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  1. Some years ago, we were checking out both the Columbia and Mississippi river cruises and was told that they all have to be ADA compliant. Unfortunately, Ruth passed away before we booked one and I did not desire to do it alone. Do not remember which lines we were looking at, however their ships did have cabins for the handicap. One of the ships on the Mississippi even offered tours that that were handicap accessible.
  2. Info copied from deck plans applicable to cabins 4605 and 4607. Two twin beds that convert to Royal King, and private bathroom. Stateroom: 117 sq. ft.; Accessible: 128 sq. ft. Have a wonderful cruise. Betty
  3. We stayed at Doubletree by Hilton San Juan, 105 de Diego Avenue, San Juan and took a taxi to the ship. I do not remember what I paid for a taxi, regardless, I felt it was reasonable. I use a small scooter, thus we did not require an “accessible” taxi. If you require an “accessible” vehicle, just mention to whoever calls for taxis. Sailing on Royal Caribbean, you will probably depart from Pan American Pier, thus not near the Old San Juan down-town area. There are a number of hotels in the Old San Juan area, but I am not familiar with any of them. When we sailed from Pan American Pier, the ship had an evening sail-away which allowed people time to see some of Old San Juan before the cruise. In Old San Juan, I believe the trolley has space for one mobility device, however I have not ever used it. We scooted everywhere on our own. The sidewalks have cutouts with some in strange places. Yes, one has to pay attention when riding on those sidewalks. Most are rather high and in some areas rather narrow. If you stay in the main area shopping area of old San Juan, should not have any problems. You would also be able to get to Castillo de San Cristóbal (fort) without any problems. If you have an American Parks Pass, that can be used for free entry. The map below is about the best I have found for old San Juan (across the harbor from where you will board the ship). Have a wonderful cruise, Betty
  4. Likewise, this does not answer your question, however on at least one trip, maybe two, the port's tenders were used and they carried our scooters on and off for us. I'm reluctant to make any positive statements, regardless, recently I've noticed that the cruise lines are sort of going back to putting small (light weight) mobility devices on tenders if the person is able to walk on. In that aspect, they do not commit themselves until everything else (weather, ocean condition) is doable.
  5. Normally I just go through in the standard line and wait my turn. I'm comfortably sitting on my scooter and cannot justify going ahead of the line. Unless the TSA system has a specific designated area for those of us with mobility devices, I do not mind waiting my turn. Many of those standing and waiting line could be experiencing discomfort. Have a wonderful cruise. Betty
  6. Unless things have changed, please do not expect the ship to take care of the scooter. Your are the one renting it, thus it is your responsibility. Have a wonderful cruise, Betty
  7. My info is not current, however, maybe it will help. In October 2007, my friend and I boarded the train in Santa Barbara to Los Angeles. We both used scooters. We did not have any reservations. There was also a third lady with us, however she does not require a scooter. In October 2014, my friend took Amtrak from San Diego to Santa Barbara without any reservations. I think she scooted from the ship to a station nearby. Also, in September, 2014, we did a number of east coast trips, however I had made reservations on all those. If there was an option for advising we were using mobility devices, I would have checked it, however we did not request any special assistance. Have a wonderful cruise, Betty
  8. Don - The size of that guy would probably squashed me. I'm not exactly small, regardless, that guy was big. Yes, I can attest that people all over the world are wonderful. Actually in the 60 some cruises I've been, I've only experienced two incidents. The other one was some guy talking to his wife while running across traffic. He actually hit me broad side and apologized and his wife accused me of running over him. In the long run, it is probably better that he hit me. If he would have hit the railing, he might have gone over. It was an upper deck with a banister around the area where we can look down at the decks below to see everything. I fully understand the benefits many can receive from using a mobility scooter and think it is great that they are using them. However, I do feel that those that who are not disabled utilize the standard cabins; most the disabled do not have any options. I can survive in a standard cabin and the hardships are minimal. Regardless, I am not really comfortable in the standard cabins. There are challenges. I am not sure, however Medicare use to have some restrictions on the type of scooter. They did have a negative attitude toward the three wheel scooters. I personally do not want a large scooter. I like the little three wheel. Betty
