Scooters

​​We can arrange to have a scooter or wheelchair that meets your needs meet you at your ship or at your resort.


Things to consider when selecting a ship or resort:

  • Availability of lift equipped vans for transfer between the airport and the resort or ship
  • ​Whether scooters are allowed
  • Whether there are elevators and the width of the door opening
  • The width of corridors and hallways
  • Availability of hydraulic lifts for the pool or Jacuzzi
  • Whether activities such as casino tables are at an accessible height


Things to consider when selecting a stateroom or room:

  • The width of the doors and whether or not there is a doorsill when entering the room
  • Turning radius in room
  • Closet hanging rod height
  • Whether or not the bathroom threshold is ramped
  • Bathroom and shower accessibility
  • Availability of grab bars, hand held showerheads, and fold down shower stool
  • Height of toilet seat, sink and vanity
  • Availability of refrigerator, if needed for medications
  • Availability of accessible balconies 


Things to consider when considering excursions:

  • Excursions come in all variety from sedate to strenuous. We will provide you with information that you can use to decide which excursions will meet your needs.  
  • Some excursions may require a boat. In such cases, guests in wheelchairs may be prevented from participating at the discretion of the ship's or boat's officers.  ​Depending on the water conditions, there may be difficulty and.or danger in transferring from the ship or land to the boat and from the boat to shore.

Travel is becoming more accessible to everyone.  Research and planning are key components of a successful vacation. This is especially true for individuals who face additional challenges. As Accessible Travel Advocate's we will make the planning a breeze.

This page contains just a few of the things that you should consider when planning a trip if you or someone you are traveling with has mobility, sight, or hearing challenges, cognitive disabilities, or special dietary considerations. As we plan your vacation, we will touch on these as well as many other details.

Oxygen

​​Traveling with portable oxygen can be a challenge because many airlines do not allow passengers to carry it on board. We can arrange to have your oxygen needs met at your ship or at your resort. Keep in mind that:

  • ​Advance notice may be required
  • The cruise line or resort may be require that the oxygen be delivered by specific suppliers
  • The number of passengers on a cruise using portable oxygen may be limited
  • A traveling companion with knowledge of the equipment is normally needed or may be required. 

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Cognitive & Developmental Considerations

​​When planning your vacation, we can help you select a location that offers special accommodations for guests with autism, ADHD, dementia, or other developmental, physical, or cognitive disabilities that we should take into consideration. 

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Dietary Considerations

​​Are you fearful of traveling because you or someone in your family has a dietary restriction or food allergy? We at Sail Away Adventures are very cognizant of the importance of feeling safe when traveling especially since it is difficult to avoid eating!

The most important thing you can do for yourself is to be an advocate for your own safety. But, of course, if you or a member of your family has dietary restrictions you already know this. Sometimes you need to become an educator to the people who are preparing or serving your food. But it is wonderful when you can sit back, confident that the person who is preparing your food is knowledgeable about cross contamination issues and the possible effects of serving something that you will have a reaction to.

Another thing you can do before traveling is use a travel professional who is familiar with special diets. Whether you are celiac, diabetic, allergic to peanuts, or tree nuts, etc. a knowledgeable travel professional can help you plan a vacation where you and everyone you are traveling with will be able to enjoy mealtime. Knowledge about dietary restrictions and the resorts that have the facilities and personnel in place to make dining enjoyable are key criteria when selecting a travel consultant to help plan your vacation.

Regardless of whether you use a travel consultant like Sail Away Adventures or not, always let the resort know in advance what your dietary restrictions are. Some resorts want this information at least 30 days before you arrive. Then when you arrive, let the Maître d' and your server know. Whenever you travel, we suggest that you carry cards that explain your restrictions in the languages you will likely encounter during your trip. If you are staying at an all inclusive or taking a cruise, having the same waiter throughout your stay will help your comfort level so you don’t feel like you are always explaining yourself. But it still never hurts to remind them!  It is great when the chef comes out to meet with you personally because it gives reassurance that they understand the importance of safe food preparation.