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  1. My suggestion was based on the fact that there are people who require use of an elevator. That is a simple fact of travel for everyone. You either accommodate that need for others or you don't. It is your choice to either be helpful or harmful. My next cruise is in September on a different line that was very accommodating on my last voyage with them, and I hope to be able to go up and down with less frustration. I still think that at peak times, there should be assistance for those of us that require the use of an elevator.I repeat myself, this is not a whim, but a need and there are times when it is clear that when the need is there, it should be attended to. My original thought was that this wasn't the responsibility of the passengers, but of the special assistance department of the cruise line.
  2. We try to ask which floor they would like. I am mindful of the other perspective, however, being polite at all times is a way to make friends quickly.
  3. These are all great suggestions for those who can walk down stairs, and I have used these suggestions as well in the chair and the scooter. Thanks.
  4. My idea has sparked a lot of conversations. A couple of things may respond to many of you and I confess that I find it challenging to return to each response, and that cannot be fixed in time to continue this opportunity for discussion. Walking stairs for the general population is a choice, you can choose to walk, or you can choose to use the elevator. When you take the elevator, you are exercising a choice. I cannot make that choice. To use the elevator when you see people who cannot make the same choice is what I am referring to as the reason for the dedicated or supervised elevator. If waiting for an elevator is fair for me, it should be for you too. That means that you can and will continue to use an elevator, just not all of them. That IS fair, and nothing more than a service request. I suggest that this only happen at peak times, so we are not thrown into the general population of thousands where we cannot compete for needed space and transport. There are kind people everywhere and our cruise community is truly generous and helpful. My point is that they are on vacation too, and they should not be responsible for my transport. The kindness of strangers is wonderful, but not always reliable and not always present.
  5. I am sorry to hear of your pain. We should not have to avoid peak times, we can't really as they are times to eat and see entertainment. I too am sure that a smart person can figure this out, but do they want to? Thanks for your support, fellow cruisers are the reason I am promoting this topic. I think if you register with the accessibility desk they could know who had what need for accommodation.
  6. How often do you have to wait for an elevator on a cruise because there is not enough room for your wheelchair? Can you take the stairs? I am forced to wait for the kindness of strangers or ram them with my chair or scooter, I choose the former, more patient route. Yet, I have waited and watched others older and more ill than I wait and wait while people who CAN take the stairs consume the space. When I could walk I took the stairs, it was faster and far less frustrating, but I cannot now, and there are lots more like me. We like cruising because it is a little more independent than most travel. How fair is this current policy? From my view it isn't
  7. Walker, ambulatory discrimination isn't a good look on anyone.
  8. yes, hearts, ankles, what ever would causes you pain or concern. There were many people with canes, oxygen, and lots of other needs, that also should be assisted by elevator priority. I just want the elders and those with travel with needs, to be helped and not thrown into the general population where it is unfair for us to compete.
  9. Wheelchair users rarely have the ability to take one stair case, let alone decks. I am only 65, but to climb up and down the stairs would ruin my vacation/trip and I really think that if you can walk you should, but if you can't that is what the elevator is for.
  10. In my experience 8 years in a chair, a Mobility issue is probably the most obvious one, as we usually require a device or some other obvious tools in order to walk. We all register with the assistance desk, so it would be another service.
  11. Recently, while travelling with a couple of friends who I am privileged to be friends with for over 40 years, we encountered a cruise problem that I am seeking opinions on. I can be a bit of a grump sometimes, but I was wondering if anyone else thinks that we with mobility issues, those traveling with children in strollers or anyone else who requires the elevator to get safely to and from our cabins to every where else on the ship, have encountered long waits at the elevators at peak times. Notably the fact that there are so many ambulatory people using those elevators. Rather than shaming my fellow travelers I want to address that it is fact the accessible desk or officer who SHOULD monitor how long it takes to get an elevator during embarkation, days at sea, and debarkation dates and times. How about dedicating an elevator? This would not be a full time dedication but at specific hours, for specific purposes. Let me know what you think, I am trying this again in August to Cuba.
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