8 Barbados Cruises for the Disabled Cruise Reviews

This was our 4th cruise on Braemar, and our 5th with Fred Olsen. I have already written to the company about some of their policies (fixed dining, tipping policy, 'confiscation' of alcohol brought onboard, drinks package etc) but ... Read More
This was our 4th cruise on Braemar, and our 5th with Fred Olsen. I have already written to the company about some of their policies (fixed dining, tipping policy, 'confiscation' of alcohol brought onboard, drinks package etc) but as far as the cruise itself was concerned, we found it to be most enjoyable. We appreciated the changes made during the 2017 refit, even those in the Neptune lounge --- the new seating at least creates a little more room--- and we enjoyed a very nice meal in 'The Grill', though the additional charge for it was excessive. We had an excellent Cruise Director in Nick Cosslett, who showed that he also had a singing voice to match those of the 'professionals' on board, and the entertainment programme included Micky Zany, guaranteed to enliven a half-dead 2nd sitting audience! We were blessed with near-perfect weather so we could enjoy all the many deck spaces on Braemar. Food and service had greatly improved in the Grampian Restaurant since our last cruise in May 2017, and we enjoyed the lunchtime Fish and Chips on the Pool Deck. Braemar is still a very good-looking ship with its accessible bow and the split-deck stern which lends itself to great sailaway parties, greatly preferable to the enormous 'floating blocks of flats' moored alongside. If 'Fred' changes and makes its cruises far more inclusive we'll look forward to coming back again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We're from the UK so embarked at Barbados after flying direct from London. This is the only Carnival cruise which has two embarkations (Sunday is San Juan, Wednesday is Barbados). We flew in the previous day, one night in a hotel, ... Read More
We're from the UK so embarked at Barbados after flying direct from London. This is the only Carnival cruise which has two embarkations (Sunday is San Juan, Wednesday is Barbados). We flew in the previous day, one night in a hotel, then taxi to the port at 12 noon the next day. When we embarked there were only 160 getting on at Barbados and check in was really simple and quick. Our luggage didn't take long to arrive. We had anytime dining which worked well. The staff were great and greeted you by name each evening. If it was busy you were given a small handheld device which vibrates when they are ready for you - we never had to wait more than about 20 minutes. We chose a sharing table each evening because this is a brilliant way to meet other guests. Every evening we were sitting with different people which was great. The food in the dining room was good but the main courses could do with being changed more often, however the quality was good. We did have lunch in the buffet restaurant which had lots of choice and is open 24 hours a day. I liked the section where you could have a sandwich/wrap made up for you. You can get juice/water/coffee in the buffet at any time of day. We tried the burger place and found the burgers very tasty. Service was excellent 100% of the time throughout the whole ship. I liked the fact that when you passed a member of staff they all smiled, said hello and asked if you were having a good time. Nothing seemed like too much trouble. Our room steward was excellent - we did have a couple of small issues with our cabin which I reported and they were sorted out within a few hours. We loved the adults only serenity deck. It's right at the stern of the ship and had two hot tubs as well as loads of sunbeds. We met some lovely people here. Entertainment was varied and good. The cruise director (Marcelo) was lovely, as were all of his staff. We liked the piano bar and the shows in the Palace Theatre (especially the Love and Marriage show). The comedians were also excellent, although some of them need to slow down as they speak far too quickly and it's easy to miss the punchline! We both used the gym which was huge and had loads of equipment. There was also a studio with mats where you could do floor work. We also used the spa and my husband declared his full body massage the best he had ever had. The therapists were lovely. We had a balcony cabin on the main deck which was an excellent choice as we chose to have room service breakfast every morning on the balcony whilst watching the ship dock. There is no charge for room service (apart from within certain hours in the middle of the night). The debark process at Barbados a week later was also quick and simple. If you want to you can stay on the ship until 1pm, but you need to vacate your cabin by 9am. All the islands we visited were great. This was a lovely way to see so many places. This was the first time cruising for us, but will not be the last. We had a great time and will be back. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
JOURNEY: very easy to check in online few days before and then just drop off bags-and not see them again until we got on board the ship-this was great and took away all the stress of travelling -The dream liner is a fab plane and a very ... Read More
