WHEELCHAIR TRIPS/what to do, where to go, feedback needed

    • Anonymous
      June 14, 2007 at 6:37 pm

      Hello Family,
      I am yearning for a vacation, but since I am in a wheelchair, the problem is I cannot travel alone. I did go to the Phoenix, Az. symposium by myself, but that was well planned and possible to do with my GBS/CIDP family there. I don’t have a friend who will go someplace with me and no-one from the family wants to go with me. Yes I can choose an oceanfront hotel or something, but who wants to just sit in a hotel room. I love to be the typical tourist and have fun fun fun.

      I found a travel agency that escorts disabled people, but I am very leary of scams. I checked them out as best as I could, the Better Business Bureau said they have no complaints, though they are not a member. And since they do cruises, I checked with CLIA (cruise lines international assoc) and their name was listed and they have a street address, not just a PO box.

      Would some of you check out their website http://www.searchbeyond.com and tell me what you think of them. Then let me know whether you think I should GO FOR IT. If I save my pennies, I could go on an African Safari, WOW!

    • Anonymous
      June 14, 2007 at 10:03 pm

      hi liz,

      95% of stuff available on a cruise ship is wheelchair accessable & i think you could do it by yourself. they have special cabins for folks in wheelchairs. at ports i would say it is difficult to get off & depending where you go might not be super safe in a wchair. you may need a little help getting on/off the ship when you start/finish the cruise. bet the cruise lines can take care of it. they really try to please & my one cruise convinced me to do it more often. my neighbors cruise a lot & are not too concerned where they go. it’s the ship experience they like & don’t always get off at the ports of call. there is something for everyone going on onboard. take care. be well.

      gene gbs 8-99
      in numbers there is strength

    • June 14, 2007 at 10:53 pm

      I agree with Gene Liz. We just went on a cruise and there were probably a half a dozen people in wheel chairs. A couple appeared to be on their own. Also, whenyou go to the ports of call, some of the crew go to the ports as well for their “off” time. I bet there is some sort of arrangement where you could pay one of the crew members to assist you at the ports. Maybe there is even a travel agency that you could work with that could help set something up. Heck, maybe you could even get a group from the forum together! See you later, Dawn Kevies mom 😮

    • Anonymous
      June 14, 2007 at 11:37 pm

      I have been on cruises before since I’ve been in a wheelchair and I know I could not get myself around a cruise ship alone. I love doing the shore excursions and I know that I could not do those alone. I used another travel agency that provides a companion agency. They don’t offer a good choice of vacations for people that live on a fixed income like I do. If I book with them, I have to pay the companionion his/her salary and I have to pay for all but their personal spending. If I try this other agency, I could be saving as much as $2000 for the same trip. This other agency does more then cruises, they do bus tours too. With a little help, I can step on/off a bus.

    • Anonymous
      June 15, 2007 at 8:54 am

      If I could take the time off, I’d be your companion. I could push your wheelchair and that would give me something to hold on to. We’d help each other !

      I hope you find something…wish I could help.