Posted February 23rd, 2013, 07:07 PM
We are fairly new to scooter travel, just this past year. My husband needs the scooter for any cruise and/or excursions so that he can enjoy sightseeing along with everyone else.
We have flown from LAX TO London & back, LAX TO Bangkok and back from Beijing, China, LAX to Athens and back from Venice, Italy and LAX to Jacksonville, FL. and back. It is not easy, but he prefers to take his own scooter.
First: You never give the airline people the key in the scooter.
Second: You show them how to disengage the wheels so that they can roll it and then engage the lock again.
Third: We take off the battery pack and (in most cases) take it with us on the plane. Sometimes they give us trouble in doing this, but the battery is a dry cell and is safe to fly in the cabin with us.
Somewhere in this thread, there is a long discussion about taking your scooter+battery on the plane. If you can find it you will get a better idea of how easy it is to get your scooter on and off the plane, on and off the ship and on and off the transfer bus.
When we get on the ship, we go to the excursion desk and tell them that we would like to know which excursions will/can take you with the scooter. Then they call ahead and check which type of vehicle/bus is being used and get back to us on which excursions we can use.
I ususally pre-book the ones that show up as wheelchair friendly when I do my pre-boarding information with Princess because Princess does not charge you until you board their ships.