Consumer Newsletter – November 2009

    November 2009       OXYGEN ONBOARD? CLEARING THE AIR ABOUT CRUISING WITH OXYGEN   Travelers and agents are often confused and uncertain about traveling with oxygen, especially the rules and regulations for dealing with cylinders or other forms of portable oxygen on a cruise. Like everything in life, cruising with oxygen is simple, once you know the guidelines. To ensure smooth sailing, we've provided a few basic facts.   All cruise lines welcome oxygen onboard. However, each line…

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Consumer Newsletter – December 2009

December 2009       TAKING ACCESSIBILITY TO NEW LEVELS: OASIS OF THE SEAS   Royal Caribbean International's (RCI) much anticipated next generation cruise ship, the Oasis of the Seas, is ready for passengers. Rising sixteen decks high, she is the largest vessel afloat --- and among the most accessible.   We toured the ship recently and can report first hand that the Oasis of the Seas offers the largest number of accessible staterooms of any ship, a total of…

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Consumer Newsletter – January 2010

January 2010       IT'S A BIG, WIDE ACCESSIBLE WORLD - GO EXPLORE AND ENJOY!   Did you ever not book a trip because you were worried about a bad knee or other mobility impairment? Have you avoided cruises and family events that require oxygen for fear you'll need oxygen mid-trip? If this happened to you, it doesn't have to be this way. Today's world is more accessible than ever, and for anyone with special requirements for traveling, there's a…

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Consumer Newsletter – February 2010

February 2010       WHICH IS BEST FOR ME - SCOOTER, WHEELCHAIR OR POWERCHAIR?   As 2009 closed, several new ships made a huge splash within the cruise industry, foreshadowing the future of cruising, including Disney Cruise Lines' 4,000-passenger Dream and Royal Caribbean Cruises' 5,400 passenger Oasis of the Seas, the largest passenger cruise ship ever floated. Within the next twelve months, several more behemoth vessels will enter the waters including Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas, sister ship…

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Consumer Newsletter – March 2010

March 2010       CRUISING WITH A SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD   Cruising is an excellent vacation choice for families with a special needs child. It's a chance to visit multiple destinations without flying or driving from city to city and the family only has to unpack once - - important plus for your special needs child. Once settled into your stateroom, there are few disruptions to routine.  Today's passenger cruise ships are very accommodating to persons with special needs, and more…

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SPECIAL NEEDS AT SEA ANNOUNCES COMMISSION PROGRAM FOR TRAVEL AGENTS

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (December 15, 2008) – Special Needs at Sea, (www.specialneedsatsea.com), a global source for special needs equipment for travelers, is partnering with travel agents and paying 10 percent commission on rentals of its complete line of special needs equipment. A full-service special needs supplier, the company provides equipment ranging from electric scooters, wheelchairs, powerchairs and oxygen to relief materials for companion animals, hearing devices and Braille printing.  “Travel agents play an important role in vacation planning and we…

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ANDREW GARNETT, FOUNDER/CEO SPECIAL NEEDS AT SEA, TO PRESENT AT SATH 13th WORLD CONGRESS IN ORLANDO, JANUARY 4 – 8

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (December 31, 2008) – Andrew Garnett, founder and CEO of Special Needs at Sea, (www.specialneedsatsea.com), is scheduled to speak as a member of “The Money Making Panel” at the SATH 13th World Congress, the premier event for education about travelers with disabilities and the mature, to be held January 4-8, 2009 at Disney's Contemporary Resort in Walt Disney World® Resort, Florida,  Garnett, whose company is a global source for special needs equipment for travelers, will focus on…

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SPECIAL NEEDS AT SEA JOINS OSSN, TRAVEL INDUSTRY’S PREMIERE TRADE ASSOCIATION FOR INDEPENDENT AND HOME-BASED AGENTS

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL – Special Needs at Sea, (www.specialneedsatsea.com), a one-stop source for mobility aides, oxygen and other equipment for travelers with disabilities, has joined the Outside Sales Support Network (OSSN), a travel industry association for independent and home-based sellers of travel. According to Andrew Garnett, founder and CEO of Special Needs at Sea, as an Affiliated Supplier to OSSN, Special Needs at Sea will help OSSN’s network of 7,800 travel agents access the expanding niche market of travelers with…