  9. It sounds like you pretty much have everything under control. The problem with the elevators is the lack of courtesy. At times when the majority are going to some function, it may seem we have to wait forever while the able bodied just walk right in ahead of us. Seems like we just may be below their vision. Also, there are many that are very nice and allow us to have our turn. The worse I have personally experienced was a long legged man that just stepped over the front of my scooter as I was entering the elevator. Not wanting him on my lap, I stopped, but wished I hadn't. One of the cruise lines occasionally lets those of us on mobility devices escape muster before the mob in hopes that we can access the elevators. Excluding the rush times, you should not have any problems with the elevators. Ruth and I would normally head for dinner a bit early to avoid the crowd. Easier to wait at the dinning room door and dodge the mob. If you plan on doing a lot of cruising, I'd suggest you consider purchasing your own scooter. From what I've heard, rental is not cheap. I was in St. Maarten in December and the sidewalk into town was sort of tore up one place and I sort of got stuck. Nothing major, just an inconvenience. In Grand Turk, Carnival's private island type area is totally accessible. San Juan some of the sidewalks are rather high and some are rather narrow. They do have cutouts. If you have a National Parks Access Pass, that will allow you free access to most the sights in San Juan. Castillo de San Cristóbal is close enough to the ships that you can easily get there on your own. I have been told there is one space for a mobility device on the trolley, but have never checked it out. Have a wonderful cruise, Betty
  10. Your biggest problem on the ship will probably be the elevators. So please be prepared to wait. Other than that, just take your time and you should not have any problems. If you have a very standard scooter, do something unique to make it stand out. I have a kitty license plate on my basket. I also have a cord on my key and always ask the waiter that parks it to bring the key back to me. I'm assuming that you have booked an HC cabin. If not, please verify that your scooter will fit through the cabin door. Also, you should fill out the special needs form. Ask your TA for one. Most ships are very accessible, however some of the older ones have strange routes getting to public places. Thus find the routes that work best for you. The crew is always considerate and very helpful. Just take easy and you should experience a wonderful trip. I assume you are referring to your cruise on the Radiance. You will require transportation to the ship's terminal. Unless they have changed things, mobility devices could not go over the bridge. All the ports of call are fairly accessible. San Juan has a steep hill, but is doable. Just make sure your scooter is always fully charged when you go ashore. You have plenty of time between now and that cruise, thus you should be very familiar with your scooter. I up-graded my batteries to 12V 15AH to get better mileage. At the time I had a few extra pounds and it really made a difference. If you have one with lithium batteries, I believe you have to take the batteries out and carry them on airplanes with you. The airlines will probably ask you to fill out their form when you book. Have a wonderful cruise, Betty
  11. You mentioned that you have wheelchair assistance to baggage claim. It has been over 10 years since the last time I flew into LAX, however at that time the airline provided assistance to get our scooters and luggage and then escorted us to the shuttles. Other than drive our scooters, we did not have to do anything. Currently, I have gate delivery for my scooter. In December, for my flight home, in Atlanta, I was escorted all the way to my connecting flight and in Minneapolis I was escorted all the way to the exterior door where my transportation was waiting. I do not know if that is a new standard or if those escorting me just enjoyed the walk. I attach my suitcase to the back of my scooter, thus I am totally independent. In both cases it was nice having someone to chat with. I would suggest that you contact your airline and verify what service you are getting. Have a wonderful cruise, Betty
  12. Well, this is not exactly what you are seeking, but it is the best place I can think of that you could see a multitude of animals up close... San Diego. To my knowledge, San Diego Zoo is still one of the largest in the world. We took my grandparents from Denmark there many years and they thoroughly enjoyed their visit. I also took my granddaughters there in more recent times and they thoroughly enjoyed it. One can easily spend a full day there. The zoo does offer forms of transportation. I believe San Diego port is basically a port for cruise departure or arrivals. Not aware of San Diego being a port of call. To my knowledge, most tours avoid animal places because people fail to abide by the rules. Ruth and I traveled all over the world and I cannot think of any ports where they had wild life nearby. However Ruth was able to ride an elephant in Phuket, Thailand and a camel in Tangier, Morocco (I baby sat the camel's calf). In Dubai, camel rides were available, in stead, I held one of the birds or prey (actually, it held onto my arm). We have also been to the Ostrich Farm in Aruba which was a very nice trip. Think they also had a llama there at the time. One can take a taxi to and from or they still may offer some form of transportation. I have also been to the donkey refuge in