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Consumer Newsletter - Nov./Dec. 2010

Nov./Dec. 2010

 
 

 

NEW ONLINE RESERVATION AND BOOKING SERVICE FOR WHEELCHAIR AND SCOOTER RENTALS
Travelers with special needs and slow walkers can now book wheelchair rentals and scooter rentals online through Special Needs Group's new internet booking tool. The new online booking tool enables you to book equipment 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.

Travelers may choose from a variety of scooters, accommodating up to 500 pounds or wheelchairs, accommodating travelers weighting up to 750 pounds. Once booked online, the equipment gets delivered directly to the traveler's cruise ship stateroom. Passengers receive everyday low rates when making reservations through the website. The payment gives assurance that the equipment will be available upon arrival. Transactions are quick, easy and safe.

"Our goal is always to help passengers enjoy the full benefits of their trip experience without barriers and without hassles," says Andrew Garnett, founder and CEO of Special Needs Group. We hope the simplicity and ease of booking equipment online contributes to that goal."

To book equipment visit the Reserve Equipment tab on the Special Needs Group website.
CRUISE SHIP SPOTLIGHT: ALLURE OF THE SEAS
 
Royal Caribbean International's (RCI) Allure of the Seas joined her sister ship, Oasis of the Seas, last month at Port Everglades. Allure is more than 1,100 feet long, 215 feet wide and sixteen passenger decks high. The size of Allure may sound daunting, but as she is also one of the most accessible ships, people with disabilities and slow walkers needing scooters and wheelchairs will have an easy time navigating around.
 
We toured Allure in November and had the opportunity to view first hand her accessible features. Allure offers 46 accessible staterooms. The staterooms include wider stateroom and bathroom doorways, five-foot turning radius areas, lowered closet rods, lowered safe, lowered vanity and open bed frames. The bathrooms in the staterooms have a roll-in shower, grab bars, raised toilet, fold-down shower bench, hand-held shower heard and lowered sink. Accessible staterooms are distributed throughout the decks, ensuring ample choices for location and category. Additionally, of the 46 accessible staterooms on the Allure, 33 have balconies; eight with Central Park or Boardwalk views. Read More.
 
CITY OF HIGHLIGHT: ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
 
St. Thomas is one of the most popular cruise ship ports of call in the Caribbean. Virtually every ship sailing an Eastern Caribbean itinerary travels to St. Thomas. The small, 31-square mile island is home to the U.S. Virgin Islands capital. The pristine beaches, warm weather, friendly residents and duty-free shopping are just some of the reasons St. Thomas is a favorite destination. 
 
St. Thomas has been known as having some of the best duty free shopping in the Caribbean; downtown Main Street has over 300 stores with items including jewelry, perfume, alcohol and clothing. The Vendor's Plaza is a fun place to shop or browse. The open-air market is filled with over 50 local vendors who sell t-shirts, island clothing, hats and other souvenirs. The plaza is wheelchair accessible and provides curb-cut access. Visitors should be aware that the plaza tends to get crowded and difficult to maneuver in a wheelchair when cruise ships are in port. Read More.

Interesting Fact: The United States Virgin Islands is the only place under United States jurisdiction where the rule of the road is to drive on the left side. So, look both ways and be careful when crossing the street.
 

 

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About Special Needs at Sea and Special Needs Group...

Special Needs Group, Inc. is a one-stop resource for special needs travel around the world. We offer a broad range of special needs equipment for purchase and rental including wheelchairs, scooters, power chairs with capabilities to support 500 pound or more; oxygen (liquid, cylinder, and concentrator); hearing impaired equipment, Braille printing, baby cribs and more. Recommended by the world's major cruise lines and hotels for superior service and value, we also provide consultation services regarding special needs policy and new-build design. Special Needs Group, a U.S. company, is not a travel agency; we do not compete in any way with travel agents.

 

 

 

Official News Releases

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SNG announces Certification Milestone
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July 17, 2014
Travel Agent wins free MSC Cruise in Special Needs Group Certification promotion
Travel Agent wins free MSC Cruise in Special Needs Group Certification promotion

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July 1, 2014
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MSC Cruises Partners with Special Needs Group for Agent Education
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August 25, 2014
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May 6, 2013
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Special Needs Group Featured in The Miami Herald

May 6, 2013
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May 9, 2011
Demand for Special Needs Equipment on Cruises is Growing
Demand for Special Needs Equipment on Cruises is Growing

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