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  1. Hi I love travelling but one thing that defers me is that I have an ileostomy. The ileostomy itself is ok but the stigma and judgmental people scare me. I do not want to get embarrased in public. The biggest worry are swimming pools/beaches. I can not completely hide my ostomy when in a bathing suit (but take note: you CAN NOT see the contents of the bag) and am afraid I will get kicked out of the pool because of uneducated people (an ostomy IS NOT like a diaper. It is completely sealed and the contents do not leak out) or people will make a scene. Do any of you have an ostomy and not get kicked out or witness people with ostomies not get removed? I thinking maybe I should print off some information from one of the ostomy associations and keep it on hand in case of this happened. I am NOT ashamed of my ileostomy and am willing to answer questions/educate people if they are generally interested and not trying to shame me.



    Also in addition to my ostomy I have severe gastroparesis and am on a mostly liquid diet (ensure, boost, etc). Would I be able to bring these with me? There's also a possibility that I will have a feeding tube by the time I get to go so are you allowed to bring a pump, formula and all required supplies?


    You are not required to have approval of the cruise line. As long as your Doctor has qualified you as fit to travel you do not need prior approval as well as you don't need prior approval from the cruise line for the pump and other equipment you will be bringing on board . Additionally SpecialNeedsatSeas and scootaround don't even rent the medical equipment you need.


    You do have to complete a Special Needs Form for the cruise line you will be traveling. If you advise the cruise line I'll post the on-line for that line.

    Following is what you need to request or advise the cruise line on the form

    • If the equipment is electrical and requires an extension cord you'll have to request one from the ship in the special needs form. The extension has to meet certain safety requirement and any you bring will be confiscated.
    • Special Dietary Needs
      • state the Ensure that will be brought on board
      • If applicable at the time advise the feeding tube supplies.

    You are required to store all supplies in your cabin. If flying all supplies are considered to be "Medical" and should be marked as such as the airlines cannot charge you extra baggage fees.


    Re: pool and ostomy bag. It's more than likely that you will not be allowed in the pools. Bringing copies of information explaining isn't going to change that. Even though the type of bag is not designed to leak they do. The ship has to uphold heath regulations and if it did leak it becomes a costly item for the cruiseline. The pool has to be shut down, drained , disinfected , the entire deck area and chairs have to cleaned / disinfected not to mention any where else guests that vacated from the pool ventured. The whole process shuts down the area for at least 2 days for the amount of work required. The potential of that happening is reason enough to expect not to be allowed in the pools. Also ADA does not apply on board the ship unless by chance you're going on the NCL Pride of America.


    Wish you well.

  2. Don't know what your argument is. The cruiseline can certainly give or anyone can book an accessible cabin if there are no other cabins left in the category or after final payment. What does guarantee have to do with it?

    It's after final payment. They either release it and anyone can book it or they assign to someone with a guaranty booking


    The guy's original post stated that his interior booking dropped in price and was able to upgrade to a "GUARANTEED" oceanview . The cruiseline than assigned an accessible cabin against his GUARANTEED booking and it was apparently after final payment which was in compliance with the law stated in post #4. That's what GAURANTEE has to do with it.


    No where was it ever stated the guy was trying to book an accessible cabin as it was the last in the category. For some reason your the only person that read his post as being that .

  3. Wrong and from your own post. This has been in effect for many years with Royal Caribbean



    If there's one accessible cabin left and all other standard cabins as well as accessible cabin in the same cabin classification are sold than an abled-bodied person can book that accessble cabin even if the final payment hasn't past. Example if there's one accessible cabin E1 left and all standard E1 and all other E1 Accessible cabins are sold than it's allowed under the law for the accessible cabin to be sold to an able-bodied person even if the final payment period hasn't passed.


    The post I made that you claim is wrong is not. I replied to the individual who was assigned an accessible cabin against a guarantee . In which case what I replied was correct. It was not that the individual was trying to book the last available cabin in a category so there was no reason to requite back to me what I posted as it does not apply to situation. Suggest you re-read Funsinger75 Post # 5 and my response Post #9,


    Yes I know the policy about the last accessible room in a category has been in place for many years. In fact it's been better enforced by RCCL since the USA Department of Transportation Law ( Post #4 ) went into effect January 1, 2012.

  4. So now I'm confused.... due to a price drop, I was upgraded from an interior to an ocean view guarantee for an upcoming sailing. After getting my new cabin assignment, it appears to be an accessible cabin. Am I not supposed to take the cabin now or is it okay since it is close to sailing? I thought this was only done if the cabin was available and hadn't been booked.


