We are traveling with my mom and Aunt to Alaska on the 29th. My Aunt (upper 60's) injured her foot over the weekend and is now in a walking boot. Any advise or tricks learned while traveling injured? We are working on a wheelchair - just in case.
Any tricks for traveling with an injury?
Contact the cruise line and inform them of the injury. I also recommend that you get a doctors note with your Aunts restrictions and take it with you. The note could help to move her to the front of the lines so she is not having to stand in long lines in a walker boot, it can also help to get her a chair during the life boat drill.
Cruise lines are used to working with people with disabilities. I hope you have a great cruise.
By all means rent a wheelchair.
I contacted Princess and they will supply one getting on and off and if one was needed beyond that to bring one.
There are a couple companies that supply wheelchairs and scooters on cruise lines. They deliver to your cabin and pick up when the cruise is done. One is http://www.specialneedsatsea.com but check with the line to see who they work with. It is better to have one for your own use.
Thanks so much- I will look into that.
Hampy, my wife and I went through the same situation back in April. Princess will provide a wheelchair and a crew member to escort her to the cabin and will have a crew member and wheelchair available for you on disembarkation. You didn't mention where you were leaving from so your experience may vary when you get to the port. We sailed from Ft. Lauderdale and even though we had arranged for a wheelchair, because the port handles everything off the ship, there was no wheelchair waiting. As a matter of fact, there was VERY limited seating for those that requested wheelchairs (about 6 seats outside of the terminal) so if you don't have a wheelchair with you, you may experience issues. You can read my review here for more detail on the pre-boarding situation...... http://cruiseline.com/ship/caribbean-princess/review/403908 Once you pass the boarding process and get your cards, a crew member from the ship will escort you from the check-in area directly to your cabin. Bon Voyage.....
The only pre-cruise injury I've had was a severely sprained ankle. I took my ankle brace with me and I was able to go out on tours. I was unable to climb Dunn's River Falls in Jamaica, but it did get to see it.
Yes,be sure to bring a Doctor's note with you and notify the cruise line ahead of time about your injury.
Wheelchair or scooter are best choices.
I travelled while injured on my last cruise! Back in August, I thought I had twisted my ankle. I rested it for a few days, but it wasn't getting any better.
Just before my cruise in early September (like a week before I went), I decided that enough was enough and I wanted to find out what was going on with my foot that was still aching. I went to the doctor and got some X-Rays done. It was a good thing I went: it turns out I had Achilles Tendonitis in my ankle! I am still fighting it from time to time.
My doctor suggested getting some heel cups to put in my shoes and wear sneakers as much as I can. If I can't wear sneakers, I need to wear very supportive shoes. I was told NOT to wear flip flops unless I was at the pool or beach.
I love to dance, but I took a break from it so that my heel could heal. The last thing I need is to reinjure it or make it worse.
Contact the cruise line and see if they can provide a wheelchair for you, or at least a room somewhat near the elevator. Please get a doctor's note, inform the cruise line of the restrictions, but take it with you just in case you need it. In my case, I didn't have time to inform them.