Take in the alluring scenery of The Last Frontier on an accessible luxury cruise.
Last year, my wife, Carole, and I sat down to plan a trip that would be mutually fun for both of us. Having already traveled extensively during my wheelchair racing career and work years, I felt pretty complete. I’d been to Hawaii 10 times, various areas of Europe twice, Asia, Australia and to many places within the continental United States over and over, so travel had become less than a thrill for me. And neither of us really had the yearning to return to Europe, so we decided that Alaska would be a great bucket list adventure. There are many ways you can venture through Alaska. However, after much homework, we thought a luxury cruise would be right for us.
Just laying the foundation for what we were up against, I’m a 60-year-old, mid-level paraplegic with 41 years in my chair, pretty physically fit and still maintain a high level of independence. That being said, I nonetheless found myself getting apprehensive as the trip went from consideration to reality. We have all heard how accessible hotels and other various travel destinations can be, only to get there and find it not all that accessible. We hired cruise specialist Pat Ellington of Incredible Journey Travel (incrediblejourney.net), who worked with us to ease many potential fears and issues. There’s no turning back when the ship sets sail, so we were very specific with the travel agent and the cruise personnel about accommodations, especially as far as the wheelchair was concerned.
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