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  1. Currently on the Summit. We boarded in San Juan so your experience may be different. Our boarding time was 5 pm on the app. We arrived at 11. Followed the expedite arrival signs. Stopped maybe a minute so they could scan the app. 10 minutes at security. Dropped carry on in cabin collected keys on door. Total time less than 15 minutes, most of that at security - wheelchair can't use machine.
  2. Unlimited minutes, two different devices can be logged in at the same time. I used that same package on the equinox not long ago. It’s great for emails and surfing if you don’t mind slow response times. We used it mostly for email and downloading books and videos in the background. You can’t stream but if your service allows you to download you can do that overnight.
  3. We had the Surf package on the equinox from Los Angeles to Hawaii. It would not support Wi-Fi calling. It was significantly slower than the full package. I know because we used our elite minutes before we activated the Surf package and it was capable of supporting Wi-Fi calling.
  4. well I have been to all these ports but sadly I cannot remember. I’ve used a power chair or scooter for over five years So haven’t a needed a tram. Seems like most of the islands that had a long pier had something. I would suggest contacting the special-needs department of the cruise line that you are using
  5. I am certainly no expert but I’ll give you my experience. First I can also walk a little. However getting through an airport and on a cruise ship is beyond my capability. So my choices are a chair or not go. I have chosen to go. That’s my choice and he will of course make his. I have owned two different power devices. The first was a drive medical scooter the second is a ForceMech. Power Chair. I much prefer the power chair for two reasons. It’s much more maneuverable and the batteries last much longer. The total weight about the same both weigh around 60 pounds. TheDrive scooter would come apart into four pieces the heaviest around 25 pounds. The forcemech Folds up but doesn’t get much lighter. My wife could get the drive scooter into the car by taking it apart by herself. With the forcemech I lift one side as she lifts the other and we slide it in the back of our SUV. When we take an airplane, I would drive them down the jetway. I would get off and get into the airplane. The baggage people would pick up the scooter put it in the baggage area and return it to the jetway when we arrived. With the Drive scooter all we had to do was fall down the handle. It uses sealed AGM batteries. They weigh around 12 pounds each and there are two of them in a sealed compartment that pops off the scooter. So that’s the heaviest piece of the scooter. The forcemech Has two lithium ion batteries that each way around 2 pounds. FAA rules mandate that you remove them from the scooter and carry them into the cabin with you. We have a small gym bag that we put them in and put them in the overhead compartment. Then we fold a scooter down and the baggage people take it from the jet way to the baggage compartment on the plane and bring it up to the new jet way when we arrive. We unfold it slip the batteries in and away I go. With the drive scooter I was lucky to get a full day of sightseeing. With the forcemech sometimes goes several days without needing charging and if I just use it around town it’ll go several weeks. With the drive scooter we always took the charger with us and plugged in at lunch or whenever we had a few minutes and a 110v outlet available. Hope this helps
  6. If you see someone wandering around in a black and yellow power chair it’s probably me. Stop me and say hi.
  7. I think that Porter needs to find a different job. These are not wait staff, busboys, etc that get paid less than minimum-wage and wait on you for some time. Often it’s less than 10 minutes. With that said, I often get five to $10. I’ve never had anybody act like it was not sufficient. Some are surprised to get anything at all. So I don’t think there’s a good answer. Tip what you feel like and are happy with. Yes, I did Give $20 once. The person pushed me and somehow dragged a piece of luggage through 2 concourses At high speed so I could make a tight connection.
  8. 1. I know I can rent but I think I want to buy. I plan to buy a scooter we can fold, but just for my information, how wide are the doorways of most regular staterooms? I have rented, owned a 3 wheel scooter and now have a forcemech power wheelchair. If you rent, I don’t believe the Scootaround store will allow you to have a scooter in a non-accessible cabin. There are several issues. Even if it will fit through the door you may not be able to steer it through the hallway and make the turn. If you can walk into the room, can your traveling companion get it through the door? Once you get it in the cabin where do you store it? Mine folds up like a lawn chair. It weighs 60 pounds. It uses lithium batteries and will go at least all day. It will exhaust anyone with me if they try to keep up. I think it’s rated range is like 16 miles. Much better than my pride scooter which was rated for four and I was lucky to get two.. The scooter seldom made it whole day without taking time to charge. Of course that is dependent on the weight of the rider and the terrain. For some reason the carpet on the ships I’ve been on really seem to wear the battery out fast. With that said it seems inconvenient but I could not cruise without it. I can get around the house with a walker and I use a walker in the cabin but I’m only good for maybe 25 to 30 feet before I need to rest. I’m much happier With the folding power chair. It is significantly more expensive but I use it every day. But I think somebody gave the advice of seeing a physical therapist and getting their recommendations and I think that’s a great idea. 2. I'm planning on a fold-able more light weight scooter (e.g. TravelScoot, Triaxe). What do you think of those? I have no experience with those but I do see a lot of them on the ships and people seem happy with them. Most of them have small seats. To put it politely, I have a large rear end and I don’t think they would be comfortable for me long-term. 3. How does it go if we take a scooter like this into ports? Would cabs be OK with us putting it in trunk? What do you do if you want to pop into a shop or restaurant -- can you bring it in? I know there are going to be a variety of responses, but I want to know what your experiences have been trying to do these things. I want to know what to plan. I have always been able to find a taxi that will allow me to put the folding chair in the back. If my wife helps, the taxi driver has never had a problem lifting it into the back of the vehicle. Sometimes they charge, sometimes they don’t in the US. In the Caribbean always get the price before you get in the car. Don’t know about Europe or