Dear Editor,

My father who is in a wheelchair w/ paralysis from the waist down is going on a 10 day Panama Canal Cruise w/ Princess Cruise Lines. They will be visiting the ports of Cartegena, Limon Costa Rica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. Do you have any suggestions for shore excursions or anyone that I can contact for transportation with a wheelchair lift??? Any hints will be greatly appreciated. Thanks for the great web site. Keep up the good work.

Sincerely, Joanne P Kortenhaus

Having just met with cruise line representatives from several lines, here is my best advice. Your father should, if he hasn’t already, contact Princess’ coordinator for disabled passengers. He should call first, then confirm by mail or fax, a written list of the accessibility features he requires. Included should be a request to find out which shore excursions use a gangway and which require a tender, are the tenders are accessible, and once ashore if there is accessible transportation. While the booking agent probably won’t have this information, the cruise line’s office of accessibility should be able to get an answer for you.