Access to tenders on crutches

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Access to tenders on crutches

Post by andyferris » 31 May 2019, 11:38

Hello everyone.

We would like to book the cruise to the Norwegian fjords on the Black Watch in July but my leg is currently in a full plaster cast and by then will be in a restricted cast bent at 30 or 60 degrees. I will be on sticks or crutches but can get about quite easily by myself up and down any stairs etc. We saw reference to wheelchairs not having access to the tenders and we wonder if anyone can tell us how accessible the tenders will be for me. There are two tender ports on that trip and I would not want to miss out.

Thanks.

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Re: Access to tenders on crutches

Post by david63 » 31 May 2019, 11:47

I cannot speak for FO but with P&O you have to be able to stride across a given distance unaided to be able to use a tender.

I would suggest that you contact FO ans ask them what their poilcy is.

Worst case scenario is that you have to stay on board and have the ship to yourself!

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Re: Access to tenders on crutches

Post by barney » 31 May 2019, 12:02

As David said, you have to be physically able to board an ordinary tender. I doubt that the company will allow you on with a full leg plaster.
I'd give them a call if I were you.
Whatever happens, have a lovely holiday.

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Re: Access to tenders on crutches

Post by Gill W » 31 May 2019, 12:25

Another thing to consider is that space is very limited on tenders, and if you can’t bend your leg fully, it might be awkward to fit into the space available
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Re: Access to tenders on crutches

Post by Whynd1 » 31 May 2019, 13:56

Good point Gill. As others have said on P and O you have to do the specific step test to show you are able to get on and off the tenders.

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Re: Access to tenders on crutches

Post by barney » 31 May 2019, 14:30

There is also the potential situation of an emergency evacuation of a tender.
Highly unlikely but possible.
I'd say on the balance of probability, that they would not let you on a tender Andy.
As I said, call them to confirm either way.


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Re: Access to tenders on crutches

Post by Quizzical Bob » 31 May 2019, 17:30

david63 wrote:
31 May 2019, 11:47
I cannot speak for FO but with P&O you have to be able to stride across a given distance unaided to be able to use a tender.

I would suggest that you contact FO ans ask them what their poilcy is.

Worst case scenario is that you have to stay on board and have the ship to yourself!
Do P&O still do the stride test? We were on Oceana last November and didn't have to do one.

On thinking about it, there were no tender ports :oops:

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Re: Access to tenders on crutches

Post by david63 » 31 May 2019, 18:57

Quizzical Bob wrote:
31 May 2019, 17:30
Do P&O still do the stride test? We were on Oceana last November and didn't have to do one.
Yes - but it seems to vary by ship. On Aurira earlier this year it was mandatory, but on Arcadia last year it was more "lip service"

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Re: Access to tenders on crutches

Post by towny44 » 31 May 2019, 19:08

david63 wrote:
31 May 2019, 18:57
Quizzical Bob wrote:
31 May 2019, 17:30
Do P&O still do the stride test? We were on Oceana last November and didn't have to do one.
Yes - but it seems to vary by ship. On Aurira earlier this year it was mandatory, but on Arcadia last year it was more "lip service"
Never known it to be mandatory, even for accessible cabin passengers, however if you have any disability and don't attend then they assume you are staying on board.
For someone who is able bodied but temporarily using crutches then I would assume that P&O would ask them to attend the step over test just to ensure they would not have a serious problem; I imagine Fred would have something similar.
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Re: Access to tenders on crutches

Post by Mervyn and Trish » 31 May 2019, 19:09

david63 wrote:
31 May 2019, 18:57
Quizzical Bob wrote:
31 May 2019, 17:30
Do P&O still do the stride test? We were on Oceana last November and didn't have to do one.
Yes - but it seems to vary by ship. On Aurira earlier this year it was mandatory, but on Arcadia last year it was more "lip service"
They did it for everyone on our recent Azura cruise, en-route to the tender embarkation. Easy test for able bodied people but trickier if one of the lines is bobbing up and down! :sarcasm:

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Re: Access to tenders on crutches

Post by Happydays » 31 May 2019, 19:49

When we were on FO in January everyone did the stride test on the way to the first tender.

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Re: Access to tenders on crutches

Post by Ian Perth » 31 May 2019, 20:16

Just back from Azura and tender test still being carried out, same as before, two white lines, 18in apart, have to cross unaided, should think crutches would be seen as an aid but might be wrong, give them a call and check, have a nice cruise.

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Re: Access to tenders on crutches

Post by Whynd1 » 01 Jun 2019, 08:42

I will have a look in my pre cruise holiday booklet to see if it mentions anything as we have two tender ports on our cruise this month.

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Re: Access to tenders on crutches

Post by Whynd1 » 01 Jun 2019, 14:30

I have checked and there is a long blurb about being able to pass the step test. You must declare if you are not physically able to get and off the tender unaided.

I think its bestbif you contact Fred O directly.

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