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The main purpose of this website is to make special needs travellers aware of how the cruise industry is addressing the requirements of hosting those of us with mobility problems and other disabilities. We look forward to your feedback.


Features:
DESTINATIONS:

Hubbard Glacier - Alaska Cruise Highlight

Istanbul - Former Capital of the World

San Juan - Puerto Rico's Accessible Gem

Kusadasi - Gateway to Ephesus

Santorini - Greece's Shining Jewel

PRE or POST CRUISE:

Prague - "Mother Of All Cities"

Brighton Beach Memories

CRUISE SHIPS:

Celebrity Eclipse - Meeting The Accessibility Challenge

Celebrity Constellation - Keeping Connie "Ship Shape"
TRANSPORTATION:

London's Accessible Cabs

Eddie Manning - Wheels & Wheelchairs

TRAVEL PEOPLE:

Ana Hura - Keeping Her Guests Happy

Benny Weidacher - Putting Fun In His Work

Marcela Salum - Argentina's Gift To The Cruise Industry

JC - Big Bands To Big Ships

Eve De Nies - Food & Beverage Manager

Tom Brady - From Hyatt to the High Seas

Sue Denning - A Dynamo In High Heels

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COMMENT

PLANNING AHEAD

If you have a special need and have cruised previously you already know that, due to the limited number of accessible cabins on the market as well as other issues not faced by the average traveller, it is always wise to plan ahead.

The numbe of times I have come across a fellow passenger who lives just a few hours from the cruise port and has literally hopped on the ship at the last minute and taken advantage of last minute prices are to numerous to count. Because we have to deal with other issues such as special needs forms to be completed well ahead of the embarkation date, airlines that require more forms so that we can obtain the best seating configuration available and anticipoated delays at the airport as well as ground transfers that get mixed up, the need to plan well ahead is a given.

So here we are... summer is almost over and we are already looking at our travel plans through 2015. So far there is a Med outing nailed down and three others are well into the final planning stages. In addition, there is a last minute possibility of joining the inuagural cruise of an exicitng new ship this coming November that will be addressed over the next few weeks.

In most cases, the cruise itself is the least of my worries. In the past we have been fortunate to travel on great ships with excellent crews and accommodations. It's all the other stuff that has to be arranged long before the transfer van pulls into the driveway.

In the next few weeks, in addition to other features, I was thinking it might be a good idea to look at some of the airports we have travelled through either going to or coming from the ship and, perhaps, pass on a hint or two about how to make those transits a bit easier on the nerves.

In the meantime, we have just added accessibility on five more ships to our Cruise Ships area. These include the ships of Regent Seven Seas Cruises and SeaDream Yacht Club.

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Bob Rice
Barrier-FreeCruising.com
Azamara Club Cruises
Azamara Cruises
Google Play
Opera Mobile Store
Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Cruises
Google Play
Opera Mobile Store
Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity Cruises Google Play
Opera Mobile Store
Costa Cruises
Costa Cruises
Google Play
Opera Mobile Store
Crystal Cruises
Crystal Cruises
Google Play
Opera Mobile Store
Holland America Lines
Holland America Google Play
Opera Mobile Store
MSC Cruises
MSC Cruises Google Play
Opera Mobile Store
NCL Norwegian Cruise Line
NCL Norwegian Cruise Line
Google Play
Opera Mobile Store
RCI Royal Caribbean International
RCI Royal Caribbean International
Google Play
Opera Mobile Store
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