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Old March 18th, 2004, 08:17 AM
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Maybe the cruiselines SHOULD request documentation that you really need such a room. My husband & I were at Disneyland the other day, he is in a scooter and cannot navigate the regular lines in it, plus he has other difficulties which preclude him waiting in long lines. There was a mother in the line ahead of us with a wheelchair (empty). As we approached the beginning of the line, she shouted to the young children she was with (who were running & jumping all over the place) that she needed someone to come sit in the wheelchair! Well, that set me off! Although I very sweetly commented what a SHAME it was that her children had to be in a wheelchair at such a young age and what was wrong with them?? Well, she totally ignored me. So I asked the little girl sitting in the chair was was wrong with her, and I was just met with a confused stare.

So I asked the youngest child, "What is wrong with your sister?" Ahhh, the honesty of the young! She blurted out "There's nothing wrong with her...she's faking!" Thank you, I said, that's interesting!! And proceeded to berat the mother for raising little liars and how ashamed she should be of herself, and what a POOR excuse for a MOTHER she was! Well, she left the line in disgrace...hopefullly embaressing her in front of her CHILDREN will cut out that type of behavior.....

Additionally, the older child began to berate the younger one for speaking the TRUTH!! Now, what sort of people is that woman raising in our society??? Think of the girls who accused the poor homeless man of molesting them because they were late getting home from school....better to bend the truth for your own benefit, even if an innocent person spends 8 months in jail....



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Old March 18th, 2004, 08:58 PM
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Rigs - simple. Book a guaranttee. This way, you will not take up a handicapped cabin. Cruise lines sell categories that do not have cabins all the time and eventually, people get upgraded and it all works out.

And yes, cruise ships that dock in a port in the United States must abide by ADA regulations.

Some lines don't ask for letters because they think it may be embarrassing to the passenger to prove a condition. Unfortunatley people lie that they need these cabins when they don't. Sad situation.
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Old March 19th, 2004, 02:25 AM
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Default Re: Able bodied people booking accessible cabins!!!!!!!!! Do

Sometimes people book these cabins online without knowing they are for handicapped cruisers. Often the codes on the rooms are very difficult to understand or totally unavailable at online websites.

Also sometimes they are assigned to people with "guarantee" reservations. This has happened to me twice.
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Old March 19th, 2004, 06:39 AM
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Chuck-- Most people here understand that if they are not used, they are assigned to passengers through guaranttee status. The problem people here have are that people knowingly will book these cabins because they are larger and when they do this--disabled passengers do not have access to those cabins. That is the major problem.
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Old March 21st, 2004, 08:45 AM
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I am a cruise travel specialist and I can say, when a client wants a handicap room, they need to have their doctor fax me a letter stating their disability and need for the special room. I then, fax it to the cruise lines speical needs department and only then, can the client get that room. If the cruislines are, in fact letting folks have those rooms, why would I be required to go through that process? I would speak to your TA and ask for the special needs department to explain why able bodies people can get one of the few handicap rooms available. If your Ta doesn't offer you that kindof personal custoker service, look elsewhere. Like a cruise-only agency. No .com's

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