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About katisdale

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    Hickory, NC USA
  • Interests
    Grandchildren, travel
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  1. I will miss Matt. When we did the circle South America on the Royal he was the CD. I have been using a wheelchair for many years and had never attended a dance class as I obviously cannot dance. He did these sessions and I attended to watch Matt O and his interactions with the cruisers. I had a great time.
  2. He is my favorite cruise director.
  3. I used the travelscoot scooter for about 10 years and was very pleased with it. I recently needed to replace it because my post polio progressed and I could no longer step across the middle section. I now own a "fold and go" electric wheelchair. It is also a very well built device. You can google either name for additional information. There is a board on cruise critic called disabled cruisers where you can find additional recommendations.
  4. MC app is somewhat improved on my end BUT whenever I go to it it turns off my hearing aids. I am beyond frustrated with that!!! I will not be able to use the app on the ship if this continues as not hearing is not only annoying but dangerous. I would miss emergency announcements, people saying "watch out" etc. I am not happy.
  5. I am sorry this has happened to you. There are rooms with appropriate dimensions to meet your needs. However, they are usually reserved very quickly by other individuals who are in equal need as you are. I had polio as a child and now use an electric wheelchair for mobility. I would suggest that you have your travel agent call Carnival's access department on a weekday and see if you can get your money back. The access department can in my experience do some actions that are not possible for regular departments. If a return of your funds is not possible, then see if you can be placed on a wait
  6. No, the line does not provide oxygen. What do you use at home? A concentrator or tanks? If a concentrator is it a portable one or one of the larger ones? Your doctor or oxygen supplier should be able to determine what type of machinery you need to continue to travel.
  7. Yes, I get both of those and usually have a future cruise deposit I use and that gives credit as well. I like that Princess allows "stacking" of credits.
  8. We went over Christmas/New Year's in 2019 ending on January 4, 2020. There were several families on board with kids in the age groups you mention. The kids we saw seemed to enjoy the activities they participated in and I enjoyed watching them show off their projects to their parents and grandparents. The enrichment activities - lei making, hula etc. as well as some of the entertainment (specifically the hula show) and excursions would be for any age.
  9. That does not work for me. "Travel Documents" is non-existent in my sorry app. SIGH. I also cannot change the emergency contact, cannot accept the risk form, cannot update the health data, cannot chose an arrival/departure time and it turns my hearing aids off. I was able to order medallions and chose a dining time. This app is such a disappointment! Our banking, airline, hearing aid and other apps work seamlessly. Perhaps Princess needs to walk away from this app until such time as it actually works.
  10. I think your parents will be fine. I found it necessary to move around the ship to get the best views. I use a wheelchair and book accessible cabins. The place to be varies with what is happening. On approach to the old locks you need to be at the front of the ship to see the men in a row boat bringing the ropes which will be attached to the ship. After entering the lock it is great to go to the middle of the ship to see the canal walls. Then later it is great to go to the back of the ship to watch the gates close. For us it was a long hot day but so worth it. I recommend your parents keep the
  11. I continue to be disappointed in the app. I was recently able to order medallions (this was easy) and select dining options (after much trying). However, I have not been able to do anything with our passports and other boarding data. I have an updated phone and updated app. This app is a mess and I am going to ignore it for a few months - our next cruise isn't until January - and hope for the best then. I get so aggravated using it as it turns my hearing aid OFF.
  12. My strange problem is that starting the medallionclass app turns off my hearing aids. Of course I get the white screen and tech notice that everyone talks about. Anyone else having hearing aid problems? We cannot get into the dining requests AND I can't hear. So frustrated! We don't sail until January, 2022.
  13. I have been using a "fold and go" wheelchair for the past year. It is quite sturdy, easy to collapse, and fits in both our prius and SUV. It may be slightly above your price point. It is made in the US and their website gives a good overview of how everything works. They also offer lots of add ons.
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