JOURNEY: very easy to check in online few days before and then just drop off bags-and not see them again until we got on board the ship-this was great and took away all the stress of travelling -The dream liner is a fab plane and a very comfortable way to travel .I am glad that Thompsons offer complementary drinks with the service for long haul, just adds a personal touch instead of being appearing money grabbing like some airlines. SHIP: never been on Celebration before-lovely little ship –the Broadway showroom was like a traditional theatre with an upper balcony and had a nice feel to it. FOOD: Food was plentiful and sufficient variety to suit all tastes-my hubby is a keen meat eater –I prefer fish. We only had one evening when the food in the main restaurant was not very appetising and a bit cold but we came late and they were very busy. We ate once in Mistrals which was a lovely dining experience-because we went on the second night it was not busy and we have excellent service. You are asked if you wish to dine alone or share with others –we did both, it is nice to meet people from all walks of life. STAFF: what can I say 99% of the staff were warm and friendly and could not do enough for you-they appeared to love their job and enjoy meeting new people. They worked so hard to ensure we had a good time and it was lovely to see some greeting returning guests like lost family. ENTERTAINMENT: We did not attend much other than two shows in Broadway and one night in Liberties but everyone seemed to enjoy what was on offer-plenty to do day and night. ITINERARY: loved this-the ABC (Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire) islands were so beautiful, very clean and felt very safe. Castries; St Lucia Port was a bit grim (we were too tired on first day to do a trip) worth a visit but I did not like the constant haggling of taxi drivers and tour operators. The Market did not feel that safe. Grenada: lives up to its name of the Spice island- everywhere you went the air was filled with the most amazing smells and although there was some pressure selling it was acceptable-people just trying to make a living but were gracious when you said no. A must is the great rum punch in the market square but lethal so only have one. Curacao: What a pretty island-I was somewhat pressurised by the tours operators on the ship to do the Dolphin swim, but as I had done on in the past am glad I held out my ground to do the observation only at £25 it was very affordable ,do not be told you will not see or hear anything-I got the best photos and was up close and personal –you also could walk around the rest on the sea life centre and also access the Mambo beach, which was stunning-as get transported there and back-well worth doing. Aruba: Beautiful beaches-we took a local bus $7 return to Eagle beach-took 20 mins and paid a further $15 each for the day for a sun bed each and palm tree shade and table, there are toilets and a couple of beach bars and water sports activities if you wish-very relaxing and busses run every 15-20 mins Bonaire: what can me say-little Holland-it looked like a beautiful brightly coloured toy town-there was a children’s carnival in progress and the atmosphere was so happy, there was no touting, hassle free .I took a long walk along the Harbour /Marina front alone and felt completely safe. Barbados: Sadly for others the day to Barbados falls on a Sunday when all the shops are shut but for us it was fine as we have friends who live on the island so we spent the last day with them. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
After a great flight on Thomson Dreamliner we arrived into the chaos that was embarkation at Barbados. We were luckier than some as my Mum is in a wheelchair so we got fast-tracked but I felt sorry for the crowds awaiting processing. ... Read More
After a great flight on Thomson Dreamliner we arrived into the chaos that was embarkation at Barbados. We were luckier than some as my Mum is in a wheelchair so we got fast-tracked but I felt sorry for the crowds awaiting processing. Britannia is a 'nice' ship but a few things do need looking at. The entertainment was awful. What happened to the big names that used to put in shows in the evening? Apart from one comedian it was truly dreadful in Headliners. The P&O crew tried their best but we really didn't want to see the staff singing and dancing and had hoped to see some proper headline acts. The ex BGT ventriloquist was dire. Having recently gone on an NCL cruise the difference was really highlighted as the entertainment was excellent on NCL including a Cirque du Soleil show. A better system too of booking tickets in advance so that there is no scramble for seats at the shows. For some reason though, you cannot get a drink in Headliners. There is no bar and no waiter service which is odd. I have never before known a P&O member of staff say 'no' previously but my Mum's request for a different starter before dinner in the Oriental was met with a firm 'no' one night. This upset her and she says she will never cruise with P&O again, certainly not on Britannia. On many occasions our wine arrived after our