Cruising 'becoming more accessible to disabled over 50s'

Cruising is becoming an increasingly accessible holiday option for over 50s with mobility impairments, according to a charity.

Disabled and older people's charity Tourism For All has suggested that cruise companies have begun to take the needs of wheelchair users more seriously, incorporating more facilities to cope with a variety of demands.

This is reinforced by a Norwegian Cruise Line University's statement this week which suggested that the firm is looking to make its new ships more accessible, with wider corridors, hand rails and wheel-in showers.

Brian Seaman, head of consultancy at Tourism For All, said that disabled travellers should still seek to research the mobility provisions of a cruise before booking, but suggested that doing so had also become easier in recent times.

He said: "If there are specific things that you need, you can actually check out on their central website what facilities each ship has got, which is a real step forward."

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