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Old 07-03-2010, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Does anyone know if any of the cruise lines offer services for the severely disabled?

For instance, someone who is not only incontinent, but unable stand without assistance, dress themselves or get themselves in and out of bed?

My Mom had a debilitating stroke and cannot do those simple things, but otherwise her mind is fine. Could she go on an unaccompanied cruise? Of course, it would be best if a family member went along too, but I was just curious if it would be possible for her to go alone. Not advisable, of course, just is it possible?
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Old 07-03-2010, 01:15 PM
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You should call the cruise lines and ask specifically what services they offer but imho the situation you describe would go 'way beyond the definition of "reasonable accommodation." so you're probably looking at having a family member or companion travel with them. I just Googled "disabled cruises" and came up with about twenty references for resources to help you including the DisablityTravel website and Cruise Critic. If you do the same you'll find lots of options. Good luck to you.
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Old 07-04-2010, 05:36 PM
 
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You should call the cruise lines and ask specifically what services they offer but imho the situation you describe would go 'way beyond the definition of "reasonable accommodation." so you're probably looking at having a family member or companion travel with them. I just Googled "disabled cruises" and came up with about twenty references for resources to help you including the DisablityTravel website and Cruise Critic. If you do the same you'll find lots of options. Good luck to you.
Thanks. I'll keep looking.
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Old 07-12-2010, 01:03 PM
 
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No--she won't be able to cruise without a full-time caregiver. There will be NO ONE to help her, and she MUST have help....
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Old 07-12-2010, 01:07 PM
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Default Arthur Frommer website

I was just on this looking for something else and noticed a bunch of links on disabled travel issues.Worth checking out.
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Old 07-12-2010, 02:05 PM
 
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No--she won't be able to cruise without a full-time caregiver. There will be NO ONE to help her, and she MUST have help....
Agreed. Cruiselines do not provide care givers, and will not let her board without having someone who is completely responsible for her.
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Old 07-12-2010, 07:45 PM
 
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Ok, thanks everyone it was just an idea.

But...it could be a great opportunity for some business person!
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Old 07-13-2010, 05:30 AM
 
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Ok, thanks everyone it was just an idea.

But...it could be a great opportunity for some business person!
The staffing costs would be astronomical--many disabled people need two person assists to move and you couldn't leave a completely immobile person in a cabin alone. You'd probably need two provide caregivers for many disabled passengers. It would make the cost of the trip completely prohibitive.

If she has a regular caregiver, she might want to offer to take her along on a working vacation at your mother's cost with the understanding that the caregiver wouldn't get days off, etc, but would be caring for your aunt 100% of the time. She's most likely have to pay her the normal rate she would in a week, plus all cruise costs including fare, taxes, port charges, insurance, tips, etc.
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Old 07-13-2010, 02:09 PM
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The "regular caregiver" idea is a great one.
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Old 07-13-2010, 07:47 PM
 
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Default disabled cruises

i am a cruise line greeter. i think your best bet is to go on-line to "cruise critic". you will get great advise from people that live for cruising.

i see disabled passengers all the time. the majority of the time their care giver is a family member. this person must realize ahead of time that they have a major responsiblity and that they are not on vacation.
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