Figures from Royal Caribbean Cruises show that, worldwide, around 12% of people with a disability are regular cruisers -- that's approximately 21 million people each year.
Picking the right ship is an important decision for anyone with a disability. Depending on the individual's requirements, considerations might include how disability-friendly are the cabins and facilities? How accessible are the ports? Are the restaurant menus available in Braille? Is there a wheelchair weight allowance?
As a general rule, the newer the ship, the more accessible it is, although several older ships have also been refurbished to make them more accessible. That said, research is a must as every cruise line varies.
For anyone who is thinking of going on a cruise, we have put together a few tips to get you on your way:
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