In general the larger and newer the ship the more stable it is and in general easier to get around..
Getting on/off the ship:
For transportation from the airport to the pier, Hydraulic Lift Transfer is sometimes available for guests with mobility limitations if requested in advance.
Ports in general use stairs or gangplanks or airport-like jet bridges to move passengers. Depending on the tides these can become very steep and often the lower gangways can not be used.
The lower the tidal difference, the easier it will to get on/off board.
The map below will show you the low (blue) and high (red) around the world:
Areas with no or little tide differences are:
Baltic Sea including Oslo.
Areas with very high tide differences are:
North East Canada (Bay of Fundy 12 meter!)
Cook Inlet USA
Bristol Channel UK
Check here for low tides expected during your cruise.
At a tender port, the ship isn't able to pull up to the pier or dock, usually because it's too shallow. You'll be loaded onto a small vessel called a tender, and taken to shore that way. Sometimes if there are a lot of ships at a regular port, some of the ships may have to stay offshore and bring their passengers in by tender. In general, only collapsible wheelchairs and rollator walkers are accepted.
|Airlie Beach, Australia
Akaroa, New Zealand
Bar Harbor, Maine
Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Belize City, Belize
Benoa, Bali, Indonesia
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Cabo Frio, Brazil
Cannes (Monte Carlo), France
Champagne Bay, Vanuatu
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Copacabana Beach, Brazil
La Spezia (Florence/Pisa), Italy
George Town, Grand Cayman
Hanoi (Halong Bay), Vietnam
Icy Strait Point, USA
Ilha Grande, Brazil
Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
Jeju, Republic of Korea (South Korea)
Kailua Kona, Hawaii
Ko Samui, Thailand
Lahaina (Maui), Hawaii
Leknes (Lofoten), Norway
Lifou, Loyalty Island
Moorea, French Polynesia
Mystery Island, Vanuatu
Newport, Rhode Island
Villefranche (Nice), France
Ouvea (Wadrilla), Loyalty Island
Port Douglas, Australia
Punta Del Este, Uruguay
Samana, Dominican Republic
Sydney, Nova Scotia
This list is a guide only, sometimes smaller ships are able to dock.
West European and North American cruise ports cities are in general "wheelchair" friendly.
For other health issues consult your agent or cruise line before you book.