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November 2016
Happy Thanksgiving
give thanks - Thanksgiving concept - words in white chalk on a blackboard surrounded by pumpkins
Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday.  I love the food, getting together with family and friends, the weather and thinking about everything I am grateful for.  I have so much to be grateful for this year.  A loving and supportive husband who has made my needs his priority, a wonderful family, excellent doctors, colleagues who have been on this journey with me and, most importantly, the greatest clients anyone could have.  You have all been so understanding and caring.  So, I give thanks to all of you for being so much more than clients.  You are my friends and I am so very grateful to have you in my life.  May you all enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, food and friends.

I am currently working with an outstanding tour operator in South Africa to plan an accessible safari and cultural experience. Details will be available soon and we will begin taking reservations at that time.  As with all of our land tours, space will be extremely limited so let me know if you are interested.  This trip will commence on May 24, 2018 and will be 10 nights not including air travel.  Stay tuned for details!
Baby African elephant chasing a bird with it s mother nearby  
Cruise Planners Convention 2016

Steve and I recently returned from the 2016 Cruise Planners Convention (CPCon16) and it did not disappoint.  Home office does an incredible job of wowing us and inspiring us to be better travel agents.  As always, I came away energized and full of new ideas to improve how I do business.  It was especially exciting for me to see all of my colleagues who have been so supportive of my health situation this past year and to be able to thank them in person.  Their encouragement and yours (my clients) has been so important in my continued improvement.
The highlight of the convention was being awarded the Cruisitude Award.    Here at Cruise Planners, we believe that Cruisitude is the epitome of going the extra mile, having a positive attitude and never giving up.  I am so very proud to have been given this honor.
Did I mention that Steve and I each won a Viking River Cruise for two?  Our entire table of 10 won as we answered all the answers in the quiz correctly.  Hope my walking improves enough over the next year so I can enjoy my prize!
Pineapple, Luaus & Ocean Breezes

Just a few of the things that awaits our group of 21 in just two short weeks.  Yes, we are off to spend three nights at the Waikiki Marriott and then we will sail for seven nights around the Hawaiian Islands.  I am so looking forward to this trip with some old friends and some new ones.  A full report will be in our December Newsletter.
Hawaii beach travel concept. ALOHA text written in sand with water next to beach towel and summer sandals and starfish. Hawaiian vacation holidays background.


Need a scooter, wheelchair, O2, or anything else for your next cruise?  Let us make arrangements for you with Special Needs at Sea.

Debra Kerper, Power Partner of the Year
On Thursday, November 10th at Travel Weekly's CruiseWorld held at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center, Special Needs Group awarded Debra Kerper, travel professional with Cruise Planners, Power Partner of the Year!
"Debra is a shining example of the indomitable spirit possessed by Americans with disabilities," said Andrew J Garnett, SNG president & CEO. "Within four months of becoming a bilateral amputee, she has escorted groups on cruises to Alaska and beyond. She leads by example and is most deserving of this award and recognition."
Debra operates Easy Access Travel/Cruise Planners out of Carrollton, Texas.   Our Power Partner of 2016 first registered with SNG in 2009.  Debra specializes in meeting the needs of disabled and mature travelers.
Congratulations Debra!
Thank you Andy and everyone at Special Needs Group for this wonderful honor.  You are an integral part of the successful vacations my clients enjoy.

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Easy Access Travel is available to speak to your organization or support group if geographically feasible. Please contact us for more information.  


Debra Kerper

Easy Access Travel

Cruise Planners/American Express Franchise Owner 



In This Issue
Next stop......
Washington DC Metro, Dulles Expo Center
December 2,3,4

Visit Us In Booth 308 and come to our Travel Workshop on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 1:00pm in Workshop 1.

Free admission, workshops and events.  

We look forward  to meeting you, sharing valuable information and answering your questions. 



(We do individual and group travel planning)

We are offering some incredible Group Travel opportunities and invite you, your families & your friends to join us on one or all of these trips.  All of our trips are mostly accessible and geared to those with mobility limitations.  


Accessible Allure (Next BIG Amputee Cruise)   CALL NOW if interested.  We can try to get you a cabin.

February 12-19, 2017

Take your Sweetheart on a cruise in 2017 on the magnificent Allure of the Seas.

Eastern Caribbean Cruise

Full Details Here.... 



Just for our Spina Bifida clients, their friends & families.  May 6 - 13, 2017 on board RCCL's newest ship, Harmony of the Seas. Accessible staterooms are limited so SIGN UP NOW!!!

Full details & pricing here... 



We have a waiting list as people do cancel....

June 12 - 21, 2017, Norwegian Getaway

Click here for more information... 




Visit the Southern Caribbean (Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao) February 2 - 11, 2018.  Nine nights round-trip Miami.


Click here for full details and information 


Planning a trip to South Africa for Spring, 2018....details next month!


Alaska 2018:  interest list now forming


More Adventures coming soon

Be sure and tell us where you would like to go and we will put a group together!


Don't miss the boat or the tour with these incredible groups!

For information on all trips go to 
and click on Group Trips. 

Deb's Medical Update
& Travel Adventures

The travel highlight of November was attending CPCon16 which I talked about here already.  In addition to the outstanding convention was two nights on RCCL's Harmony of the Seas for her US Inaugural. Even though I had sailed on her last September with many of you, I still enjoyed seeing her again and enjoying all she has to offer.  Harmony is an amazing ship and I look forward to escorting my Spina Bifida Group on her in May, 2017.
Just two days ago, I hit a bump in the road medically.  I was doing fine and working on walking when my right knee decided to swell to extreme proportions making it impossible to wear my prosthesis on that leg.  It needs to be aspirated (drained) but because I'm on blood thinners, I had to wait.  I go back to the doctor in the morning and I am hoping that they will be able to do this procedure than so I can enjoy my grandkids and Thanksgiving.  Looking forward to being back on my "feet".

Just Doing it a little Differently..... 

When you sign up for Accessible Allure, Easy Access Travel will donate a portion of our proceeds to the Amputee Coalition.

Sign up for our Spina Bifida Cruise and we will donate a portion of our proceeds to the Spina Bifida Association.

Help support your organization while you're having a great time!


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