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Do you provide hoists?

To ensure that we have an accurate and up-to-date record of guests’ requirements, a new "Your on-board needs" questionnaire must be submitted via My P&O Cruises for each cruise or if the guest’s circumstances change.

We do not provide cabin hoists, but guests may bring their own or hire one. Our recommended supplier, Mobility at Sea, provide a number of different items and can be contacted on 0800 328 1699. Alternatively, guests can use their own hire company.

Please note, Mobility at Sea can only provide equipment on Southampton to Southampton sailings. We do not have a recommended supplier in other countries, but guests can independently hire and bring this on-board, provided that the equipment meets our size / safety requirements. Unfortunately, representatives from a hire company that is not Mobility at Sea will not be permitted to board the ship. You may find How can I hire mobility aids?  helpful.

If guests are bringing their own or a hired hoist, please ensure that the cabin booked is suitable, that the equipment will fit through the cabin door and there will be sufficient floor space.


Guests will also need to check that the hoist is compatible with the ship's electrical supply, (see below).The standard electrical supply in the United Kingdom is 50HZ (cycles) and 240V. Guests will need to check with the manufacturer, or supplier, that the item is safe to use and that the overall performance will not be affected or damaged at 60HZ.

  • Iona - 220V / 60HZ
  • Arcadia - 220V / 110V / 110HZ
  • Arvia - 220V / 60HZ
  • Aurora - 220V / 60HZ
  • Azura - 230V / 115V / 60HZ
  • Britannia - 230V / 120V / 60HZ
  • Ventura - 230V / 115V / 60HZ


Once they have embarked, the ship’s Electrical Officer may wish to inspect and test their equipment prior to sailing. We would suggest guests check-in no later than the allocated time on their Boarding Pass to ensure they have enough time for this. Guests will be responsible for the carriage and installation of their own electrical equipment and their hoist must remain in their cabin at all times. Guests should ensure any extension lead for the hoist is long enough to reach the required areas.

Pool hoists

The following ships have a pool hoist available. They all feature a chair hoist designed for self-transfer and have a weight limit 136kg.

  • Arvia* - All pools
  • Britannia* - Riviera pool the Serenity pool (both in the shallow end)
  • Azura - Aqua Pool (deep end)
  • Arcadia - Neptune Pool (shallow end)
  • Aurora - Crystal Pool (shallow end)
  • Iona* - All pools/ some whirlpools
  • Ventura - Laguna Pool (shallow end)


*There is only one pool hoist available, however this can be moved from pool to pool. Contact Reception whilst on-board to request pool hoist use, we suggest giving 24 hours ' notice.

There is no pool hoist available for the whirlpool spas, Hydrotherapy pool and Terrace pool.

Additional Information

  • You must ensure to ask every guest “In the unlikely event of an emergency, would anyone on the booking need assistance?”. If they would require assistance, please add the relevant level of support to Polar Online using the "package list" option. If a guest is bringing a mobility scooter or wheelchair on board, you must add evacuation chair assistance for them. However, it’s not possible to add this resource to existing bookings. If this step is missed or needs to be added post-booking, please complete the Partnership Helpdesk Webform and we'll come back to you as soon as possible. For bookings sailing within the next six months, you should call the Partnership Helpdesk for urgent support.
  • If the guest has mobility or accessibility requirements, they must complete their "Your on-board needs" questionnaire via My Cruise as soon as possible. You can send them a reminder to do this by following this process guide.
  • We have a range of how-to-guides on Shine Rewards Club. Please click here for Cunard and here for P&O Cruises.
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