Posted February 6th, 2012, 09:52 PM
i just returned from rccl voyager out of new orleans. i have some mobility issues- can't walk for long distances or stand for long period of time- so i decided to rent a scooter to use while in port. i ended up using it full time both on and off the ship. i rented thru care vacation- it was so easy- the scooter was not in the cabin when we got there- called them- they called back in a couple of minutes to tell me the person delivering was running behind but it would be there in an hr. sure enough he showed up and even showed us how to use it.
i was worried about using the scooter on ship but everyone was really nice
they would hold the evelvator and moved over to accomadate the scooter. sure i had to wait a few times because the elevators were full but we learned the lesson "to go up to go down or go down to go up" when an empty elevator would show up going in the wrong direction.
i was even allowed to take the scooter on the tender at grand cayman. they loaded it on the tender for me (to afraid to drive it) and off we went.
we were in a jr suite- had no trouble getting thru the door and had plenty
of space to store it- didn't have to move any furniture at all.
i am so glad i rented the scooter- i will be doing that from know on. i want to travel by myself so i practiced getting around by myself with out
my DS running interference- i am very confident i can do a solo cruise with a scooter.
I am so pleased to hear about your first experience. I will be doing the same thing for a cruise in May ( RCCL Rhapsody of Seas) . Much the same re mobility issues, I can walk a bit with a cane and or rollator /walker and will do so when I can. I was impressed to hear that they left you take the scooter on the tender ? I figured I would either skip the tender port ( Icy Straight) and or try with my walker only and just sit on it lots as we wander around the port and or book an excursion where I will be sitting most of the time.
I had a wheelchair on our last trip and my poor hubby was exhausted from pushing me everywhere , especially in the hawaiin heat.
I found crew and fellow passengers most helpful and more than eager to go out of their way to help us... It is all about your mind set and how you act I think that affects how you are treated. I never expected special service and was most gracious when those offered help. It is all about give and take and reining in any expectations of special treatment.
Again, thank you for sharing.