Posted September 14th, 2017, 06:11 AM
wow, so hugely disappointing. I realize deaf still cannot enter military- I had no idea it was the same for cruise ships. I guess I have 5-10 years to find a way to make this happen for my son. I will explore Sub-contractors on cruise ships perhaps, or pray time improves technology or there's always the good old fashioned advocacy method. Hearing impaired people have had ability to drive cars since he 1920's but only recently did courts allow them to drive commercial vehicles after lawsuit against UPS. My dreams are intact, but a new challenge is now on my horizon Any more info or insight folks can offer would be useful thanks
Unfortunately, the advocacy method will have little success. Realize that US labor, discrimination, and equal opportunity laws have virtually no jurisdiction over cruise ships, and that the regulations I cited are from international accords. While signatory nations (such as the Bahamas and Panama for most cruise ships, not the US, as the "flag state" laws apply) may institute more
stringent requirements, they cannot enact less stringent requirements. So, your advocacy would have to be aimed at the IMO in London.
As to the contractors onboard (concessionaires, really), one of the conditions of the concession license is that the concessionaire's personnel will be assigned to emergency duties as the cruise line sees fit, so they fall under STCW fitness standards as well.
While the possibilities for your son are nearly limitless in the US, I'm afraid that barring some new technology that could give him hearing, that a career on a cruise ship is not one of them.
Even on US flag cruise ships (I worked the ones in Hawaii when there were 3), SOLAS and USCG regulations overrule ADA and other equal opportunity laws. We banned pregnant crew because they could not perform their safety duties, nor get into lifesaving equipment without assistance from other crew, therefore presenting a hazard to others.