So far I have only been on one ship. As I “try” them out I will try to put together some concise information so you’ll have some basic idea of what to expect. Basic special needs information can be found on the Carnival Special Needs page. You will have to fill out a few extra forms to secure the room. There are accessible rooms in every category but they do go quickly so book as early as you can.
Accessible Info for the Carnival Glory
If there is more than one of you using a mobility device in the cabin you will have to work with special needs to figure out what will work for you. They can move beds around and take small furniture like the wee table and chair out. But not every cabin category can accommodate wheelies.
Standard cabin doorways 24,” accessible cabin doorways 34.” Standard cabin bathroom doors are approx. 18″ wide and have a lip up to get in. Accessible bathroom doors are 34″ and floors are flush with the rest of the room. When measuring to figure out if you are going to fit through make sure you take off 2″ to account for the door swing, so most doors are only 32.” Also, account for your push rims and hands.
Although door handles are easy to use there are no ADA paddles or electric openers. There are emergency pull cords in all of the accessible washrooms, although I found the doors heavy on the public ones (make sure someone knows you went in). Also, the bed heights were 22.”
All the rest of the interior doors on the ship were either sliding electric eye or held open (such as the shops and casino during business hours). I did find that I was a little “short” to activate the electric eyes on some of the doors (maybe to keep kids from running away). Most of the doors to the exterior had a beveled lip (2″), they are heavy and the wind pushing them makes them very difficult to open.
The elevators were all easy to use, there are places on the ship that you might think you can’t access but if you take a good look at the ship’s diagram you will find the odd “sneaky” elevator.
There are not a lot of carpets to deal with save the hallways in the cabin areas.
All of the counters, reception desks, and bars are at standard height so you might have to yodel so they know you’re there.
Although there was no adapted equipment in the gym I was able to get in and join classes. They also had no problem with me rolling into the sauna.
The dining rooms try to reserve tables near the door for those with wheelchairs. All of the dining tables have lots of room under them. And someone will magically appear to take away a chair if you need a space. One of the staff will always accompany you to the buffet to carry your tray and dish stuff out. The only problem with this is that they will give you far more food than you need and you may have some difficulty contending with all the plates.
The bars are not supposed to give out drinks in cans but will if you ask because you want to stand around and chat and not spill your drink.
The auditorium has specially reserved seating for wheelchairs on the first-floor row ends.
When going on and off the ship the gangways were steep and slippery in some ports. I found that to keep you and the other passengers safe they were more likely to let you on and off with the staff who always get off at a lower level. The bonus here is that the line moves much faster and somebody is always ready to help.
I never had to tender while on this cruise so I can’t comment on that.
upper deck sports area (baseball, track, volleyball)
Glory Accessible Cabins
|Number||Cabin||Cabin Door Width||Bathroom Door Width||Notes|
|4J||1001||34″||34″||Stateroom – Partially obstructed view|
|4J||1002||34″||34″||Stateroom – Partially obstructed view|
|4J||1003||34″||34″||Stateroom – Twin beds do not convert to a king size; Partially obstructed view|
|4J||1004||34″||34″||Stateroom – Twin beds do not convert to a king size; Partially obstructed view|
|4J||6205||34″||34″||Stateroom – Twin beds do not convert to a king size; Partially obstructed view|
|4J||6206||34″||34″||Stateroom – Twin beds do not convert to a king size; Partially obstructed view|
|4J||7205||34″||34″||Stateroom – Twin beds do not convert to a king size; Partially obstructed view|
|4J||7206||34″||34″||Stateroom – Twin beds do not convert to a king size; Partially obstructed view|
|4J||9202||34″||34″||Stateroom – Partially obstructed view|
|4J||9203||34″||34″||Stateroom – Partially obstructed view|
|8A||6207||34″||34″||Balcony Cabin – There is a 1″ sill at the balcony door|
|8A||6208||34″||34″||Balcony Cabin – There is a 1″ sill at the balcony door|
|OS||7228||34″||34.5″||Suite – The suite does not have a shower, only a tub. There is a 1″ sill at the balcony door.|