fabnfortysomething Posted September 5, 2013 #1 Share Posted September 5, 2013 (edited) OK so this will be a long day by day review including pre and post cruise stay in New York with particular emphasis on how someone with walking difficulties coped. A bit of background: Our daughter wanted a trip to New York for her 21st birthday and we decided to add on a cruise to Bermuda with the Breakaway[our 23 year old son was interested in New York but not the cruise so we left him at home!] I am slightly older than my cruisecritic name suggests[the hazard of picking a name that reflects when you joined cruise critic] I am a self confessed obsessive planner and build up to the holiday itself is part of the fun] Husband is the one with walking difficulties-attacked by Rheumatoid arthritis in his forties he now has 2 metal hips and a dodgy left ankle which is the main cause of his walking difficulties. If you're old enough you may remember the 70's tv series about Steve Austin-the 6 billion dollar man as it was called in the UK. Well his "bionics" have probably cost about 6 thousand so from now on will refer to him as "6" Our trip started with a trip from our local airport where we had arranged wheelchair assistance to help with the connections through London Heathrow and New York JFK. 6's metal hips always set off the metal detectors at airport security which results in a frisking for him so I usually go through first and can then collect up his belt shoes cane etc while he becomes better acquainted with the security staff. However this time my bags caused a problem as I had forgotten my Kindle was an electrical device and so didn't take it out my bag. So Daughter D was left to collect her dads stuff while I grovelled in apology-she found this funny but retribution was at hand! The wheelchair assistance through Heathrow went smoothly -essential as terminal 5 is a maze! There was a guy with manual wheelchair waiting just off the plane and he whisked us through to our connection to New York. D was carrying her dads carry on luggage as well as her own when she was stopped at the security gate for a random search[told you retribution was coming!] This meant both bags had to be searched and had to explain the refrigerated bag containing her dads injectable medication for his arthritis. However it was all done very professionally and courteoulys and we were soon through and pre boarded the plane. This was just as well as hadn't had time to assist 6 with his flight socks-he has a device which enables him to put on his own normal socks but compression socks require my help. So I'm trying to get these socks on him in the cramped confines of economy class seats and trying to not block the aisleway for oncoming passengers- The flight of 7 hours was uneventful and wheelchair assistance again waiting when disembarking in New York. We were fast tracked through US residents passport control which meant we were able to avoid the long lines for UK visitors. I had pre booked an airport transfer through New York Fun Tours and was concerned that at $170 this might be an expensive indulgence. However our driver Adel was waiting outside baggage claim with a sign with my name on and he led us to a comfortable new SUV. The traffic into New York was very heavy and it took 1 1/2 hours but Adel gave us an informative tour on the way and took us through Queens to avoid worst of traffic. Our hotel was the Holiday Inn Midtown 57th street which was paid for 3 nights with reward points which included vouchers for breakfast. The hotel has been recently refurbished but some parts remain original and that lets the hotel down-eg elevators shabby and dented, room doors not replaced and bathroom fittings the original With the time difference the wave of tiredness hit and we dozed for a while but then awoke and couldn't get back to sleep-at least 6 and I couldn't-D was out like a light We decided to go for a nightcap in the hotel bar which was very comfortable and welcoming and very friendly staff. A couple of drinks later it was back to bed and ready to start to explore New York the next day Edited September 5, 2013 by fabnfortysomething Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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