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  1. I agree you need to break up your group. You can do a search for Seattle accessible transportation for some suggestions. Also, this man offers some ideas: https://wheelchairjimmy.com/seattle-wheelchair-accessible-transportation/ Also, check with your cruise line's Access Department to see what their options are. If you haven't already done so, they will request that you complete a Special Needs form ahead of your cruise. (You have an accessible stateroom, correct?)
  2. That's been our experience, too. And we also like to book while on board and transfer it over to a TA when we get home. Which reminds me of another thing. If you book on board or on the cruise line's website and then have it transferred over to a TA, triple-check to be sure that all the perks you originally received are on the confirmation from your TA. On several occasions the bonus OBC that we received from booking on board did not show up on the TA's confirmation until I called to have them add it. Also be sure to take all your reservation documentation with you on the ship. We've also had perks missing (especially OBC) that we originally had that were missing when we got on board and had to go to Guest Services to have them fix it.
  3. I've never had this happen with transferring a cruise to the Big Box store. The Big Box TA just told me ok and they sent a request to Celebrity and Celebrity magically transferred the cruise. This is the same way it happened with other cruise lines, too, not just Celebrity - the Big Box TA handled it all. Maybe it depends on who you're talking to at the TA. Some agents do not seem to know too much. One didn't even know what an accessible stateroom was. When this has happened with Big Box agents (which is not the usual case) I just end the call, call back and talk with another (hopefully, knowledgeable) agent.
  4. Just transferred a cruise (made on Celebrity's website) over to the big box TA this week. I called the TA and they sent a request to Celebrity and within a few days it was transferred over to big box. Received this email from Celebrity: Please be advised that your request to transfer reservation #1031xxx to be serviced by xxxxx, WA, 98027 was received. Please allow up to 5-7 business days for processing.We look forward to welcoming you onboard!
  5. After you book your cruise go back to your account on Royal and check (very, very often) the drink package prices. They change regularly. You might also sign up for your Roll Call on CruiseCritic once you get your cruise date and ask about the drink package prices there. People are constantly checking the prices of the drink packages and hopefully will report if the price goes down. But check often yourself, too. Once you purchase your drink package, still go back and check the pricing because you can always cancel your booked drink package and rebook at the lower price.
  6. What cruise line are you going to be on? I'm sure the hallways will not be enlarged; however, my husband rents a scooter on all our cruises and he has never had any problem getting through the hallways. Sometimes we have to nudge a cleaning cart over a bit but there is really no issue.
  7. Well, I haven't specifically been on the Gem, but on every ship I've ever been on in an accessible stateroom (including NCL) the king beds were two twin beds put together. Therefore, they are easily made into 2 beds.
  8. Yes, it's no where to be found. Oh well.... I'm sure someone will start a new one at some point.
  9. Well, I don't know what to say. I swear that particular date was gone from Royal's website this morning; however, I do see it now, so I guess all is good (I hope). But I do not see the Empress' roll call for April 21 2021. There weren't many posts on it but I don't see it listed.....
  10. We are booked for April 17 2021 on the Empress. It is still showing on our Cruise Planner; however, our Roll Call is now gone from CruiseCritic and when I search for our April 17 cruise on Royal's website, it is not there either. Are we about to receive an email from Royal saying this cruise is cancelled?
  11. I hate to ask another fog question about getting to the Hobby Airport from the Port of Galveston and departure times at airport, but this is for a cruise in September on the Liberty of the Seas. The fog stories at Galveston seem to be centered around the winter months. We dock at 6:30am and would be getting private transportation back to Hobby. I know no one can predict the weather, but would at 12:30pm flight out of Hobby in Sept be too early? We would not be self-disembarking since we have one person in a wheelchair; however, based on past experience the wheelchair users are taken to a special line or front of the line at the terminal. (This is also true at the airport.) I hate missing out on the 12:30 flight but I also don't want to miss (literally) the flight. Thank you to everyone who has experience with this.
  12. I agree with everyone who suggested renting a folding wheelchair for Grand Cayman. If you are considering a tour from the ship, you will probably have to wait until your cruise date gets closer to see what they have in the way of tours. There will probably be accessible tours available and I would also double-check with the cruise line's Accessibility Department as they sometimes have accessible tours that are not listed with the regular tours offered. Often nonaccessible tours can accommodate a foldable wheelchair but again, check with the Accessibility Department so they can ask the tour operator to make sure this is possible. I suggest booking a tour before leaving home because our experience has been slim to none regarding getting accessibility information from the Shore Excursion Desk on the ship. And you will be responsible for getting to and from the tender dock to wherever the tour bus is.
  13. I've had this happen a lot on Royal's website. However, I did discover that if you call Royal (or have your travel agent do it) and ask them if there are any accessible staterooms in whatever category you are looking at, they sometimes magically have one available. So if you figure out a cruise you want but an accessible stateroom is not showing as being available, I'd give them a call and ask if there actually is one you can book.
  14. This is the funniest post I have ever read. Thank you!
  15. You probably already saw the article from CruiseCritic but here it is in case you haven't: https://www.cruisecritic.com/articles.cfm?ID=3400
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