handicapped first time cruisers


elleen payton

going on our first cruise in jan on enchantment to eastern caribbean my husband uses a cane and neither of us can walk for long stretches at a time can anyone suggest the best excursions to take on the islands thanks for any suggestions


RCI has all of its shore tours marked for the amount of exertion necessary to participate. Stay away from stairs or long walks. A Half day history and land tour will work best for both of you, especially at San Juan and St. Martin (include both the Dutch & French side). A self taxi tour could work at St. Martin, too. At St. Thomas you could easily join a taxi tour to Mountain Top which will give you a beautiful view and the famous Bananna Dauquari. You can do your souvenir shopping right at Havensight in St. Thomas, so bothering with crowded streets won't be a problem. If you wish to spend some time on the beach, Dawn Beach at St. Martin is an easy walk from the parking lot with Chairs available for rent. Again just get a van taxi outside the port terminal. It will be a little bit of a walk down the pier in St. Martin but it is new and flat. At San Juan, you may wish to include a tour of the Bardardi Rum factory. They do give free samples!
Bon Voyage

elleen payton

thanks nanatravel for the advice im sure now we will find that we can see some of the islands and do some shopping i plan on enjoying myself no matter how much we do or dont do im already talking about another cruise and havent even been on the first yet from all ive read from other cruisers it sounds like an ideal vacation where you do as little or as much as you wish cant hardly wait til jan


I am a full time wheelchair user and just came back from the places you are going.

St. Thomas -- Megan's Bay is easy if you want to do a beach. Just ask your taxi driver to take you all the way in. They can if you are limited in your mobility. There are chairs for rent and a drink waiter on the beach. There are bathrooms but they are up a ramp but have raised toilets and bars. Mt. Top is fun. You can get an accessable tour of the island and Mt. top geared to slow walkers at www.accessableadventures.com

St. Martin-- we hired a Taxi for the day for $100 Us plus tip. He was great. We went to the butterfly farm which is a bit of a walk from the cab but if you go slow there is a place to sit and rest before you tour the butterflys. Best done in the am.
I highly recommend going to Marigot. The french capital is lovely. Very managable to walk around the flea market have a bit to eat and then tackle more shops if you want. OUr driver took us all around the island and we went to Orient Beach which has a lovely view.

nassau--has been a while since we were their. Hired a cab and went to the beach. You might want to check out Arlantis---a little to crowded for our taste.

Hope this helps. feel free to email me with questions.