Aruba. Confiscated apples and pears from the ship to give to the donkeys. The donkeys sure enjoyed the fruit. Booked a round trip taxi, except we had him drop us off at Wilhelmina Park so the gal with me could see all the wild iguanas. It is approximately 1 km back to ship from the park. Nassau has the Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Center. We scooted to and from the ship, however it is recommended that one takes a taxi. The route we took was not considered safe. Some of the other Caribbean islands have refuges for donkeys or horses. St. Maarten use to have a nice zoo, but gave away their animals to another island zoo after they got hit by a hurricane. The monkeys in Gibraltar are very friendly and out right thieves. They will take anything they can get away with. The Norwegian Fjords has goats and birds plus a slim chance of seeing a Norwegian Fjord horse. I do not recall seeing any of the horses, but we saw a lot of goats and birds and a lot of snow. One of the early spring cruises. Both Ruth and I require the use of a mobility scooter. At the time we visited many of these places, there was not anything “wheelchair accessible”, thus I sent dimensions and weight of our scooters to most of the private tours verifying that they could transport our scooters. I was told that the Zoo in Washington, D.C. was the largest in the world. Well, that may be land wise, however when I was there they had very few animals. That was in the mid 50s. Hope you can find something that you can thoroughly enjoy. Betty
  13. There are too many unknown factors. It is not the cabin as much as it is the width of the door to get in and out vs width of scooter. As soon as you have that info, you should be able to determine exactly what would work for you. Have a wonderful cruise, Betty
  14. Most the Scandinavian ports are real easy to get around. Yes, they have the cobble stones and many bumps, regardless if you look at a map and predetermine what you want to see, chances you can get there without too much problem. I am not familiar with Kristiansand or Skagen. For Oslo, since you will be on foot, I would suggest taking the Ho Ho bus. Oslo is spread out, thus that could entail a lot of walking. We both used mobility scooters and used the metro to get to the further most point and scooted back toward town. Copenhagen will depend on the ship you are on. If it is small ship, chances are that you will dock at Langelinie. The advantage there is the fact you would be closer to the center of Copenhagen. However, if it is a medium to large ship, you will be docked Nordhavnen. I understand that the metro has been completed, thus you can get from Nordhaven either on the metro or a bus. You will definitely require transportation out of Nordhaven, where as, Langelinie is within walking distance of some sights. Both Copenhagen and Oslo have excellent transportation systems, however using the Hop on buses might be the easiest. You will find that most of the sights let the “helper” in free of charge. This is because it is up to the helper to assist the disabled person. That includes getting them up and down stairs if need be. Very few of the historical buildings have elevators. If you are fond of “fish & chips” make a stop at Torvehallerne. Right in the midst Copenhagen and very close to many sights. I have had great fish & chips in London, but these are the best. Also, Tivoli Gardens is in Copenhagen. Too bad that the ships do not spent the night in Copenhagen. That is the best time to go to Tivoli Gardens. Have a wonderful cruise. Betty
  15. I have been to all. Basically, we just put together a map with the places we wanted to see within scooting distance from the ship and saw things on our own. The routes are not necessarily the smoothest, but were doable. No worse than the cobble stones in Europe. Since I've been to all, the last few trips plus the up-coming trips, I just have things shown in basically scooting distance and use the maps to avoid getting lost. If this is of any interest to you, I can send you my .doc files for each. Just email me at bettysworldnow@yahoo.com with a note in subject “from Cruise Critic board”. I have a tendency to dumb strange email. Have a wonderful cruise, Betty
  16. Excluding the guarantee cabins, there are some aspects we can benefit by. Yes, I agree we all need to book early to get an accessible cabin. Regardless, if you have a decent TA and your cabin category price drops before final payment, and you bring it to your TA's attention, your TA will get that lesser price for you. We have already received a big discount on a booking we made a few months ago for a 2021 sailing. I informed my TA of the price drop and the next morning we had a new confirmation with the better price. As far as up-grades, it is by cabin category only and if you are in a HC cabin, they suppose to have your approval for upgrades. They do not normally check to see if the up grade cabin is an HC cabin or not. That is something you would have to verify. From what I have seen, it is not normally an HC cabin. One of the cruise lines use to have a waiting list and I think it was Celebrity. Unfortunately, cancelled HC cabins normally went back into general inventory without the HC status. I do not know if that situation has changed or not. We grabbed one of those cancelled cabins once because I knew the cabin number.
