NCL Cruising for people with special needs

20170417_115453Are you dreaming of sailing the high seas but think it may not be possible because of a special need? Dream no more, Norwegian Cruise Line strives to maintain a barrier free environment on every one of their vessels. Each ship offers designated staterooms with wider doorways to accommodate wheelchairs, and for added convenience are often located near elevators.  Additional features include grab rails in the bathrooms near sinks and toilets, wheel-in showers, shower seats, hand-held shower heads, bath distress alarms, raised beds, adjustable hanging rods in wardrobes, tilting mirrors,shower stools, toilet-seat raisers and bed sideboards, special lights and under pillow vibrating alarms to accommodate guests with hearing impairments. For guests with vision impairments all staterooms and elevators are equipped with Braille Text.  The cruise line  also permits guests to bring service animals such as Dogs, Cats, Monkeys, Etc.( all four legged friends  are required to sport  fashionable resort wear at all times ) just kidding, although they are required to have the proper documentation, all government / customs approvals to disembark with your animal in the various ports of call including a pet passport if needed, and proof of all necessary vaccines for the return back into the US.  Many of Norwegians staterooms are also equipped with mini refrigerator’s to store any medications or food  that may be  need to be kept cold for you or your companion.

If you have a special dietary need Norwegian excels at meeting guests needs by offering breakfast, lunch and dinner menus to accommodate almost any requirement.  Top-rated chefs can also prepare vegetarian entrees, as well as low/no sodium and low/no cholesterol entrees. Sugar-free and fat-free desserts. Other dietary needs can be met by contacting the cruise line in advance of travel.

Entertainment on board is easily accessible for all guests. Elevator access to the Kids Club is available on most vessels  with the exception of two ships the Norwegian Sun and the Norwegian Sky. With dedicated wheelchair positions and infrared listening systems in the main theaters, lower gaming tables and slot machines available at on- board casinos, accessible restaurants, spa services, pool lifts  and public areas there is never a reason to miss out on the fun!

Embarking and disembarking is fairly easy at most ports when the ship is docked and the ramps are installed although some ports do require tenders for transport to shore. Contact your travel professional for a list of shore excursion accessibility ratings. In some cases dedicated vehicles with tail lifts can be arranged in advance on select private tours.

Norwegian cruise line goes above and beyond to anticipate the needs of all their guests  and deliver outstanding services to ensure a truly memorable vacation for everyone! So if sailing the high seas and exploring exotic ports of call is on your bucket list, contact your travel professional and explore all  of the amazing options available to you.

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