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Take your mobility scooter with you to the casino

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Take your mobility scooter with you to the casino

Although we do not gamble for recreation (or any other reason) we used to enjoy visiting casinos. We liked the opulent decorations, the lovely hotel rooms and the inexpensive food. Occasionally I would play a bit of Blackjack and my husband would spend an hour or so with the slot machines.

When I lost my mobility I stopped even planning vacations in areas where there are casinos. They are just such exceptionally large structures I could not imagine trying to walk from one place to another, let alone getting to and from my room in a 3000 room property.

This Christmas our youngest daughter was given charge of Christmas plans and she arranged for two days in Las Vegas. I took along my scooter. I could not contemplate getting around without my scooter, but I had no idea how I would be received or if it would be practical.

I never left my room without it, and the staff treated me very well. They always found an appropriate table for me, and on the gaming floor they provided similar arrangements. It made our experience so pleasant that we came home and went to Biloxi last week.

I am now wondering if a cruise ship would be a similar experience; although I know there would not be as much space.

I guess I am very late to this idea because I saw lots of people using electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters in all the casinos we visited.

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1. Re: Take your mobility scooter with you to the casino

Cruises are an ideal way of travelling if you have some kind of disability, but you do need to choose your itinerary carefully as some destinations are more suitable than others.

If you look on Cruise Critic there is a whole section about disabled cruising.

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Thanks. In all of our very extensive traveling we have never taken a cruise. My husband insists that it will feel similar to being in a prison, even if the accommodations are somewhat better than the average jail cell. I am hesitant because I do not even own any clothing that I could classify as "resort casual", and I am intimidated just by the idea that I might have to "dress" for dinner. Then I am afraid I will drink four Diet Cokes and require a loan from my bank to pay my beverage bill. Since I cannot imagine getting in a swimming pool on a cruise ship, and I am not interested in climbing an imitation rock wall or practicing my golf game on a putting range, or going into the casino where I could easily give into boredom and gamble away my next year's income I am not really sure what we would do on a cruise. It seems that you spend so much more time on the ship than you spend in the places where you make port.

A cruise has never been anywhere near the top of our "To Do" list, but I rather feel like I may be missing something in my perception because almost everyone I know take cruises on a regular basis. So, now that I hope I have solved my largest concern of just getting from my room to other parts of the ship I will have to begin research. Just one quick question. Does anyone know if it is necessary to make advanced arrangements if you bring mobility scooters. We do no need specially adapted sleeping rooms. We just cannot walk any distance.

Is Cruise Critic affiliated with TA? Several years ago I attempted to access a forum on cruise activities. It was associated with TA and I received a message that the sight was not available to those who did not use a PC. We have always been MAC based, so I just never looked at that site again.

Recently what enthusiasm we might have had for a cruise has been dampened by stories of ships that return to port when 2/3's of the guests and crew are ill, or the ship breaks and leaves people stranded without food, water of bathroom facilities, or a cruise ship actually runs into something and the captain jumps overboard while the passengers, who received no information on how to leave the ship are left to manage on their own. I know these are very rare when compared to the number of people who enjoy successful experiences on cruise ships, but I see these events covered extensively on my local news, as we are near several cruise ports. It seems to happen more frequently than I would wish.

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I totally understand all your concerns and felt similar to you until I actually went. In fact, many of my friends have tried cruising and love it. I only have one couple, out of many, who went and didn't particularly enjoy it, but even they say they probably chose the wrong ship.

After choosing the itinerary you then need to do plenty of research on the ship. We generally travel with fred Olsen who are a Norwegian company, but UK based. What we like is the fact they have smaller ships and onboard spend is in GBP. They don't add any tips to drinks and they are reasonably priced. If you don't want to pay the daily tip, then you can ask to take it off. I believe all that is different on US based ships.

We very rarely do the ship's excursions as they are vastly overpriced. In the majority of ports it is easy to arrange your own trips, or you can get together with fellow passengers.

You do need to advise the cruise line you are taking a mobility scooter. So far, I have only taken a wheelchair. I think some cruise lines insist you have an adapted cabin if you take a scooter, but you would have to find that out.

From the UK you can do short 'taster' cruises to say, France, Belgium or Ireland I don't know if they do that in the US. It might be worthwhile to try one of those first to se if you like it.

Many of the cruises these days are less formal than they used to be. We personally enjoy the evenings we can dress up as we don't very often get the chance to do it here at home. So, I wouldn't worry too much about that. A pair of black trousers and a nice top will suffice, but you could choose an informal cruise.

Good luck with your research. I can't help you with the access to Cruise Critic, but there are other websites too.

