Disabled cruisers beware before cruising; do your homework.
I recently just came from a cruise. This is the first time that I cruised with carnival and that last time I cruised with royal carribean. The last time I went on a cruise I was alone with a friend that was non disabled. This time I went on a cruise with my sister who is in a wc, my mom who is elderly and had to use a wc because she couldn't walk all over the ship (distance) and my sisters friend who is in a wc. It was a completely different experience. The ship itself was pretty good for people with disabilities, the problem was the people..they were rude, mad because they had to wait to board the ship and we were able to get on in a different line for wc.. mad because they had to wait until our wheelchairs got through, mad because they had to adjust the security area so that they could check us..they stared, laughed and were generally jerks. This was not coming from so many of the kids but the adults. they acted as if they never saw anyone in wheelchairs at all. We would be at the elevators and they would run over to the elevator and get inside before we could. so for a while all we did was open the elevators for people. later I got tired of that and I started to position the wc in front of the elevator doors and push the elevators in before anyone could get inside of it. The countries were pretty bad. pushing a wc over cobble stones is terrible..la romana dominician republic is a waste of time even coming... for wc. they dont have accomodations for people unless you can transfer and you have legs. My sister put out so much money for this vacation... we had to push the wcs up a huge hill at the port and then when we got to the top there was no way for my sister to go anywhere... so she just went back to the ship. There was other passengers there that couldn't go anywhere because they were disabled also. Many didn't even know you could rent a wheel chair. In Grand turks there was an indpendent company that took us around and we were able to get on their bus with a ramp. We were able to get out and shop. Aruba had an independent company that had a ramp on their bus that took us around also. I will put that information on the site because they were great. Caracao was beautiful but again they had no accomodations for disabled people.They have a ferry but disabled people can't get on it with wcs. So you have to push and push over cobble stones and over this long bridge to get into the city . please make sure you eat your wheaties that day. I was so tired a nice lady came over and felt sorry for me and helped me push my mom. She told us that she has disabled children and this country does nothing for people with disabilities.. it is a shame that it is 2014 and it is still this bad. Everywhere we went people stared at us... and I finally asked someone why is everyone staring like they have never seen anyone in a wc and the lady said that they haven't. I dont understand... dont they have disabled people in their country or do they just put them in homes and lock them away....what the point of visiting other countries if when you get off the boat you can't go anywhere.