Top 9 Accessible Cruises by Royal Caribbean

By John Sage

royal-caribbean-accessible-cruisesAccessibility on Royal Caribbean cruise ships is some of the best I’ve encountered anywhere, especially on some of the newer ships.

Accessibility features like automated doors in the windy areas of the ship, disabled lifts into the pools, and accessible theatre seating are just a few of the amenities that disabled cruisers will enjoy.

Three accessible Royal Caribbean cruise ships sail in the Mediterranean.  Each is of a different ship class and each sails different itineraries.  Some sail the same itineraries over and over.

  1. The Splendour of the Seas is a Vision Class ship which is a few generations old. It primarily sails from Venice and was built in 1996.
  2. The Serenade of the Seas is a Radiance Class ship (which is newer than the Vision Class) and sails from Barcelona, Rome, and Venice.   It was built in 2003 and has a 2490 passenger capacity.
  3. The Liberty of the Seas is part of one of the newest classes of Royal Caribbean ships, the Freedom Class, and was launched in 2007.  It sails in the Western Mediterranean and you can board in Rome or Barcelona.

In Europe, Royal Caribbean offers numerous accessible shore excursions, however some cruisers have expressed disappointment at the brevity of their accessible tours.  We at Sage Traveling are able to complement their tours with 200+ private accessible shore excursions that allow you to see and do much more including visiting tourist site interiors, tasting local cuisine, and walking/rolling through the charming city centers where the large tour buses aren’t permitted. All of our accessible cruise excursions can be customized to match your interests.

 

Learn about the 6 Benefits of Booking Your Cruise through Sage Traveling

  1. Exclusive Cruise Discounts – We can get you better deals than if you book direct
  2. €50 off each Shore Excursion – Receive discounted rates if you book your cruise through us
  3. Pre-trip Accessibility Consultation – We help you make informed decisions
  4. Pre-cruise Accessible Hotel Recommendations – We have personally inspected accessibility of hotel rooms and the surrounding neighborhoods
  5. Emergency Support during your Trip – We quickly solve your accessibility problems based on years of experience doing it for other clients
  6. Sage Accessibility Guides for each port – Our Sage Accessibility Guides contain essential accessibility advice for each port

 

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Cruises from Barcelona

Royal Caribbean’s 7-Night Western Mediterranean Cruise on Liberty of the Seas

Departing every Sunday, this 7 night accessible Barcelona cruise allows North American residents to visit Europe using only 5 vacation days away from work!  Alternatively, you can easily spend 2 or 3 days beforehand visiting the spectacular cities and accessible beaches of Barcelona.  We even had one client who spent a week in Paris then took an accessible train to board this cruise in Barcelona….what a trip!

The Liberty of the Seas is a Freedom Class ship built in 2007.  It is part of one of the newer Royal Caribbean ship classes which has excellent accessibility.  It is the newest accessible Royal Caribbean cruise ship that sails in the Mediterranean and is the only one with a Royal Promenade.

Because this cruise has accessible shore excursions available in every port & Sage Accessibility Guides available in 5 of the 6 ports, we named it one of the Top 50 Accessible Vacations in Europe.

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  • 7 Nights, Round-trip Barcelona
  • 2014 Sailing Dates: Departs every Sunday starting May 18
  • 2015 Sailing Dates: Contact Us
  • 100% of the ports have accessible excursions available
Port

Royal Caribbean Accessible Tours

Sage Accessible Tours

Sage Accessibility Guide *

Barcelona, Spain

 2

 4

Yes

Marseilles (Provence), France

 1

 6

Yes

Nice, France

 0

 5

No

Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy

 2

 7

Yes

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

 4

 8

Yes

Naples (Pompeii), Italy

 2

 9

Yes

Barcelona, Spain

 2

 4

Yes

Contact us to check rates and availability

 

* Note – Sage Accessibility Guides are only available if you book your cruise through Sage Traveling

 

Royal Caribbean’s 12-Night Mediterranean (Itinerary A) Cruise on Serenade of the Seas

Royal Caribbean offers two Grand Mediterranean cruise itineraries from Barcelona, and this one is more accessible.  Accessible shore excursions are available in 100% of the ports.

