Cruising With Special Needs

Fort Lauderdale, FL – December 2018 – Gary Thatcher, travel advisor with Island Time Travel, recently received certification from Special Needs Group, a global provider of special needs equipment for the travel industry, to specialize in special needs/accessible travel. To earn the distinction, Gary participated in Special Needs Group’s in-depth online 3 module certification program.

Through the program, agents gain an understanding of the special needs/accessible travel market. They learn about the best equipment to rent for special needs travel, ways to market special needs/accessible travel, and more.

Nationwide, one in seven persons has some form of disability, and one in five families is touched. By specializing in special needs/accessible travel, Gary has the ability to help this large percentage of the population travel in an enjoyable, safe and efficient manner.

About Special Needs Group, Inc.

Special Needs Group, Inc. is the leading global provider of wheelchair rentals, scooter rentals, oxygen rentals and other special needs equipment rentals. It also offers a broad range of special needs equipment for purchase. Recommended by the world’s major cruise lines for superior service and value, Special Needs Group also services guests visiting hotels, resorts, theme parks and convention centers.

Special Needs Group is the industry’s only total special needs travel solution. It is located at 302 NW 1st Street, Dania Beach, FL 33004. For more information, visit

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Jamaica Travel Specialist

Jamaica Travel Specialist Certificate
Today I completed the Jamaica Travel Specialist program, A One Love Rewards Program.  I’ve been to Jamaica several times: JamaicaJamaica twice (now called Breezes Runaway Bay), Hedonism III (now called Royal Decameron Fun Caribbean), Couples Sans Souci, Couples Tower Isle, and Couples Negril.

St. Kitts Destination Specialist–heading there next week!

St. Kitts DiplomaIn preparation for my Carnival Cruise on the Victory next week, I wanted to learn more about one of our scheduled ports of call, St. Kitts.  Today I studied and passed the St. Kitts Agent Destination Specialist training course.  My thanks to Travel Agent University and the St. Kitts Tourism Authority.  I’m especially interested in visiting the Reggae Beach Bar or maybe “The Strip” on Frigate Bay (the Monkey Bar or the Shiggidy Shack) and Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Although our visit is via cruise ship, I learned that St. Kitts is easily accessible from the USA via several major airlines.  All flights arrive at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (SKB), situated just 2 miles outside the historic capital city of Basseterre.  American Airlines has daily non-stop flights from Miami and on Wednesday and Sundays from New York’s JFK.  Delta flies non-stop from Atlanta on Saturdays.  US Airways flies non-stop from Charlotte on Saturdays.   Travelers can also connect on flights from San Juan on American Eagle.

I’m Now a Carnival Cruise “Funologist” :)

Carnival Certificate
CONTACT: Gary Thatcher (877-439-8729)


Hilliard, Ohio (January 9, 2012) – Gary Thatcher of Hilliard-based Island Time Travel has successfully completed Carnival Cruise Lines’ comprehensive new travel agent online training program, “CCL University,” earning a Bachelor’s of Fun degree as a Carnival sales specialist.

Launched earlier this year, the intensive Web-based course encompasses four distinct chapters, each focusing on different aspects of the world’s largest cruise operator and its various vacation products.
To earn this degree in Funology, Gary had to successfully master content related to such wide-ranging topics as the line’s 39-year history, new features on the fleet of “Fun Ships,”a broad selection of shipboard activities and entertainment, including the line’s popular youth programs, as well as creating group business opportunities within the local community.  “The cruise industry is constantly evolving so it is critical that travel agents keep up-to-date on the wide variety of cruise offerings available.  Carnival’s highly interactive and immersive training program was extremely effective and will enable me to help clients choose the cruise that’s right for them better than ever,” said Gary of Island Time Travel.

Carnival is the largest and most popular cruise line in the world with 23 “Fun Ships” operating three- to 16-day voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Panama Canal, Canada, New England, Bermuda, Europe, the Pacific Islands and New Zealand.  The line recently debuted its newest ship, the 130,000-ton Carnival Magic, in Europe May 1, 2011.  The new 130,000-ton Carnival Breeze is scheduled to enter service in June 2012.

For additional information, contact Gary at Island Time Travel.
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