Hi You have just summed up the problems that disabled passengers are facing. The cruise lines always site either cost or health and safety as the reason for not doing anything. My reason for starting this post is to try and get members to realise that until we all make our voices heard by contacting the companies direct they will continue to ignore us and do nothing. Any suggestions from anyone as to how we members can take matters forward would be most welcome.My dad hasn't taken his first cruise yet, we leave in a few days. I have plenty of notes on the booking process, availability, and pricing already, but I'm planning on waiting until I see how it actually goes before I try to detail particular issues - I'm hopeful but not entirely confident that this gentleman was able to have the pertinent information sent to the correct people onboard. I'm sure I'll also have some feedback regarding shipwide accessibility when we return as well.
Anyway, I think an early step here should be to brainstorm to create a list of policy concerns and recurring issues.
I'm not sure if a traditional petition is the best solution, though with social media being as powerful as it is, a well written petition might be the way to present a few carefully chosen points. In general, I'd lean more towards us creating 'sound bytes' for many of the common issues and points of contention, and allowing/encouraging people to either cut and paste or rewrite the portions they feel strongly about - to be sent to, well, everyone. It would be simple to set up a website that populates a form letter with your chosen issues and automatically emails it to all the pertinent folks, but I guess that gets into the links grey area.
Regardless, I know CC can't/won't sanction a petition, but it doesn't appear they mind us cobbling together a list of the sorts of things we'd PUT on the theoretical petition.
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