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Old September 19th, 2001, 04:21 PM
Bunny and Erin
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Default Blind Cruisers/Seeind Eye Dogs

I don't post very often, but would like to add some Positive input. I travel with my wonderful Seeing Eye dog ,Erin and with a wonderful daughter, that makes a lot of this possible..Erin will be in(I think March issue) an upcoming issue in Cruise Travel.
Our story was written by Pam Kane(Pamda, to most of the Cruisers)
When I became blind a few years ago, it was very difficult for a
self motivator....It was almost too hard to handle..My daughter
took me on the Sea Princess, what a joy!!A hold new world, I met the most wonderful people, Felt the spray of the ocean, the taste of salt on your lips and most of all the assistance of the staff and crew..Give a smile when you ask for something, for each thing you ask for, you receive back two fold...Since then we have gone on The Grand Princess, Celebraity Millium and Will be back on the Grand for Thanksgiving and RC Radianse of the Sea in June of 02 to
Alaska....There is no promlem traveling with a dog Guide..Erin comes from the Seeing Eye and her training was intense...She has been on 30 Airplanes and is only4 yrs old.Almost everyone is wonderful and helpful. The Millinum even gave us sod on our patio and Princess always provides for us.. This world of Cruising is
such a joy, Erin is well cared for and so am I.If you have any questions I will check back, Ciao Bunny and Erin
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Old September 19th, 2001, 04:33 PM
Cottentail and Erin
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Default Re: Blind Cruisers/Seeind Eye Dogs

Part of the above was lost,,,,,We were on the Millimun when Pam
Kane(Pamda) wrote our story....It will be in the March Issue(I think) of Cruise Travel...It is so wonderful to look forward to a Cruise, It gives me joy that I would not have had, had it not been for my Daughter!! The stall, crew and fellow passengers are very helpful.Ciao Bunny and Erin
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Old September 19th, 2001, 05:52 PM
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Hi Bunny,
Look forward to reading your story, sounds interesting, glad you are able to travel as much as your do, wish I could :-) Take care and thanks for letting us know about the story, I do enjoy reading Pam's work, expecially loved her book "cruise control".

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Old September 22nd, 2001, 01:21 PM
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It is interesting and information to me to read about a blind passenger with a seeing eye dog aboard a cruise ship. Although I can se, I am blind I my left eye as the result of being wounded during World War II while flying with the 8th Air Army Corps. Every time I have to renew my driver license I have to undergo all sorts of procedures that those with full eyesight do have to experience and I have to avoid driving at night or on the freeways(unless I have someone with good eyesight sitting next to me)..

The case against Norwegian Caribbean Cruise Lines that prompted my posting concerned three individuals who are blind, but apparently do not use a seeing eye dog. They wanted to book a cruise without being escorted by someone who is not blind. I can assume they would seek assistance from fellow passengers or crew members. In the consent agreement with the judge and the court there seems to be no reference on the part of NCL if it had to provide escort service or if it voluntarily would provide this service.

Anyone interested in the subject matter discussed should log on the following using Keyword:
Department of Justice ADA Home Page
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