After going to Barcelona earlier in the year I was not so nervous about this flight, because I knew what the procedure was, this time however I was going on an 8 hour flight to Barbados. I was going on a Caribbean cruise with Thomson Holidays, Christmas in the sun! An accessible taxi took us to London Gatwick Airport where we did a bit of airport shopping before the flight.
We landed in Barbados, received my wheelchair at the aircraft door, and there waiting was an accessible taxi to take us to the ship. No need to collect luggage Thomson collects all the luggage of the passages going on their cruise and delivers them to their cabin.
The cabin was large with plenty of room with accessible roll-in shower. Our cabin was quiet high up the ship, meaning we had great views of the decks below through the windows. We then set sail.
Day 1: Grenada lovely island, nice people and famous for nutmeg and spices. So I had to do a bit of shopping. The pavements were smooth and there were drop curbs. We got an accessible taxi with a ramp and went on a one hour sightseeing tour.
Day 2: Bequie in the St Vincent and the Grenadines. As it was a tender to shore, we stayed on board the ship and opted to go for a massage and chill in the sun.
Day 3: St Lucia we got off the ship did some shopping at the market and chatted with the friendly locals.
Day 4: Dominica beautiful island and mostly unspoilt. Which means it is not great for wheelchair users. The pavements were terrible and not really many drop curbs and I had to wheel in the road most of the time. That aside the locals were lovely and spent the afternoon chatting them in a local bar.
Day 5: Was a day at sea, Christmas Day. It was my first time being somewhere hot for Christmas, but I loved it!
Day 6: Tobago being Boxing Day everywhere was closed. Pavements were ok but the drop curbs were far apart, so again I spent a lot of time wheeling in the road.
Day 7: Barbados our flight back to London was not until 6:30pm so we had the day to do some sightseeing. We found a wheelchair accessible taxi with ramps to take us on a one hour sightseeing tour of Bridgetown and St Lawrence Gap. Pavements were really good with plenty drop curbs, and the locals are really friendly.
We arrived at the airport via an accessible taxi there was no need to check-in luggage. Thomson collects all passengers luggage the night before and checks them in, which means there is a bit more time for airport shopping before boarding the flight for 8 hrs back to cold London.
I would definitely recommend a cruise and cruising with Thomson. The Thomson staff were amazing they looked after my every need, even making special vegan meals just for me. The ship is totally accessible and it’s a good way to see more than one place. We had a great Christmas in the sun an looking forward to doing another cruise one day.