Scillonian III Accessibility
Scillonian III can be accessed by wheelchair, although the slope of the gangway does depend on the tide and can be steep at times. It’s therefore not suitable for motorised wheelchairs or buggies; these can be loaded as freight, free of charge, and should be booked in advance.
The crew can assist passengers on and off the ship if pre-arranged, and we can provide a standard wheelchair for the duration of the journey. On-board, the ship is equipped with a MediTek stairlift, providing access between the Bridge Deck and Upper Deck, where there is a café with disabled toilet. The lift is suitable for passengers up to 150kg (23st 8lbs), but does not carry wheelchairs so passengers will need to be able to transfer from the wheelchair to the lift, unaided or with assistance from a companion.
When the ship is berthed, a Windrush platform chair lift can give wheelchair users additional access between the Bridge Deck and Upper Deck, and can carry up to 250kg (39st 5lbs). The Upper Deck also has a smoking area, but access is limited by a 30cm door sill. Unfortunately, there is currently no stair lift or accessible route to the Main Deck and Lower Saloon, and no hearing loop is installed for public announcements.
Please be aware that if sea conditions are especially poor, it may occasionally be necessary to secure wheelchairs, or even cancel sailings for passengers’ own safety.