Helpful for full time wheelchair users: Freedom of the Seas Cruise Review by Laurabelle530
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Helpful for full time wheelchair users
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
Cabin review: 9557
I had interior wheelchair accessible stateroom on the 9th deck. Very spacious room easy to maneuver two wheelchairs around the room. There is also a nice couch for sitting in the room as well. There was also a nice vanity with mirror to roll under to be able to access the table area. The only complaint I would have is there was not enough room around the beds to get around. The bathroom was huge. And had a nice roll in shower accommodation. The toilet was with easy access to transfer from your wheelchair and the sink was nice to be able to roll under to gain access. The shower area had a little bench that was difficult to transfer too and was not very large. It could hold a toddler at best. However if you ask your stateroom attendant they will gladly get you a shower chair. The stateroom was not far the elevator which made it easier to get to and from the stateroom. But I always seemed to get on the wrong set of elevators going back to my room/ Leaving was fine. Getting back. I was all over the place.
Port and Shore Excursions
Butterfly Farm is off the beat path. It was interesting having to get the wheelchairs off in the middle of the road with cars roaring by but the staff with the tour and at the Butterfly Farm were very friendly and helpful stopping traffic. The farm itself was beautiful to see all the different types of butterflies. Again however getting around the Butterfly Farm was rather dirty. It is not paved but is a dirt sand road. The staff was very friendly and answered all our question and helped us pick the perfect souvenir if we were unable to reach something.
Again we had a motor coach that transported us all and we need to transfer to a regular bus seat. But the bus was equipped with a lift. And again a truck to our wheelchair to each individual spot and was ready for us when we arrived. St. Martin was probably my favorite destination. Lots of history and culture. Definitely not commercialized like St. Thomas. Which I prefer to be engulfed in the culture when I am on vacation to a tropical Caribbean island. St. Martin downtown area is not wheelchair friendly cobblestone streets and no curb cuts and no traffic lights so made crossing extremely difficult. I recommend if traveling downtown. Take someone with you who walks and can kind stop traffic.
Coral World Tour
Coral World doesn't have much Ocean Life and needs some major updating.
They took us all around in a large motor coach for a historical and educational tour of the island.Because there was many of us. We had to transfer to a bus seat but the vehicle was equipped with a lift. Than there was a a pick up truck that piled in our wheelchairs and had them ready for us at the next stop. Coral world was rather small and does not have nice easy smooth paths to move a wheelchair around. Some areas were up and down large inclines. Personally in my opinion once you seen one ocean life you've seen them all. I would probably not do this excursion again. It definitely needs to some updating.