    Was the assignment made after the final payment period had past ? If so, than RCCL was within it right per the USA Department of Transportation Law to assign you an accessible cabin assuming the cruise is embarking form a USA Port. If the assignment of cabin against the guarantee booking was made by RCCL prior to the final payment date than morally and ethically you should ask to be reassigned a non-accessible cabin as RCCL violated the law assuming the cruise is embarking from a USA port.

  5. We have not cruised with Autism on the Seas yet but plan to in the future. I have been impressed with their help in answering our questions pre-booking. I have heard very good things about them.


    We have always cruised with Royal and found them very helpful in meeting the needs of my now adult daughter with Aspergers (though her needs are quite high).


    My niece had a totally different experience. Last year her in-laws took the entire family (30 people) on a Cruise aboard Harmony. She spent months communicating with RCCL's Special Needs Dept.., Had been assured both verbally and via emails that there would be no issues with my great nephew in the kids program and RCCL told her the staff aboard the Harmony had experience and training with such circumstance. Boarded the ship and was told under no circumstances would her son be allowed to attend the kids program. Even after showing all the emails confirmations from RCCL the staff on board the Harmony refuse my great-nephew into the kids program.... age was not a factor as he was 11 at the time. My niece not being shy and very used to having to advocate for son escalated the matter to a meeting with the Captain and was still denied. The family still had a good vacation but in the end her In-laws regretted not having booked a cruise through Autism at Seas.

  6. Hello everyone. So, ive been looking at booking through Expedia for Oasis in December, as I have some points I can use towards the trip. After searching for our category we want and looking at the stateroom on Oasis floor-plan it is an accessible stateroom. It is not labeled as accessible whatsover through expedia, and when trying to book directly online through royal the stateroom doesn't even show as available (with and without the accessible stateroom option clicked). After reading online I saw that sometimes they will open these up, as there are a good bit of accessible staterooms open, almost more than regular ones. I, of course, dont want to take an accessible stateroom from anyone who would need it, but if Royal is opening these up since they arent being booked then of course the room would be nice. What is everyones thoughts?

    Though you say you don't want to take an accessible cabin away from some who needs, in actuality you're wanting to book an accessible cabin as it saves you the cost of booking a larger standard cabin or suite.

    Doesn't matter if the accessible cabins aren't being booked. As a result of able bodied people fraudulantly booking accessible cabins the following now applies for any cruise ship embarking from a USA Port.

    As a result of the United States Supreme Court Rules on Spector et.al. VS Norwegian Cruise Lines. a Federal Law under the Department ofTransportation ( commonly referred to as DOT) became effective on January 1,2012 that requiresthat the cruiselines have to verify that the person occupying the cabin has a medical orphysical need to book the cabin . Though this new regulation came aboutin 2010/2011, the cruise lines were granted until January 1, 2012 to completelycomply with these new regulations. Because of this new law Cruise lines havealso had to reclassify its HC cabins. Some of the key points to this new laware:


    (g) To prevent fraud in the assignment of accessible cabins (e.g., attempts byindividuals who do not have disabilities to reserve accessible cabins becausethey have greater space, you—

    (1) Must inquire of persons seeking to reserve such cabins whether theindividual (or an individual for whom the cabin is being reserved) has amobility disability or a disability that requires the use of the accessiblefeatures that are provided in the cabin.

    (2) May require a written attestation from the individual that accessible cabinis for a person who has a mobility disability or a disability that requires theuse of the accessible features that are provided in the cabin.

    CFR › Title 49 › Subtitle A › Part 39 › SubpartB › Section 39.39


    © Youmay release unsold accessible cabins to persons without disabilities for theirown use when all other cabins in the same class of service and price for avoyage have been reserved.


    (d) Ifa passenger with a disability seeks to reserve an accessible cabin in a givenclass of service, and there is not an available accessible cabin in that classof service, but there is an available accessible cabin in a different class ofservice, you must allow the passenger to reserve that accessible cabin at theprice of the requested class of service of the class of service in which theaccessible cabin exists, whichever is lower.


    Under this law the only time it's acceptable for an able body person to book an HC cabin are ;


    • after the final payment period has past and any unsold HC cabins are than open to the general public for booking.
    • If there's one accessible cabin left and all other standard cabins as well as accessible cabin in the same cabin classification are sold than an abled-bodied person can book that accessble cabin even if the final payment hasn't past. Example if there's one accessible cabin E1 left and all standard E1 and all other E1 Accessible cabins are sold than it's allowed under the law for the accessible cabin to be sold to an able-bodied person even if the final payment period hasn't passed.
    • The cruise line can also assign any unsold accessible cabins after the final payment period against gauranteed bookings of able bodied passengers.

