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  1. Unfortunately, our experience has been that we can book tours that say they are wheelchair accessible, etc. but then when we get on board, we're told that our scooters cannot be accomodated. NOT saying anyone else's experience is wrong, but please do not expect that because some people have had luck with their scooters being accomodated that that is always the case - because it certainly is not. Now that I think about it, not once have we been able to take our scooters on a Princess excursion - regardless of location - we've always had to book via a third party.
  2. We've been to St. Maarten twice with the scooters - no issues at all. Grand Turk, however, was a no-go for me last year. We were on the Regal, and the ramp had a big bump that meant I couldn't ride the scooter down, and I was having a bad day, so even though they offered to lift the scooter over the bad parts and let me walk down the steep ramp, I couldn't handle it. Have fun and I hope you have better luck than I did. Was glad to hear that Grand Turk has a nice shopping area - maybe next time!
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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!
  9. 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!
  10. 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).
  11. 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.
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