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4. Re: Take your mobility scooter with you to the casino

http://www.cruisecritic.co.uk

Is the UK site but sure you can get the USA one from that info.

Thing with cruises if you have disabilities that require a " handicap " room ... sorry can't think of the pc term ! you will need to book quite far in advance as not many and they go really quick.

Depending on which cruise company you use and size of your mobility scooters and what kind of cabin you book will determine wether you can take them with you.I believe there needs to be enough room in cabin for them you can't just leave them outside in hallway.

But saying all that the cruise we took from Vancouver to Alaska there were many many scooters on the ship, but every company is different.

If you go to cruise critic find what company you are going with, then find their forum you will be able to ask all your questions there, I have always found the posters very helpful and knowledgable.

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I aslo loved Las Vegas it is well organised for people with mobility problems wide pavements/ sidewalks plenty of lifts/elevators. Everyone we met was helpful.

Only thing I did not like is the smoking in casinos no good for people with breathing problems at all !

But the shopping is fab !

Have been twice hoping to get in my 3rd trip maybe next year or one after!

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Smoking is really obnoxious. We have done such a good job of clearing the air in most of our public spaces in the US. There are many hotels that have gone totally smoke free for economic reasons. I have been on many college campuses that have banned smoking not only inside buildings, but on the entire campus. At the university where my daughter works the students themselves demanded such a ban. Casinos and bars that serve little or no food are among the few hold outs. I am not sure why that is. The majority of Americans do not smoke, and non-smokers prefer a smoke-free environment, but smoking continues.

We live very near Orlando (because we knew our location would encourage frequent visits from our children and grandchildren). Disney World still has designated outside smoking areas, which I find objectionable because the smoke drifts into outdoor eating areas, and it appears to me that when smoking is allowed at any location on a property smokers feel free to just enjoy a cigarette where ever they happen to be. Since these amusement parks are popular with children I would like to see the properties also become totally smoke free.

Gambling is legal along the Gulf Coast in Mississippi. There is one casino that went completely smoke free about three years ago. They had an immediate decline in business, but today they are more profitable than ever before. It is certainly my preferred location. I used to use a Hilton hotel near the airport in Salt Lake City, but they had smoking rooms, and I always had to stress that I could not use one of those rooms. I had a discussion with the manager and he said they were trying to create a budget to convert those rooms to smoke-free because they remained unoccupied more than 85% of the time, representing a loss in revenue. So, at least in the US, smoke-free facilities generally do not suffer a loss of business, and often see an improvement.

We do not discuss this on our forum, but I regard my husband's and my daughter's serious asthma as a form of disability, and I am always very careful to select locations and properties where there will be little, and preferably no exposure to cigarette smoke.

I am not prejudices against smokers. Some of the most loved members of our family were smokers (sadly now deceased from smoking induced diseases). I understand that many people really do not want to smoke, but it is a very tough addiction to overcome, and those who struggle with it have my sympathies. I am quite sure that if I had started to smoke I would be among those who would not be able to overcome the addiction. I certainly cannot overcome my addiction to chocolate.

Nonetheless, when the inevitable debate starts about the "rights" of smokers I am firmly in the camp of those who do not believe any person has the right to deliberately impact the health and welfare of another person in a negative way.

What is the current status of no-smoking environments on cruise ships? When I did a little investigation more than a decade ago, smoking seemed to be permitted everywhere, which was probably the original reason we did not consider spending time on a cruise.

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We went with celebrity cruises an American company, smoking was not allowed in cabins or public areas apart from a very small area up on deck.

Cunard I believe still allow smoking on your balcony, but that may have changed.

I think it really all depends on what company you are cruising with. All policies regarding it will be on their websites.

As far as I researched you may get a smoking/cigar room in the public areas , but in general it wasn't allowed, and certainly didn't affect me and I'm a bad asthmatic.

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Thanks. That is good to know. My husband is so fanatical about smoke that he always just walks out of wherever we might be when he is exposed to smoke. I think that would be quite dangerous on a ship.

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Unless your husband is an exceptional swimmer I think you are right lol

Ask on cruise critic about smoking, once you know what ship you are going on someone will be able to tell you in much more detail than my one experience and my one nearly experience of cruising !

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I think most cruise lines have very few smoking areas these days. It is also banned to smoke inside any public buildings, bars, restaurants etc in all EU countries, so no smoking in casinos here. My OH and myself are fortunate to travel frequently and I can't remember being offered the choice of a smoking or no smoking hotel room for quite a number of years. I may be wrong, but I thought all hotels have a total indoor non smoking policy.