Radiance Of The Seas - Handicapped Cabin 7112
Travelled ex-Sydney on 15 January 2012. (with 85 year old parents, one of them in a wheelchair).
Special needs cabin 7112 is a disabled equipped cabin located mid-ship close to the Centrum bank of 6 elevators.
Entry to the room is activated by inserting your card key into a special black card reader. The extra wide door is connected to an automatic motorised door opener & closer allowing wheelchairs to enter without pushing against the door. When exiting the room, there is a button on the wall to open the door from the inside. Again, opening and closing the door automatically.
Upon entry you realise that the cabin is spacious and allows ample room to manoeuvre a wheelchair.
The room facilities include:
* Option to configure as either a Queen size bed or 2 singles
* Bedside tables are movable
* Bedside lamps have special little reading lights.
* On the wall beside the bed are jacks for hearing headphones.
* Above the hearing jack was an emergency assistance button. (Accidently pressed at one point which resulted in a gentle knocking on the door and the appearance of a wonderful female security officer entering the cabin to check that everything was OK.) Very reassuring to know that assistance is swiftly offered.
* Phone beside bed allows hands free calls with an inbuilt speaker.
* A comfortable 2 seater lounge and small movable coffee table
* Writing desk and single chair
* Mini bar fridge
* Safe in top cupboard above TV (not easily reached by those in wheelchairs)
* Special flashing emergency lamps are on the wall for hearing impaired passengers
* Full length mirror on the wall behind the wardrobe
* Wardrobe has ample shelf space and hangers, the good ones that you can easily remove and replace on the rack. (Not those silly ones you have to fiddle with to put them back by finding the tiny little slot in the hanging ring)
* A fantastic mechanism in the wardrobe allows you to pull down on a vertical bar to have the entire horizontal hanging rack move down to eye level when sitting in a wheelchair. No reaching to get clothes off the rack and hang them back up
* The bathroom door is extra wide and swings wide for each access.
* There is no lip or step on entry to the bathroom, nor into the shower, allowing easy roll-in/roll-out by the wheelchair.
* There are grip rails around the walls of the bathroom
* There is a phone on the wall between the shower and the toilet area.
* An emergency assistance button on the wall plus an emergency pull cord down to floor level is behind toilet.
* The shower has a generous size fold down bench seat and the floor has a slight level change to prevent water running the wrong direction. If the water does run the wrong way, there is another drain across the doorway.
* Showerhead rose has adjustable height. Adjustable water temp and pressure flow changes.
* Limited vanity space, but you can roll wheelchair under.
* A non-slip rubber ramp runs up to the level of the balcony
* The balcony is a constructed teak decking laid at the same level allowing easy wheelchair access and has special grip railings above normal deck railings.
* On the balcony are 2 comfortable chairs and a small table. (perfect for a room service breakfast)
It appears that all the handicapped cabins on Radiance are identically equipped with the exception of whether you have a Balcony, Ocean View or Inside cabin.
As for wheelchair access on Radiance, it is very good and there were very few spots onboard that you can not get to in a wheelchair.
As for pool access, the outdoor pool does have a chair lift to both the pool and one of the hot-tubs. The solarium pool only has stairs and a grip rail down into the pool.
Disembarking via gangway access in ports with berthing facilities was easy from deck 3 forward, rather than deck 4.
Embarkation back onboard was made easy when security radioed onboard staff who magically appeared and took control of the wheelchair and pushed it back up the ramp with Mum in it for us. Fantastic service! Then to be greeted by the security team with "Welcome Home!" just made it all so special.
As for ports that required using tenders to shore, we can not comment on as we stayed onboard during those days.(Akoroa and The Bay of Islands. Fantastic days for quiet family time.
I hope that this information can assist future special needs passengers aboard Radiance. I know how important it is to help in planning a holiday when there is a lack of specific and detailed information regarding these handicapped cabins.
The facilities available onboard certainly made our holiday so very special and memorable for us whilst we travelled on probably our final family holiday with our parents.