  7. Are you implying that OP ryano does not really require an accessible cabin? Seriously asking as I can't really tell by your remarks. I happen to know he does require such, and sounds excited about his choice. :)


    ryano, enjoy your cruise. :D


    Not implying any such thing !


    I've known for years that ryano qualifies for an accessible room. What surprised me was that ryano didn't disclose it in the first post that it was an accessible cabin Ryano is typically a champion for the rights of the disabled.

  8. If someone is willing to lie about needing the cabin, how would the OP saying it was an accessible cabin from the start, prevent that?



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    Yes there's always the individual that will lie regardless if it's stated as being a HC Accessible Cabin. However by stating it was an HC Accessible Cabin in the first place it would help because there are able-bodied people that will make the moral and ethical choice not to even try to book it.

  9. OP should have made it very clear in the title of the post as well as the text of the initial post that this cabin is an ACCESSIBLE Oceanview Balcony Cabin. Sadly there will be able-bodied people who will attempt to book this cabin and fraudulently attest to having a need for the features of the cabin to avoid paying for a Junior Suite.


    Yes it was stated further into the thread that the cabin is an accessible but after seeing the photo posted they won't care and will still attempt to book it.

  10. It's some sort of design reason. It is what it is.


    Configuration is driven by revenue a ship that size must have to be cost effective. Fitting the rooms together like puzzle pieces rather than a standard rectange reduces the s squre footage needed per room. All that square footage adds up to RCCL able have more cabins generating revenue.

  11. Does the oxygen concentrator have to be on the FDA list, i.e. a certain brand -- and do you have to have a copy of a doctor's prescription?


    Has anyone travelled and cruised with a small NON-battery operated oxygen concentrator? Sometimes called "Home Oxygen Bar"...


    Can get the Rx, no problem, but to rent the only one(s) that HAL has an arrangement with, for a 2-week cruise, costs more than a new non-prescription unit on Amazon! We do have plenty of time to test the small unit before the cruise.


    The cruise line isn't concerned if it's FDA approved as that means nothing to them as FDA approved means it meets or exceed the medical standards for such an item. However IMO you should be concerned if it's FDA approved to ensure the over all safety and effectiveness of the item being that it's critical to your health. FYI Medicare and insurance will not cover any part of the cost if it's not FDA approved.. For what it's worth I would think that any doctor who knows it's not FDA approved wouldn't write a RX for it.


    Do as you please.

  12. What is a "family restroom"?




    Seriously ?


    Family style, unisex, or single-user restrooms (often called handicapped restrooms) offer flexibility: males or females, and one or more individuals (i.e. family members), of the same or opposite sex, can use them. They can also provide such amenities as two toilets, one for adults and one for children, and a changing table.

  13. I know it will fit through the cabin door but is the intetior hall wide enough for it to be lined up exactly straight to head into the cabin...


    I had the bright idea to use the lanai door which is wide enough but they will not provide a small portable ramp to get in and out...


    Any info would be aporeciated...first time on hal and reg cabin.




    Whether it's a travel portable scooter or a full size it's not going to work. In lanai cabins the bed is closet to the main door and directly next to the wall of the bathroom. The open seating area is beyond the bed and next to the sliding door out to the deck. There is barely enough room to walk past the bed . No way are you going to be able to drive a scooter directly into the interior of the cabin. The scooter won't be able to go past the bed and would have to left in the hallway by the main cabin door thus blocking the main exit/entry as well as getting into the bathroom .

  14. Its been a few years since we last cruised and have never been on RCCL. In the past we have purchased travel insurance from a 3rd party outside of the cruise line. Does anyone have any advise or experience to share?


    If you have any pre-existing conditions it's best to purchase from a 3rd party provider. In order to have pre-existing conditions waive the policy must be purchased within 10-14 day depending on the policy and insurance company of the initial booking date.

    Nationwide has a couple cruise specific policies that pre-existing conditions are waived as long as the policy is purchased prior to making the final cruise payment.


    You can compare policies on the following sites:




  15. We travel with mom who uses a wheelchair full-time. In the past we have been dropped off at the terminal but for our next NCL cruise we will be driving ourselves. I searched on the East Coast Departures board and could not find the answer to my question. Are there luggage porters in the garage who will take bags once we park? Do I have to drop off the bags, mom, and the rest of the party on the second floor and then exit the terminal and return to park?


    No. You have to drop off the luggage at the terminal and than park the car.

  16. Hi


    Looking at a cruise to the Caribbean. Barbados, St Lucia, Martinique, St Kitts, Antigua, Tortola, St Maarten In November.


    Problem- Partner has MS and is a wheelchair user has problems with high humidity.


    Question- How does humidity effect those on board the ship.


