Accessibility on board Etretat
We make every effort to ensure the accessibility of our ships.
Here we'll explain what you need to know about booking with us and what it's like to travel on board Etretat as a passenger with disability or reduced mobility.
making your Booking
Whether you are travelling in a vehicle or as a foot passenger, if you have any special requirements, please let us know before you book and also when you check in.
Call Reservations on 0330 159 7000 to discuss options and book your sailing, especially if:
- You have reduced mobility / are in a wheelchair / use a mobility scooter
- Have a visual or hearing impairment
- Have a disability
- You require medical equipment (such as oxygen tanks)
Boarding the ferry
If you have declared a disability or reduced mobility to us, please check in 60 minutes before departure.
With a vehicle
At check-in in the car lanes, the marshall will place a sticker on your windscreen so that our loading crew will do their best to ensure that you are parked near a lift.
Passengers in a standard car in need of a wheelchair will be parked on deck 5, granting easy access to the wheelchair-accessible cabins. However, deck 5 is an open deck and while the crew may wash your vehicle with fresh water towards the end of the voyage, we recommend you wash your vehicle within a few days of sailing to remove any remaining sea salt residue.
As a foot passenger
When checking-in at reception, we will advise you of the procedure for boarding. If you are a wheelchair user or have reduced mobility, we can usually arrange for you to be accompanied on and off the ship by one of our port staff.
When disembarking, please go to the Information Desk where the crew will arrange for someone from the port to come on board and collect you.
Wheelchair users & Reduced Mobility
Decks 6, 7 and 8 are not accessible by wheelchair, where all other cabins and two small outdoor areas are located.
Etretat has 2 wheelchair-accessible cabins.
- 2 bunk-style berths
- An alarm and telephone
- Wheelchair-accessible bathroom with washbasin, toilet and shower.
If you need a wheelchair on board then please bring one with you. All passenger areas are wheelchair-accessible except for the onboard cinema.
Disabled toilets are located on deck 5.
Visual and hearing Impairments
If you have a visual or hearing impairment, please go to the Information Desk on Deck 7 when you board.
There is Braille signage for some services onboard but not all. Our crew are happy to assist you and can provide an Access Guide for Visually Impaired Passengers. We recommend travelling with a fully-sighted companion, if you feel you would need more assistance.
The crew will ensure that you receive all important messages made over the onboard speaker.
Our crew are always happy to help any passengers with disabilities or reduced mobility. Please call us to discuss how we can meet any needs and requirements.
We understand that travelling with a child on the autistic spectrum can be daunting and stressful for both of you. At check-in, we can provide a booklet that explains the different stages of the sailing process using eye-spy style games to describe what they will see and hear.