Discover the Hawaiian Islands with Wheelchair Cruising

The well accepted vacation for the disabled and slow walkers is cruising which gives them fun and enjoyment. Hawaii is the most sought location which also easily reachable than the other holiday spots. Hawaii, a location in US is reachable by shore tour operators who abide by the US laws and regulations.

All shore tours are not open to the disabled and you can find more alternative conveyance in Hawaii than in Mexico or in the Caribbean. Hawaii being an island state is excellent for cruises. That is why the two NCL (Norwegian Cruise Line) American ships- the Pride of Aloha and the Pride of America are assigned in this location.

The Pride of Aloha came in service in 1999 as the Norwegian Sky and was later modernized and re-flagged in the year 2004. It has six easily reachable cabins near the elevators on Deck 8 and 9.

The Pride of America a larger vessel, embarked in 2005 has 22 wheelchair-accessible cabins in different shapes and sizes.

Both the vessels which have wheelchair accessible cabins also have leveled entrance, wide doorways, restrooms with a fold down shower seat, roll in shower, a hand-held shower head, grab bars for shower and a roll-under sink near the toilet.

As the ships are US registered they need not include foreign ports while they sail the Hawaiian Islands. The tour schedule is mostly on shore with overnight stops on two islands, so the slow walkers and the disabled need not rush and can have a break at their own speed and still have time for sight seeing.

Both the ships plan the Hawaiian Island Cruises for all the days in the week which starts from Honolulu. They have at least one NCL shore tour in each port. The main aspect of these shore tour is that they have facility of vehicle lifts for wheelchairs.

Rental vans are available on Maui, the Big Island and Oahu when you like to go on your own. Hilo Hattie has free shopping transport facility. The Car rental agencies offer hand control vehicles which is availed in 48 hour notice.

Here are some hints for easy sight seeing.

Nawiliwili, Kauai

When in Kauai do not miss the Waimea Canyon. View it from the Waimea Canyon Lookout. You have a cement pathway which is 38 inches wide by the side of the stairs with hairpin bends. Be careful during travel but you can have an excellent view of the canyon from the top.

Kona, Hawaii

Kona is a port which is always on the tour and the wheelchair users has to use a manual wheelchair as per NCL’s authorized policy. So this port is wheelchair friendly and the disabled can move around on their own shopping and eateries.

Hilo, Hawaii

When on a NCL shore tours never miss the Volcanoes National Park in Hilo. Visit the Kilauea Visitors Center first and then the Volcano Art Center. Both are worth visiting. The Earthquake Trail to the left of the hotel gives a better view. The vehicle road was closed after an eruption in 1983 but the trail gives a stunning view of the crater.

Kahului, Maui

View this island from the air and the Sunshine helicopters recommend many flight seeing tours. Wheelchair users use the handy lift to board the helicopter and then shifted to the seat of the helicopter. The other sight seeing places in Maui are Maui Ocean Center, Sugar Cane Train and the Maui Tropical Plantation visited with the help of wheelchair.

The Lahaina Divers or Ron Bass’s Kayaking Adventures provide a wide range of dive trips which are manageable with wheelchair and Ron gives kayaking training to wheelchair users. Both provide fun and frolic for the wheelchair users and slow walkers while cruising.

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