One of the most popular destinations for cruising is the Caribbean, and with good reason. It’s a great place for families and summer vacations on the beach, the views are stunning, and it’s a relatively inexpensive place to visit by cruise ship. I often recommend short 3-night cruises to the Bahamas to my clients who have never cruised before as a way to get their feet wet, so to speak. While many people still have to fly to Florida to go on a Caribbean cruise, for wheelchair users on the US East Coast who can’t fly, at least it provides four major cruise ports within driving distance for many.
Virtually all the major cruise lines, and several of the smaller ones, offer Caribbean cruise itineraries. Typical ports of call, especially for the mega ships, include the Bahamas, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Mexico. Wheelchair accessibility in the Caribbean is very limited, and more so on smaller islands.
However, many cruise lines that sail in the Caribbean offer wheelchair accessible shore excursions. These are not private tours, but the groups tend to be smaller, which will save you some money compared to booking through a third-party tour operator. If you want more flexibility with your tour and are okay with spending more money, you can always book an accessible tour independently.