PVA Points: Now Boarding

Anthem of the Seas. Courtesy Royal Caribbean
Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News February 2016

Paralyzed Veterans of America's Advocacy Department received a firsthand look at one of Royal Caribbean International's newest accessible cruise ships

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A member of Paralyzed Veterans of America’s (PVA) Advocacy Department received a firsthand look at one of Royal Caribbean International’s newest accessible cruise ships late last fall.

PVA Senior Associate Advocacy Director Susan Prokop toured the Anthem of the Seas during a two-day meeting of the Disability Advisory Board in Bayonne, N.J.  

Among Anthem of the Seas’ 4,000 staterooms, 34 are accessible with roll-in showers, pull-down closet racks, automatic door openers and at least 285 square feet of space in the interior units.

Several pool decks are ramped and the Solarium pool and at least one hot tub have a chair lift.

A new amusement ride called the North Star — a large, glass-encased globe that rises above the ship for 360-degree views — advertises itself as designed to accommodate non-powered wheelchairs that meet certain attachment configurations and size requirements.  

Most lounges, dining rooms, shops and the casino offer reasonable access. One particular observation was that patrons in wheelchairs may find the Windjammer buffet difficult to reach independently; however, there is staff assistance available.

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