This 12 night accessible Royal Caribbean cruise from Barcelona visits both East and West ports in the Mediterranean.  In the West, you’ll have stops in both Spain (Barcelona) and France (Cannes).  Three Italian ports are included on this itinerary (Florence, Rome, and Naples).  In the East, you’ll visit the magnificent ruins at Ephesus, the extinct volcanic island of Santorini, and the Acropolis in Athens.

The Serenade of the Seas is a Radiance Class ship that was built in 2003.  It has 16 bars and lounges, a Solarium adults-only pool, a pool-side outdoor movie screen, and more.

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  • 12 Nights, Round-trip Barcelona
  • 2014 Sailing Dates: 5/23, 6/16, 7/10, 8/3
  • 2015 Sailing Dates: Contact Us
  • 100% of the ports have accessible excursions available
Port

Royal Caribbean Accessible Tours

Sage Accessible Tours

Sage Accessibility Guide

Barcelona, Spain

 2

 4

Yes

Cannes, France

 1

 3

No

Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy

 2

 7

Yes

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

 4

 8

Yes

Athens, Greece

 1

 7

Yes

Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey

 1

 4

Yes

Santorini, Greece

 0

 3

No

Naples (Pompeii), Italy

 2

 9

Yes

Barcelona, Spain

 2

 4

Yes

Contact us to check rates and availability

 

Royal Caribbean’s 12-Night Mediterranean (Itinerary B) Cruise on Serenade of the Seas

This 12 night accessible Barcelona cruise is slightly different than the cruise mentioned above. Instead of going to Greece and Turkey, this cruise sails up the Adriatic Sea to visit Venice, Ravenna, and Montenegro.  Travelers interested in Italy will love that this has 5 Italian Ports of Call!

Like the above itinerary, this cruise is also on the Serenade of the Seas.

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  • 12 Nights, Round-trip Barcelona
  • 2014 Sailing Dates: 6/4, 6/28, 7/22, 8/15
  • 2015 Sailing Dates: Contact Us
  • 100% of the ports have accessible excursions available
Ports of Call

Royal Caribbean Accessible Tours

Sage Accessible Tours

Sage Accessibility Guide

Barcelona, Spain

 2

 4

Yes

Nice, France

 0

 5

No

Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy

 2

 7

Yes

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

 4

 8

Yes

Naples (Pompeii), Italy

 2

 9

Yes

Venice, Italy

 1

 6

Yes

Ravenna, Italy

 1

 1

Yes

Kotor, Montenegro

 0

 2

Yes

Barcelona, Spain

 2

 4

Yes

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Cruises from Rome

Royal Caribbean’s 7-Night Western Mediterranean Cruise on Liberty of the Seas

With accessible excursions available in every port, Sage Accessibility Guides available in 5 of the 6 ports, and the newest Royal Caribbean cruise ship in the Mediterranean, it’s no wonder that this cruise was named one of our Top 12 Accessible Mediterranean Cruises.

This accessible Royal Caribbean cruise visits to top destinations in the Western Mediterranean: Pompeii, Florence, Pisa, Barcelona, Provence, and the French Riviera. Because this cruise departs and returns every Thursday, you can easily spend a few days after your cruise visiting the Eternal city of Rome!

The Liberty of the Seas is part of the Freedom Class which is one of Royal Caribbean’s newest ship classes.  It features some of the top RCCL features including the Vitality Spa, the DreamWorks Experience, and the Saturday Night Fever musical.

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  • 7 Nights, Round-trip Civitavecchia
  • 2014 Sailing Dates: Departs every Thursday starting May 22
  • 2015 Sailing Dates: Contact Us
  • 100% of the ports have accessible excursions available
Ports of Call

Royal Caribbean Accessible Tours

Sage Accessible Tours

Sage Accessibility Guide

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

 4

 8

Yes

Naples (Pompeii), Italy

 2

 9

Yes

Barcelona, Spain

 2

 4

Yes

Marseilles (Provence), France

 1

 6

Yes

Nice, France

 0

 5

No

Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy

 2

 7

Yes

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

 4

 8

Yes

 Contact us to check rates and availability

 

* Get €50 off each excursion if you book your cruise through Sage Traveling

Royal Caribbean’s 9-Night Greek Isles Cruise on Serenade of the Seas

This accessible Royal Caribbean cruise nearly received our designation at the Top Accessible Eastern Mediterranean Cruise from Rome.

