Why not try a river cruise? The perfect way to explore inland Europe in a fully accessible boat and with that touch of luxury that will make your experience unforgettable. The cruise holidays cross West Germany and the Netherlands. Discover all about it!
The completely newly renovated ship MS Viola started sailing in May 2019, it has 4 levels, which have all been designed with a modern and luxury look, and all facilities are wheelchair accessible. The cruise ship has 34 spacious Accessible cabins and 27 Standard cabins. The royal cabins on the ship are equipped with two electric high-low beds and accessible sanitary supplies. The cabins are not equipped with a private bathrooms but there’s one large fully adapted bathroom available per 2 cabins. The cabins that share the bathroom both have an entrance to the bathroom. When it is in use, the bathroom door of the other cabin will be locked automatically.
Day 1: Bonn (dock of departure in the Germany)
Day 2: Nijmegen (Netherlands)
Day 3: Gorinchem (Netherlands)
Day 4: Rotterdam (Netherlands)
Day 5: Arnhem (Netherlands)
Day 6: Emmerich (Germany)
Day 7: Remagen Bonn (Germany)
At each destination, apart from Arnhem, you can enjoy a shore excursion with a local English speaking tour guide. They take into account accessibility requirements and offer a suitable route to the centre of the towns. The cities of Nijmegen, Gorichem and Emmerich have an old infrastructure and are somewhat challenging with regards to cobble stones. However, the guides are locals and know exactly which streets are the most suitable. Also, they will know where to go for a drink, snack or a toilet break.
Wheelchairs and mobility scooters are allowed on the ship and can be used at all times. Additional mobility equipment is available on the ship, including electric hoists and shower chairs.
The spaces are easily accessible with a wheelchair, as there are no steps or stairs towards these rooms. The spacious sundeck is accessible with a large elevator. The entrance of the ship is wide and has a ramp that’s put down at each dock.
On board of the ship, there will be one doctor and two nurses. Kidney dialisys is possible along the route in Germany at certified institutions. It’s also possible to make use of nightly dialisys.