    Is there any one who, has cruised to this destination with the same problem on CC. that can give some advise please


    Thank you


    Also have MS and have cruise regularly. Even in November the heat and humidity can be an issue for someone with MS . With that said here's some tips as to how to be prepared to deal with it :


    On board the ship

    • Inside the public venues shouldn't be an issue. In fact at times if can be too cold. Suggest bringing lightweight sweater or an easy to pack pashmina.
    • In the room crank up the air conditioning if needed. Particularly during the time you're taking showers. While in the bathroom it's best the door remains propped open to reduce heat and humidity buildup.
    • Out on the open decks she may have to limit her time depending on the day and weather conditions. As you probably already know MS symptoms can change by the day and through out the day. She'll be able to gage herself .

    In Port

    • Again she'll be able to gage herself. Just don't wait too long to get out of the sun and get into a cooler spot when she feels fatigued by the heat and humidity. Also cool down the inner body temperature ( see below)
    • Suggest she pack a large travel cup with lid that can be filled with ice water before leaving the ship.
    • If she qualifies the National Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) offer free cooling products. Link for information and on line application https://mymsaa.org/msaa-help/cooling-products/
    • If not able to get cooling products through the MSAA than consider purchasing on line :
      • Cooling towel - One that is activated by water and works based on evaporation is easy to pack Can be purchased on line from Wal-Mart, Dick's Sporting Goods, Amazon . Just do a Google search
      • Cooling scarf - again water activated and works based on evaporation. Such as this one on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/JellyBeadZ-Cooling-Scarf-Bandana-Keeps/dp/B004XX4X9E
      • Most definitely she should bring wide brim hat to shade her face. If she doesn't already have one you can find easy to pack travel hats on line. Personally I like the ones from San Diego Hat Company. You also find
      • some on Amazon.,

    Most important any effects from heat and humidity are not permanent . As my neuro has always stressed when a person with MS starts to feel the effects of heat and humidity you need to cool your body temperature from the inside . Non alcoholic slushy drinks and any liquid with a lot of ice is the RX needed to accomplish this fast. Thus the reason to have a larger travel container with ice and cold water with her at all times.


    With this all said. You'll both have a wonderful time ! Cruising is my favorite way to travel now living with MS. I cruise every year with a group of people all over the country that MS. We are not affiliated or sponsored by any of the MS association or foundations. Just a group of people that enjoy traveling and being among others who understand the MS can an does vary how a person feels each day. You can find us on Facebook . "MS Cruisers"


    Have traveled the world when working never having divulge my MS to an employer and continue to travel. I'm dependent on a mobility scooter. If he two of you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask me.

  17. I will be traveling with my MIL in a few weeks to Bermuda and she is in a mobility scooter. We have taken her out of country on the scooter with no problems...my concern is I have read that she cannot drive the mobility scooter on the street (which would normally not be a problem) but it seems a lot of streets in Bermuda do not have sidewalks...


    Where is she supposed to drive her scooter if there is no sidewalk and the street is not allowed? I wanted to take her in the ferry up to St George's to see the unfinished church but getting there may be an issues ... or an expensive taxi ride.


    Bermuda is not all that accessible friendly. It's not that mobility scooters aren't allowed to be driven on the streets. It's that the streets and limited sidewalks are congested and no one is watching for people using mobility scooters, wheelchairs and or any other type of mobility equipments making it unsafe. The ferry does have a rollon ramp but the problem than becomes once your on St. George the roads can be steep and hilly. Unfortunately the only safe option once arriving at St. George is to take a taxi. If the scooter is a portable size most will lift it into the back of the van if they have assistance. Your MIL would have to be able to transfer in/out of the van. Public buses do not have lifts. Check out this link http://www.bermuda-online.org/BPHA.htm

  18. Have you considered renting a scooter for the cruise? There are companies that will deliver the scooter to the ship and pick it up after the cruise.




    In the world of able bodied crusing you're extremely knowledgable and fully understand why CC made you a host. Howver in the world of disabled travel and cruising you're a novice at best. As a host I'm always perplexed as to why you don't refer someone that has a question regarding cruising with a disability to the Disabled Cruise Forum ?


    The OP had several issues and concerns that needed to be addressed and all anyone on this thread did was just tell the person to rent a scooter or a rollator. Suggest you read my post on this thread and on the disabled cruise forum as I give very detailed information. Someone traveling for the frist time with a disability or an injury doesn't always know the questions that they need to be asking inwhich case they would be better served if directed to the Disabled Forum.


    Again you're the best when it comes to general questions pertaining to RCCL but in the world of disabled travel please consider deferring it to those that have years of experience traveling with a disability.

    Hope you know this was meant with the best of intentions.

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