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katisdale

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  • Location
    Hickory, NC USA
  • Interests
    Grandchildren, travel
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Europe

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  1. We have been treated wonderfully by the crew on the cruises we have taken. One experience stands out however, our granddaughter was 5 at the time, on her first cruise, and a very picky eater. She is 20 now and much more adventurous. We did a western Caribbean and chose anytime dining. When we arrived for dinner the first night she ordered chicken tenders but not an appetizer as nothing appealed. Our daughter asked is they had any raw carrots. Soon a small bowl of shredded carrots appeared. The amazing part is that every night after that a small bowl of carrots appeared even though we never had the same waiter. She absolutely felt loved during that cruise.
  2. There is a website called "accessible Venice" that has a map showing accessible paths through the city. There are bridges on the paths. However, the bridges used have side ramps which do allow access. You just have to watch for delivery men using hand trucks and moms with strollers who also use the ramps. I found Venice much easier to get around than I expected, especially the vaparetto (sp?) routes which had excellent access. I had to avoid the taxi-like boats which all had steps. The other thing you could do is choose a hotel on the mainland and take the vaparetto to where you wish to go.
  3. I have a neighbor who was a pilot (now retired). He would not want the PVSA nor the Jones Act changed. He says the only thing keeping the US airlines in business is that foreign airlines cannot take a passenger from one US city to another US city without first stopping at a foreign airport. In other words, he explained that British Airways for example can fly from London Heathrow to an American city, perhaps JFK, but cannot fly from JFK to St. Louis. The plane would have to go to a foreign airport before going to Missouri. I have no personal knowledge of what rules this entails but I found this intriguing.
  4. My husband and I have the same captain's club number. His ends with an A and mine ends with a B. I set up an account for each of us using the assigned numbers. I can go to either account by signing in with the username etc.
  5. December, 2019 to Jan. 2020 a 15 day to Hawaii from Los Angeles. We had never cruised over the Christmas and New Year's holidays before. We loved it.
  6. I have not had that problem with Princess. When I book an accessible cabin I pay whatever is asked for at that time. If there is a price drop and any cabin is available in my category, accessible or not, I am able to refare. If in your shoes I would ask to speak with a supervisor if there is a standard cabin available as it seems wrong that they don't refare you if you are before final payment
  7. We used SPB tours twice in St. Petersburg in two different years. We also used them in the other stops in our second year. Before I made the reservation, I wrote them and described my limitations. They made suggestions for the tours and were very helpful both before and during the tours.
  8. I second using seat guru to see the layout of the particular plane that will be flying the route you will be taking. I flew American Airlines from NC to San Francisco and Qantas from there to Sydney. I found Qantas to be excellent in business class. I had a lie flat seat which is great when going on such a long flight. There were lots of cubby holes where I could place items. I put my laptop in one when I wasn't using it. I would love to go back to Australia.
  9. If there are segments, then yes they do. We did a 50 day that had two segments and got two mini-bars. On the 49 day around South America a year ago it had three segments and we got three mini-bars.
  10. If you have "Princess" insurance you do have cancel for any reason insurance.
  11. I think Princess has handled this exceptionally well, therefore, my answer is no.
  12. The under bed outlet was available on the Sun and Star, both older ships.
  13. I saw "special needs at sea" deliver a recliner to a ship when we were doing a b2b cruise. First, one of the beds was removed from the room. Second, the recliner was placed where the bed had been. I did not see the brand of the chair nor do I know if it was an electric lift type chair. I found the process interesting. This was placed in a standard balcony cabin and we were across the hall in an inside room. There were two people in that cabin, both able to walk, and I don't know which one used the chair but I do know there was one recliner and one bed in the room
  14. I used a travelscoot scooter for 10 years before I had to change to a "fold-and-go" wheelchair as I no longer have the balance to step across the center of the scooter. I traveled extensively with the scooter and would suggest having two batteries. I only ran the battery down once but it was wonderful to have a second battery to get back to the ship. I kept the battery charged overnight and alternated between the two batteries. I also purchased a second charger so if the original broke I would have a back-up. I never used the extra charger. For airplane travel I went to a "Dick's" sporting good store and bought a hard sided golf case. My husband was with me and we collapsed the scooter and made sure it would fit into the golf carrier. This worked well and the scooter survived all the travel. Finally, we got a rider on our homeowners insurance to cover our scooter and have kept it for my wheelchair. It is only about $24 per year and covers "accidental" damage and theft.
  15. I find the steps quite steep and it is much worse if the seas are even slightly rough. I have chosen to stay on the ship at many tender ports. I have seen a few beaches with special wheelchairs for use on sand. I don't know if any beaches in Nassau supply beach wheelchairs.
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