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  1. Wow! Did you know Rodney and Del? Were you in Peckham? Interested Yank here. Is it Ok for me to post?
  2. First, I would contact your airline and advise them of your needs. They should tell you all you need to know about what they can provide to accommodate handicapped passengers. Second, you need to Google the ADA rules for air passengers. There is a wealth in information there. Sometimes the info given here on CC is incorrect or just plain wrong. There are many experts here on CC. Your best source of info is the airline and most importantly the official government sources. Airline personnel too can be grossly incorrect with their info. The government info is the final word. Get a copy of the regs and TAKE THEM WITH YOU! I've had airline personnel tell me I had to pay extra for medical equipment baggage and that I could not take medicines on board. Incorrect! The regs state otherwise. If you have the regs in hand, you can then quote chapter and verse. Boarding priorities: Handicapped have first boarding on ANY flight that goes into or out of the US. Don't take my word for it. Look it up in the regs and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. There are so many other important points you need to be aware of I just can't cover them all here. Hope this helps. I'm sure you'll have a trouble free flight. Just get educated beforehand.
  3. The Cunard rep offered me a non HC since they didn't have an HC. She even stated that the door was wide enough to accommodate my scooter. Beyond that, I know nothing about their policy.
  4. Interesting. I too have had some serious problems with Princess.
  5. mlb, Exactly. Fold it yourself. You don't want someone 'learning' on your scooter. Likewise with anyone who offers to drive or park your scooter on the ship as in the MDR. Chances are that they don't know how to operate it and will learn by experimenting. Not good. Then there are a very few who like to impress others with their driving skills and with how fast they can go. Some like to play with the equipment too. I've had them want to play with the horn or bell as they go. Damages occur! More hassles. Park it yourself. Know where it is at all times. Keep it in sight. If it has a key, lock it and take the key. This is analogous to the parking lot attendant who chose to race and speed shift my sports car. I was not happy. Unfortunately there are more and more who have no respect for other's property. I would never jump into a parked car and play with the controls. I could be arrested. But there are those who will do it on your scooter. And then you get the arguments from management if you complain. I have had all these things happen to me but I won't belabor this with specific details. I also don't want to sound negative about this. Most all are very considerate and you'll probably have a trouble free trip. Just use common sense. Lock your house, car, and luggage before you leave and have a good trip and keep my suggestions in mind.
  6. We absolutely love Cunard! Unfortunately there are NO rock climbing walls, water slides, belly flop contests, belching contests, etc. If you're under 50 you'll probably hate it. The sophistication and quality is unheard of on mainline cruises. Very British and very cultured.
  7. Please note: NEVER check your scooter as baggage. If you check it at the door to the plane they will return it to you (at the door) when you arrive at your destination. Otherwise it is just baggage. You may be charged for it as such and it has a higher likelihood of being lost. That happened to me on Singapore Airlines even after being checked at the airplane door. They sent it to baggage and when I arrived in Singapore---no scooter at the door. They couldn't find it and told me to go across the airport to baggage claim area to find it. How? No scooter for transportation! What a mess! And I did not even check it as baggage! And Singapore Air is one of the highest rated airlines! Get your education now! Look up the ADA rules for airline passengers now. You can Google for that info and get the proper government site. Know your rights before you encounter problems. Airline personnel do not always know their rules or procedures. Don't expect them to know or follow what you should know. Here are some important points: Review the rules beforehand. There is no charge for carrying anything medical (including a scooter, charger, battery, medicines, etc.). I've been told otherwise by American personnel. I refused to pay for extra medical baggage and after a length of time, they finally figured it out but only after my adamant refusal to pay extra. NEVER check these items as baggage! What if they lose them or they are damaged? You're sunk! You always have top priority for boarding. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. If you get what seems incorrect info, get names, dates, specific times, etc and write it down. If they give you incorrect info., by all means get their info and ask to talk to the designated ADA person in charge for clarification. The ADA airline representative must be available at all times! All these rules apply to any airline that travels to or from any US airport. No airline is excepted even if they are from the Peoples Republic of Podunkia. If you fly out of Podunkia and into Republic of Kerplunkia, you're out of luck. Only in or out of USA. This is just a general overview and I could have made an error here or there. That's why you need to check the ADA rules for airlines from an official Government site. Don't expect problems because you will usually have a trouble free flight. But be prepared and carry a copy of the ADA rules with you for reference if you do encounter problems. Any more questions, please ask. I'm not an authority. I've just traveled quite a bit. Good luck. BTW: The airline is responsible for any damages. If you have a new scooter, I would ask them to note any or no damages when it is turned over at the door. Get it in writing!
