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  1. I posted this question on the "Disabled" board & got 0 responses. Thought I'd try here. If all goes well & the Covid gremlins are under control next summer, I'm booked on a TA Princess cruise that makes 3 ports in Iceland. I'm a "senior" w/mobility issues so I'll rent a scooter (as usual; yes, I have a HC cabin) & probably take my rollator (2-3 tender ports) too. I'll be cruising solo. [Yes, I know it's quite early for planning, but I NEED the distraction!] Since I've never been to Iceland, I'll probably do only ship's excursions unless I can join some private tours from the roll call. I would greatly appreciate any suggestions/advice you experienced Iceland-visitors can offer. THANKS!
  2. If all goes well & the Covid gremlins are under control next summer, I'm booked on a TA Princess cruise that makes 3 ports in Iceland. I'm a "senior" w/mobility issues so I'll rent a scooter (as usual; yes, I have a HC cabin) & probably take my rollator (2-3 tender ports) too. I'll be cruising solo. [Yes, I know it's quite early for planning, but I NEED the distraction!] Since I've never been to Iceland, I'll probably do only ship's excursions unless I can join some private tours from the roll call. I would greatly appreciate any suggestions/advice you experienced Iceland-visitors can offer. THANKS!
  3. Hi! I'm assuming that Covid-19 rendered this discussion moot for this year (2020). Of course, most of us are hoping/wishing for 2021. The bright side of cruise-stoppage (for your relative & family) is that he's had all this extra time for PT & recovery. So, for 2021 and/or a future cruise -- just remind him that most of the newer (& not-so new) ships are 900+ ft. long. That's 3 football fields (100 yds. each)! Can he walk that several times a day? I no longer can (no strokes, just 2 kinds of damaging arthritis). Thank heavens for electric scooters & my trusty rollator (for tenders). Good luck!
  4. I'm reading this late in the 2020 non-cruise summer; I assume that your cruise did not happen. However, for future reference, Qaqortoq & Nanortalik are quite tiny, as others have mentioned. I was there in Aug. 2019 on a Princess cruise; both are tender ports -- meaning that there was just a timber pier in each places, able to unload/load ONE tender at a time. The process took a LONG time each tender -- 2 hrs. from leaving the ship to walking onto the dock. Same for return. Those ports are not set-up for large ships -- and probably shouldn't be. Qaqortoq is about 2,700 people; Nanortalik has about 1,500. There were a few 'private' tours arranged w/local boat owners. I think Princess arranged a very few too. I must use either a walker or scooter; I was able to take my walker/rollator ashore both places & walk around the tiny port/village for about 2 hrs. in each. I didn't make it all the way to the church, tho I could have if I'd planned better. Both villages were quaint & interesting, esp. the geography. I was also able to chat w/middle school kids in Nanortalik (they were having a fund raiser that day -- clever kids). We had great weather in both: 50-60ish & clear. But basically, there is little to see in either place -- but I'm so glad I was able to go. I hope you can reschedule!
  5. I've relied on your site for several years now. THANKS! I hope I'll be using it agin soon.
  6. I was on the Star (2014) on Plaza deck; the window was above the bed. I did not like that. Since then, I've been on the Emerald, Crown & Ruby in (barely) obstructed view cabins & all had the window opposite the beds. I really like those cabins. It's not a balcony, but it's a very nice picture window for the view.
  7. In the suite I had (Emerald Princess), the seat wasn't a fold-down; it was a stone (marble?) shelf-like bench -- very nice. I had the fold-down seat in an accessible cabin last year. My guess is that you won't need the little, portable shower stool -- unless you want a foot stool in the shower.
  8. I've only had a full suite once (Ahhh!). The walk-in shower was great - quite large. There was a built-in seat/bench in the shower. There's also a large tub but, for me, it would have been impossible to get in/out. In the regular cabins (inside, ocean, balcony), the small walk-in shower can still manage room for a shower stool. I always pre-order one & the steward brings it. I can't stand for long & I like long showers. I don't book a mini-suite because it's a shower-over-tub (like most homes). I can't safely climb over a tub side for the length of the cruise. Enjoy the suite!
  9. Princess tour buses always take my walker/rollator & store it under the bus in Europe, Canada, Caribbean & Alaska. I've seen scooters stored too. There are lots of options in Alaska & they're listed in the excursions on the Princess website. Have fun! I'm headed there again (I hope) in Sept. 2021!
  10. I was in St. Maarten last Nov. (none of the others in recent years). There were a few golf carts leaving the ship but none coming back. There was supposed to be one, but I waited nearly 30 min. It came just as I dragged my self to the gangway. My scooter was at the gangway; we'd been on a smaller boat & couldn't take the scooter & had no place to leave it near the excursion area.
  11. I've used Special Needs at Sea 3x now, with no problems. The 3rd time was to be this spring, but the cruise was cancelled because of the virus. Yes, they tried to charge me the $50 cancellation fee but I refused to pay it because of the situation. They finally agreed to waive it. The entire amount was credited to my CC within the week. SNS includes their insurance (on the scooter) in the rental price & was still cheaper than Scootaround. Last Nov., I didn't have an Accessible cabin (they book very early) on the Regal Princess so I got a small, fold-able scooter from SNS; it has a 19" width. It fit thru the cabin door -- barely -- & was a tight fit in the cabin. The bigger problem was turning into the door way as the cabin was not in an 'open' hallway (across from the elevator bank). Good luck!
  12. Hi! Here's a Youtube link for tenders: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=tender+boats+for+cruise+ships Every tender I've ever used has 1-2 steps in/out of the boat, but the crew is extremely helpful w/assistance. The actual cruise ship may have a step or so too. I now use a scooter on the ship but since they don't go on tenders, I also take my walker/rollator if my cruise includes a tender port. The walker folds & can go on the tender, the same as a folding wheelchair. (I usually cruise solo, so a chair won't work for me.) Good Luck! I just hope we'll be cruising by mid- 2021.
  13. I have a 25% FCC w/Princess; I've applied it to a TA for May 2021. I've little confidence that cruise will happen. I also have a Sept. 2021 Alaska cruise booked that I could move the FCC to if the TA doesn't go. I feel a bit more confident about that cruise. However, I'm 70+ and I must fly to any embarkation port, so I'm trying to take a hopeful wait & see. (But I REALLY want to go!)
  14. Has anyone visited the Gardens recently? I was there in 2001; they were fantastic. I'd like to visit them again this year, but have not seen them mentioned on this forum. Any updates or thoughts? Could I visit them before or after Mendenhall Glacier? Thanks!
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