Silversea Cruises is introducing accessibility-enhanced shore excursions for guests with special needs. Through its partnership with Accessible Travel Solutions, a company devoted to expanding opportunities for disabled and senior travellers the cruise line is offering new accessible excursions in nine destinations in the Caribbean and Central America, and other shore excursions will be developed for the Mediterranean in 2019.
The new partnership enables Silversea’s disabled and senior guests to experience destination more in depth, offering immersive shore excursions that showcase a place’s history, culture and natural beauty. The collection of shore excursions incorporates such enhancements as vehicles with wheelchair lifts or ramps; trips to sites and attractions that have step-free access, accessible restrooms and routes that avoid steps; and guides who are experienced with accessibility issues.
Following is a sample of some of the tours currently available in the Caribbean and Central America as part of the partnership with Accessible Travel Solutions:
Accessible Pitons & Waterfalls: St. Lucia’s natural wonders and cultural riches are unlocked during this full-day exploration of the island. Highlights include a visit to the fishing village of Anse La Raye, a special stop to witness and photograph the majestic Pitons, and access to a step-free garden path in Soufrière’s Diamond Botanical Garden, from which guests can admire its signature attraction, the Diamond Waterfall.
Monkey Sanctuary & Iguana Hideout for Limited Mobility: This adventure on Roatan Island, Honduras, helps guests experience Roatan wildlife and nature first-hand. Participants interact with primates at a local monkey sanctuary, browse crafts at a local flea market, see pet-friendly iguanas at an iguana and marine wildlife park, and enjoy a scenic island drive.
Accessible St. Kitts: The colonial charm and natural beauty of St. Kitts can be easily appreciated during this accessibility-enhanced experience. Highlights include the chance to explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Brimstone Hill Fortress, a visit to the historic Romney Manor, and a special stop to see ocean and island vistas from the Timothy Hill Scenic Outlook.
Accessible Mayan Experience & Scenic Drive: In Cozumel, Mexico, this excursion allows guests to discover authentic Mayan culture. A guided drive around Cozumel stops at a cultural center for a taste of ancient Mayan life, ceremonies and foods, including tortillas and chocolate. Guests then visit the ruins of El Cedral, the island’s oldest community. There’s a tequila tasting and free time to relax on an accessible beach.
Accessible Grenada: Grenada’s cultural and natural treasures can be discovered on this exploration of the Caribbean’s quintessential spice island. Participants savour the aromas of fresh nutmeg, cocoa and vanilla at a local spice market; visit a local nutmeg factory; learn about the origins of the spice trade at the historic Dougaldston Spice Estate; and complete their adventure with a panoramic drive through a tropical rainforest at Grand Etang National Park.
“We never stop searching for ways to unlock amazing deep travel experiences for our guests, while also delivering exceptional comfort and luxury,” said Adria Bono, director of shore excursions for Silversea Cruises. “From up-close encounters with sea turtles in Grand Cayman to exploring UNESCO World Heritage-listed landmarks in San Juan, these new accessible experiences are sure to bring the world closer to our disabled and senior guests.”
Courtesy of InsiderTravelReport.com