  8. I have had a Tzora folding scooter for years and it has been trouble free. It is made in Israel and not China. I have traveled with it all over the world. The only problems I have had were with airline abuse. It has been dragged across concrete, upside down and on the console, causing extensive damage. It never occured to them to roll it upright on the wheels. Then comes the fight with the airlines to get it repaired. Special thanks to the caring folks at American. In my experience, the cost of rental a couple times will pay for the purchase of your own scooter.
  9. Why not just place a light 'throw' over the legs? I can't imagine anyone kicking about that.
  10. Experienced here. We love the QM2 and have done a couple crossings on her and all in Inside Accessible. On NY-Southampton crossings, the North Seas can get very rough during the winter. The balcony cabins become much less desirable and often are cheaper that other cabins. Your probability of using it are much less depending on the seas. We have seen some wild crossings where the outside decks were closed. You would never want to use the balcony under those circumstances. All in all all we have been quite happy with our Insides and yes, we have done quite a few outsides and balconies on other ships. We just can't justify it based on use vs. cost. But, to each his own. I think you will be happy with your OV accessible if you're one who needs to see the outside. Standard cabin vs. HC.: I just tried to book a Cunard, Inside, HC. None available but was advised that a standard cabin door was wide enough to get my scooter in. I almost booked until I looked at the square footage. Yes, I could get in but then there is no room to park or turn the scooter around. The difference in square footage is around 152sf vs. around 300sf. Yes, you may get in, but then what? There are more considerations than just getting through the door. Hope this helps. If you have any more questions, please let me know.
  11. Exactly. I just attempted to book an inside accessible on Cunard and was advised that there were none available. However, the door width would accommodate my scooter in a non accessible cabin. I was just about to take it but then considered the square footage and my inability to have adequate inside parking and turn around space at only 152 sf. It just would not work. Door width is only one consideration for accessible needs and accommodations.
  12. #1 or #2? I too have seen it all! I've actually had tablemates pick their boogers and then wipe them on the tablecloth. I would be deleted if I stated the country they were from because that would not be PC. I think a great step forward would be to have ship servers dole out the food in the buffet. Then you only have one person contaminating the serving utensil and thus minimizing the risk. I do plan to bring latex gloves on my next cruise and use them in the buffet.
  13. This is the entitled generation. I have had problems with those who cannot walk a straight line (drunk perhaps) and stagger into me. Next comes the chastisement I get for not warning them with a loud horn (which I don't have). Then there is the elevator exit. I always say loudly, "Backing up' backing up"! to warn of my intentions. Ran over some toes after giving my warning and then was accused of being a bully and not looking behind me. And I still know of no manufacturer who makes a scooter with a back up alarm or camera or rear view mirrors. Also, the able bodied entitlement bullies will push and shove to get on the elevator ahead of wheelchairs that have been first in line. On occasion, I have told them it's Ok, I'll just take the stairs. Many just don't care. But fortunately, there are many more considerate and caring people who do care and are considerate. And please: Never leave you scooter or dirty dishes in the hall! It is against the law! SOLAS regulations. You may be the cause of deaths in an emergency!
  14. They could probably afford it but they choose to spend their discretionary income on an expensive habit that will probably kill them.
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