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About onelegcraig

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  1. We have 'done' Alaska twice. Great tour with Dave & the railroad on our first trip which included Skagway. Second time the ship docked in Haines and we got married at the totem pole. Haines is one of our favorite ports. Skagway is much more touristy, Haines is more real Alaska.
  2. I know as a resident of Ontario, our provincial health coverage is not valid in other provinces. We need to buy 'out of country' insurance each time we go to Vancouver or Montreal. We have found it best to buy an annual plan (from Costco I think) to cover those unexpected trips out of province as well as to the U.S. and beyond.
  3. Couple pics of the train, and our first glimpse of Denali from the train. We later got to see it up-close-and-personal from a small plane.
  4. We have done Holland America Alaska twice with a wheelchair, first time cruise only - round trip Vancouver, second time land/sea (Triple Denali). They were very accommodating to our needs. The McKinley Explorer train had a lift to get to the dome car, all our hotel rooms were handicapped accessible (as we advised them of our needs in advance). Our travel agent advised us to do the land portion first and cruise second, which was good advice. The land portion is tiring (or we made it that way by trying to do and see everything ๐Ÿ™‚. ) Then the cruise portion was a chance to relax. With advance planning we were able to find tour operators that were able to work with our limitations. My advice is to stay in Denali for as long as you can, it is beautiful. We stayed at the McKinley Chalet Resort, and did a few excursions from there. Our luggage was picked up and transferred for us to/from each hotel, which was a big help, and then magically appeared in our ship stateroom.
  5. I sat in the garden talking to the cats ๐Ÿˆ, while my wife did the house tour. She said it was very interesting, but would have been difficult even with my crutches, steep stairs and no elevator. The gardens are beautiful though and the cats were friendly.
  6. Thanks for the pictures (they really are worth a thousand words). The streets remind me of Havana and Puerto Rico, not too wheelchair friendly. Wife really wants to see Monkeys and Sloths on this trip.
  7. We are starting to research ports for our February 2020 Panama Canal transit. Any one have experience with Puntarenas Costa Rica. I can use crutches for short distances and stairs, but being a one-leg amputee a manual wheelchair is used for distances. (Other ports of concern are Corinto Nicaragua and Puerto Quetzel Guatemala.) Thanks for any input/suggestions.
  8. We have booked HAL Rotterdam for February 2020, Ft Lauderdale to San Diego. We chose this based on the promenade deck, which we really liked to be out on during both Alaska cruises, and the ports of call offered. Also, since we travel with a wheelchair, this itinerary only has one tendered port (the HAL private island). We also have never been to San Diego, so decided that would be a great place to spend a few days post-cruise.
  9. Thank you for your beautiful photos. We booked today for April 2020. Never too soon to research!
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