Cowan - Answered a Question by walker (22 Oct 08 09:39)

Can't comment about the OVs, but have just come back from 2 weeks on P&Os Oceana (don't forget P&O own OV) and found it awash with wheelchairs and such like - which must be a good sign. It certainly looked like an ideal holiday for the less able.

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walker - replied to Cowan (23 Oct 08 08:39)

Thank you for your help.

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Macro - Answered a Question by walker (19 Oct 08 02:45)

I have not been on OV2. However I am going in 2 weeks with someone in a wheelchair on OV1. So far I have been very pleased with the help offered. I assume you have booked a disabled cabin as those confined to a wheelchair MUST. The cabins are very large and equipped to uk standards. Help at both airports has been arranged (we upgraded to premium seats on the plane) and on arrival and departure specialist transport will be made available. Ocean Village has sent me a letter pointing out some of the things disabled passengers need to be aware of i.e." Doors to outside areas can present a problem as some are fitted with automatic closing devices and most have raised thresholds." If you are in a tender port they will help you UNLESS the weather conditions or facilities available at the port do not allow it. Many countries do not have facilities i.e. ramps, adapted transport, to enable wheelchair users to go on tours ashore unless they can negotiate coach steps, so you are advised NOT to book shore excursions from the ship but to contact them when you come on board "to see what special arrangements can be made." They also give a tel no. if you want to discuss any aspect of mobility :- 023 8065 7782 or 023 8065 7789. They also send you a mobility questionnaire to fill in so that your/wheelchair users' needs can be accomodated as best they can as each passengers circumstances are different. I have also been on Sea Princess, Grand Princess, Aurora and the staff were all very helpful and I anticipate the same attitude on OV1. The only real difficulty (apart from doors out to the deck) that I experienced on those ships was negotiating past Jewellery sales tables which blocked the walkway through to the theatre or caberet lounge as selling takes priority even over safety for everyone ! On OV1 I know that that will NOT be the case as although the tables exist they are in a central area so no one is blocked (and they can be avoided) - hooray !! I will write a review based on how easy it was for wheelchair users on our return so look out for it. Hope that helps.

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walker - replied to Macro (21 Oct 08 23:17)

Thanks Marco for your help, i hope you enjoy your time on the OV1 and look forward to your findings.

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