With 5 stops in Greece (including the most two most spectacular islands of Santorini & Mykonos) and a stop in Ephesus, Turkey, you’ll get to experience many of the wonders of the Eastern Mediterranean.  This cruise includes the possibility of accessible tours of the ruins of Olympia, the ruins of the Parthenon, and the ruins of the Parthenon.

The Serenade of the Seas was built in 2003 and is a Radiance Class ship which was the last class before Royal Caribbean began building ships with the Royal Promenade.

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  • 9 Nights, Round-trip Civitavecchia
  • 2014 Sailing Dates: 10/11, 10/20
  • 2015 Sailing Dates: Contact Us
  • 100% of the ports have accessible excursions available
Ports of Call

Royal Caribbean Accessible Tours

Sage Accessible Tours

Sage Accessibility Guide

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

 4

 8

Yes

Santorini, Greece

 0

 3

No

Mykonos, Greece

 0

 1

Yes

Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey

 1

 4

Yes

Athens, Greece

 1

 7

Yes

Chania (Crete), Greece

 0

 1

No

Katakolon (Olympia), Greece

 0

 2

No

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

 4

 8

Yes

Contact us to check rates and availability

 

 

Royal Caribbean’s 12-Night Adriatic Cruise on Serenade of the Seas

One of the longest of Royal Caribbean’s cruises, this 12 night accessible Rome cruise visits 9 ports, all of which have accessible shore excursion options. It concentrates on Italy and the Adriatic Sea including Croatia, Slovenia, and Montenegro.  Some itineraries visit Malta instead of Koper. This cruise was a runner-up for our Top Accessible Adriatic Cruise from Rome.

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  • 12 Nights, Round-trip Civitavecchia
  • 2014 Sailing Dates: 9/5, 9/17, 9/29
  • 2015 Sailing Dates: Contact Us
  • 100% of the ports have accessible excursions available
Ports of Call

Royal Caribbean Accessible Tours

Sage Accessible Tours

Sage Accessibility Guide

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

 4

 8

Yes

Naples (Pompeii), Italy

 2

 9

Yes

Messina (Sicily), Italy

 0

 5

No

Split, Croatia

 1

 2

Yes

Koper, Slovenia

 1

 3

Yes

Venice, Italy

 1

 6

Yes

Dubrovnik, Croatia

 1

 3

Yes

Kotor, Montenegro

 0

 2

Yes

Corfu, Greece

 0

 1

No

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

 4

 8

Yes

Contact us to check rates and availability

 

 

Cruises from Venice

Royal Caribbean’s 7-Night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise on Splendour of the Seas

This cruise was named one of the Top 50 Accessible European Vacation & one of the Top 12 Accessible Mediterranean Cruises. In fact, out of all the cruises from Venice this cruise is our top recommendation for an accessible Eastern Mediterranean cruise.

On this Royal Caribbean accessible cruise, you’ll have a variety of memorable experiences.  An accessible boat tour through the unique canals of Venice will start your cruise.  You’ll get to visit the medieval city of Dubrovnik and the ancient city of Ephesus.  The scenic volcanic island of Santorini and the ruins of Olympia are also on this itinerary.

Accessible shore excursions are available in every port.  The Sage Accessibility Guides for Santorini and Katakolon will be researched and written later this year.

