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  1. I wonder how a solo pax w/limited mobility is supposed to get herself, luggage & rollator/walker to the pick-up areas?
  2. After a few years w/a cane & then a rollator/walker, I rented a scooter (Special Needs at Sea) for the first time in Aug. for a 16 day Princess cruise. It made the cruise so much easier! I also took my rollator/walker since we had 3 tender ports. I can walk/do a few steps, but not for very far. However, the ships are approx. 915 ft. long -- that's 3 football fields! I also had an accessible cabin for the first time. I've reserved a scooter for my next cruise; that's w/a regular cabin (no HA cabin was available), so I've reserved a smaller (19"), folding scooter that fits thru the cabin door. I have a 3rd scooter reserved for a long cruise next year, in an HA cabin. The 3 rental costs would have paid for my own scooter by now, but I don't have the necessary adaptions on my car or anyone to help me move the scooter. I usually travel solo, so I must be able to manage my equipment & luggage. The airport wheelchair "pushers" are life-savers! Moving about on a huge cruise ship for a week or 2 is a LOT of work for your recovering body. Don't hesitate to use the mobility tools available to you; you'll have a lot more fun!
  3. I was also on the Caribbean Princess in Aug/Sept this year. CP is almost identical to other PCL ships (Star, Sapphire, Emerald, etc.) It didn't seem crowded to me -- just the normal congestion of 2600 people. Of course, it was rather cool/cold, foggy & windy on most of the sea day so people tended to stay inside more. That may have made folks feel crowded. We had fabulous weather in all the ports -- cool & sunny. I use a scooter (on board & at Canadian ports) & a rollator/walker in the Greenland ports. Yes, the "roads" in Qarqortoq & Nanortalik were difficult (gravel) to manage so I didn't see as much as other more mobile pax. However, the ports were definitely worth my effort. I took colorful pencils for the school-age children & distributed them as I went in the 2 smaller villages. I gave them to a mom & grandma that I met in Nuuk. Everyone seemed happy to get them. Your cruise will be great!
  4. You're flying to the UK? For an international flight you must be at the airport 3 hrs. before departure -- 4:00 pm (1600 hrs.) If the NCL transport gets you to LAX at 2:00 -- not too long to be "stuck at the airport". Good luck!
  5. The greatest threat to your health on a cruise is your fellow passengers! Be sure to get your flu shot!
  6. You have 24 days to do as you darn well please! ENJOY! I just did a 16-day solo, with 6 ports & 9 sea days. I've solo-ed before several times, but this one was, for some reason, especially "free-ing". ENJOY being you!
  7. I haven't been to St. Thomas or St. Martin in 7 years & this will be my first time while using a scooter. I'll be there on the Regal Princess in mid-Nov. As I recall, you can hardly walk in St. Thomas, much less use a scooter -- still true? What about St. Martin? Also, any idea what a taxi for 3 to Megan's Bay will cost? THANKS!
  8. UPDATE: In C312, I had a small round table but no"arm" chair -- only the desk chair. It was sufficient for breakfast. That cabin was big & good for both my rollator & scooter.
  9. I'll be using a rented scooter on a cruise next month for the first time. I know I can't take it on the tenders (3 stops), but what's the Princess process for getting off/on in docked ports? I'll be on the Caribbean Princess in Nova Scotia (2) & Newfoundland (dock ports). I did also post this on the Disabled Passengers forum. Thanks.
  10. I'll be using a rented scooter on a cruise next month for the first time. I know I can't take it on the tenders (3 stops), but what's the process for getting off/on in docked ports? I'll be on the Caribbean Princess in Nova Scotia & Newfoundland (dock ports). I'll also post this on the Princess board. Thanks!
  11. In 2014 I did such a cruise on Holland America's Prisendam -- 14 days. At the time I wanted to see the Atlantic side of Ireland as well as Dublin & Belfast (I was determined to see the Giants' Causeway). I loved the itinerary. I'd love to do it again (on a different ship), but I'd prefer a driving trip -- not possible right now.
  12. This one of the reasons my late DH & I started to cruise 45 years ago -- so his firm couldn't call him back to solve some "problem".
  13. DRS/NC

    Concerned

    Let's just keep it our secret!
  14. DRS/NC

    Concerned

    Thrak -- please quit telling people about the outer deck area behind Adagio! That's my secret place on the ships! 😉
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