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  1. The fact that they are releasing world cruise itineraries is hopeful, maybe they will be releasing more 2022 itineraries soon 🤞🏻
  2. Try Sage Traveling. They are a tour company designed for wheelchair users.
  3. I just spoke with someone from HAL, a sister line to Princess, and she stated that 2022 itineraries wouldn’t be released until June 2021. Princess May have a similar timeline 😔
  4. I will be sailing on the Norwegian Star next year and one of the ports is a tender (Newhaven) for Edinburgh Scotland. I will be traveling with a manual wheelchair that is less than 100 lbs and I can walk short distances with a cane but cannot climb steps. Has anyone tendered here with Norwegian? Are there any steps to get on or off the boat? Or to get off the dock on land? I tried emailing the accessibility office and they were not helpful, they just emailed me their policy on tendering. Really hoping to get to visit Edinburgh.
  5. Yeah I get that... just going a little stir crazy with this virus and wanting to start planning a vacation I can look forward to.
  6. Does anyone have an idea on when Princess will release itineraries for 2022? Specifically interested in Alaska and Australia itineraries.
  7. I will look at seat guru. Something that I have a hard time telling from photos is whether there is enough room or how easy it would be to transfer to the seat from the aisle chair. I’m assuming that the arm rests aren’t movable. I want to make sure I’m able to get in and out of the seat without any major issues.
  8. I’m considering doing a cruise around Australia and New Zealand and would be flying out of New York. In the past I have always flown economy but due to the horrendously long flight I’m considering splurging on business class airfare. How accessible is business class? I’m thinking about using Quantas airlines as I have heard good things about them. I’m able to walk a little bit but have bad balance so I use an aisle chair to get to my seat. I also have a lot of difficulty standing from a seated position so I have to pivot or slide from the aisle chair to the plane seat. i was also concerned about storage in business class. I am on a ventilator to help me breathe and in the past it fits fine under the seat in front of me but I understand that most business class seats have aisle access. Is there room for me to store it? The ventilator is smaller than a lap top case. Thanks in advance for any feedback or advice.
  9. I haven't been to Alaska yet but have been doing research on going there. When I looked at the Princess ship shore excursions there were multiple wheelchair accessible excursions at each port. Again, as I haven't gone yet, I cannot tell you how good they were etc. I know that Holland America is a sister cruise line to Princess so they may have similar opportunities for accessible excursions. I like the website for Princess cruises better, because before you book you can see all of the excursions offered and how many are wheelchair accessible as they are clearly marked. That's just my preference though. You could always contact the shore excursion office to see what options there are for accessible excursions though Holland America.
  10. I have not tendered but have similar questions. I read somewhere that the Regal Princess has a special “stair stepper” for the disabled to assist with tendering but have not heard any personal feedback on how it works or if there were any issues.
  11. Thanks for the feedback. When you went to Buckingham Palace did you have any trouble getting tickets on the day at the gate or did you get them ahead of time? I will definitely bring my handicap tag for the trip. Unfortunately, we only have a day in Copenhagen and I've already booked a private tour through Tours by Locals so not sure that the card will help. Kristin
  12. Check with the tour operator, sometimes they have a guarantee to get you back to your ship on time. I have taken independent tours through local operators and have never had a problem. I'm planning several independent tours for my next cruise, some being several hours away from port. It was not an ideal choice but since I use a wheelchair, excursions through the ship are limited and fill up quickly. Most operators know the ship schedule and may even monitor traffic patterns while you're on your excursion to make sure they can get you back in time. Check any online reviews for the operator to get a sense of whether this has been a problem in the past for others.
  13. While planning for my cruise (both pre-cruise stay and during the cruise) I saw that quite a few sights in Northern Europe offer discounted admission prices for the disabled or free admission for their helpers. I was wondering if anyone knows whether special documentation is need for this or whether seeing someone in a manual wheelchair with someone pushing them is enough for the discount? Also I've read that in order to get this discount you need to buy tickets in person vs. online, is this true? I'm a little concerned that tickets will sell out and we won't get in. Specifically we are looking to visit the state rooms at Buckingham Palace in September and Dem Gable (outdoor open air museum) in Aarhus Denmark (late September). Any advice or information would be greatly appreciated. THanks!
  14. Thank you for the information. I was planning on doing a canal boat tour as well as the HOHO bus. The HOHO boat is not wheelchair accessible. I checked the website for the HOHO bus and it says "most buses are equiped with easy access for disabled persons or persons with limited mobility". Still would like to hear from people who have actually tried it as what the website says vs personal experience can be very different. The other website you provided was helpful. Loved that you can take a virtual tour of the Anne Frank House. Originally wasn't planning on going because I knew it wasn't very accessible, but now may stop by!
  15. I was wondering if anyone ever used the Hop on Hop off buses for shore excursions in Oslo or Amsterdam? The website states that they are wheelchair accessible, but was wondering if this is truly the case? Is it true of all buses or a select few? How was your experience using them? Do you think that it is a good economical way to do excursions in these ports? In Amsterdam, my ship is docking in Rotterdam and I will be taking a ship shore excursion "Amsterdam on you own" that is wheelchair accessible and dropping us off somewhere downtown. Hoping to use the HOHO bus to easily get around the city to see some of the sights.
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