Welcome to your ultimate accessible bucket list vacation.
Alaska – the Last Great Frontier in the United States. This is a land of wilderness, exciting wildlife encounters, imposing glaciers, and breathtaking mountain landscapes. Many of Alaska’s most beautiful wonders can only be accessed from the sea, which is what makes Alaska cruises so popular. Because Alaska (as a US state) is subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act, it’s one of the most wheelchair accessible cruise destinations out there. Combine that with Celebrity, one of the most wheelchair friendly cruise lines, and you have the accessible adventure of a lifetime!
A dream itinerary with all-docked ports of call.
One of the most challenging aspects of booking a cruise as a wheelchair user is finding an itinerary with all-docked and no tender ports. After all, if you’re spending your hard-earned income on a cruise, you want to be able to get off the ship at every stop. On this 2020 round-trip Alaska itinerary out of Seattle, you will indeed be able to enjoy every port of call.
- June 05 – Depart Seattle, WA
- June 06 – Cruising
- June 07 – Ketchikan, AK
- June 08 – Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier / Juneau, AK
- June 09 – Skagway, AK / Inside Passage
- June 10 – Cruising
- June 11 – Victoria, BC
- June 12 – Arrive Seattle, WA
Solstice: The ultimate in service and sophistication.
Fresh from an $8.5 million refurbishment at the end of 2016, this 2,850-passenger vessel focuses on food, wine, and relaxation. Celebrity Solstice, the first of the Solstice-class ships, offers one of the most elegant mainstream cruising experiences at sea. Its style blossoms from the root of its name, “sol,” meaning “sun,” and the sun plays an important role on the ship, from powering the 216 solar panels that contribute to the ship’s electrical grid, to nurturing what is perhaps the most unusual feature of this, or any other, ship: a full half-acre of lush living grass. Called the Lawn Club, this area features the Hot Glass Show, where passengers can delight in seeing the creation of complex works of glass art from raw materials to the finished objects.
Celebrity espouses the virtues of “modern luxury,” and there are touches of that throughout Solstice — from the chaise lounges with their oversized cushions on the pool deck to the glass-enclosed Solarium and individually rolled cloth hand towels in public bathrooms. Entertainment is a hit, from engaging “edutainment” lectures on a diverse range of topics to big production shows and more low-key options, such as a guitar and vocal duo. Service is also a highlight, with cheerful, professional staff who frequently go above and beyond to not only meet, but exceed, passengers’ expectations.
Good food is a priority on Celebrity ships, and Solstice has so many for-fee restaurant options, you could spend a week at sea and never eat at the same place for dinner twice. As part of Celebrity’s partnership with Top Chef, passengers with culinary skills get a chance to face off against other guests during a Quickfire Challenge cooking competition.
There are two pools on the main pool deck, and an adults-only lap pool in the glassed-in Solarium. But the best place to soak in the sun may be the Lawn Club. Watch a glass-blowing demonstration put on by the Corning Museum of Glass, play croquet or bocce, spread out a blanket for a picnic, or book one of the chic cabanas in The Alcove.
Cool sophistication is the unmistakable vibe onboard, from the chic shopping boulevard lined with attractive boutiques to the Martini Bar, famous for its entertaining bar staff and elegant cocktails. Passenger flow is excellent, creating a leisurely feel throughout and a refreshing absence of long lines.
So many great options for accessible shore excursions.
An Alaska cruise is one of the few opportunities wheelchair users have to take part in accessible shore excursions at most ports of call. In Ketchikan, you can sail on a commercial fisherman’s boat and see how they catch the famous King crab. You can take a ride on a train through this scenic White Pass in Skagway. In Juneau, you can ride up the side of a mountain in an accessible gondola for amazing views of the port. You can even go whale watching, and if you are feeling extra adventurous (with a few extra dollars in your pocket), you may even be able to take a helicopter ride and land on top of a glacier. CLICK HERE to explore some of your options for wheelchair accessible shore excursions in Alaska.
Three accessible stateroom options.
Wheelchair accessible staterooms on the Celebrity Solstice are designed with wider doors, roll-in showers, grab bars, a lower sink and vanity, bathroom grab bars, a higher toilet, and ramped thresholds. Most staterooms also offer an ample 5-foot turning radius.
For this travel group, I’m able to offer three categories of fully accessible staterooms – Interior (no windows), Veranda (a balcony), and Concierge Class (a veranda with more amenities).
The following quotes are per person, double occupancy, and include all taxes and port fees. This means I can create a booking with the group rate for only two people per stateroom. However, if you will be traveling with more than two people, I can create your booking outside the group with the prevailing rate, then attach your reservation to the group so that you’re eligible for any group benefits. Quadruple occupancy accessible Sky Suites are still available and can easily be added to the group; please contact me for fares.
- Interior accessible stateroom: $1,634.26 per person (2 available)
- Veranda accessible stateroom: $2,399.26 per person (3 available)
- Concierge accessible stateroom: $2,494.26 per person (3 available)
CLICK HERE for more details about the Concierge Class difference.
[NOTE: Verandah staterooms for this group are located on the port side of the ship. Concierge Class staterooms are on the starboard side.]
A refundable deposit of $250 per person is due no later than April 3, 2019, and the final cruise balance payment will be due no later than March 7, 2020. I can also work with you to make regular monthly payments towards your cruise.
Book NOW to lock in your discounted group rate!
If you have any questions about the cruise or are ready to book the accessible bucket-list adventure of a lifetime, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call me at (407) 221-1818.
These fares are only good until April 3, 2019. On that date, all unreserved rooms will be released from the group and will revert to the prevailing rate. After April 4, you can still book a stateroom through me to be part of this group, but the availability of accessible staterooms and the fares may change. Celebrity is currently running a promotion that includes TWO FREE PERKS with your reservation. You can choose from a $150 on-board credit per person, free wifi, free classic beverage package, and free pre-paid gratuities. This promotion is only good for bookings made on or before March 31.
Here’s some additional (and important) information.
Ask me about adding airfare through the Flights by Celebrity program, which guarantees the lowest fares to your port of departure. US and Canadian citizens are eligible to purchase trip insurance through Celebrity or independently with Spin the Globe/Travel. Please CLICK HERE to read more about trip insurance and why all wheelchair users should purchase it.
Restricted/special diets can be accommodated upon request through Celebrity. All accessible shore excursions are optional, and can be purchased either directly through your Celebrity Cruises account after final payment has been made, or independently with a tour operator. Cruise add-ons like prepaid gratuities, beverage and Internet packages, spa treatments, etc. are the responsibility of the traveler.
If you require mobility aid or medical equipment rentals like an electric scooter, manual wheelchair, rolling shower chair/commode, or hoist, please let me know and I can arrange for the rental and delivery to your stateroom through Special Needs at Sea. I can also make accessible hotel reservations for you in Seattle both before and after the cruise.
Although this cruise travels round-trip from Seattle, the ship does stop in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. As such, you will need a valid passport for this group cruise. If you have any questions about this requirement, please let me know.