Black Sea Ports for a Scooter User?
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I am trying to decide if we can do a Black Sea cruise (Yalta, Odessa, Sevastopol in particular) and I am wondering if anyone has any advice re suitability for someone who uses a small electric mobility scooter ashore. We are fairly independent cruisers and don't often use the ship's tours, preferring to do our own thing! Obviously the famous Catacombs are not suitable or the huge flight of steps in Odessa . Any suggestions or advice would be much appreciated.We did that area in Sept. 2011 and it was the last cruise we took before buying a scooter for my husband. "The straw that broke the Camels back"
All these ports in the area are very old cities and not friendly to people who have difficulty getting around. Cobblestone walkways, no curb cutouts, etc.
Since my husband is able to walk "some" it was a no go to take the ships excursions.
I arranged most of our excursions privately so that we would not hold up any other people.
I arranged excursions in: Varma, Bulgaria, Koper Slovenia, Volos Greece, Yalta & Odessa Ukraine.
If you would like the information for these ports you can contact me at
Helen at cruisewithus dot biz