Accessible Hawaiian Cruise

Jan 06, 2011
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“The ADA applies to cruise ships, just as it does to hotels and other entities that offer services to the public,” said Wifredo A. Ferrer, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. “Discrimination against people with disabilities, on land or at sea, will not be tolerated.”

The Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) which formerly discriminated against individuals who took NCL cruises around the Hawaiian Islands, by requiring guests who are deaf or hard of hearing to bring companions to provide the communication services they needed and by failing to provide accessible ground transportation for guests who use wheelchairs has made a change.

Now the cruise line, NCL, will provide sign language interpreters, written transcripts, closed caption televisions, TTYs, and other communication aids so that passengers who are deaf or hard of hearing can fully enjoy on-board activities and shore excursions offered by NCL and can participate in emergency drills while on board. NCL will also provide accessible transportation between the airport, cruise ship, and hotels, and for shore excursions, so that passengers who use wheelchairs do not have to wait longer than other passengers for transportation services.

Cruises that go to all four Hawaiian Islands can be purchased for as low as $1000 per room, double occupancy. Air fare to Hawaii from the mainland must be arranged separately. Don’t forget to bring the sun-block!

Author: Tanya



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