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  1. I never understand why people reply with "tap water is fine" when people ask about distilled water. It's free, and easy to request, so why NOT use the distilled water? I always do, and have never had a problem. Easy question, easy solution. Request it in the personalizer. If it isn't in the cabin (only once did that happen), then ask the steward and she/he will bring it.
  2. Very interested in this thread as we are scheduled for the same cruise in February....but my cruising partner is pretty sure she will have to cancel (she has the Princess insurance). I need to call Princess to find out what my options are but I'm dreading the answer! I'd still like to go but not if they are gonna charge me a single supplement (wouldn't that be double dipping since insurance covers the cost of her portion?) Anyway, yes, I will call Princess directly to see what answers I get. In the meantime, have a wonderful cruise and thank you for the pictures!
  3. We have scooted from the ship into the downtown area in St. Thomas - over a mile, spent all day shopping and going in and out of stores, scooted back to the ship, and not lost one single 'bar' of power. I have never come close to running out of battery power after ~5 cruises using a scooter. Enjoy!
  4. We prefer the Crown (and are booked on her next year) over the Regal. We both use mobility scooters and were shocked at how poor the venues on the Regal are for accessibility. Specifically, no dedicated area in Princess Live. We had to sit on our scooters way off to the side and luckily it was never so full that anyone had to sit behind us. In the Princess Theater, however, the handicapped seating area has another tier of seats behind it, so we always felt we were blocking people's views. Made us very uncomfortable. The buffet on the Regal is bigger and better - the balconies on the Crown were bigger and better. So much comes down to the amenities/features that are important to you. Either way, have a wonderful trip.
  5. So far the Regal is definitely our least favorite ship and most of that is due to the lack of accomodation for mobility challenged passengers. We love the Explorers Lounge on other ships, but really dislike Princess Live. There is no place to park in Princess Live on a scooter without blocking the view of people behind you - luckily the theater was usually fairly empty on our last cruise so it wasn't too much of a problem for us to park way off to the side. Same issue in the main Princess Theater - we have become accustomed to sitting at the very top/rear of the theater where we can sit on our scooters but on the Regal there's an extra seating space at the top of deck 7 - so we always felt we were blocking the view of people behind us, but we had no alternative. The buffet was great, but we've decided to avoid this class of ships - which will leave more room for those who prefer this class!
  6. We did the 15 day cruise to Hawaii on the Star a few years ago and had no problem finding things to do on the sea days (lots of 'em on that cruise!). We love to play cards on the pool deck, play trivia, and watching other games. I enjoy tooling around the ship looking for a new place to read. We also both enjoy a little down time in the cabin during the afternoon, reading/watching tv/snoozing. It's a vacation!
  7. I have, and it wasn't easy, but it worked. I used wheelchair assistance through the airline. They pushed me to the gate, but I had to hold my folded-up rollator across my lap - my cPAP case was strung across the handles of the wheelchair, and I also held my purse and cane. I ended up with bruises on my thighs but it was well worth it to have the rollator on the trip. Good luck, and I hope you have a wonderful trip!
  8. We've cruised out of FLL for 4 out of the past 5 years and haven't paid for parking. However, my friend's vehicle is equipped with a lift for her mobility scooter. I see no reason why handicapped parking should be free for cruisers, but we're happy to save the money. The Ft. Lauderdale port official website says the following: In compliance with Florida Statute 316.1964, parking fees are waived at all Port Everglades lots and garages to disabled persons operating vehicles with ONE of the following qualifications: Display a Florida Toll Exemption Permit as explained in Florida Statute 316.1964 (see example below) Vehicle is modified with specialized equipment such as ramps, lifts, or foot and hand controls for use by a disabled person (see example below) Display the Disabled Veteran (DV) license plate issued from any state government. The DV license plate must be on the car parked in a Port Everglades lot or garage at the time of your cruise. Florida DV license plates are issued under Florida Statute 320.084 (See example below).
  9. Special Needs does have a kiosk in Ft. Lauderdale, but not available for Princess. I rented a scooter for my cruise in February and confirmed that with them, so unless something has changed in the ~two months since then..... I've rented from Special Needs 4-5 times and have been very happy with their service.
  10. So exciting - we are on the same cruise! Just ordered our Medallions last week though, so they haven't yet arrived. Thanks for sharing the pictures - we can't wait to get ours!
  11. We are doing this itinerary on the Crown next year, so I'm following along with great interest! Thank you for the review.
  12. Hi - I've cruised on Princess several times with a scooter. Contacting Princess - even their disability office will get you very little in terms of answers. They would not give me a 'yes' or 'no' about using a scooter on a tender in Hawaii, but I found out later that nobody ever uses a scooter on tenders on Maui. (I'm sure someone will interject that they've done it, but my experience over 4 cruises is that no scooters on tenders). As for excursions in general, we found out the hard way that even booking the wheelchair accessible excursions doesn't apply to scooters - on our last cruise in the Caribbean we were requested to visit the excursions desk, and then were informed that they could accomodate wheelchairs, but not scooters, so three of our excursions had to be canceled. I've made a point of every post-cruise survey to tell them that they need to update their excursion information, given the number of people who use scooters now. Our best bet so far has been to book third party excursions and confirm with them that they have transportation that has lifts that will accomodate scooters, not just wheelchairs. Many scooters break down, but many do not, and even when they do, the weight can be prohibitive. Scooting off the ship has not been an issue except for Grand Turk, which had a very steep V-shaped ramp to get off the ship - and the staff were willing to lift the scooter over the 'bump' if I got off it - but most times scooting off the ship has been very easy, and staff are very willing to help. Good luck and have fun!
  13. I always request it in the Personalizer, and the steward has always known about it when they introduce him/herself, but it's never been in the cabin. However, the water has always appeared well before bedtime, along with a (very!) long extension cord. The only time I needed more than one gallon of water was on a 15 night Hawaiian cruise. I suggest that anyone needing distilled water simply note it in the Personlizer, and confirm with the steward upon boarding.
  14. Completely agree that requiring documentation from a physician that I require a HC accessible cabin is excessive and burdensome. It's hard enough to secure one of these cabins - and as has already been stated, we already have to fill out paperwork with the cruise line that we meet the requirements for these cabins.
  15. On our last cruise, due to some last minute confusion, I didn't realize until after we had dropped our luggage off that I hadn't put any tags on my suitcase (although of course it had a tag with my name/phone, etc.) Yikes! Yet, it still showed up right outside the cabin (before my roommate's, in fact). Well done, Princess!
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