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Old March 7th, 2001, 03:44 PM
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My questiuon is abt boarding. This is first cruise. Vision Sept 2. I have had some major health problems and I am improving every day giving the treadmill a work out. I can walk for brief periods then have to rest , howev er I do not think I could stand in line for an hour to board. Are there any concessions made for this type of problem? Are there places to sit to rest?
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Old March 7th, 2001, 04:20 PM
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maw wrote:
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> My questiuon is abt boarding. This is first cruise. Vision
> Sept 2. I have had some major health problems and I am
> improving every day giving the treadmill a work out. I can
> walk for brief periods then have to rest , howev er I do not
> think I could stand in line for an hour to board. Are there
> any concessions made for this type of problem? Are there
> places to sit to rest?
I'd have your TA arrange with the cruise line for u to be boarded with the handicapped. They are processed, and boarded prior to general boarding. The simplify the procedure considerably.

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Old March 7th, 2001, 07:23 PM
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Thank you for the reply. I will contact my TA tomorrow. Want you to know I have been avidly reading everything your write enjoy all the great help.
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Old March 7th, 2001, 07:58 PM
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Maw as soon as you arrive at the pier ask for a wheelchair, one will be provided for you and you will be escorted to a special check in desk where you will not have to stand at all for the check in they will then escort you aboard the ship & to your cabin. it is customary to give a gratuity to the person escorting you but well worth the money as you will be rested and ready to go exploring the ship. I was on the Rhapsody in feb and My mother-in-law was given this treatment. She also rents an electric powered scooter to zip around the ship for the week.(other passengers beware she backs up without looking) if you need details on this service let me know and I will get the details for you.
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Old March 7th, 2001, 08:26 PM
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Thanks I would like to know more. I am hoping I will improve so I won't need that but with heart problems and being way over weight. I can not be as sure how I will be navigating by that time. I am working on all of it trying to get in better shape.
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Old March 7th, 2001, 08:44 PM
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Hi Maw,
Sounds like this cruise is just what the doctor ordered, you'll have a great time, you can relax as much as you want, or keep as busy as you want.

Here are some tips for a "first time cruiser", some great information in here that should answer most of your questions:

<http://www.cruisemates.com/articles/cruiseguide/first-time/index.cfm>

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Old March 9th, 2001, 12:06 AM
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IF YOU BOOKED YOUR HOTEL WITH THE CRUISE LINE, YOU WILL HAVE NO PROBLEMS. THEY CHECK YOU IN AT THE HOTEL. THIS IS A MAJOR PERK. EVEN SO, THEY HAVE EXPANDED THEIR PIER AREA AND IF YOU GET THERE EARLY, BEFORE THE TIME STATED ON YOUR PAPERS, AROUND NOON, THE LINES ARE VERY SHORT. DON'T WAIT UNTIL THE ALLOTED TIME, GO EARLY OR GO LATE. THERE ARE LESS PEOPLE. WE BOARDED THE SOVEREIGN AT ABOUT 9 PM , AN HOUR BEFORE DEPARTURE, AND THERE WAS NOBODY IN LINE. AVOID PEAK HOURS OF EMBARKATION AND YOU WILL BE FINE! HAVE A GREAT CRUISE!
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Old March 19th, 2001, 10:00 PM
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IF YOU BOOKED YOUR TRIP TO COME IN A DAY AHEAD AND ARE STAYING AT A HOTEL BOOKED THROUGH RCCL, THEY WILL DO ALL THE CHECK IN STUFF IN THE LOBBY OF THE HOTEL THE MORNING YOU LEAVE. ONLY ONE PERSON FROM YOUR PARTY NEEDS TO GO DOWN. SO YOU CAN RELAX UPSTAIRS AND THEN JUST WALK ON.IF NOT, TRY TO GO STRAIGHT FROM THE AIRPORT AS EARLY AS YOU CAN, BEFORE THE TICKETS SAY YOU CAN. WE HAVE BOARDED AS EARLY AT 12 NOON. LAST TIME , ON VOYAGER ,IT ONLY TOOK ABOUT 20 MINUTES BECAUSE EVERYONE THOUGHT YOU COULDN'T GET ON UNTIL 3PM AND THERE WAS NO ONE IN LINE AT ONE. HAVE FUN!!
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