Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Cruises gaining popularity among blind for typical reason

Here's a great article on travelers who are blind increasingly using cruise ships. Here's some excerpts:
"Although the cruise industry doesn’t keep statistics, many travel agents and organizations like the Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality agree that there has been a sharp increase in cruise travel among the blind in the last five years. 'It’s grown exponentially,' said Jani Nayar, the society’s executive coordinator."
Why the growth in cruising among the blind? "Cruises’ popularity among the blind comes in part from convenience, said Jackie Hull of Outta Sight Travel, a Port St. Lucie, Fla., travel agency that puts together vacation packages for blind travelers. Normally, Hull said, a blind person on vacation would have to find his way to a hotel, then to a restaurant and later to a nightclub or concert hall for entertainment. 'On board, everything is there. It’s so accessible, you get acclimatized at once,' Hull said
You know the good part about that reasoning? Isn't that the reason a cruise is popular for a lot of folks, the convenience? So why should it be different for the blind, right?
Read the whole article; you'll learn something and read about some great people. (Photo by Michelle Schaefer via morgueFile.com)


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