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  1. Thanks you for the info. Mary Ann. Let me know how it goes in August.
  2. Have you considered using trekking poles (walking sticks) for the bus? I am able to use these almost as well as a walker and they fold up to nothing.
  3. I totally understand. I too am planning my first cruise since my autoimmune disease has worsened and caused mobility issues. I have been on a cane for 2 years and even with that, I struggle to go any distance at all. The cane itself also causes a lot of pain to use as I have hand and wrist issues. I am planning to take a transfer folding wheelchair for the airport and also for the tender port and renting a scooter for the rest of the cruise. I have reserved an accessible cabin because of the scooter and the fact that I need all the grab bars in the bath room as well as the seat in the shower. Also, by the time the cruise comes (2 years), I may be totally wheelchair bound. That was a very hard decision for me. My family insisted I need it and I finally realize they are correct. I am on the younger side, so I understand your reluctance. I will tell you, I did Universal Studios a couple years ago when I was in better condition. I rented a wheelchair and would have never been able to enjoy it without the wheelchair. For me it comes down to staying home or not worrying about what others think and enjoying my life as much as I can. Get the assistance you need so you can enjoy yourself.
  4. Makes sense. I will be cruising on Pride of America out of Honolulu.
  5. Thank you both. Guess I will have to wait and see.
  6. If I get someone to push my wheelchair onto the ship, will I be going in the same entrance or some other entrance? I really enjoy boarding the first time into the main lobby, it is exciting to start your cruise that way. Not sure I would enjoy coming in at the entrance they usually use at port as much so hoping they take you up an elevator and you are able to enter the ship the same way as everyone else.
  7. Thanks Slugsta. I don’t see the thread. Did I miss the link?
  8. I could get up a couple steps with some help from family. I am going to check out excursions and try to get some with limited walking. Maybe leave on ship or just take off folding manual chair. If not a lot of walking, maybe I can just use the cane. As long as there isn’t a long walk to pick up the excursion vehicle. I know we have 1 tender also. Thanks for all your help. I found a scooter/power chair store about an hour from here. I am going to go check it out.
  9. Thank you slugsta. I will try to find a rental agency in the area and see if I can try some. This is quite the adjustment. I do feel like I am stepping backwards. I appreciate your saying that. I keep trying to say to myself that I can do without it and the disabled cabin. I was surprised when my friends suggested I needed to get a handicapped cabin. I know I’m fooling myself. I went to the mall the other day with my cane and was in so much pain just walking for 20 minutes. I do want independence on the cruise. Have you had any problem finding excursions that you can use your chair on? I am going to Hawaii and am afraid I will miss out on everything.
  10. Yes, I do have a cruise booked with NCL. Thank you for the link.
  11. Thanks Slugsta. I do have bad hands due to the RA. I can drive a car, but my hands and fingers start to ache after about 45 minutes. I would love to try many, but I don’t know of anywhere locally to try them. Do you take your electric wheelchair with you or rent one at the ship? I see NCL only accepts scooters or electric wheelchairs with gel cell batteries.
  12. I haven’t travelled with a wheelchair yet, but have been researching. I know you can rent a lift for your cabin from http://specialneedsatsea.com/ and they will deliver it to your ship. Also look at https://www.princess.com/learn/faq_answer/pre_cruise/prepare.jsp#Passengers_Special_Needs for more information..
  13. Thanks so much for the information. At least I will be prepared next time.
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