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  1. I am booked for Sept 2, 2021. I am hoping that things will be resolved by then.
  2. I meant that I was not going to DIET again 🙂
  3. That's a good attitude. I decided about 20 years ago that I was never going to died again. And I haven't, although I have lost some weight. I don't eat two breakfasts - actually at home, if I am not going to PT in the morning, I don't eat breakfast until about 10-11 o'clock. I'm just not hungry before then. On a cruise, I eat breakfast, but I try to limit the number of pastries I eat. It helps that I don't really like Danish pastries, and it is possible for a donut to be too sweet (for me). For the rest of the meals, I order one thing from each section of the menu, but if I don't like i
  4. I usually gain 5 or 10 lbs, but it is all from the excess salt. I do not salt anything at home, so the food on the ship is much saltier than I normally have. Sometimes the food is too salty for me to eat. Usually I'm back to my pre-cruise weight within 2 weeks. I didn't start cruising until I was in my 60s, and I had learned through prior experience that if I eat too much it is immediately and uncomfortably apparent. So no matter how much I would have liked to have extra ice cream or pastry, I would know that I would pay for it right away that night and that was enough incentiv
  5. My scooter is set up so that you apply power with your thumbs when you have your hand on the handles. That means that if the scooter is getting away from you, your automatic reaction is to grab the handles harder and that makes the scooter go faster. This is also a problem for people who park the scooter for me after I have sat in a chair at the table. If they do not sit on the scooter, it is apt to take off with them and at least once they knocked over a tray of glasses in the dining room. I tend to get hung up on the thresholds going out on deck (for the safety briefing or jus
  6. That's good information on the buses - I've never tried a bus with more than a cane. But I think the big taxis vans would have no problem with two walkers. I have never actually been able to take the ferry to St. George, so I don't know about steps at the St. George end. And I haven't actually gotten out in Hamilton for some years, as I'm not a shopper. I do remember about restaurants that are up stairs, but had forgotten until you reminded me. I don't know what you mean by the Oceanography Museum. It is very unhandy to get to the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute by bu
  7. I have been to Bermuda 8 times and 4 of those times I was using a mobility scooter. In three cases I used a blue flag guide with a van, and they just put my little scooter in the back of the van. But I have a folding travel scooter which is pretty light- it is only 55 lbs. and I can get into the van by myself. One of those guides has died, but the other one Lewis Foggo (lewis_foggo@hotmail.com) gave us a very nice 5 hour tour in both in October 2018 and June 2019. I also used a regular taxi driver [Conrad Albouy (441-334-8796)] and he took us to the Swizzle for lunch an to the BAMZ (Bermu
  8. I use a mobility scooter, and I almost always go to the priority desk for processing our documents. I don't know if I get priority boarding or not, but I don't have to stand in the long lines to register prior to boarding. If you arrive at the port together, I think he could also go to the priority processing which is for handicapped as well as being for platinum and the like. I've only gone on two Carnival ships - once out of Baltimore one once out of Norfolk. I don't remember there being a problem in Norfolk (other than the port being very poorly laid out). In Baltimore, the
  9. I rented a scooter for the first time for a cruise to Alaska from Seattle. I rented from Special Needs at Sea, and they were there at the dock and gave me the scooter right there so I had it to get on the ship. I've never actually had a scooter be in my cabin. The other time I rented from Special Needs at Sea, it was a Disney cruise out of Port Canaveral and they had the scooter to give me when I go to the pier - not in the cabin. (Probably because the scooter would not fit in the cabin)
  10. If you can get that from a cruise company agent, you can probably do as well or better from a good independent agent.
  11. I have been to Bermuda 7 times and we are going again in June. Our visits
  12. I haven't toured with Quinton, but that's where we always meet a guide. You get off the ship and look around for - in your case- a guy wearing a pith helmet.
  13. When travel with my grandchildren, they have to carry their bag and mine too. (I don't take them until they are 12-13 and old enough to pack, cut up their own food, and take care of their own personal hygiene)
  14. Independent. I would never book with a cruise line agent. They do not have any incentive to help you.
  15. Initially I booked with the TA that gave the best price. I did three cruises that way and it did not work well for me when there was a glitch in the booking. Since that initial 3 cruises, I have had only 3 travel agents. I would still be booking with the first one, but he died. So now I have a general cruise agent and one for river cruises. Now I look for the TA that has the most experience and the best customer service, and having found a good one, I am loyal to that TA because he gives good service, helps when there are difficulties, and goes above and beyond that
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