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  1. #11
    Thanks all!
    So I'm thinking id book a 6 months to a year ahead.. That seem smart?

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    Yes, best to book as soon as the cruise line releases dates for the 2018 Alaska season (which is generally May-September). You may want to talk to a cruise specialist travel agent rather than go through the cruiseline directly. They can keep an eye out for specials, release dates, and often get you a better deal than you can get through the cruise lines. I have had a lot of success using www.cruisecompete.com . You put in the cruise you want to take, and then over the next few days travel agents from around the country send you bids/deals for that cruise. You can specify that you are only interested in full wheelchair accessible cabins on your request.

    (KLD)

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    Quote Originally Posted by wes4dbt View Post
    You said you had a suite. Did it have a private bedroom and balcony? If so, what was your opinion of the balcony.
    The suite has a private bathroom complete with shower, sink, toilet, etc. We get the suite because it provides us with ample room to move in and around it. It has a couch, small fridge, coffee table and and queen size bed. There is also a nice mirrored dresser. The balcony is there for us whenever we choose to use it. It is nice to sip coffee on it as well as catch the stars at night. We are by no means well off but, we save up enough to get the suite knowing that it is a lot more comfortable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigtop1 View Post
    The suite has a private bathroom complete with shower, sink, toilet, etc. We get the suite because it provides us with ample room to move in and around it. It has a couch, small fridge, coffee table and and queen size bed. There is also a nice mirrored dresser. The balcony is there for us whenever we choose to use it. It is nice to sip coffee on it as well as catch the stars at night. We are by no means well off but, we save up enough to get the suite knowing that it is a lot more comfortable.
    So no private bedroom, does the couch have a hide-a-bed? I'm asking because I'm single but would be with my son. I know they can set the bed up as two twin or one king. I need room to roll over, so I don't want to spend 7 or 10 days on trying to sleep on a twin bed. I'd like to find an accessible room with one full size bed and one or more additional beds. Thought maybe a suite would have additional sleeping areas. I've thought about purchasing an inexpensive inner cabin for my son but the problem is I would have to pay for two people in his cabin and two people in mind, even though there would be only one person in each room. They don't sell single person rooms.

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    Some cabins that are set up to sleep 3 or 4 (rare for wheelchair accessible cabins) have either a sofa bed or a bunk bed. We needed these rooms when I traveled with my parents (my mother was the wheelchair user). We also were able to get a roll-away on some HAL ships, where an accessible cabin was big enough to accommodate this. There are far fewer accessible cabins that offer space for more than 2 people, in twin beds (or the beds pushed together) than there are cabins that will accommodate 3 or 4. They can configure the twin beds in a variety of ways.

    (KLD)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    Some cabins that are set up to sleep 3 or 4 (rare for wheelchair accessible cabins) have either a sofa bed or a bunk bed. We needed these rooms when I traveled with my parents (my mother was the wheelchair user). We also were able to get a roll-away on some HAL ships, where an accessible cabin was big enough to accommodate this. There are far fewer accessible cabins that offer space for more than 2 people, in twin beds (or the beds pushed together) than there are cabins that will accommodate 3 or 4. They can configure the twin beds in a variety of ways.

    (KLD)
    I guess I would have to call the cruise lines to fine this information out or would www.cruisecompete.com find this out for you.

  7. #17
    For most cruise lines, you can see a floor plan of each ship on their website, and it makes it pretty easy to identify which cabins are accessible, as well as which cabins can take more than 2 passengers. Check out the ships making the route you are interested in taking. I usually also open those sites and look at them on the computer when talking to the travel agent about specific cabins. You don't want to do a "guarantee" as that just gives you a cabin, but not a specific one, in the hopes that you will get a free upgrade. That is not a good idea as rarely is the upgrade an accessible cabin. Book a specific cabin.

    (KLD)

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    I was in Ketchikan last year on Norwegian and it docked into a small dock. There had recently been an accident where a cruise rammed the dock, it was on the news. NCL docked last year.
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