AccessTOG on the DFDS Seaways Ferry

The Outdoor Guide Road Trip to Germany
We have had the most wonderful experience in Germany. We were asked to visit several different parts of this vast country to look at their ‘BarrierFree’ provision for wheelchair users.

Our journey began with a ferry crossing.

It is the first time I have travelled by car ferry since I became a wheelchair user and apprehension set in before our journey…. The ‘What if?’ scenarios plagued my sleep.

However, fear not. Travel by DFDS Seaways is simple and relaxing.

The crossing is 15 hours from Newcastle to Amsterdam. Check in starts at 2.30, with departure at 5pm. It is important to notify the company, at time of booking, that you will require a wheelchair accessible cabin. When boarding the ship you are guided to a parking space near to the lifts and plenty of room is allowed for you to get your wheelchair off the car, including ramp space.

Our cabin was very comfortable. It had plenty of room to move around in the bedroom area as well as in the wet-room. I was really impressed with the shower, I didn’t expect it to have such good water pressure and lashing of hot water.

We ate in the restaurant and enjoyed a top quality three course meal.

There are accessible exits to the outside decks from some of the doors, so you can enjoy looking out at sea.

All the bar areas, shops and restaurants are wheelchair accessible.

We had a really comfortable night’s sleep and woke refreshed. The ferry docked in Amsterdam at 9.30am.

A most enjoyable crossing.

I would advise getting to the lift as soon as possible, if not before the announcement is made in the morning for passengers to make their way to the car decks. By the time I managed to get down to the car deck the other cars had begun to move out, so try and arrive early!

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Deb’s verdict:
The WHILL was brilliant on the ship. It’s ability to move the seat forward so that I could sit properly at the table was a huge bonus. It meant I sit at the table just as if I was sat on a normal restaurant chair. Remember to take a European plug adaptor with you for charging the chair overnight. If you do forget, no fear! They sell them in the shop…. Talking from experience! OOPHS!