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Suggestion for destination?

maryland
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Suggestion for destination?

Imagine a cruise on the Queen Mary 2 with all of its enrichment programs and excellent dining, and you'll be able to picture what I'm looking for. Dad is 90; his intellect is perfect, but his ability to walk and stand is limited. I travel with him and would like to find a resort, special event, etc. based in the US.

Please think fast because he's bored with staying at home! Many thanks.

Vancouver, Canada
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1. Re: Suggestion for destination?

The only thing that comes to mind is an educational cruise. These are more expensive, tend to be on small boats, but they have experts on board and they are usually doing research at the same time. I had friends who did one, and the wife was physically disabled, and they just loved it.

maryland
posts: 18
reviews: 4
2. Re: Suggestion for destination?

Many thanks for the idea. If you have details regarding your friends' trip, especially the name of the cruise line, I would sure appreciate it. Regardless, you've given me a path to pursue on behalf of my super-special dad.

Calgary, Canada
Destination Expert
for Calgary, TripAdvisor Support
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3. Re: Suggestion for destination?

Could it have been through Elderhostel? I just had a glance at their website, and their minimum requirement (for some programs, not all!) is "Participants must be able to handle their own luggage, climb a few stairs and get from sleeping accommodations to classrooms and dining rooms." I suspect the luggage could be a problem; if not, have a look at their website:

http://www.elderhostel.org

maryland
posts: 18
reviews: 4
4. Re: Suggestion for destination?

Thank you so much. Your insight is super.

Southern California
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5. Re: Suggestion for destination?

New Zealand is the most handicapped accessible nation in the world, they put the US to shame. I know, I'm handicapped.

I took my mother there on a 2 week tour when my mom was 84.

There are wheelchair accessible bathrooms in tiny petrol stations on the southern Island.

There are non-stop flights to NZ from L.A.

I would look into a cruise on a MEDIUM-sized cruise ship like Celebrity or Seabourn, avoid the mondo ships like Norweigan or Carnival. You want a ship of about 450.

The reason I don't recommend the small lines is I'm not certain that all of them are handicapped accessible.

I think a medium sized ship w/ educated/expert lecturers would be terrific stimulation for your dad. Think about a cruise in Asia, southern Europe, the South Pacific (direct flights to Papeete Tahiti are only 8 hours nonstop), avoid Caribbean or Mexico... to avoid a lot of partyers or families.

Look into the Galapagos or if you can afford it Antarctica... National Geographic cruises go through Seaborn or one of the other upscale lines.

BTW, he won't be the only 90 y o on board.

Southern California
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6. Re: Suggestion for destination?

I forgot, don't call cruise lines directly, go through a travel agent that specializes in cruises like: justcruises.com or thecruisespecialist.com they not only get the best deals, but they know the ships & can really advise you on the most accessible ships & cabins

maryland
posts: 18
reviews: 4
7. Re: Suggestion for destination?

Totally awesome ideas. Thank you so much for sharing your insights with me.

Wishing you good travels ahead.

Hagerstown, Maryland
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8. Re: Suggestion for destination?

I'm not sure how far you are from Baltimore but there are some cruises the port there. Then you won't have to worry about flying to get to the ship. We found a great deal on Royal Caribbean about 2 years ago. I have trouble walking long distances and it was great not to have to deal with the airports. If you do fly, make sure you ask for wheelchair assistance. They will help you with your dad so you can handle the luggage.

maryland
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reviews: 4
9. Re: Suggestion for destination?

Yes, I discovered the port of Baltimore for cruising. And did you know there's a website you can go to that identifies all cruise trips originating just from Baltimore? Some are day trips on small American Cruise Line vessels, and others are the big, multi-day cruises. Look here:

http://www.baltimorecruiseguide.com/

There's even a calendar system on the top right of the page where you can see who goes where, every day of the coming months.

BUT I'D REALLY LIKE TO FIND OUT ABOUT PLACES OR EVENTS IN THE U.S. WHERE I CAN GO WITH MY FATHER FOR A WEEK OR SO. I'M LOOKING FOR SOMETHING PACKED WITH ENRICHMENT, EDUCATION, MUSIC. AN EARLIER POSTER PUT ME ON TO THE CHITAUQUA IN NY. THAT'S SUMMER ONLY. WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF THE YEAR?

Gig Harbor...
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10. Re: Suggestion for destination?

How about Hawaii?