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  1. I always ask the steward for a door stop as soon as I get to the room. Of course that would be a problem if i couldn't stand or walk a few steps, but luckily I can. I should probably just go ahead and buy my own doorstop, but I don't want to have to remember to bring one more thing.
  2. I was shocked how narrow the cabin hallways on the NCL Jade were. There were times it took me four or five tries going forward and backing up to get the exact right angle to enter my accessible room. The hallways on the RCL Explorer were significantly larger and I only had to do the back and forth maybe twice in a week-long trip. Also, on the Jade, if there was a housekeeping cart or dirty dishes from room service in the hallway, I was trapped until I could get someone to move them. On the Explorer, I had no trouble clearing those obstacles.
  3. I am a large woman. I can walk a little, so I usually ask for a table close to the entrance and park my scooter out of the way. Ship personnel will not be able to lift her. I ask for a chair without arms in the dining room. As for the theater, I can only speak to the ships I've been on (NCL Jade and RCL Explorer). There is a handicapped seating section in the theater. I stay in the scooter for shows as theater seats are tough on me, both from a width perspective and because I need to be able to move my legs freely. I've only been on charters, so the charter company handles approval to sit in the handicapped section, but I assume on a regular cruise, you'd go through the accessibility office. Be forewarned that the handicapped section is at the back of the theater, so you're a ways back.
  4. The tour I took did have a small place for a folding wheelchair -- one man on my tour had one. But it was not a fully accessible tour as we had to climb steps into the bus. I would suggest verifying ahead of time and again on the ship at the excursions desk. It's best if you can arrange an accessible tour, because they will be more likely to have space for a chair. Accessible Caribbean Vacations offers an accessible tour of Grand Cayman.
  5. I can only report my experience with Grand Cayman. I was on the NCL Jade in January 2019. I use a bariatric scooter, but can walk a very short distance and can do some stairs. The scooter was most definitely not allowed, though they said if I had one of the tiny models that fold up, they are sometimes permitted. The tender had two levels. When we left the ship, we entered and exited on the second level and there was a long ramp when we got to GC. It was a bit of an uphill hike to get to the excursions area, but I was able to sit for a while in the NCL tented area to catch my breath. There were no wheelchairs or aides visible. On the return trip, the tender had us enter on the bottom level and we had to climb the stairs to get to the level to enter the ship. The tender crew was very nice and had everyone wait to get on the stairs so I could go up without being mobbed. I probably could have waited for another tender, in hopes it would be the one that would let me enter and exit on the second story, but it was hot and I wanted to get back on the ship. If you would be able to handle carrying a folding wheelchair up and/or down the stairs on the tender, and your wife could do the flight of stairs, you could consider renting a folding wheelchair. I would suggest, if you do, make sure to be back at the tender WAY early, in case you need to wait for another tender. I hope you are able to go the Grand Cayman. I had a wonderful day there.
  6. Yes, I meant Royal Caribbean. Specifically the Explorer of the Seas. I asked if I could be taken to my cabin and was told no. I was dropped near the first elevator bank we encountered after getting on the ship.
  7. The cruises I've sailed on NCL, I used wheelchair assistance. They deposit wheelchair users either in the buffet or O'Sheehan's pub and you have to hobble your way to your cabin once they are open. I recently went on Royal for the first time and they deposited me about 20 feet inside the ship from the gangway. I went to the buffet for some place to sit while waiting for the cabin to open.. I've read that some cruiselines will let you go directly to your cabin, but I don't know which ones. You could get around it by not boarding until after 1PM, which seems to be when cabins are generally available. You could ask the wheelchair pusher to take you to your cabin then. I know that Special Needs at Sea has kiosks outside the ships for certain cruiselines and ports. I would love that because it would eliminate the need for a wheelchair to board. Once on board, talk to Guest Services about debarkation. The scooter company will tell you to leave the scooter in your cabin, but you can actually leave it in the public area where those needing wheelchair assistance to debark are staged. That is such a huge help.
  8. I know this thread is from last year, but I wanted to thank @kokopelli-az for this info. I just came back from a cruise that stopped in St. Thomas. I use a bariatric scooter. I booked a tour with ICBW and it was fabulous. Not only did Larry get my scooter in his van, but he agreed to take a friend who is in a folding powerchair with me. He was gracious and helpful.
  9. I rented from Scootaround last year and asked for a cane holder. It wasn't on the scooter. They refunded the cost of the holder, but it was annoying. This year, I decided to bring my own holder. I found this on Amazon. I just came back from a cruise and it was wonderful, I was able to use the holder to keep my cane handy, but out of the way. I wrapped it around the turn signal on the scooter.
  10. The Star Trek cruise is on Explorer from March 7-14, 2021.
  11. I flew from Washington DC to Miami on 2/29 for a cruise and flew back today. Both flights were completely full. In fact, today's flight was oversold and they offered four people money to be bumped.
  12. I was just in San Juan this week. I use a scooter. A friend in a powerchair and I went around the port area and the first two streets of old town. It was rough. As was noted earlier, curb cuts are not always there and some are very steep. Also, the cobblestones make for rough riding. The sidewalks are narrow. Finally, old town is very steep. It was scary coming back down hill. In fact, another woman from my cruise had her scooter overturn in old town and broke her shoulder. I can't help with the other ports.
  13. I'm dating myself here. Back in the day, before we had a clothes dryer, we had one a similar bag that hung on the clothesline. It stored clothespins to hang your clothes on the line. It was mesh so rain wouldn't collect in the bottom of the bag.
  14. I've rented from both Scootaround and Special Needs at Sea. They are both fine. The price varies based on port, date, and number of days. I don't think either rents folding scooters. I second @kokopelli-az 's suggestion to try practicing with a grocery store scooter. A big difference is that the scooter you rent will have a speed knob -- grocery store scooters don't. Until your husband is very comfortable, keep it on a slower speed.
  15. You need to contact the special needs department of the cruise line to notify them you are renting a scooter.
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