Posted April 10th, 2011, 12:26 PM
While I do have sympathy towards the OP (assuming he's the same person described in the article) regarding his disability. I think his expectations were unrealistic. What is described as a failure of duties/concern/responsibilities of RCCL/Celebrity are actually something required of rehabilitation or nursing homes, not cruise ships or cruise lines.
For the record I am NOT the person in the story, and if you look at my history on CruiseCritic, or even my signature that would be obvious. I noticed the story in the local paper and thought it would be of interest to the board.
First, putting aside the reasonable vs. unreasonable expectations of the passenger, it still seems patently unreasonable to take his money, let him board in Miami, and then dump him off half way through the cruise. The cruise line has the power to deny boarding if they think there is a safety problem. They knew this passenger was by himself and yet they permitted him to board. They could have given him back his money, apologized to him, and helped him make alternative plans for ten days in Miami. Instead they led him, on then put him at great risk by disembarking him half way through the cruise.
It seems from the article that he did book an accessible room, he must have, or I don't think he would have been able to even get in the door to the stateroom. This again shows that the cruise line had notice of his condition and needs. The time to say no was in Miami, not half way through the cruise in a foreign port.
Lastly, as far as him not being credible because of his "activist" title, I would not jump to conclusions. The MS Society is a highly regarded group that performs important work around the world.
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