Can electric scooters be taken on-board to be used only in ports?
The policy on electric mobility scooters on-board depends on which cruise line you intend to travel with. Most lines welcome them aboard but usually require advance notice. If you only intend to use your scooter in ports, you will be forbidden from using it while at sea, because health and safety laws dictate that priority must be given to those who require continual mobility assistance and who are unable to travel around the ship without the aid of a scooter. Please note that ports requiring tenders may be unsuitable for electric scooter use and in all cases, it’s better you don’t travel alone in case you are in need of assistance, as though ship staff will always do their best to help, lines do not offer long-term, dedicated assistance to those with mobility issues.
Carnival Cruises – Mobility scooters are allowed, though they must be able to fit through a standard 21” stateroom doorway and stored in the passenger’s room.
Celebrity Cruises – Mobility scooters are allowed and the line offers scooter access throughout its ships.
Cruise and Maritime – Mobility scooter are welcome but must be booked into an accessible cabin. The line states that anyone with mobility issues should let them know of their requirements before booking, so be sure to let your cruise concierge know.
Cunard – Mobility scooter permitted, but you must book into the appropriate stateroom – wheelchair accessible or certain suites.
Disney Cruise Line – Scooters are permitted, but the line advises that you book a wheelchair accessible stateroom to ensure your scooter will fit in your room.
Fred.Olsen – The line welcomes guests who are dependent on mobility scooters, though only their ships’ accessible cabins can accommodate scooter users.
Holland America Line – Mobility scooter users are welcome and scooters can be accommodated in standard cabins, providing they are no larger than 23” wide, weigh no more than 100lbs and use only a dry or gel cell battery. Larger scooters are also welcome, though the line states that users of larger scooters let them know in advance and book into a wheelchair-accessible stateroom.
MSC – You are welcome to bring your mobility scooter on-board an all public areas and tenders are designed to be accessible too. The line offers a number of accessible cabins for the use of scooter-users.
NCL – Scooters are welcome, but you must book into a wheelchair-accessible cabin and your scooter must have a gel battery.
P&O – Mobility scooter permitted, but you must book into the appropriate stateroom – wheelchair accessible or certain suites and min-suites.
Princess – You are welcome to bring your scooter, but it must have a dry or gel style battery, book into an accessible stateroom, and let the line know in advance.
Royal Caribbean – Scooter users are welcome and you can book in any stateroom providing your scooter is no more than 23 inches wide. Those with wider scooters should book into an accessible stateroom.
Thomson Cruises – The line does not sate that it accepts mobility scooters on-board due to the design of its ships, though if you have a folding scooter, you may be permitted to travel. Ask your Cruise Concierge to check this with the line before you book.