starter and one night my fiancé made a point of asking if we could have the wine with our meal for a change! The other big problem was pools and sunbeds. If you put notices up saying 'don't reserve sunbeds' please adhere to your own rule. It's simple to monitor. Employ a member of staff to accompany people to the sunbed of their choice with a fresh towel. When they leave the bed, the staff member takes away the towel. If they want to come back, they take another bed. Yes it is a lot of towels but would save so much aggro. And don't get me started on the loud music round the pool. Totally too much so we sat away from the pools when we could get a bed. And they were absolutely packed in like sardines round the Serenity pool so that wasn't an option. Things we liked were the Limelight Club, Sindhu and the range of tours on offer. The shops are far too exclusive and so we didn't shop onboard. We did use the spa and my fiancé had the foot analysis and has been out of pain ever since. Well worth the money. Also there were plenty of bars but they didn't feel too intimate. We drunk mainly outside Sindhu or in the Crows Nest where the pianist (who also doubled as a lifeguard!) was excellent. One final comment was regarding Mum's wheelchair. Whenever we disembarked we could not take the wheelchair on the tours but we had to take her as far as possible in the chair as she cannot walk too far. However on leaving the ship the P&O staff were very unwilling to let us leave it at the disembarkation point and it very much depended on who was on duty as to whether we had to have a fight to leave it there! Sometimes we just took it with us and left it in the local tourist office who were far more accommodating. Very un P&O-like. Having said all of this, my fiancé and I have booked to go back next year though Mum will not be returning with us so it will be interesting to see if anything has changed although we will not have the wheelchair to contend with next time. So not looking forward to the queue on embarking! Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
This was our first long cruise having taken mini cruises before. The ship is impressive but staff appeared miserable and demotivated. We loved dressing up, the for in The Peninsular freedom dining was fantastic. We did pay to eat at ... Read More
This was our first long cruise having taken mini cruises before. The ship is impressive but staff appeared miserable and demotivated. We loved dressing up, the for in The Peninsular freedom dining was fantastic. We did pay to eat at both Sindhu and Limelight, "Morcambe & Wise" were superb both but food was disappointing. We had booked before arriving on board but no tables were reserved, we did complain and Kenneth offered us a return visit to Sindhu and at that time food was excellent. Our cabin was huge and located mid ship on C deck accessible only by lift. Standards slipped with guests not adhering to the dress code. Guests also reserved sun beds for hours at a time leaving many guests disappointed. We would have use The Retreat had we known about it at the start of the cruise only 5 spaces allocated on the day. Overall a fantastic cruise,madam in the Crows Nest kept us entertained as did Lauren the female part of the singin duo. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
The Britannia is a beautiful ship but has a few bits and pieces that stop her from being fantastic. The first was the swimming pool, it's much to small for the ship, and the chances of getting a sun lounger are poor. On the days ... Read More
The Britannia is a beautiful ship but has a few bits and pieces that stop her from being fantastic. The first was the swimming pool, it's much to small for the ship, and the chances of getting a sun lounger are poor. On the days when you're at sea everyone wants to sun bathe and swim, the loungers are so tightly packed together there is no room to walk between them. My husband is a wheelchair user so there was no chance of us using the sun decks. It's a shame there isn't a promenade, it would be nice to have somewhere to walk for some exercise. The food was extremely good, as were the restaurants waiting staff. The Lido bar staff could do with a few lessons on customer service, it would also help if they smiled a bit. There were a few unpleasant events on the ship which resulted in people being put ashore, I did notice that there were quite a few people that aren't exactly what I would call, the usual cruise type, maybe they had to fill the ship and gave good discounts. P&O need to keep an eye on this because people will stop cruising if they have to encounter an unsavory type of person. We had a disabled balcony cabin that was huge and extremely well thought out. Both embarkation and disembarkation was extremely efficient and well run. The entertainment was a little bit on the poor side, it would be nice to have a proper variety show instead of charging people to see the better acts in the Lime Light Club. The speciality restaurants were very good. Please don't be put off cruising on this ship by some of the negative comments, it's well worth a visit and enjoy being the biggest ship in the Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Adonia is a very nice ship Apart from the good food on this trip Entertainment is of a high standard. The crew are helpful and friendly ‘though the ship is old, not trendy To a wide range of tastes they have pandered. I enjoyed the ... Read More
