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Old November 8th, 2001, 12:06 PM
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Default CAN YOU TAKE YOUR CHAIR ALONG EVEN WHEN FLYING?

Hi,
My Mom can get around on the ship. She is worried about tiring out on port days. She has a chair the problems is getting to the ship. Has anyone ever flown down with a wheelchair? Can you check it like baggage?
Thanks for any advice.

Amy
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Old November 8th, 2001, 01:51 PM
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Default Re: CAN YOU TAKE YOUR CHAIR ALONG EVEN WHEN FLYING

Yes. You can check the wheelchair as baggage at the airport.
I'm confined to a wheelchair so I take it everywhere.
Depending on the cruise line, they might supply a wheelchair on the ship.
I was recently on Princess Grand and they did supply wheelchairs to people.
I would suggest you call the cruise line and ask them if they have wheelchairs on board that she could use.
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Old November 10th, 2001, 10:51 PM
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Default Re: CAN YOU TAKE YOUR CHAIR ALONG EVEN WHEN FLYING

I would suggest taking your own chair rather than using the ship chairs. They are often in poor repair, and are nearly always very heavy E&J chairs. A lightweight folding wheelchair like a Breezy is much easier to push. In addition, many cruise lines do NOT allow you to remove their chairs from the ship for any shore excursions, and there is no guarantee that their will be a chair available when you need one (you have to share). Also keep in mind that if your mother has problems with her balance she may need to use a wheelchair on days when the sea is rough, not just for long distances or when fatigued.

Take your wheelchair to the gate (see the post below about new security regulations for disabled airplane passengers) and have it "gate checked". This way it arrives at the gate when you reach either your next destination or change of planes. We have gone on over 20 cruises with a wheelchair and never had any problem with putting the chair on the bus that the ship provides from the airplane to the ship and back. Since my mother cannot climb any stairs, we cannot take the buses anymore, but the cruise ships always provide us with either cab or wheelchair lift van transport instead (at no additional cost) if this is provided to other passengers by bus.
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