What Does the Carnival ADA Settlement Really Mean?

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The media is all a buzz about the recent Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) settlement agreement between the Department of Justice and Carnival Corporation. Basically it requires Carnival to make access improvements on 62 Carnival, Holland America and Princess ships, pay a modest fine to the government and reparations to the damaged parties, and appoint compliance officers to oversee access on the ships. And of course, as in most settlement agreements, Carnival admits no wrongdoing or violation of the ADA. Continue reading

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Access Rocks on Tahoe’s MS Dixie II

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The MS Dixie II Paddlewheel

When the mercury rises in the Central Valley, it’s time to head to Tahoe. And that’s exactly what we did last week. Granted, we traveled there to see Journey and the Steve Miller Band (who by the way, rocked Harvey’s amphitheater); however we lingered a bit to check out the access on the MS Dixie II — Lake Tahoe’s only sternwheeler. And I have to say that the MS Dixie II equally rocked, on access for wheelchair-users and slow walkers. Continue reading

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Why Do Travel Agents “Push” Travel Insurance?

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As I was going through my mailbox and answering “Ask the Expert” questions, I stumbled across one that really stood out. Now granted I’ve answered just about every accessible travel question you can imagine– and a few you can’t — however this one really didn’t ask for advice, but instead solicited my opinion about a travel agent that “pushed travel insurance”. It wasn’t like I could do anything to solve the problem at hand, but I thought if I explained the rationale behind the travel agent’s actions, then perhaps the person who wrote to me would have a better understanding of it all.

And although it really didn’t make the “Ask the Expert” cut, it seemed incredibly blog-worthy. So if you’ve ever experienced the hard-sell on travel insurance from your travel agent, here are some of the reasons behind it all. Continue reading

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