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SPECIAL NEEDS AT SEA HELPS TRAVELERS NAVIGATE SMOOTHLY ABOARD SHIP AND ON SHORE EXCURSIONS FOR AN EFFORTLESS CRUISE EXPERIENCE—AND HELPS YOU TAP INTO THE $13.6 BILLION DISABILITY TRAVEL MARKET

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (November 19, 2009)– Special Needs at Sea can help you capture your share of bookings within the $13.6 billion disability travel market while helping your clients take charge of their physical limitations.  Whether your clients have serious mobility challenges, require supplemental oxygen, are hearing impaired or are simply concerned about walking long distances, Special Needs at Sea (www.specialneedsatsea.com), a Special Needs Group company, provides the equipment and services your clients need to make their cruise vacation smooth…

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CRUISE LINE ACCESSIBILITY

With all the cruise ships currently sailing and the cruise industry’s recent building “boom”---52 NEW vessels delivered or on order between 2009 and 2012---it is not always clear as to which ships are the most accessible and the best for sailing.  Special Needs Group highly recommends that you work with travel professionals who have experience booking special needs travel. A specialized agent can help you anticipate and prepare for challenges. We put together simple questions to ask your travel professional…

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Dun Loaghaire, Ireland

                A suburb of Dublin, the town of Dun Laoghaire serves as a secondary tender port for major cruise ships.  It can also be reached by air through the Dublin Airport.  The town has some notable sites of its own worth exploring, in addition to what you find in Dublin proper. The town comes together every Sunday for a vast farmers’ market in Peoples Park.  The park also hosts other events such as concerts in…

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Waterford, Ireland

                        The oldest city in the Republic of Ireland is Waterford.  Originally settled by Vikings in 1000s, there is lots of history to explore here from that time and from the centuries that came after.  Visitors to Waterford can fly into several different airports including Dublin Airport, Cork Airport, Shannon Airport or the local and smaller Waterford Airport.  Cruise ships also dock at the Port of Waterford to provide…

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Cork, Ireland

                        The city of Cork offers a vast array of things to do and see.  You can listen to music in a reclaimed stone church, shop for good at the market that serves many of the local restaurants or get a retail fix shopping for other heart’s desires.  Cork Airport is the second largest in the Republic of Ireland and, of course, Cork Port is the landing spot for…

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands

                       Rotterdam is a major seaport city in the Netherlands. The Port of Rotterdam is the largest seaport in Europe and the city has a population of over 651,000 people. Rotterdam was nearly completely renovated after WWII and it is known for its modern architecture, cultural life, riversides, along with being a major logistic and economic center.               Euromast is an observation tower designed by…

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Dublin, Ireland

Porfavor, haga clic aqui para traducion en Espanol.                               On the east coast of Ireland, you will find Dublin, the capital and largest city in Ireland. Its landscape is bordered by mountains and rivers. Along the river, you will find the Dublin Port, the busiest seaport in Ireland.  Dublin also has the busiest airport, Dublin Airport, serving over 21 million passengers in a year. The city is well…

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London, England

                                 London is the capital and largest city in England and the United Kingdom. London is one of the leading tourist destinations and had over 65 million visitors last year. It is also home to the largest airport in the United Kingdom, London-Heathrow Airport, which handles over 80 million international passengers alone in one year. Some of the most top-visited attractions in the United Kingdom are found…

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Belfast, Ireland

 Belfast is the largest city and the capital of Northern Ireland.  It has seen its share of conflict over the years, but the Troubles of the 1980s and 1990s are well over and the city is very safe.  The city is served by two airports, George Best Belfast City Airport and Belfast International Airport. There are a multitude of interesting things to do in see and we will cover just a few in this post.          …

