Winter Travel Tips

Winter and holiday travel can result in stressful times whether by air or on the road.  The following are winter travel tips to alleviate the stress of the winter/holiday traveler, especially those with limited mobility. Traveling by air: Plan ahead Contact your travel agent to book your vacation as soon as possible.  This will allow the traveler to obtain lower airfare, avoiding peak travel dates and providing the opportunity to fly direct as well as flying as early or late…

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The Accessibility Advocate – December 2016

December 14, 2016   From the President's Corner! It is hard to believe that we are coming to the end of another year. 2016 was an extremely busy year for us at SNG. In total for the year, SNG attended 40 events/trade shows getting the word out on our mission of Delivering an Accessible World!  We are grateful for these opportunities to let people know that their Special Needs can be met making it possible to travel the world! We…

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The Accessibility Advocate – November 2016

November 23, 2016   From the President's Corner! I hope everyone is well and ready to enjoy Thanksgiving with loved ones. Below please find information on the upcoming DC Metro Abilities Expo taking place Dec 2nd to the 4th. We will be represesnted at a booth and there is a workshop scheduled on Traveling with a Disability.  If you are in the area please stop by.    We are extremely grateful for your continued support as we make travel accessible…

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SNG Destination Spotlight: Paris©

Paris, the "City of Light," is one of Europe’s most popular tourist destination.  France’s largest city and its capital attracts in excess of forty-four million visitors annually for its architecture, art, cuisine, nightlife and high-end shopping.  Paris attracts guests of all ages with its culturally-rich activities and attractions. Art Museums Founded in 1789, the Louvre Museum is home to some of the finest art pieces by Picasso, Rembrandt and Raphael, including one of the world’s most famous works – Leonardo da Vinci’s, “Mona Lisa.”  Aficionados of…

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New Ships: Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas and Celebrity Edge

Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Symphony of the Seas, will be the cruise line’s twenty-fifth of the fleet and fourth Oasis Class vessel.  The 6,780-passenger ship will join its sister-ships – Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas – in the Spring of 2018.  Symphony of the Seas will be Royal Caribbean’s first vessel to combine characteristics of both the Quantum and Oasis Classes.  Presently being constructed in Saint-Nazaire, France…

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A South Florida educator is named Godmother of Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas!

Royal Caribbean has found its Godmother for its newest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, and that person is South Florida educator Brittany Affolter. Brittany’s work with Teach for America in Miami-Dade County has supported and inspired a number of high-needs schools in Royal Caribbean’s hometown. Following a search that lasted months, Brittany was among three finalists, who then competed in a vote by the general public. Brittany won and was selected to become the ship's Godmother. For winning, she will be recognized…

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The Accessibility Advocate – October 2016

October 21, 2016   From the President's Corner!   I hope everyone is doing well and settled back in the routine of kids back in school.  My son and I are getting there.  On another note, we just had a scare with Hurricane Matthew, but were fortunate to be spared any serious damage.  We hope that those who were hit fared well. As we can continue to evolve, SNG is always expanding our areas which we are able to service. …

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Carnival Corp – 3 New Travel Shows

  Three original TV series, developed by Carnival Corporation, will focus on the experiences around cruising and ports around the world. The shows debuted on October 1 on ABC, NBC and The CW and will feature all 10 of the company's brands.  Each lifestyle series sets out to capture a different aspect of the cruising experience. “Ocean Treks with Jeff Corwin” will take viewers adventure-hunting around the world with the Emmy-winning host. “The Voyager with Josh Garcia” will focus on…

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SNG announces Certification Milestone

        Special Needs Group announces Certification Milestone 2,500 SNG Certified Accessible Travel Advocates®   Fort Lauderdale, FL – November 13th, 2015….On the 4th Anniversary of the introduction of the Travel Industry’s 1st Certification program designed to assist Travel Professionals serve those with Special Needs and Disabilities, SNG President and CEO Andrew J. Garnett made the following statement: “I am ecstatic to announce that our mission of Delivering an Accessible World has been fortified by 2,500 SNG Certified…

