Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Celebrity Cruises Makes Europe More Accessible

Cruise passengers with mobility issues often find it difficult, if not impossible, to book shore tours they can easily manage. That is especially true in European cities with their cobblestone streets and uneven walking surfaces. Recognizing their needs, Celebrity Cruises has designed expanded shore excursion offerings in Europe, to make it simple for cruisers who face mobility challenges to enjoy the region. In its 2010 summer Europe season, Celebrity will offer at least 35 “easy” shore excursions–15 of them brand-new–catering to guests who have walking difficulties and are not able to handle steps or extended periods of walking or standing, or for guests who are full-time wheelchair users.

One of these new tours, offered in Dubrovnik, Croatia, is “Easy Seaside Resort of Cavtat and Dubrovnik.” During this tour, guests will visit the quaint seaside town of Cavtat and explore the fascinating walled city of Dubrovnik. In Helsinki, Finland, “Easy Helsinki” offers guests the opportunity to experience the Finnish capital’s highlights, including Embassy Park, Mannerheim Street, and the Olympic Stadium. Because Celebrity’s “easy” shore excursions utilize special equipment such as access ramps and lifts on vehicles and space is limited, guests are encouraged to book Celebrity’s “easy” shore excursions by contacting shorexaccess@rccl.com in advance of their cruise.

1 comment:

Love to Cruise said...

This is great news. It is very refreshing to see the cruise lines constantly keeping disability issues on their list of priorities and keeping cruising accessible for all. You don't often notice disabled features on the ships if you don't use them, but when I dislocated my knee a couple of days before going on Azura and was on crutches, I was relieved to see the constant presence of aid! It is nice to see that on a Celebrity cruise, disabled passengers won't just be restricted to life on the ship