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Consumer Newsletter – October 2010

October 2010



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 2010 – – 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 and/or the cruise line accessibility department. Read More.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers guests an ultra-luxury cruise experience that is ‘upscale but not uptight.’ Their three ships – the Seven Seas Voyager, Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Navigator – travel to more than 300 ports on all seven continents and provide unique programs of exploration and discovery. Their all-inclusive fares include roundtrip air, ground transfers, shore excursions, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and more. As the vessels are designed for hundreds, rather than thousands of guests, the ambiance onboard is personal, individual and accommodating – especially for individuals with special needs.
All three of Regent’s ships have accessible staterooms. Seven Seas Mariner offers six accessible cabin suites; the Voyager and Navigator offer four, two of which are the highly desired Penthouse suites. As the ships do not have many accessible suites, it is highly advised to book early to reserve them. The staterooms are equipped with lowered closet rods and shelves. The bathrooms have a roll-in shower, grab bars, a lowered sink, a fold down shower stool, a handheld showerhead, a toilet seat riser and ramped thresholds. Read More.
With the temperature averaging between 75 and 85 degrees year-round and about 340 sunny days per year, Nassau, Bahamas is an ideal tourist destination. If you’re looking for a relaxing visit, the Caribbean island has pristine beaches, a scenic harbor and well-preserved colonial architecture. For a faster-paced experience, visitors can enjoy the duty-free shopping, dazzling casinos, lively nightlife and exciting attractions. 
Cruise passengers disembarking in Nassau are a short distance away from Bay Street, the main shopping area. Bay Street has high-end stores such as Gucci and Fendi as well shops featuring duty-free liquor, jewelry, cigars, perfume and other favorite items. Near the Bay Street shopping center is the largest and most famous of the Straw Markets. At the Nassau Straw Market, visitors will find an array of straw products including baskets, hats and mats as well as some homemade foods and woodworking goods. If you’re looking for souvenirs, this is the place to visit. Traveling from the pier to the Bay Street area is wheelchair accessible; sidewalks have curbed ramps and the Straw Market is wheelchair accessible. Visitors in wheelchairs may want to avoid the Straw Market during the middle of the day as it tends to be crowded. Read More.
Interesting Fact: According to astronauts, the brillant blue waters of the Bahamas are some of the clearest and stand out the most from space.
Cruise Lines out of the Port of Nassau: Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebration Cruise Lines, Costa Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line 


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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.




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