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Cruise News – MSC Announces Newest Ship to Sail from Miami

Yesterday at Cruise Shipping Miami it was announced that MSC Seaside, the first of the Seaside class ships, will be the first ship in the MSC Cruises' fleet to be christened in the United States. MSC Seaside will sail the Caribbean year-round from PortMiami starting December 2017. Special Needs Groups looks forward to delivering electrical scooters, wheelchairs, oxygen and much more to make this cruise vacation accessible to all! Enjoy the video with renderings of what's to come. CLICK HERE…

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Keep Your Luggage

Traveling is exciting! Getting away from the bustle of daily life and experiencing new places can be a relaxing way to get refreshed.   However, we all know that sometimes things just happen. Many of us have experienced the frustration of lost luggage as a result.  We’ve come up with a few things to help you keep your luggage and start your vacation off right. Bright colors.  While black and grey are classic colors, the conveyor belt is full of look…

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Spotlight on Sydney, Australia

Before planning your next family vacation, consider Sydney, Australia.  Travel to the land down under and get an experience of a lifetime.   With its stunning beaches, fun wildlife, and laid-back culture, Sydney is sure to give you a relaxing and enjoyable vacation.  While in Sydney, make sure to spend a couple of days at one of the area’s many beaches.  If you are looking for a peaceful day surrounded by water then spend a day at Palm Beach where it’s…

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Travel Hacks!

Traveling can get expensive and well, a little bit stressful.  Hidden fees on top of hotel, transportation, and food can seriously add up.  Airport security lines, baggage claim, and busier travel days can make traveling hectic.  We’ve come up with some travel hacks to get more bang for your buck as well as a few things that make traveling a little bit easier. 1. Travel Agents.  A good travel agent will help you find the best vacation for your needs…

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Spotlight on Ecuador

Ecuador is a truly magical place.  It is located only 4 hours from Miami, on the northwest corner of South America, situated between Peru and Colombia.  From the beautiful sandy beaches of the Pacific Coast to the tropical jungle of the Amazon rainforest, Ecuador is place like no other.  Enjoy the stunning scenery while traveling through the Andes to see one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, Cotopaxi Volcano.  Go island hopping through the Galapagos Islands to get…

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Experience Your Travels Like a Local

  Most of us want to travel around safely and unnoticed.  The only problem is we often just arrive at our destination without having taken the time to really think about how to fit in.  When exploring a destination, it is obvious who the tourists and the locals are.  So how do you blend in?  Most likely, you will naturally blend in with the tourists, because well you are one.  However, your typical tourist will usually only experience travel destinations…

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Gifts Ideas for Travelers

Most of us know of at least one person who loves to travel more than most.  It seems they are always traveling or planning their next adventure.  With the busiest shopping weekend of the year fast approaching we thought it would be a good idea to look at some ideal gifts for world travelers. Portable Phone Charger Most phones these days have great cameras and for many have replaced a traditional camera.  There is nothing more frustrating for the travel…

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Taking Great Vacation Pictures

We all love taking pictures while on vacation.  It's a great way to preserve the moment so we can share it with friends and family when we return.  Here are some great tips on taking great vacation pictures.   Always Carry Your Camera:  When traveling you never know when you will see the perfect shot or when everything will come together for a once in a lifetime photo opportunity.  Take As Many As You Wish:  One of the best things about…

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Much More Than Scooters and Wheelchairs

Everyone seems to know that we rent mobility aids for elderly travelers, including Motorized Scooters and Wheelchairs for people who are going on cruises however there is more, much more. Let's start by saying that we also rent travel equipment and deliver to hotels and convention centers. We deliver to hotels and convention centers at all the major cruise port cities throughout the world.   Mobility Assistance Transport/Companion Chair - Similar to a wheelchair except that it requires a companion to…

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Spotlight on Galveston/Houston, Texas

