GUIDE DOG & BLIND TRAVEL
Dimensions in Travel is experienced and eager to meet the needs of those who are experiencing vision loss. Please contact us to assist you and your guide dog with any of your individual air, cruise or tour plans. We have been the travel agency for Guide Dogs for the Blind since 1991. We arrange the flights for their adult students attending training classes at their San Rafael, California and Boring, Oregon campuses and then home with their new guide dogs.
We also love to plan vacation travel for individual blind travelers. We'll plan your European river cruise, Hawaii anniversary getaway, Club Med trip to Punta Cana, ski trip to Chile or snorkeling trip to Australia or Fiji.
We also organize group cruises and tours for guide dog teams and blind travelers. Generally there is room for up to 25 guide dogs on each cruise. Friends and family are most welcome. Our Dimensions in Travel cruise group experts Andi Cercos, Gale Staley and Irene Swift talk with each guide dog user prior to sailing so we get familiar your needs. We are not staffed to provide personal assistance but we try to send one or two escorts on our group cruises to make sure everything runs smoothly. We arrange for special check-in at the pier, orientation tours, pet life jackets, private hosted reception, dog relieving area, dog play areas, sighted guiding (with advance notice) for shore excursions, and front row seating in the theatre. Braille dining room and room service menus may be arranged upon request. We are very pleased with our partnership with Mind's Eye Travel, our new tour operator partner for those experiencing vision loss.
HAWAII CRUISE 2012
Aloha! We just returned from our Hawaii cruise sailing roundtrip from Los Angeles December 5-19, 2012 aboard the Golden Princess. Everyone had a great time...photos to follow!
20 GUIDED DOGS INSPECT THE SEA PRINCESS IN SAN FRANCISCO 2011
Dimensions in Travel has been serving blind travelers for many years. We recently hosted hosted 20 guide dogs and eight puppies in training from Guide Dogs for the Blind (and their owners & families) for a day aboard Sea Princess in San Francisco. We wanted people with vision loss to experience first hand how accessible cruising has become and Princess Cruises has been so welcoming of our guide dog teams. A video crew documented the day and it's been posted to Youtube. Check it out: http://youtu.be/tHm3CpXc1wg. Do you know someone who is blind who'd like to travel more? Refer them to us and we'll arrange a great vacation for them.
ALASKA 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008 & 2007
We've sailed five times now to Alaska with our guide dog groups. One family surprised their guide dog-using dad by joining him on the cruise - what a grand reunion! Along with four relaxing days at sea, we visited Sitka, Juneau, Skagway, and Victoria. We heard the splash of breeching whales, noisy steam trains, noisy calving glaciers and the crunch of floating mini-iceburgs that gently nudge our ship. One of our group members won the shipwide talent show (and a standing ovation) for her fabulous rendition of "Endless Love". While their dogs were being watched by the cruise director, two of our group braved a helicopter flight in Juneau to a mush dog camp and went dog sledding. What a ride!
2010 & 2007 CANADA/NEW ENGLAND CRUISE
We had a great time sailing roundtrip from New York. Ports of call were Halifax, St. John, Bar Harbor, Boston, and Newport. Our group members loved the excitement of New York City, riding the rapids on the Bay of Fundy, walking the Boston Freedom Trail, exploring lighthouses, shopping, playing bingo, eating lobster and visiting Mother Goose's grave. We even arranged a private tour tour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
LOVE AT SEA FOR GUIDE DOG TEAMS!
We're delighted that two guide dog users Kelly and Shannon, who met on our Disneyland 2003 trip became engaged on our 2008 guide dog cruise to Mexico! Two guide dog users who first cruised with us on our Alaska 2004 cruise tied the knot on a Princess Mediterranean cruise in July 2005. Deborah and Dennis were married at sea by the Captain of the Grand Princess as they sailed through the Greek Isles. Guide dogs Atlee and Rosemary were so proud! Congratulations to all!
2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005 GUIDE DOG CRUISES TO MEXICO - OLE!
All of our guide dog cruise to Mexico have been great successes! Guide dog teams, cane users, and wonderful family and friends have joined us on 10 or 11-day Princess or NCL cruises to Mexico roundtrip from San Francisco. We have visited Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas, La Paz and Topolobampo (gateway to the Cooper Canyon) along with relaxing days at sea. The crew was so well-trained and welcoming since they miss their own pets! Our Mexico cruise memories are an amazing jumble of dog kisses, snorkeling and kayaking for the first time, swimming with dolphins (dogs watch poolside), handicraft marketplaces, tequila tastings, bicycle cab rides, the swinging bridge of Puerto Vallarta, cruise director Gavin's laugh, and listening to Rod sing Elvis on karaoke nights.
2004 - OUR FIRST GUIDE DOG CRUISE TO ALASKA
Guide dog users, cane users, their families, friends and 21 guide dogs had a fabulous time on a 10-night cruise to Alaska in 2004. World Trade Center Survivor Michael Hingson, who is blind, delivered four fascinating lectures through the Princess ScholarShip@Sea program. Michael's presentations provided indepth insight to 1500+ passengers on what it is like to be blind in a sighted world and the powerful relationship between guide dog users and their dogs. We offered a Juno demonstration for sighted people simulating a blind person walking with their dog.