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Southampton, England

Porfavor, haga clic aqui para traducion en Espanol.   The city of Southampton in England is very well known as the port entry to the country and the pit-stop to London.  However, Southampton has its own charms and excitement and should not be overlooked.  One can find all manner of amusement and entertainment here from sports to theater, from gardens to history. Stroll around the city and take in some of the beautiful and historic buildings such as the London…

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Naxos, Greece

 The island of Naxos in Greece may not be as well known as some of its sister islands, but that may be in its favor as there aren’t as many crowds as some others.  It is the largest of the Cycladic islands in Greece.  It’s also the greenest as Mount Zas traps the clouds and forces more rainfall.  You will find olive and citrus trees in abundance here. There are many sites to see on Naxos and we will cover…

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Porfavor, haga clic aqui para traducion en Espanol.                           Amsterdam, also referred to as the “Venice of the North”, is the capital of the Netherlands. The city is known for its large number of canals, its financial influence, and its culture. Amsterdam is one of the top financial centers in Europe. There are many well-known companies that are based here, including Tesla, Uber, and Netflix. The city is home to…

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Copenhagen, Denmark

Porfavor, haga clic aqui para traducion en Espanol.         Copenhagen is the capital and most populous city in Denmark. It is the governmental, cultural, and economic hub of the country. The city has many bridges, parks, promenades, and waterfronts, along with restaurants, museums, and nightclubs. Copenhagen happens to be one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world. The city also serves about 2 million passengers at Copenhagen Airport monthly, and also has the largest Danish seaport,…

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Crete, Greece

The island of Crete in Greece is the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.  It is also the largest and most populated island in Greece.  There a number of villages and cities worth spending time in here, but the capital, Heraklion, is the largest.  The island has been inhabited for over 130,000 years and it’s the location of the first advanced civilization in Europe, the Minoans.  This city offers such sites to visit as several ruins of Minoans palaces,…

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Mykonos, Greece

 Porfavor, haga clic aqui para traducion en Espanol.        Like many of the Greek Islands, the island of Mykonos and its principle municipality share a name.  The town of Mykonos also goes by the name Chora (which mean The Town in Greek).  This island is known for its lovely beaches, beautiful people and non-stop parties.  However, there is more to the area than that! The island’s nickname is the Island of the Wind and to that end several…

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Corfu, Greece

      The island or Corfu in Greece is the second largest of the Ionian Islands of Greece.  It is also known as Kerkyra.  The main city on the island is also called Corfu. This area’s history dates back to the beginning of Greek mythology.  There have been many battles fought for dominance over the island and it was home to the third largest naval powers of the 5th century BC after Athens and Corinth. Old Town is the…

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Rhodes, Greece

Porfavor, haga clic aqui para traducion en Espanol. Rhodes, Greece, is both largest of the Dodecanese islands of Greece and the name of that island’s principle city and governing seat.  The island was also the historic home of the capital of Greece. Rhodes’ Old Town is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list and has history ranging back 2,400 years.  Such history includes participation in the Trojan War, invasion by Persia, an alliance with Egypt,  participation in the Second Macedonian…

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Santorini, Greece

                 Santorini is one of the Cyclades Islands in the Aegean Sea. The island is still an active volcano and came into existence due to volcanic eruptions. Santorini is considered one of the most romantic getaway destinations in Greece, along with it being a wedding destination for locals and tourists around the world. The island is known for its culinary treats like wines and desserts, and its clear waters.          …

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Athens, Greece

            Athens is the largest city in Greece and also happens to be its capital. It was known to be the center of Ancient Greece. The city is known for its art, philosophy, culture, and politics. Many refer to this city as the cradle of Western Civilization and the birthplace of democracy. Athens is one of the biggest economic centers in Southern Europe, which is home to the biggest passenger seaport in Europe, the Port…

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Piraeus, Greece

  Piraeus, Greece, is the port city that serves Athens.  Piraeus actually has three ports: Port of Piraeus (the chief port in Greece also known as Kantharos), the Bay of Zea, and the harbor of Mikrolimano.  As you can imagine, this area is steeped in history and here are many things to do and see here, but we will only be able to cover a few highlights in this post. The Port of Piraeus is the largest passenger port in…

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