Wheelchair-accessible MS Godesburg and MS Asbach
“Nothing about us without us” is Matthias Rösch’s motto. By this he means the inclusion of people with disabilities as experts in their own affairs. The 56-year-old became a paraplegic after a traffic accident as a teenager and has been dependent on a wheelchair and personal assistant ever since. Forty-year-old Stephan Heym is visually impaired. He says he has three-percent vision and can recognise outlines and distinguish between light and dark. This trip is precisely about Rösch’s motto. We want to experience together how accessible the boat cruise is, what can still be improved and how to incorporate an excursion at our destination.
Accessibility means that areas are designed in such a way that they can be accessed, used and experienced by everyone without assistance. This is a matter very close to KD’s heart. “We are getting more and more enquiries from guests who are in a wheelchair or have a walking impediment asking us which sections of the Middle Rhine, which entry points and which ships are particularly suitable for them. As our two ships the MS Asbach and MS Godesburg are wheelchair accessible, we decided to have this standard certified in Rhineland-Palatinate, so that we can provide guests with reliable information,” says Chairman of the KD Board Dr Achim Schloemer. Access to both ships is at ground level. The MS Godesburg, built in 1994, has a particularly spacious saloon and a large open deck. Guests can access all decks via two stair lifts. On the MS Asbach, which was built in 1996, a lift gives passengers access to all decks.