How to find Caribbean accessible shore excursions


#1

I am going on a Caribbean cruise and I’m disappointed in the lack of accessible shore excursions. I have one booked for Ocho Rios, Jamaica, but I can’t seem to find any others. I’ve mostly been checking Google and looking at available excursions from the ship and from some travel sites. Any other ideas or suggestions on shore excursions?

Thanks,
Joanne


#2

Unfortunately I have had the same experience. St Thomas and St Martins have duplicated to some degree, their shopping district right at the docks. So we spent our time ashore shopping. If some cruise ship got smart, we would keep them busy.


#3

waterwench

    December 11

I am going on a Caribbean cruise and I’m disappointed in the lack of accessible shore excursions. I have one booked for Ocho Rios, Jamaica, but I can’t seem to find any others. I’ve mostly been checking Google and looking at available excursions from the ship and from some travel sites. Any other ideas or suggestions on shore excursions?

Thanks,

Joanne


#4

Hi, I am an Accessible Travel Specialist with a travel agency and we have hundreds of suppliers all over the world! I am happy to do some research on your behalf for accessible cruise tours, can you please tell me which ports did you have in mind so that I can look for cruise tours for those ports specifically


#5

Hi Joanne,

which other ports are you looking for? I can find out for you


#6

Although cruise ships are great for people with disabilities, shore excursions are not. It’s almost impossible to do shore excursions if the port is tendered unless you have a collapsible scooter. Docked ports are easier but you still have to deal with accessible busses and vans if you want to leave the port area. It takes a lot of planning and coordination. I would take the other poster’s offer to help if I were you!


#7

@tchagani. Do you know any in Cozumel? That’s our last port on our cruise in February.


#8

Hi Joann
I am a para and am going on RCC in June would love info on acceessible exercusions in StMartern and St Thomas


#9

If anyone is looking for an interesting place to visit in San Juan, I am a big fan of statuary. They have a fabulous cemetery close to the fort. If you have transportation, it would be easy to scoot right in to the cemetery and browse around at really fabulous statuary and memorials. If you can get there, be aware that it is very hot with little shade. In October I’ve visited the site again, and the heat was withering. I had a very big sun hat and an umbrella for shade and I was only able to stay about 45 minutes, in one of my favorite places on the planet. I am just old and slow. I don’t yet have equipment. I know that some people have difficulties with temperature regulation. If that’s the case, this would not be a adventure for you. If you’re going to the tropics, can you just get hot like other people, I would take lots of water. Have your taxi/transportation on call so that you can call them when it’s ready for you to be picked up. If I go back to San Juan again, I will probably just take a taxi there. Stay for a little while And before overheating, take a taxi back to the ship. Keep in mind the dock is very long in San Juan. Very, very long.

You would need to take a taxi to old San Juan. However with a good long power charge, you can see retail places within a quarter of a mile of the boardwalk. Personally it’s very crowded, and it’s the same merchandise that you see it every other port. I would stay on the ship.

I have yet to see an excursion that I’m interested in. I don’t want to bounce around on a bus for 45 minutes or an hour, not knowing if the bus is open air or air conditioned. I’m not gonna be sliding down waterfalls. Hiking a mile and a half to get to a stream two to Bon isn’t realistic either. I don’t drink for Bedico reasons. Food is free on the ship. Why do I want to get off?

One place that I would highly recommend is Carnival’s new port of their own in the Dominican Republic. Don’t go anywhere just get off the ship and there is a fabulous pool that is completely accessible. (No lifts/special accessible equipment.) If your wheelchair can roll in, there is a lovely gentle slope down into the pool. It looks extremely clean, and I am planning to make use of it the next time I stop at the port. Hanging out at the pool area is free. Other than a common shops you see it all the ports problem there’s really nothing else to see at this location.

I personally recommend a shaded deck, staring out into the sea, and reading a book, or playing dominoes. Be aware of that won some ships (Glory) the elevator to take up to the serenity deck is really tiny. If you have a really big bulky power chair, you might not be able to go.

Cemetery in San Juan. You can see wide pathway.


#10

I am curious about the ability to go ashore in St Maarten, Princess Cay and St Thomas, from the Princess Cruise Regal Princess