Wheelie Good Cruises introduction
Wheelie Good Cruises promises ‘Hassle-free cruises for people with a disability’. And I’ve heard that they deliver on their promise. The best person to know about cruising with a disability is a person with a disability.
Wheelie Good Cruises is owned by Robert De Pasquale, who has Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. Apparently, he has been on cruise holidays for over 25 years.
The Poll with a silly question
Robert created a poll with the question ‘Should the NDIS fund cruise holidays’. The NDIS
Some PWD pay double the fare to go on a cruise
The NDIS may fund the cost of a carer, for the duration of the cruise. The carer is there to work and not have a holiday. But the carer fare typically is paid by the PWD. This was confirmed by Robert.
Advocacy is about all PWD, not just your own situation
My next cruise was likely to be with my partner. They would provide the care, and we would negotiate on the cost of their fare. Not all PWD are in a position to do this, and I put on my advocacy hat. And I asked a question.
Robert replied with his own question.
Robert had already mentioned ‘at the present time they don’t fund holidays, only respite, they will fund carers, but you’ll need to pay for there (SIC) fare’. So he already agreed that some PWD will be paying two fares to go on a cruise, just because they have a disability. I was merely saying the same thing as him, so I had to give him an example.
Apologies for not being able to share those posts, as they were removed by Robert. Some sort of violation of the posting rules. I mentioned ‘If a PWD pays their fare of $
I was happy for Robert that
Companion Card in Australia
In Australia, the National Companion Card Scheme helps eligible people with a disability. The PWD can attend events at venues and activities without having to pay for the cost of the ticket for the carer. At some stage in the past, the PWD had to pay the cost, unless the venue decided not to charge.
The idea of the scheme probably started with one person. Why doesn’t a similar scheme exist for cruises?
Asking Wheelie Good Cruises about the scheme
Robert and I chatted privately, and I challenged him to be the person that pushes the idea of a ‘disabled cruising companion card’.
Possibly asking the person that collects fees from cruise sales was the wrong person to ask. A conflict of interest. Why would they want to decrease their income to help PWD? Or get a bad name with the big cruise lines for pushing the idea?
Read about my experiences in a court that wasn’t accessible.