Adonia is a very nice ship Apart from the good food on this trip Entertainment is of a high standard. The crew are helpful and friendly ‘though the ship is old, not trendy To a wide range of tastes they have pandered. I enjoyed the entertainment choices Quizzes, concerts, talks and “voices” This is really how to fill one’s days at sea. Constant eating isn’t possible Well, it is but not weight lossable Life’s at a slower pace, we take it easy. For a wheelchair user, the flaws Are only two automatic doors. There are steps on most of the gang planks. With high sills and bumps in corridors Plus fixing hooks on most of doors One finds oneself often saying “Thanks”. On a trip like this the ship proceeds With all power at maximum speed And into a force seven, steady she ain’t. Some days this wet and windy ship Can really get upon one’s pip. On fine days, it all just stinks of paint. The Adonia theatre company deserve High praise for performing with verve They sing arrangements better than originals. With other tribute acts, the cause To show how good the artist was Do much less with all the same material. Good singing, shows and cabarets Plus excellently acted plays And the activities in which we all partake. A superb magician exemplified By contrast the over-amplified Musicians serve to keep us all awake. On cruises one should mention food And on this ship it’s very good But pretentious menus can be found on ships. If the menu option’s chancy And there’s stuff that you don’t fancy The standard options include steak and chips. There is a problem with the chips In that there will be only six But that situation, your waiter can fix. The crew are nice they’re are all the same They want you to learn their name Because they want an increased rate of tips. On organised trips with my wheelchair The thing I consider unfair Is not being allowed on a minibus. This is only a P&O rule And although I’m nobody’s fool I think Health & Safety’s the root of the fuss. Some people think that I’m a jerk. I’m not but my left foot don’t work. Most folks are sympathetic, some don’t care. For the past six years of my life I’ve been pushed around by my wife I can walk a bit but mostly use a wheelchair. So around the world we go Flying, cruising as you know Even driving my own car or using busses. Steps are easier than flat walking (My foot won’t bend as much) and talking Of pain it results in fewer cusses. Performers’ rules are common sense First, don’t insult your audience And as in life, the secret is to smile. To make an effective entrance Temper confidence with diffidence Give it oomph, then go that extra mile. Personality commands the floor Always leave them wanting more And never batter folks into submission. The willing suspension of disbelief Requires relaxation and relief From any threat of audience participation. Pretentious menus? I’ll give an example. Ways of serving potatoes- I sample.... New, roasted, noisettes, boulangére, Creamed, Cretan, crushed, macaire, Pomme purée, champ, Delmonico, Colcannon, mousseline, chateau, Duchess, hasselback, gratinée, Fondant, galette, rissolée, Tartiflette, marquis, dauphinoise Time-poached, bon-bons, Lyonnaise, There are more than twenty six Because, of course there’ also chips.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
I chose this cruise as it was destinations this ship went to port that really interested me. The ship has its Flagship in Hamilton Bermuda. Around 600 people on the ship, with 90 percent of the people being British over 65 years old. This ... Read More
I chose this cruise as it was destinations this ship went to port that really interested me. The ship has its Flagship in Hamilton Bermuda. Around 600 people on the ship, with 90 percent of the people being British over 65 years old. This was a quieter alternative to a Carnival Cruise or some big cruise boat with kids. The destinations were Eastern Caribbean. We had an cabin with single beds no window. The room was cleaned everyday. The food was excellent, staff was helpful with any questions especially the pursers desk. The ship was built in 1972 so it has been in service a while. Their are two restaurants one you have dinner the other you have breakfast or lunch. The ship has a small pool, hot tubs, bar, family room for games on board. A gift shop is on board near pursers desk. I recall there were six levels to the ship. Wi-fi was spotty at times using a ship computer is costly.There is an infirmary room a doctor on board as well as a tailor for clothing adjustments. There is formal nights once a week where you can rent a tux if needed. The room service is included to have food delivered until 23:00 hr. Overall it is an older mellow crowd on this ship so don't expect parties all into the night. What I like about this ship was you can bring aboard liquor in reasonable size bottles on board. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012

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