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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