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Hats off to all of you enduring lots of nasty weather. Too much rain on the west coast, too much snow and ice on the east coast makes travel and getting around pretty tough for all of you especially if you're a wheelchair user. Lots of snow in the middle of the country and the Northwest as well. Hope you were all still able to enjoy a lovely Valentines Day celebration with your loved ones. Steve and I barbequed steaks as we had a brief interlude of 70 degree weather. They were delicious but it was back in the 30's the next day.

Hang in there everybody and dream of warm, beautiful places. It's the perfect time to start planning your next vacation while you are waiting for the weather to change!
Where We're Going...
Are You Coming With Us?
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Trip Updates for 2019 & 2020....visit our website for complete details including pricing.

Accessible Seas 2020 is an Eastern Caribbean Cruise visiting the ports of St. Maarten, San Juan and Coco Cay where you will have a Perfect Day! Cruise on RCCL's newest ship, Symphony of The Seas and enjoy all she has to offer. Information is on our website under Group Trips. More than half of our allocated cabins are already spoken for so call now to claim your cabin.
Our 2019 European Adventure, June 14 - 26, on Celebrity Reflection from Dublin to Amsterdam is SOLD OUT.
We are in the process of doing final payments and all shore excursions have been planned and signed up for. I am so excited about this trip. It promises to be amazing and we have 34 amazing people traveling with us!

Our friends in the Ataxia Support Group in Western Washington State are doing an Alaska Cruise on RCCL's Ovation of The Seas August 23, 2019. This cruise is NOW OPEN TO ALL with mobility challenges and we welcome your participation. I will be escorting the group so it's perfect for those new to cruising. Alaska always sells out and is the number one cruise destination for accessibility. We can only retain our accessible cabin inventory for a short time so don't miss the boat, the train in Skagway or the whales in Juneau! Call NOW!
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Hawaiian Island Cruise is being offered once again on NCL Pride of America. Sailing round-trip Honolulu October 26 - November 2, 2019. Details are now on our web site. We have very limited availability. We will offer three nights pre-cruise stay in Honolulu. Come experience the Aloha Spirit with us.

I am waiting for details on the land trip to Israel for May 2020. Our visit will be multi-cultural but will lean more towards Jewish Heritage. Please let me know if you are interested. I will send out an email blast as soon as trip is organized and I have pricing and the number of participants we can accommodate.
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Depart USA October 11 and return October 26, 2019

Please visit our website and click on Group Trips for itinerary and pricing.

Please note that we have only 4 accessible rooms still available. Only 12 lucky travelers will get the opportunity to be on this trip! Our preference is that everyone travel with a companion.
We also request that everyone travel with your own mobility equipment as we will not be renting equipment. (we may assist you with rentals on a case by case situation).

We are looking into other trip possibilities for 2020 and welcome your suggestions. The deciding factors for group trips are the availability of accessible accommodations and transportation.

Complete details for all trips on our website www.easyaccesstravel.com
Harmony of The Seas Cruise 2019
Thirty nine of us recently returned from a wonderful week onboard RCCL's Harmony of The Seas. We enjoyed visiting Jamaica and Cozumel and relaxed on the private island of Labadee.

The weather was perfect except for rain in Jamaica but we didn't let it rain on our parade. Those of us who took the Cozumel shore excursion got to taste all kinds of tequila and chocolate.

We had many of our Spina Bifida clients sailing with us and several of them either recently celebrated or will celebrate their 40th birthdays this year. So we made it a Celebration Cruise with candy, birthday hats, horns and a yummy birthday cake. Many who participated on this cruise have already signed up for our next Caribbean adventure on Symphony of The Seas, February 22, 2020.

Our cruises and land trips are like big, happy reunions as we get so many repeat travelers. I'm so grateful for all the friendships that have developed among all of you.
Virgin Voyages Now Open for Reservations
Sir Richard Branson's newest venture, Virgin Voyages, is now open for reservations and will begin sailing to Cuba and the Bahamas in April 2020. I attended a luncheon recently to learn about the newest cruise line in the business.

As we all know, Virgin products are always very well anticipated and received by the public. I was very impressed with all I learned and look forward to possibly seeing their ship, Scarlet Lady, on one of her short industry sailings next year. Guests must be 18 or older to sail and are referred to as "sailors" not passengers. You will not find a buffet anywhere on Scarlet Lady but you will be able to dine at 20 different venues for no additional cost. Gratuities are always included in the price. Beverage packages are not available for sale...all alcoholic beverages are purchased on a drink by drink basis.

The ship's capacity is approximately 2700 - 2800 sailors. The initial itinerary will be 5 night cruises round trip Miami sailing to Cuba and a private island in Bimini, Bahamas. They have 29 accessible cabins available in most categories from inside to suites. Virgin Voyages promises to be "outside the box" and will bring a whole new dimension to cruising. They hope to get many first time cruisers who have been reluctant to cruise in the past. I think they just may accomplish this! Be the first "kid on the block" to sail on Virgin Voyages. Just call me and I'll make it happen!

Scooter, Wheelchair & Walker Bags
I've become very familiar with HMS Medallion, maker of fun and stylish bags that attach to walkers, scooters and wheelchairs. Being a user of all of this equipment, having a bag that I don't have to carry or worry about falling off my lap is very important. I learned about this company at Abilities Expo where they are a fellow vendor. Being the avid shopper I am, I just had to have one of these lovely bags! I now own two but have bought several for gifts.
Need a Scooter?
We can help!
Do you need to rent a scooter or other mobility equipment for your next cruise or land trip?
Be sure and let us know and we can make arrangements for you through Special Needs Group.

Standard and heavy duty scooters, wheelchairs, hospital beds, hoyer lifts, lift chairs, oxygen and more are all possibilities for you when you travel.
Next Stop...
Los Angeles Abilities Expo
First Abilities Expo of 2019 is at the Los Angeles Convention Center February 22, 23, 24. Visit us in Booth 546. Stop by and say hi!
We will be giving a Travel Workshop on Sunday at 11:45am. Hope to see many of you there!
Experience Abilities Expo!

Imagine everything you need, all under one roof! For nearly 40 years, Abilities Expo has been the go-to source for the Community of people with disabilities, their families, seniors, veterans and healthcare professionals.

Every event opens your eyes to new technologies, new possibilities, new solutions and new opportunities to change your life. Where else can you discover ability-enhancing products and services, play a few adaptive sports, learn new dance moves, attend informative workshops and only scratch the surface of what Abilities Expo has to offer?
Do you have a travel tip you'd like to share? Send it to us debra@easyaccesstravel.com and it may be in the next newsletter.


Debra Kerper 
(951) 202 2208 
Cruise Planners
1716 Morning Glory
Carrolton, Texas 75007