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I am currently working on getting up to date information on cruises that have home ports of New Orleans, Mobile, and Galveston and their accessibility option. It is unfortunate that after contacting Norwegian, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean lines through their so called dedicated “special needs” and “guest support” email addresses, and receiving robomail from two of them stating they would get back to me, they have seemingly no interest in answering my inquiries or just ignored me. You know I do not quit that easy. I will be calling corporate offices starting Monday. I hope to have more info on sites and attractions in New Orleans as the next featured destination after I get the Smokey Mountains destination published to my website. I have it ready to go, but I am waiting on a firewire cable that is on it’s way to add video. I refuse to pay $30 for the cable at Best Buy when I can get it delivered to my house in two days from Newegg.com for under $10. I digress. Check out the website next week for updates and the blog whenever you can!
First I would like to start by saying thank you to Janie O’Keefe for the opportunity to give the presentation on travel at the monthly Disability Connections meeting on the coast. It was great getting to meet new people and to be able to network. Hopefully I was able to share some good information and also become another resource for the disabled community of the Gulf Coast. I look forward to contacting those that email me. Hopefully I will get to return and talk with the group again.
The Keith Urban ‘Get Closer’ opening tour night concert was without a doubt one of the top ten concerts I have EVER been to, and I have been going to shows for 30+ years. While I am not a country music afficiand0 by genre, my wife is and I wanted to do something nice for her. Lord knows she puts up with, and does enough for me, so I thought she would enjoy it. She had a blast! So did I. Keith Urban was the complete performer, working the crowd nonstop for over two hours. His skill as a songwriter and vocalist surprised me, but nowhere near as much as his actual ability as a guitarist. This guy can PLAY! He is legitimate folks. If you get the chance to see him on this tour jump on it. It is a definite must see!
The Gulf Coast Coliseum was a better venue than I expected. Having lived in the Atlanta area for many years I am use to venues like the Fox, Piedmont Park and the old Coca Cola amphitheater. The GCC reminded me of a smaller version of the old Omni. It is not the best acoustic venue, but it is a multipurpose site. Wheelchair seating was good. The only drawback was one of the two elevators being out of service. A special shout out to the bartender with dreadlocks, and the other bar employees outside of section 23. He got me ice water to take a pill and went out of his way to do do it. I do not know if he was an Aramark employee or a GCC employee, but thanks again. There are still nice people in the world.
After a long bout with many different distractions and issues, Qchair’s Traveler is finally back on track. My health, the heath of a loved ones, and moving has taken it’s toll on the website, but that is changing.
I will be speaking on accessible travel in Biloxi, MS on Thursday, June 16th, 4:00 pm CST at the Knight Non-Profit Center as a guest of Disability Connections and Janie O’Keefe. It should be fun and hopefully informative. It is free and the public is invited.
LONG overdue updates are in progress to the website, including new reviews, audio and video, and a total update of links. Also new information from the cruise lines is pending. Stop by and check it out!
I have contacted the cruise companies to try and arrange for visits to their facilities and tours of the ships currently in use in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Hopefully I will be getting some concrete information for people with mobility impairments about these specific ports and ships. The cruise lines are coming under new regulations covering the disabled traveler, and seeing as the number of mobility impaired individuals is increasing as the baby boomers do, hopefully the lines will recognize the potential business benefits and embrace the disabled community.