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Handicapped Traveler 6 islands in 7 days

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Any suggestions on my upcoming 6 island visits. My co-traveler has walking/standing medical issues, so we cannot walk/stand for long periods. We are going to Barbados, St. Croix, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, San Juan, and Antigua. Any recommendations on the best way to see most of these islands other than walking? Rent a car, tour bus, etc? We will be on a cruise and these are our ports of call. Didn't want to have the cruise set up all the excursions as I heard you can get better deals on your own. Is this so????
We' d like to see the most bang for our buck. Wanting a few hours of traveling the islands, then a rest on a beach near the ship, if time allows. May never be able to come back again as this is a once in a lifetime (saved funds forever) kind of trip.

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    When you get off the boat in each port simply hire one of the local taxi driver/guides to give you a tour of the island. There will be plenty of taxis waiting at the cruse ship port. The driver will take you around the island showing you all the major points of interest. If you want they'll even drop you off at one of the beaches while you swim, eat lunch or just relax then come back and get you at a pre-set time to take you back to your ship.

    You'll have no problem hiring them for a few hour tour or the entire day if that what you want. While the cost will vary from island to island most taxis can be hired by the hour or for a fixed time such as a 3, 4 or even 6 hour tour. You can probably expect to pay around $25US to $35US per hour for this type of service- most taxis will be "minivans" capable of comfortably holding up to 6 or 8 passengers so if you make friends with some of your fellow passengers and form your own group you can all share the cost and save some money.

    Another alternative is to book yourself on one of the independent "group tours" that will be available at some of your ports. Typically the costs for these run between $30US and $80US per person depending on the island, the type and length of tour you choose. You'll find vendors "hawking" these tours when you get off your ship but they may not be available in all your ports.

    Lastly, you can always join one of the tours set up by your cruise ship company - these tend to cost a bit more but you don't have to worry about choosing a particular driver and/or tour itinerary.

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    Because walking/standing can be an issue, I would call your islands excursion companies and pre-arrange the tours. Because this is an issue, you really need a private tour anyway, as to group tours you basically have to "keep up".

    Go to each countrys website and look at excursion companies. Then email ones that stand out to see how they handle persons with (slight) disabilities. Also email or call taxi companies about a private tour. You don't want to get off the ship and have any surprises.

    If walking and standing are a problem, I wouldn't count on having others join you to share the cost, not fair to anyone involved. Plus by being private you can cater to individual needs on your own time. The cost probably isn't much more at your destinations, but well worth it.

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