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  1. Darcie, you were asking about battery life and noticing that your year-old is not holding a charge as well as it used to. We have had the same problem and, if we are going on a cruise, we always get a new battery just to be on the safe side. We got wise only after having the battery discharge when we were at the other end of the ship from our accessible cabin; having to be pushed with the gear in manual made us learn the hard way. Our maintenance company tells us that after a year, it is risky if you dont replace the batteries:)
  2. We travel with both a scooter and a manual wheelchair and always HAVE to book an accessible cabin. As to your original suggestion of having postings of distances from the ship to buses, tour guides,etc - that is so subject to change depending on where the ship docks (some ports have multiple piers and you might be docked near the entrance/exit gate; conversely, your ship might be the last one docked and therefore 4 or 5 ship lengths away) Therefore, if you have not already done so, I suggest limiting your question(s) to the ports of call on your upcoming cruise. And to complicate matters further, as someone has already mentioned, the gangway from the ship to the pier may be a series of steps instead of a ramp, making either a scooter or wheelchair difficult. At least with a wheelchair, there are normally crew members who will carry the wheelchair down to the pier while your husband walks down. Several ports such as St Maarten are building longer piers to accomodate the much larger cruise ships, so the distances that need to be walked tend to get longer:)
  3. If you are talking about a regular accessible balcony cabin and you need it because of use of either a wheelchair and/or scooter, the maximum number of people that would be comfortable in such a cabin is two. Accessible cabins are larger but the extra space is needed to turn a scooter or wheelchair in the cabin. Also suggest that you speak to the Special Needs desk at Princess to see what they say; some cruise lines have restrictions on the maximum number of passengers in and accessible cabin:)
  4. Princess has ships that range from small (Ocean & Pacific) to new, large ships (Emerald & Ruby, for example). Princess cruises world-wide and repositions its ships according to season (Caribbean to Europe or Alaska in the summer) Paul Gaugin is a one ship cruise line (used to be operated by Radisson) and its cruises are restricted to islands of the south Pacific and based in Tahiti.:)
  5. Destinations and ports of call are primary for us - particularly ports which we have not visited previously. And we avoid ships that do the same old, same old Caribbean itineraries - dullsville plus. We also look for cruises such as repositioning that are two weeks or longer when combined with another back-to-back.:)
  6. On a westbound cruise like that in the Fall, a balcony on the port side tends to get more sun because the sun is lower in the southern sky. Starboard balconies tend to get little or no sun westbound:)
  7. Before you go too far down the road of renting a scooter, you need to be aware that unless you have booked an accessible cabin, many scooters will not fit through the door of a regular cabin - too wide. And cruise lines no longer allow you to keep the scooter outside in the hallway at any time since it is a potential hazard and an obstacle for another scooter or wheelchair:)
  8. I would suggest that the New Zealand cruise would be better for her because, with the possible exception of Bay of Islands, the ship should dock at every port. And I believe I read recently that some ships are now docking at Bay of Islands. The scenery and topography of New Zealand is varied and stunning. Problem with trip to the islands is there is not much difference from one to the other - beaches, palm trees, small towns - much like the Caribbean. The west coast of New Zealand is much like Norway - fjords and mountains, particularly if the cruise goes up into Milford Sound.:)
  9. And without knowing the actual cabin dimensions, it is probable that when the roll-away is in use, it would virtually preclude use of the wheelchair because of lack of turning space. I think you should check this very carefully with P&O before commiting yourself to reserving it:)
  10. I got a kick out of Canucks from Alberta worrying how cold it will be in NJ in January. What you should be aware of is that the first couple of days southbound and the last two northbound will not be shorts or swimsuit weather (unless the pool is covered and heated) The weather does not change much until you are well south of Cape Hatteras and pick up the warmth of the gulf stream somewhere off the coast of Florida. But then again, anything beats Alberta in January.:)
  11. The truth of the matter is that nobody can predict what it will be like in July (or even June, for that matter). The killings and fires in Kingston continue to get worse, and when drugs are at the bottom of the unrest which is the case in Jamaica, it can spread overnight to other towns. And even though the ship may keep to its current itinerary and call at Ocho Rios, there is nothing that says you have to go ashore if you feel intimidated or endangered in some way. Cruise lines go out of their way to keep passengers out of danger - be it civil unrest, a hurricane etc.:)
  12. Best to keep in mind that the 12 hours in Naples is actually 9-10 hours from the earliest that you can get off until the time you must be back on board. Therefore do not make your ashore agenda too jammed full of things you would "like" to do.Pompeii alone is a few hours of very slow going over cobble stone steets worn smooth by years of tourists and weather.:)
  13. I agree with Candy who has lots of experience in this field. The woman is bitter and feels that life has dealt her a bad hand instead of just doing her best to deal with it. Personally, I would hate to go through life expressing such stress and bitterness because it tends to rub off on others around you. There is just no point in wasting time trying to explain our "handicapped" situations to her; she enjoys wallowing in her narrow, bitter life. But I do feel sorry for her and the fact that she seems to enjoy where she is and where she has put herself.s
  14. non-traditional, yes. too big, yes. ugly, no. and, fortunately, I do not select my cruises, ships or itinerary by the aesthetics and appearance of the ship.:)
  15. State Dept warning - whether yes or no, I would not go back to Jamaica after 3 cruises that stopped there. Natives are much to aggressive for comfort and drugs are out of control. Too bad because it is a beautiful island that could offer so much. It got so bad for a while that the Jamaican government had tourist police to reduce or eliminate the aggressive people, but even that didn't work. So it is an island I either avoid completely on the itinerary or just stay on board and enjoy an otherwise empty ship:)
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