs on the balcony will make for aultra-luxurious vacation!Select the cabin
  18. 18. Now that you’ve selected your cruise line, your cruise itinerary, your cruisedates, and your cabin type, you’re ready to book the best accessible cruisefor you! You can make your reservation directly with the cruise company,use a local travel agent, or book a discounted accessible cruise andexcursion package. When you make the reservation, you’ll need to putdown a deposit that is typically refundable before a certain date.Book your
  19. 19. As mentioned in our Top 10 Europe Handicapped Travel Tips, booking yourhotel early will allow you to save money and get a centrally-locatedaccessible hotel. If you want to get the best hotels in the summer, you’llneed book 6 months in advance. Other times of year, you should book twoor three months in advance. You’ll also want to book the tours andtransportation in your destination city, although these are not as urgent.Accessible travel packages are available for Athens, Barcelona, London,Rome, and Venice.Book your pre/post-cruise
  20. 20. This accessible Athens hotel with a roll-in shower is one of the manythat we
  21. 21. You should have already confirmed that excursions that meet all of youraccessibility needs are available in each of your ports. Now is the time tomake the reservations! If you’re traveling during the summer, accessiblevan transportation could get scarce in some ports. We’ve had to tell clientsvisiting Rome and Mykonos that all of the accessible vans are alreadybooked. Make your excursion reservations two months in advance if youwant to be safe.Book your accessible cruise
  22. 22. www.sagetraveling.comThe best accessible cruise excursions use officially-licensed local touristguides to explain the significance and history of the sights and share theirculture with you. We provide accessible cruise excursions in numerousports including Athens, Barcelona, Florence (Livorno), the French Riviera,Istanbul, Kusadasi & Izmir (Ephesus), Mykonos, Naples & Sorrento, Rome(Civitavecchia), Venice, and more.
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