  17. Actually, you can pretty much see what ever you want on your own. The roads or sidewalks are not any better than the cobble stones in Europe, but they are doable. I've been to all the ports multiple times. Using Google maps, you can determine the distances you will be traveling. I currently use 12V15AH batteries, thus better mileage. Roadtown – Suggest you refer to Google maps and copy a map area a bit further north than what I show on the attached one. The Botanical Garden is worth a visit and it is a tad bit north of what I show. Head there first and then you can see the rest of the things when you come back into the town area. The ship indicates where you will dock. St. Martin, I normally just go into town. Many years ago, before becoming disabled, I did see a few sights out of town. Now I just take the sidewalk into town and collect the free give-aways (jewelry) for my granddaughters. The sidewalk from the ship comes in on the lower right hand side of my map. Unfortunately, one of the hurricanes wiped out their zoo. The animals they were able to rescue, they donated to another island. San Juan you have a couple choices of Forts worth visiting. However, Castillo de San Cristóbal is the easiest one to get to from the ship. Actually, it is much closer than Castillo San Felipe del Morro. I have heard that there is a space for a wheelchair on the free trolley that goes to all the sights, but have never seen the trolley, thus I do know. San Juan sidewalks do have curb cutouts with a few in strange places. The ship on my map is the area you will dock at. There is a beautiful walk way directly west of the dock and it is doable. It will take you to the city gate. It does go further north, but we never went that direction. I am hoping to get to Casa Blanca on my next trip. They have goofy hours. It is suppose to be partially wheelchair accessible and I would really like to see the insides. If you have a small scooter, many taxis are willing to take you. They normally charged the same rate, however we would give a little extra tip for lifting the scooters in and out of the trunk (boot). Have a wonderful cruise, Betty
  18. Kristin, Due to an abundance of unknown factors, we normally did not book anything in advance. That particular trip was in mid October and the only place we had a problem was Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. They could not accommodate both scooters at the afternoon program and we did not want to be out after dark. Sherlock Holmes museum was just around the corner, regardless we headed off someplace else of interest. I've been to Buckingham Palace twice. The first time was back in 1998 when my granddaughter who was just 9 years old then. For some reason, she did not want to go in. Regardless, she enjoyed watching everything going on outside and we had to see the changing of the guards. The other time was when Ruth and I were there That was in October 2013 and Ruth was not interested in going in. I think she may have visited there in her college days. People were going in and coming out, but I am not aware of circumstances. If your tour in Copenhagen is actually in Copenhagen, ask your tour guide to stop at Torvehallerne for lunch. You can find excellent “fish & chips” in London, but this place has the best in the world. It is close to Rosenborg Castle where the Danish Crown Jewels are kept. This is where your “helper” comes in handy. There is not any elevator and the Crown Jewels are in the basement, thus it is up to your “helper” to get you up and down the stairs. What I remember most about the Crown Jewels is not the jewels, it is the “armor”. Actually, the size of the armor. Those men had to be little, a fact that someone confirmed. Also, if you are an art buff, Vor Frue Kirke (Copenhagen Cathedral) is home to Thorvaldsen's statues of Christ & the apostles. Do not think it is on any of the regular tours. I became aware of it when my grandparents visited us in the Los Angeles area. There is a replica of Christ statue at Forest Lawn which my grandmother noticed immediately. If you are doing the castle tour, Frederksborg (Europe's best) and Kronborg (Hamlets), it is unlikely that you will have much time to see anything in Copenhagen. Regardless, in my opinion, Frederksborg is definitely tops. They do have an elevator, however I doubt that the up stairs is open to the general public but would not hurt to ask. . We were with my cousin at the time and he managed to get us access to the elevator. Also, depending on the time of year, the tour might stop at the Queen's summer residence (Fredensborg Slot) for the Changing of the Guards. It is too early for the Copenhagen's Port Authority to show your docking. However, based on the size of Island Princess, you could dock at Langelinie. The Advantage there is you would be close to central Copenhagen. Actually, it is just a mile to Amalienborg Castle and you would go right past the Little Mermaid. I believe Amalienborg is still the Queen's winter home where you can also see the Changing of the Guards. The metro at Nordhavn /Orientkaj extension opens in early 2020. Thus this would provide transportation out of the Port. Scooters are not allowed on Copenhagen buses. The metro in Copenhagen is fairly new. I have not used it. In my able bodied days, I used either the buses or the trains. I have used the trains in recent times, however my cousin usually picks us up at the ship. Love your itinerary. I have not been to Hamburg or Gothenburg but have visited other parts of Sweden and Germany. With your tour, I also doubt that you could benefit with the Copenhagen Card. We used it for transportation and sights. Have a wonderful cruise, Betty
