Hi Dizzyme .....
It is good to read your update. It sounds like you are venturing out of your comfort zone more so that is a good thing. Each little success gives us a boost, doesn't it?
Hurray for trying a cruise. I think you will be pleasantly surprised on how well you can navigate. I have been on both a big ocean cruise ship and a couple of river longboat cruises. The ocean cruise was a smooth weather situation so no issues on that ..... rough weather might have made a difference in my walking comfort. The river cruises were wonderful and no issues whatsoever there.
We went to DisneyWorld with all of our children and granddaughters several years ago (post AN). I rented a scooter each day while there simply because of the fatigue factor trying to navigate in crowds of swaying people. It was well worth the money (and besides, I served as the packrat for everyone else's "stuff."
). I never was a roller coaster fan so I did not try that, but I did enjoy all of the other rides with no problems. Again, it is a case of sitting in a moving device, as opposed to trying to walk in a moving device.
The reason your doctors do not want you to use a mobility device on a regular basis is you need to keep training your brain, eyes, and sensorimotor sensations to keep you stimulated for maximum compensation. Because I have developed some other non-AN related health issues, I now use a cane for safety when I am away from home and know I may have to walk across open spaces. In Costco and sometimes Target, when I am having a particularly rough day, I use one of the store scooters. Normally I just grab a regular shopping cart to use for stability so I can look around while pushing it. I do not use any assistance in my own home where furniture and/or walls are readily available.
Contrary to our desire to take the path of least resistance, it really does help to alleviate the brain fog the more we stimulate our brains.
Hope that helps. Best wishes.