Asia or Australia since I won’t stay in a plane that long. Some ports are more wheelchair friendly than others. I have learned to hate cobblestones. Also be aware that on some ships if it’s a tender Port they may not let you take the powerwheelchair or scooter off the ship. 4. Can you bring a scooter like this through airport security and to the gate, and then gate check? Or, should we just have an aiport person transport us by wheelchair (like we've done so far), and send the scooter through as checked baggage? What have you done and what are your experiences? Once we got our own scooter we have always taken it all the way to the gate and gate checked. They take it as I get to the airplane door. I then hold onto the plane, seat back, my wife, and get to my seat. If I fly a carrier that has it we take First or premium class so that the seat is in the front of the plane. On Southwest they usually let wheelchairs board first. Then when we get off the plane it’s waiting in the jet way for us. Usually first on last off. 5. Similarly, how do we get a scooter like this onto the ship? Do we just take it on, past security, and go on in? Do we need to notify the cruise company? I’ve never had a problem getting the wheelchair onto the ship. They’ve always been ramps and elevators. 6. On the ship, if we go to a dinner or the theater etc., what do we do with the scooter? She can walk a short distance if needed, but if needed, what do we do with the scooter? There are specific sites in the theater where you can park the wheelchair and see the show. In the dining room I’ve done it both ways depending on how I’m feeling that day. I’ve taking the wheelchair in and just sat in it while they take a regular chair away. I’ve also gone to the table transferred to a chair and one of the waiters or bus boys will take the chair and store it for me. They actually seem to get a kick out of driving it around 7. I followed earlier threads where people objected to those who leave scooters in hallways, or who bump into others. This may seem silly of us, but if we behave well, don't make these errors, are we nonetheless risking the scorn of fellow cruisers now? I don't want DW to feel intimidated by taking this step. We love cruising in part because we like being a part of the gang at sea -- will we now feel like pariahs? I'm curious what people have experienced. Most people on the ship are very sympathetic and helpful. There’s always one or two bad apples. They don’t jump ahead of you or ignore because you are in a wheelchair they’re just that way. But for the most part it’s not an issue. We travel quite a bit because I enjoy it. If you are in a wheelchair depending on the ship, it’s the greatest vacation. I found a line that I like and has great cabins for accessibility. I particularly enjoy the power doors. That way my wife can help me get dressed then go back to bed. I can wander off to breakfast, pool, lounge or the coffee shop and she can do what she wants. In the land vacation she’s always afraid I’ll get lost or not be able to get somewhere because it’s not as accessible as it should be or the battery will die and I won’t be able to get back. Also I found on land vacations accessibility means different things to different hotels. My favorite was hotel in Miami. The room itself was great huge bathroom easy to turn around in but the entry door wasn’t wide enough to get the chair in. So every time we left and returned I had to get out of the chair then she had to fold it up and roll it into the room. On a cruise we have a specific line of ship and we know the features of the room and that it works for me. This cruise line moves it ships around a lot so we get to see a lot of different islands depending on which week we go. Assuming it’s available I would contact the special-needs area of whatever line you are thinking about to ensure it meets your needs. For instance, I need to use a recliner to help reduce the swelling in my legs.. I usually rent my recliner‘s from the vendor the cruise line recommends. There’s one line that will not allow me to bring a recliner on board. Luckily I checked before I booked the cabin. PS, we are almost neighbors, we live at Lake of the Ozarks. We are often in Columbia since many of my doctors are in university hospital.
  9. Celebrity used to submit the form online. However the link broke about two years ago and ever since then the link to takes you back to the online page where you can Print it out. I report it every time to the special-needs email. I get no results so maybe somebody else can try. Maybe someone can point out where i am making a mistake. Considering problems other people have with the Celebrity website as reported on Cruise critic this one really doesn’t bother me that much. 😀
  10. Assuming Celebrity, the link is https://www.celebritycruises.com/content/dam/celebrity/pdf/CEL-Special-Needs-Form-Revised-10-2-19.pdf you can either complete, scan And then email to special needs or simpler for me is to fax in. Yes I am a dinosaur and I still have a fax machine at my house.
  11. Really simple, they give you a map with highlighted tourist hotspots . Roads were well marked. It probably helped that i had an international data plan and could use google maps. I don’t know if you could download the island onto the Google Maps application and then use it as a GPS? You would need somebody who knows more about it than I do to help you with that.
  12. Assuming he can ride in a golf cart, i really enjoyed renting one on bonaire from bonaire cruisers. The kept my scooter at their storage shed. I can also do some walking so I took a cane along so I could get out of the golf cart occasionally. They tend to sell out quickly. So I would go ahead to make reservations as soon as you decide to use them. I can’t remember their website but a simple Google of Bonaire cruisers golf cart should get you to the right spot.
  13. Even better for wheelchair users, the accessible cabins on S class ships have power entry doors. Swipe the room key and the door opens. There is a large button inside the cabin that you press to exit. There are small ridges to get out to the veranda but no challenge to a wheelchair. The entry to the bathroom is also ramped. I’ve traveled a bit and the S class ships are some of the best for my needs. There is a small lift that gets you down right in front of the stage in the showroom if you can’t see well from the very back where most of the accessible seating is. Probably best to ask a crew member for help the first time or two. Have a great trip and enjoy my favorite ship. I’ll be on her in October. Also you can ask the room steward to remove a veranda chair to increase the available space.
  14. Currently on the eclipse. Surf is fine for email. Text will depend on device. Ok on my pixel, doesn't work on my wife's Moto g6. Facebook, youtube, Instagram don't work on either.
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