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Old 10-01-2013, 12:06 PM   #1
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For those that have rented a power wheelchair or scooter

Are you allowed to bring these off the ships at ports? Wouldn't they get sandy near beaches? Going to rent one for my mom for the ship and wanted to see what others have done (we r doing eastern 7 day on Fantasy).
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Old 10-01-2013, 12:29 PM   #2
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Are you allowed to bring these off the ships at ports? Wouldn't they get sandy near beaches? Going to rent one for my mom for the ship and wanted to see what others have done (we r doing eastern 7 day on Fantasy).
You would be able to bring them ashore, AFAIK. But it's your call as to whether you want to risk actually using them on a beach. Remember that many ports will not be as wheelchair friendly as the US. As in no cutouts on the curbs, and rough sidewalks. And you probably won't be able to use it for disembarkation at a tendered port.
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Old 10-01-2013, 12:56 PM   #3
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Just a note, it can be nearly impossible to rent a power wheelchair -- those are typically custom-made to the individual who will be using it and also cost significant. It is fairly easy to rent an ECV. I believe Brevard Medical rents ECVs and will deliver to Port Canaveral; not sure about other vendors.

As to using off the ship -- there are beach wheelchairs available for free at CC, first-come first-served; if mom can walk at least a bit that might be your best option. There also is a tram on CC, but still a decent walk to the tram stop. I would not use an ECV or power chair in the sand. PP raises good points about non-U.S. ports and accessibility, so you might want to research locations and excursions before booking them.

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Old 10-01-2013, 02:56 PM   #4
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Yes, totally agree was not planning on actually driving on the sand...just was trying to figure out shopping maybe on st Thomas/st Maarten. Thought maybe she would enjoy that. Just wondered if anyone had experience with it.

I did not anticipate it being difficult renting a power wheelchair lanejudy!? Hopefully it isn't, I mean all the sites I have checked have them listed (brevard, special needs at sea). I think the motorized wheelchair will help her the most on the ship vs a scooter so I was leaning towards that. She could probably manage in a scooter but it would be considerably harder.
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I just rented my mother a power chair from Specialneedsatsea.com They are going to deliver it right to the Fantasy for her. It does have a disclaimer that if anything breaks on it I am responsible for fixing it. So she is just going to use her walker when she is off the ship...just incase
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Yes, totally agree was not planning on actually driving on the sand...just was trying to figure out shopping maybe on st Thomas/st Maarten. Thought maybe she would enjoy that. Just wondered if anyone had experience with it.

I did not anticipate it being difficult renting a power wheelchair lanejudy!? Hopefully it isn't, I mean all the sites I have checked have them listed (brevard, special needs at sea). I think the motorized wheelchair will help her the most on the ship vs a scooter so I was leaning towards that. She could probably manage in a scooter but it would be considerably harder.
Glad you've found powerchairs to rent. They are typically controlled by a joystick, which takes a lot more practice than the controls of a standard ECV so most places prefer to only rent them if the user is familiar with such. Their electronics also tend to be more "fragile" (for lack of a better word at this moment) than ECVs.

Whichever you rent, you should also check out the dimensions and might need to consider an accessible stateroom. Most standard stateroom doors are too narrow for chairs or ECVs to fit through, and you can't leave them in the hallways; I've heard some models will fit, possibly by removing arm rests or something, I'm not sure of those specifics.

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Glad you've found powerchairs to rent. They are typically controlled by a joystick, which takes a lot more practice than the controls of a standard ECV so most places prefer to only rent them if the user is familiar with such. Their electronics also tend to be more "fragile" (for lack of a better word at this moment) than ECVs.

Whichever you rent, you should also check out the dimensions and might need to consider an accessible stateroom. Most standard stateroom doors are too narrow for chairs or ECVs to fit through, and you can't leave them in the hallways; I've heard some models will fit, possibly by removing arm rests or something, I'm not sure of those specifics.

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We rented one for my mother that technically fit in the room but once in there there was ZERO room to walk around. On the Wonder they had a charging station one floor above us that she left it at. No one ever bothered it that we could tell.
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Double check the regulations from those sites on renting a power chair - for many of them, the person has to already have their own power chair at home.

We were looking into doing WDW a few days before the cruise and since my mom's powerchair is too big to travel with (we don't have a special vehicle to carry it), I was looking into renting her one in Florida. The first question they asked was, "Does she use a powerchair at home?" When I said that she does and we just couldn't travel with it, they gave me pricing and availability. Otherwise, it was a no go.

Edited to add: they are more difficult to get used to driving than a scooter. When my mom got hers, she took out 3-4 spokes on our front deck trying to learn to manouver the turn down the ramp. It took a little while but then she became comfortable with the controls (and they really only require a feather touch to move the chair).
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