Favorite cruise desinations for the “difabled”

I am often asked which cruise line and destination are my favorites; 16 years ago I took my first cruise aboard Holland America to the Pacific Northwest. The crew was the happiest people on earth and within a few days they knew my name & pronounced it correctly; quite the feats, with a name like Tarita! I loved the entertainment and the food was endless!! Someone told me that there are two types of people; the ones that become cruise addicts, and the ones that after a few days, want to walk the plank!

I became the one that became a cruise addict, as I unpacked once and visited many places.

Having a disability was never a concern in the early stages of MS; however, 19 years later it is foremost in my decision making. Every cruise that I have taken has been accessible; however, some received a better grade than others’. Holland America, RCCL and Celebrity provided exceptional facilities for us ‘difabled’. I pay very close attention to many things; being a Travel Agent, it was my job to learn the dynamics of cruise lines & destinations.

Alaska is a favorite of mine and I have been a few times! Enjoying fresh, hot steaming pea soup on the deck as I watched the glaciers as they were caving was an amazing experience! The wildlife and discussions with the park ranger was a great quality that set Holland America apart. They are among the very few cruise lines that can visit Glacier Bay National Park’ this is a ‘must see’ destination for those who love nature.

Europe is a romantic destination and Gondola trips in Venice are something that us romance lover’s dream of; however, having MS rendered me with balance issues. I had horrific thoughts of spending time in the water! I was amazed when I formed a relationship with a fabulous accessible service provider, who could assist you in a wheelchair to board the Gondola! Europe was becoming an accessible romantic destination; and my cruise with RCCL was all that I dreamed of! I have become spoiled and love having a balcony cabin onboard; enjoying a cup of tea in the morning on my verandah was lovely. I have learned in my years in this wonderful industry that one needs to smell a destination, taste a destination to truly envelope themselves; which was not difficult in Paris(the smell of the bakeries still makes my mouth water!)

We all love the feel of sand, the smell of the ocean and a visit to the Mexican Riviera aboard Holland America is a seamless trip; however, there are ports that require a tender* (small boats that take you ashore) Holland America has a wonderful mechanism that lowers you into the tender, and provided that the tides cooperate, is a great system! There is always a helping hand with HAL (Holland America), and as strange as it may sound; it is comforting to feel that they ‘have your back’.

I have visited many cruise ships and each cruise line has its own personality and we will find the best match for your needs. I smile as I learn something new every day in the accessible world of travel that I am enjoying.

It is difficult to choose a favorite cruise line; we each have specific needs and desires based on our age etc. The only thing that I can say with 100% certainty is that travel is inclusive-not exclusive’

So the question is where to?

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About Tarita Davenock

At the age of 29, Tarita was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and was struck with the realization that her life would never be the same.
Seventeen years later, Tarita has found her place as an expert in creating dream vacations for those who thought dream vacations were for other people. A Certified Special Needs Travel Advocate, she takes great pride in ensuring that, regardless of your level of mobility or ability, you will have the experience of a lifetime.