My wife and I are both in our 60’s, and my wife has mobility challenges. She has had her back fused, and several joints replaced. So as a result, she uses a walker at home and is quite active, but when she has to travel longer distances, and when she may have to sit for extended periods, she then uses a wheelchair. We are both outgoing and like to meet and talk to new people.
One thing to know about us is we are very much G or PG people. We have no tolerance for vulgarity or sexual material. This affects the choices of the shows we attend. You will read more about our choices in later posts.
I would consider us as experienced cruisers, and I will share tips, things we learned and mistakes we make so that everyone can learn through our journeys. For trips that are not cruises, I will share our experiences as well.
In addition to having the mobility challenges, we are also on a limited budget, so we tend to be very thrifty when we travel. I traveled a lot for work and so built up a number of air miles and hotel points which we use when possible.
My wife and I are very different when it comes to preparing for travel, I want to spend time researching and finding out as much as I can about what to expect, and my wife likes to research less and enjoy the experience as it unfolds.
Booking and Insurance
My wife and I booked our Jan 17th cruise on the NCL Breakaway on a spur of a moment decision. I received an email in early December from NCL advertising some very attractive rates and this sailing fit our needs very well. It is our longest cruise; we had been on several 7-day cruises and thought we would like to try a longer one.
One thing we recommend for everyone is to read the terms and conditions of the fare you purchased, and the legal documents that are part of the contract for the cruise. One thing you will see is that you as the passenger have very limited rights in the event that something happens, and if you can’t make the trip for any reason after the final payment date, the cruise line has no liability. For this reason, I strongly believe that trip insurance is a must.
There was a recent account where someone had a medical emergency that required them to be admitted to a hospital in a foreign port. They did not have insurance and so the cost of everything had to come out of their pocket. The cruise ship personnel did help them get their belongings off the ship, but that was the end of the cruise lines responsibility. They had to pay for the medical expenses and for their transportation back to their home.