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Accessible Cruise to Germany with MS PWA 2020

Enjoy a fully accessible River Cruise sailing from the Netherlands to Germany on the Rhine river

Enjoy the beautiful views and shore excursions during this unique cruise holiday on the Rhine River to Germany.

The River Cruise holidays include:

  • 6-Day river cruise holiday (5 nights)
  • Wheelchair accessible cabin with 2 electric beds
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee breaks) 
  • Entertainment evenings
  • Assistance on the ship 
  • Optional:
    • accessible shore excursions 
    • accessible port transfers

This river cruise holiday is unique in its kind, because it allows comfortable access to people travelling with friends and family and people who are using:

  • a wheelchair
  • an electric wheelchair
  • a mobility scooter
  • a walker 

This all inclusive wheelchair accessible vacation gives you the opportunity to enjoy a comfortable holiday and see the beautiful cities rich of history, such as Cologne and Düsseldorf. Because of the interior and services on this accessible cruise ship, you can enjoy a carefree and unforgettable holiday. Mobility equipment is available on the ship and additional equipment can be delivered. 

Rhine River Cruise departures 2020

  • September 6 - 11, 2020 (fully booked)

Rhine Germany - River Cruise itinerary

  • Day 1: Arnhem (dock of departure in the Netherlands)
  • Day 2: Cologne (Germany)
  • Day 3: Koblenz (Germany)
  • Day 4: Rüdesheim - Andernach (Germany)
  • Day 5: Dusseldorf (Germany)
  • Day 6: Arnhem 

Read reviews to learn about the experiences of earlier passengers.

River Cruise Holiday April 2017

'My Wheelchair accessible river cruises in Holland and Germany' by Sylvia Curbelo Longmire

'Accessible Netherlands Canal Cruise' by Alex Squire

Elevator Wheelchair accessible bathroom Wheelchair accessible room Wheelchair accessible toilet Guide dog allowed Accessible restaurant or terrace 

Where will I stay?

Accessible cabins

The modern PWA river cruise ship has 25 spacious accessible cabins and 23 cabins for co-travellers and assistants. The cabins on the ship are equipped with two electric high-low beds, a wash basin, a television, an alarm system and plenty of closet space.

The bathrooms

The cabins are not equipped with private bathrooms but there’s one large fully adapted bathroom available per 3 cabins. The bathrooms have spacious step-free (wheel-in) showers, toilets with support rails on both sides and lowered wash basins.

The bathrooms have been designed as separate bathrooms in order to have bigger cabins and bigger accessible bathrooms. With regards to toilets, there are four additional accessible toilets on the main deck. Here is a remark from one of the travellers who participated the a river cruise holiday April 2017: “There are literally so many bathrooms it was not a problem ever. The 1 per 3 is for large bathrooms with showers. There are 4 other bathrooms on the main floor above the cabins :) My hubs and I went in April.”

​Facilities on the ship

  • Restaurant for breakfast and dinner
  • Bar for evening drinks and meetings with fellow cruise passengers
  • Room for leisurely activities such as playing games or reading a book 
  • Spacious Sundeck 
  • Standard and adapted toilets 

Accessibility information

Wheelchairs and mobility scooters are allowed on the ship and can be used at all times. Additional mobility equipment is available on the ship or can be delivered on the ship.

The restaurant, bar and game room are situated on the main deck and can be reached from the rooms by elevator. The spaces are easily accessible with a wheelchair, as there are no steps or stairs towards these rooms.

The spacious sundeck is accessible with a large elevator that is large enough for a care bed. The entrance of the ship is wide and has a ramp that's put down at each dock.

The ship provides the possibility to get assistance from a care taker or volunteer.

How to get there?

To get to the River Cruise dock in Arnhem, there are two options:

  • Private transfer from Schiphol Airport or Ferry Port in IJmuiden or Hoek van Holland 
  • Shared transfer from Schiphol Airport or Ferry Port in IJmuiden or Hoek van Holland 

Please note that the price currently shown does not include the transfer costs. 

What activities can I do?

This river cruise vacation includes a shore excursion each day of sailing! 

You will visit the following beautiful historic German towns:

  • Cologne 
  • Koblenz
  • Andernach
  • Düsseldorf

Each place you will explore with a local English speaking and knowledgeable tour guide. They take into account accessibility requirements and offer a suitable route to the centre of the towns. These cities are all old and are somewhat challenging with regards to cobble stones. However, the guides are locals and know exactly which streets are the most suitable. Also, they will know where to go for a drink or snack.

After the guided tour, you'll have time to explore the location by yourself. Enjoy a fresh beer, a hot coffee or a sweet pastry. You'll be expected on the ship around 17:30 for dinner begin served at 18:00 hrs. 

Boppard Cologne Koblenz castle Koblenz city The cruise ship Mobility scooter on ship Dutch 'Poffertjes' River Cruise ship Sundeck by night

Terms and conditions

The price per person varies and depends on the number of participants for this holiday.

  • The price is based on full-pension, this means that the following services are included; breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, tea and pastries during the day, excursions in all towns that are visited.
  • Care assistance is available, we can discuss the required assistance during the booking process and this can be arranged in advance. There are volunteers and professional care takers present on the ship.
  • The prices are based on occupation of two persons in one room.
  • An English-speaking tour leader will be on the ship on assist you and lead the tour excursions.
  • The price is excluding the transfer to and from the river cruise dock in Arnhem. These prices can be provided based on the type of vehicle needed for the specific number of people.
  • This offer is covered by the STO Garant guarantee. You can find the conditions for this guarantee scheme on STO Garant’s website (
  • Click here to read the General Terms and Conditions.

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