Posted January 21st, 2012, 03:43 AM
I'd just like to add, "Ditto, Minidog, you make me sick"
No call for that. Minidog has made clear that they do not intend to occupy an HC under false pretenses.
I guess I'm wondering why, with ALL the hundreds of regular cabins available to able bodied persons, you just HAD to pick an accessible one? Kinda makes me wonder???? I think your TA is unethical for booking this cabin.
Uhhh, because they're bigger? It's a little like getting a suite for the price of a standard balcony cabin. The standard cabins can get a little claustrophobic. Those who have ended up in an HC have mostly gushed about how nice they were and how lucky they were to get one. I once started a thread asking about how to go about "upgrading" (poor choice of words on my part) to an HC cabin once they're released-- I had my eye on an M-class aft C1 HC cabin that was right next to the one we were booked in.
I'll add my voice to those who say that, once an HC cabin is booked, they're not going to move someone if they don't need it. First of all, the only way you can find out if a cabin, such as 6004, is available is to call and ask if it is-- if X hasn't released it, it cannot be booked online. The procedure is supposed to be for the Celebrity rep to say the cabin is available, but only for someone who has legitimate use of it and completes the special needs form. If the form is not turned in 30 days before sailing, they lose the cabin. Unfortunately, anyone can say
they qualify, and that will hold the cabin until 30 days before sailing. By that time, it may be too late for someone who needs it to book it, since X may have decided to release all unbooked HC cabins to the general public. While the person who first booked the cabin (without needing it) might not get it, it will have the effect of having denied the cabin to someone who does.
There are unscrupulous TA's who will say, "Sure, I can get you one of those bigger cabins if I can get your business," then send in the form themselves. Their clients are impressed with their TA's savvy and become repeat customers. By law, X cannot require further proof of disability and is unlikely to scrutinize a forged signature.
Adding to the confusion are woefully underinformed Celebrity reps who will spout off the top of their heads, "If someone with a disability needs the cabin, you'll be moved." Possibly they're referring to a situation with a GTY booking, where cabin assignments can be made early but can change at the last minute-- I don't believe a GTY cabin assignment takes that cabin out of the inventory, so if it gets booked, you get bumped. I could be wrong. In any case, as has been pointed out, the cabin won't show up in inventory as available, so how would a disabled person even be able to attempt to book it? Up to 30 days prior to sailing, the presumption would be that it's been booked by another disabled person who just hasn't turned their special needs form in yet.
A couple of questions-- has anyone, disabled or not, ever booked an HC cabin, failed to turn the form in, and been booted out of the cabin? If so, did you get reassigned another cabin? What was the process-- did they call you and ask what other cabin you'd like, or did you just find yourself with a different cabin assignment? I'd like to hear of any action ever taken against someone with whom they have "good cause to believe that such staterooms have been booked fraudulently," but I doubt anyone would ever 'fess up to trying to cheat and being caught. Who would they take action against? The customer, or the TA who falsified the special needs form?
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