  19. To my knowledge, all the European countries will allow “helper” free if you show your placard (HC parking permit). Both Ruth and I carried our placards and they only charged us for one entry fee. On one occasion, we were with my cousin and his wife at Kronborg. Commonly referred to as “Hamlet's Castle” (Kronborg is a castle and stronghold in the town of Helsingør, Denmark. Immortalized as Elsinore in William Shakespeare's play Hamlet). My cousin is also disabled and I think the clerk was ready to just give up and let us all in. We ended up with two free and two paid. Buckingham Palace either let us both in free or charged only one entry. There were a couple places in London that did let us both in free and I do not remember who did. London Tower only charged us for one. That I remember because the clerks said they had never seen two disabled traveling together. I have not been to that particular Out Door Museum, but have been to a couple others. One charged for one person and the other let us both in free. You may find that some of the areas are not accessible. Regardless, it is definitely worth a visit. If you are going to spend anytime in Copenhagen, check out the Copenhagen Card. On one trip we got it and it saved a bundle of money. When we went to the airport, there was a few hours on our card so I gave it to airport helper that assisted me for a tip and he was thrilled. https://copenhagencard.com/. Have a wonderful trip, Betty
  20. For those of you who have concerns about what others think, please do not worry. Your health is more important than their thoughts. I can walk, that is not an issue, however walking is a form of exertion which creates a serious problem breathing. Thus I use a mobility scooter. Actually, I started out with a two-wheel child's electric scooter with a seat. Loved that little scooter. Got me everyplace. But after my by-pass operation, I got more practical and got a standard small mobility scooter. The lady I traveled with also required a mobility scooter, and yes we spent many nights in standard cabins. Fortunately, she also carried a small home made step so she could get in and out of the bathroom. And yes, I did help her off the floor a few times. She also had a potentially serious accident in an HC bathroom when her hand / arm slipped between the grab bar and the wall. That time I had to call for help. Other than sleeping and bathing, we did not spend much time in our cabin. Ruth passed away a few years ago and I dearly miss her. I've been fortunate enough to travel with some other ladies, thus still cruising. In more recent times, Princess provided a nightly charging for all scooters in standard cabins. They would take the scooter at night and return it in the morning. Since I would require mine in the event of an emergency, I just parked it in the closet and charged it myself. For our up-coming cruise, it will be parked in the closet. I do not know if the nightly charging is a standard practice on Princess. Years ago, on a couple of Celebrity's small ships they had a designated area to park scooters. Personally, I think it is wonderful that those that can get more enjoyment out of traveling with a mobility scooter is great. However, they should not deprive others that do not have an option. That is the main reason I push enforcing restrictions on the use of the cabins for the disabled. Also, if all cruise lines could offer a charging station to leave the scooters at would relieve much of the problem. Like most of you, I've heard every excuse imaginable for booking HC cabins. Rather than condone the issue, I will leave or change the subject entirely. At one day and age, I would have agreed with a letter from one's doctor. However, if you do a search on the internet , chances are that you will find a letter that you can purchase. The reason I suggest the placard is due to the fact it is a “legal” document that is more apt to be real, not a product of lies or forged info. Actually, I do travel with a blanket letter regarding my disability and my needs. I mainly use it for airlines (scooter and free medical suitcase). However, that letter, along with a complete list of my prescriptions, was a blessing when I was in an accident. The ship's doctor, doctors in two hospitals and a nursing home thanked me and complimented me for having it. I have the letter up-dated every year, thus it is current. I have not ever had to pay for my letter, however I have heard that many doctors do charge for one. Since I became handicap, I've had to fill out a form for every cruise I've been on. The form does require that we advise the ship of our special needs. To my recollection, as well as the common needs, they all allow areas for specific needs. Out of the three different forms I recently submitted, one cruise line did write back and asked for more specific info regarding one problem. Do not remember if it was NCL, Carnival or Princess. Regardless it was enlightening. For any of you that travel to Europe, the placard will usually get your “helper” into the sights free. This is because they do not offer any type of assistance to the disabled. Ruth and I both carried our placards and they only charged one entry which we split. And yes, we did help each other.
  21. Thank you for your awareness. We sincerely appreciate it. However, neither you nor Royal Caribbean did anything wrong. After a certain point before the sail date, if the HC cabins have not been booked by a disabled, they go into general inventory, thus available for bookings for all. This protects the ships from having to sail with an empty cabin.