When planning an accessible vacation for your family, the Lone Star State, only second in size to Alaska, is just a natural candidate. Everything in Texas is big and big fun for the family is everywhere in the Galveston and Houston! Galveston offers 32 miles of relaxing beaches, superb restaurants, marvelous shopping, incredible art galleries, fabulous entertainment and one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country. Galveston has long been the playground of the Texas Gulf Coast.  Children of all ages will…

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Mobility Scooter Tips for a Smooth Ride

Mobility scooters are one of the most popular rentals at SNG!  If you rented one please take a look at a few simple scooter riding tips you should become familiar with before you sail. · Remember to take the first page of your contract with you and read the guide that you will receive along with the mobility scooter rental. · Scooters should be charged every single night regardless of usage!  Make sure the scooter is turned off and that the key…

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Eat Well and Travel

One of the best ways to really experience a new city is eating like a local.   When in Rome do as the Romans.  This holds very true when it comes to food.  If you are in Peru eat Peruvian food. Why would you eat at an American Restaurant when in South America?  If you eat like the locals you are also more likely to be eating fresh food. The last person you should really ask for a restaurant recommendation…

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Art at Sea

Art lovers will find plenty to admire on cruise ships. Oceania Cruises, for instance, has a collection of 2,000 original works on its Marina and Riviera, including a signed Picasso lithograph. The line recently published a color catalog of its world-class art, joining Celebrity Cruises, which published one last year. The cruise lines take different approaches with their collections. Some commission top artists for site-specific works. Most work with a third-party curator, such as International Corporate Art (ICArt), which buys…

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Fun Facts about Cruises

The first ship built exclusively for cruising was the Prinzessin Victoria Luise of Germany, designed by Albert Ballin, general manager of Hamburg-America Line. The ship was completed in 1900 with its inaugural sailing on January 5, 1901.  She was in service until 1906.  Victoria Luise was designed to look more like a private yacht than any of her commercial counterparts. She had a trim hull 52.2 feet wide by 407.5 feet long.  Onboard, she also did not look like other commercial…

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Going On a Vacation? Some Tips on How to Prepare

Whether it’s your first vacation or a seasoned traveler it’s always a good idea make a checklist of everything you want and need for your trip.  Start the list a month before so that you have plenty of time to get everything ready.  This will allow you enough time to think of everything you will want to take with you.   A Few Months Out Are your travel documents up to date?  Make sure you find out what travel documents…

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Gorgeous Beaches, Mayan Ruins and Much more in Accessible Cancun!

I discovered Cancun many years ago, just shortly before all the shopping malls, tourist restaurants and bars were opened.  I fell in love with the gorgeous beaches and friendly people.  I've been fortunate enough to return a few more times and I am still in love.  Cancun is a family friendly destination with plenty of things to do and there is always the option to lie on the beach with a nice cocktail in hand and do nothing at all.…

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Why Just Cruise? Go a Few Days Early – Part 2

Extending your cruise vacation by a few days is a great way to enjoy wonderful embarkation port cities.  Here are a few of our favorites with our recommendations of a few things not to miss. New York City Many Bermuda cruise vacations start in the city that doesn't sleep, New York City.  This is one city that you can definitely spend some time before AND after you cruise and still not have enough time to take it all in.  There…

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Travel Agent wins free MSC Cruise in Special Needs Group Certification promotion

                For Immediate Release   Travel Agent wins free MSC Cruise in Special Needs Group Certification promotion   Fort Lauderdale, FL July 17, 2014 – Gloria Hallick, ACC of Expedia CruiseShipCenters in Alberta, Canada is the lucky winner of the SNG Certification promotion that resulted in SNG celebrating over 2,000 Certified Accessible Travel Advocates. She will enjoy an MSC Caribbean Cruise for 2 in a balcony stateroom courtesy of MSC Cruises and Special…

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Why Just Cruise? Go a Few Days Early

  If you are going to be cruising from anywhere other than your hometown why not go a few days early and enjoy a new city?  Many of the most popular cruise embarkation ports are great cities to visit.  Instead of rushing from the airport to the cruise ship spend a few days getting to know the city.  It's also good to have the extra time should there be any weather delays! Seattle and Vancouver If you are going to…

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