My 75 -year old mom has unexpectedly booked a Princess cruise to Alaska in mid August. It is a trip she has always wanted to take and it will be her first cruise., but she surprised me by planning it without asking for help from me. A local travel guy has arranged transportation to and from her local airport, made group flight arrangements, and booked the actual cruise. It doesn't seem to be very well planned, and I am trying to help make sure that all the details are covered. However, I'm not sure if I know what all the details are because I have never taken a cruise before either! I thought I would ask for some expert advice. A little bit more backstory...Mom had polio as a child, and walks slowly and tires easily. The gentleman who arranged the travel has scheduled the group of ladies to leave home at 2 a.m., get on a bus, travel to the airport, board a plane at 6 a.m. central time, change planes in Phoenix, and arrive in SEA at 11:15 local time, and then check in for the cruise. I would never make those arrangements because: 1) it seems like they will be exhausted before the fun ever starts, and 2) with so many moving parts, I am afraid they might miss the cruise. Nonetheless, that is the plan, and the money is already spent. I have three main questions: 1) Can anyone think of ways that I might make this go more smoothly for them? For instance, I have already contacted the airline and requested a wheelchair for my mom. 2) What shore excursions would be recommended for someone with her mobility issues? Should they be booked in advance, or after she gets on the ship? (The latter is what her travel guy suggests.) 3) She doesn't have a credit card with trip delay insurance, and her flight was purchased in advance through a group reservation. Should I be looking into some sort of 3rd party trip delay insurance for her? or is there a way for her to apply for a card like CSR, and use the coverage it has even though her flight is already paid for? I suppose having that card would also be useful for lounge access too, if she even has time to drop into a lounge. Sorry for newbie questions, but I thank you very much if you take the time to read this and suggest anything that can help my mom have a great experience.