  22. How brave are you? I cannot offer any info regarding a ship's tour, however Oslo is fairly easy to do on your own. We scooted from the ship to the main metro station and took the metro to Frogner Park station. After visiting the park, we headed back toward town on our own to the Palace. There was a nasty hill getting up to the Palace, so we took it easy going up. The Palace grounds were beautiful, however I do not know if the Palace is open to the public or not. Anyway, we continued east to the other side of town to visit the “Mini” bottle museum. Unfortunately it was closed that day. From that point, we headed south to Akershus Fortress... another hill to climb. Visited the various sights up there and then took the path down the hill to the ship. That was before we had the heavy duty batteries and we carried a spare set. However, ever since I switched to the 15AH, I can get a lot more mileage and no longer carry a spare set. I believe most of the suppliers now offer the 12 V, 15 AH in the conventional gel cell batteries now. The Scandinavian countries offer accessible public transportation. Denmark did not allow scooters on the buses, regardless their trains are accessible and used for city transportation. Your ship is small enough that there is a good chance you will dock at Langelinie in Copenhagen. From Langelinie, you can scoot right into town on your own. Of course, if the ship docks at Oceankaj you would probably need transportation out of the port. I do not believe the metro is completed in that area. However, the train just outside the port does offer transportation into town. Hope you are use to cobblestones. You might want to try lunch at Torvehallerne in Copenhagen. Specifically, “fish and chips”. I've enjoyed fish and chips in London a couple times, regardless, Torvehallerne has them beat. Be sure to take your parking placard with you. Most the sights in Europe and Great Britain will let your “helper” in free at the various sights. Please verify any “accessible” ship's tour you book. Many times they are just transporting your device and you may be expected to get on and off the bus on your own. Have a wonderful cruise, Betty
  23. Yes, I am fully aware of booking early. Ruth and I traveled together over ten years and 40 cruises and yes we booked many cruises when the bookings opened or occasionally we would find a deal we could not resist. Fortunately, if the price dropped before final payment and we brought it to our TA's attention, she would get the better price for us. If we booked a special deal we might end up in a standard cabin, which did happen a few times.. If you think it is tight with a scooter in a standard cabin, try two scooters in a standard cabin. Ruth passed away two days before we were to start one of our five cruise marathons. Yes, we created our own b-2-b on multiple cruises. My up-coming cruises, Cathy had already booked and I joined her. Fortunately, she was able to switch to an HC cabin on one cruise, but the other one we will be in a standard cabin. Cathy and I have cruised together and she is aware of the challenges. However, for the cruise we booked together, it is not until 2021 and we booked it some months ago through my TA. And yes, we have an HC cabin. Also, when a sale popped up, we got the discount. And yes, I agree it would be great if there were more accessible cabins on the ships. However, I believe it is on a percentage basis as demanded by ADA. However, if the able bodied did not book them, it would give a few more of us an opportunity to take more cruises in comfort. So in stead of fighting among ourselves, lets do what we can to eliminate the problem. I believe there have been some statistics regarding the increased numbers of disabled, get the ADA to increase the required number of accessible cabins. May not solve the problem, but sure might help. The space and special accommodations cost the cruise lines money. They will not voluntarily change. Let's all have a wonderful cruise, Betty
  24. Jim, I believe you may truly be handicap, but since it is a “nasty” word you will not admit it. I suggested the placard because it is only issued to people that cannot walk specific distance without possible harm or death. Handrails are a form or aids. I can also walk, I just lack the ability to breath.... with or without hand rails, thus I use a scooter and yes, I have HC plates on my van and my placard in my purse. And I do walk without places or distances I feel safe doing. Being stuck with a mobile device is no fun. To my knowledge, none of us have any desire to prevent someone who truly needs the accommodations in a HC cabin. Regardless, there are many who abuse the system, thus those of us that need it are deprived. Personally, I do not want to know why a person may need the accommodations, however we need some was to prevent those who do not need said accommodations from depriving those who do require the accommodations. Preferably a legal non-intrusive way. Could you be so kind to share some constructive ideas. Thanks, Betty
  25. The route into town and the sidewalks in town are not the best in the world, however it is only about 1 ½ miles into the center of town from the ship. On one trip, as we were headed to Blackbeard's Castle, the police stopped us and told us it was not safe due to crime rate. So we just wandered around town. We have made the trip a number of times. Have a wonderful cruise, Betty
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