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Accessible Cruise to Alaska’s Inside Passage

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Four years ago I took my very first cruise which happened to be to one of the best destinations a person could ever dream to visit, Alaska.  Since then it has been my dream to visit again.  This past May my dream became a reality as my parents and I spent another wonderful week exploring The Last Frontier.  Our adventure began in Vancouver where we boarded Princess Cruise Lines Crown Princess.  Although I hadn’t been on Crown Princess before, the ships layout and the great accessibility features were already familiar to me as I had previously cruised on her...

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Alaska Adventure, Part I: Juneau

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Having relocated from the east coast to California, we were planning our first holiday to combine the long weekend in May and considering options like Hawaii, Vegas, San Diego etc., all of which both my girlfriend, (and now my fiancé) Heather and I have been to. We both have always wanted to visit Alaska and after much deliberation, we decided – why the heck not! Not knowing much at all about Alaska, we started researching all over the Internet the weekend before the long weekend. As expected, the price of this last-minute decision was that all of the popular...

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Alaska Adventure, Part II: Anchorage and Denali

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After checking out, we decided to get a brunch at our now favorite place in Juneau, The Sandpiper café, and have some more of their amazing egg benedicts. They did have a small ramp in front that made it easy to get in. With a full stomach we headed to the airport to catch our one-way flight to Anchorage. The return process for returning the rental car at Hertz was as easy as parking your own car at the airport, and going to the counter to return keys and get your receipt. The flight was a painless 1:35 long, and...

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Sea Adventure in Glacier Bay, B.C.

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It’s always a bit risky taking a journey to a remote destination where accessibility may be in question.   But seven years after his accident, Steve Pisano, a T3-4 paraplegic, packed up his cameras and ventured to Alaska for an experience of a lifetime aboard the Sea Wolf Adventures cruise ship. It was through Craig Hospital, where Steve did his rehab, that he learned about Sea Wolf Adventures (SWA).  Two recreational therapists at Craig, Laurie Womeldorff and Stephanie Deml, coordinated the trip plans for group cruises aboard SWA for their alumni patients.  They both had been on a few...

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Alaska Cruise and Land Tour: Access Tips

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One of the best accessible cruises is to Alaska, whether using a manual or power wheelchair or scooter.  I recommend doing the land tour first followed by the seven night southbound cruise.  Why?  When you are on tour, you will be on a schedule and your time will be governed by the daily itinerary. Once they are on the ship, you can relax and enjoy the next seven days at their own pace. Please bear in mind, the land portion does include time on your own so, anyone who needs it, will have time to rest. These tours usually...

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