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  1. As a regular scooter user, and TA specializing in accessible travel, I'd like to offer some tips: Watch the popular sale sites for used scooters. I've gotten some AMAZING deals! My current scooter sells for $1300. The previous owner used it TWICE and sold it to me for $300. It is worth checking into rentals near your home, and taking it with you. I very much prefer having one in the airport to having someone push me around. You can ride your scooter right to the door of the plane. It will then be waiting for you when you get off. Note: You will need to tell them what kind of battery pack you have. What they need to hear for the majority of scooters is "non-spillable." When traveling with a scooter, purchase a large backpack for the seat. This works instead of dragging around a carry-on bag. For the elevators, when I'm by myself, I go to the less busy end of the ship. (Not a great option if someone with you is walking.) For example, during dinner hours, the back elevators are crazy busy. I ride to the front, take the elevator to the floor I need, and cross over to the back. When shows are letting out, the front elevators are busy, so I use the back. If you don't need the features of an accessible stateroom, scooters fit fine in regular rooms. But, make sure you select a room where the beds are closer to the balcony than the door. (Or away from the door in interior/ocean view rooms) You can easily get accessible taxis at the airports and cruise port. When you do, be sure to get your driver's card. When you try to get one at a hotel, they almost always tell you there aren't any available. That's where I call my previous driver and they can almost always come right away. If you're renting a car, the scooters break down into four or five pieces. Mine easily fits in the trunk of my Toyota Camry. That's all I can think of at the moment. I'm happy to answer any questions.
  2. Sorry. I should have clarified - I do not expect them to have to pay the penalty. Thanks for setting that strait.
  3. Based on the "Cruise with Confidence" policy, I would expect you to get your full fare in the form of a future cruise credit: ROYAL CARIBBEAN GROUP ADOPTS "CRUISE WITH CONFIDENCE" POLICY, ALLOWING CANCELLATIONS UP TO 48 HOURS BEFORE SAILING MIAMI,March 6, 2020/PRNewswire/ --With COVID-19 adding uncertainty to travel plans around the world, Royal Caribbean Group said it will give guests greater control over their vacation decisions, allowing guests to cancel cruises as late as two days before departure.The"Cruise With Confidence" policy allows guests on Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara and Silversea to cancel up to 48 hours before a sailing. Guests will receive a full credit for their fare, usable on any future sailing of the guest's choice in 2020 or 2021. The policy applies to both new and existing cruise bookings."Our previous policy set earlier deadlines for guests to cancel their cruises, and that added unnecessary stress," saidRichard Fain, the company's chairman and CEO."Trying to guess a month or more in advance where areas of concern about coronavirus might be is challenging for medical experts, much less a family preparing for vacation."When circumstances are as fast-changing as they have been recently, it's good to knowyou have the option to take a rain check," Fain said."We think putting more control in our guests'hands helps them make informed decisions about whether to keep their existing vacation plans or trade out for a more convenient time or itinerary."In addition to easing concerns for booked guests, Fain said the policy would also give consumers more confidence in making new bookings, knowing that they could later adjust their plans without penalty.The policy applies to all cruises with a sailing date on or beforeJuly 31, 2020, and will be offered by the company's global brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara and Silversea. Full details of the"Cruise with Confidence" policy can be found at the respective brand websites. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL) is a global cruise vacation company that controls and operates four global brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara and Silversea Cruises. We are also a 50% joint venture owner of the German brand TUI Cruises and a 49% shareholder in the Spanish brand Pullmantur Cruceros. Together these brands operate a combined total of 61 ships with an additional 17 on order as ofDecember 31, 2019. They operate diverse itineraries around the world that call on allseven continents. Additional information can be found onwww.royalcaribbean.com,www.celebritycruises.com,www.azamara.com,www.silversea.com,www.tuicruises.com,www.pullmantur.es, orwww.rclinvestor.com.SOURCE Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
  4. Thanks. With a prop and rudder system, I can better understand this accident in those winds.
  5. A good TA should share what are called the TCs with you (one free berth for every 8 cabins booked.) He/She should also be able to get you some additional benefits: starting with $50 per cabin in on board credit. The TA fields all of the calls and questions from group members so you don't have to, and handles all of the little details for you.
  6. Stone xb, You did not say what department you were emailing, or what type of question you had. I've found that the answer to your question varies GREATLY depending on just that. For example, sales may get back to you a lot faster than customer service, which is still WAY faster than you will hear back on accessible shore excursions. I hope you get the answer your looking for. Tom47, I am really sorry to hear about your grandchildren. I would certainly not mind if they ALWAYS made it a non-smoking area. (I love to play, but hate the smoke.) With that said, I don't see them granting your request. If they were to do so, they would be setting a prescient that would then require them to change their rules anytime someone claims to have a milestone occasion and medical reason to request such a change. My guess is they will tell you to keep your grandchildren away from the casino. Sorry. Best wishes to you and your grandchildren, and early congrats on the 50th.
  7. If you look at my signature, you'll note that my first cruise was also on Rotterdam. I was SO sick the first few days I could not believe it. You'll also note that I've taken 14 cruises since then. As others have said, the big ships handle the seas much better, the Caribbean tends to be calmer, and mid-ship cabins are best. I still often take Meclizine starting the day before my cruise just to be on the safe side. I have no side-effects from it, and it solves the problem for me.
  8. Your post is a little hard to follow. But, from all of that, I am getting that you are asking what insurance to purchase and what it covers. The answer is: you can't purchase the trip insurance AFTER you already know you can't go. Insurance only covers "unforeseen" events or circumstances. You must be able to cruise at the time it is purchased.
  9. CLEARLY it was not a properly trained service dog! More often than not, vets with PTSD have actual service dogs. These dogs are trained to intervene, take some action when/if their owner begins to go into a panicked or agitated state. This guy did not claim the dog was a service dog. He said it was "issued to him for support." Two different things. And this is one perfect example of why cruise lines and airlines are banning emotional support animals.
  10. First, I agree with the posters who suggested renting electric scooters. I cannot even imagine trying to get around on Oasis with a knee scooter. There is no way you'll get an accessible room at this late date, but scooters do fit in regular rooms. You don't say how many/what kind of room you have, but I am guessing you have more than one. The scooters work best in the balcony cabins that have the bed closer to the balcony. If you rent from Special Needs at Sea, they will have the scooters that are less than 22" wide to fit through the door. I was able to ride my scooter almost all the way to the beach bungalows in Labadee. I just had to park it right at the end of the sand, about 200 feet from my bungalow. In addition to plastic bags, I have found Glad Press N Seal super helpful for covering casts to shower.
  11. I am in a group on another website (not allowed to list it here) where people will often post if cruises come up. Other times, I check regularly. So far I've taken two free cruises using MyVegas. One was on Allure, and it was fantastic. The Splendor cruise was also great, but injury kept me from fully enjoying it.
  12. The casino on Allure has a smoking and non-smoking side. That said, there really isn't anything to stop the smoke from drifting, so it's still smokey.
  13. Because I am FOR the disabled. Every self-absorbed person who tries to pass off their pet as an "emotional support" or other type of service animal makes like more difficult for those with ACTUAL service animals.
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