As a person with a profound hearing loss, who has been a passenger on cruise ships many times, I welcome this opportunity to respond to the US Access Board’s request for comments to its 2nd Draft to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Guidelines for Passenger Vessels.
I can state which cruise ships were most accommodating - Celebrity, Royal Carribean
and I can state which cruise ships were a total pain to deal with, lack of responsibility, and simple refusal to accommodate me - Norweigen
Can you guess which ship I will sail on? and which one I will NEVER sail on again?
It's really a no-brainer. Not being nasty, just stating facts. Many cruise ships claim that because they're based in a foreign country that they do not have to follow the laws of America. I feel that is simply a cop-out, and will not sail on that cruise line.
So - what's the issue here? Do the cruise lines want to increase their passenger list? Would they like to increase their revenue? Would they like to appeal to more people?
As an active member, I fully support the endeavors of the Hearing Loss Association of America, and you should too.
Thanks, Vilma Brodsky