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  • 7 Nights, Round-trip Venice
  • 2014 Sailing Dates: 6/21, 8/2, 8/16, 8/30, 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, 10/25, 11/8
  • 2015 Sailing Dates: Contact Us
  • 100% of the ports have accessible excursions available
Ports of Call

Royal Caribbean Accessible Tours

Sage Accessible Tours

Sage Accessibility Guide

Venice, Italy

 1

 6

Yes

Dubrovnik, Croatia

 1

 3

Yes

Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey

 1

 4

Yes

Santorini, Greece

 0

 3

No

Katakolon (Olympia), Greece

 0

 2

No

Venice, Italy

 1

 6

Yes

 Contact us to check rates and availability

Royal Caribbean’s 7-Night Greek Isles Cruise on Splendour of the Seas

Although Royal Caribbean doesn’t offer many accessible shore excursions on this cruise, Sage Traveling has got you covered!  We can offer accessible tours in Venice, Kotor, Corfu, Athens, and Mykonos.  Contact us to discuss your accessible shore excursion options!

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  • 7 Nights, Round-trip Venice
  • 2014 Sailing Dates: 5/31, 6/28, 8/9, 8/23, 9/6, 9/20, 10/18, 11/1
  • 2015 Sailing Dates: Contact Us
  • 100% of the ports have accessible excursions available
Ports of Call

Royal Caribbean Accessible Tours

Sage Accessible Tours

Sage Accessibility Guide

Venice, Italy

 1

 6

Yes

Kotor, Montenegro

 0

 2

Yes

Corfu, Greece

 0

 1

No

Athens, Greece

 1

 7

Yes

Mykonos, Greece

 0

 1

Yes

Venice, Italy

 1

 6

Yes

 Contact us to check rates and availability

Royal Caribbean’s 11-Night Greek Isles & Turkey Cruise on Serenade of the Seas

This accessible Royal Caribbean cruise from Venice is the longest cruise that RCCL offers from Venice. You’ll be able to get a taste of 4 Eastern Mediterranean countries:  Croatia (Dubrovnik & Split), Greece (Athens & Santorini), Turkey (Bodrum & Ephesus), and Italy (Venice).  All ports have accessible shore excursions options!

This cruise itinerary sails on the Serenade of the Seas which is the newest Royal Caribbean cruise ship that sails out of Venice.

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  • 11 Nights, Round-trip Venice
  • 2014 Sailing Dates: 9/15, 10/6
  • 2015 Sailing Dates: Contact Us
  • 100% of the ports have accessible excursions available
Ports of Call

Royal Caribbean Accessible Tours

Sage Accessible Tours

Sage Accessibility Guide

Venice, Italy

 1

 6

Yes

Dubrovnik, Croatia

 1

 3

Yes

Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey

 1

 4

Yes

Bodrum, Turkey

 0

 1

No

Rhodes, Greece

 0

 2

No

Santorini, Greece

 0

 3

No

Split, Croatia

 1

 2

Yes

Venice, Italy

 1

 6

Yes

 Contact us to check rates and availability

 

Other Royal Caribbean Cruises that did not make our “Top 9”

Several other cruises did not make our list of Best of Accessible Royal Caribbean Cruises:

  • 7 Night Greek Isles from Venice – Itinerary A (77% of ports have accessible excursion options)
  • 7 Night Greek Isles from Venice – Itinerary B (86%)
  • 10 Night Greek Isles from Venice (89%)
  • 7 Night Eastern Med from Venice (100%)

These itineraries may work for some disabled and senior cruisers.  Contact us for information on these cruises.

 

Learn about the 6 Benefits of Booking Your Cruise through Sage Traveling

  1. Exclusive Cruise Discounts – We can get you better deals than if you book direct
  2. €50 off each Shore Excursion – Receive discounted rates if you book your cruise through us
  3. Pre-trip Accessibility Consultation – We help you make informed decisions
  4. Pre-cruise Accessible Hotel Recommendations – We have personally inspected accessibility of hotel rooms and the surrounding neighborhoods
  5. Emergency Support during your Trip – We quickly solve your accessibility problems based on years of experience doing it for other clients
  6. Sage Accessibility Guides for each port – Our Sage Accessibility Guides contain essential accessibility advice for each port

 

Get a Cruise Quote

 

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Top 9 Accessible Cruises from Rome
Top 11 Accessible Cruises from Venice
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Best of Accessible Celebrity Cruises
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