Dear Editor,

I just read up your info about hearing impaired and traveling. I was wondering if you had any tips for deaf people going on a cruise? I am going on a cruise with a group of people..but I am the only deaf in the group. Can you tell me (or point me in the direction) to find out my rights or possible accommodations for a deaf person going on a cruise? I’ll be going on American Hawaiin Cruise lines. Thanks a million! Laura Obara

ADA law requires that cruise ships be equipped with visual alert kits to make cruising accessible to those with hearing disabilities. These kits include items like flashing lights or vibrating devices to alert a passenger to everything from a fire alarm to an alarm clock to a phone call to a knock at the door. Your t.v. should have closed captioning, theaters offer infra-red listening devices, and I’ve even heard that some cruise lines are trying out employing ASL interpreters. There are also TTY units available for your stateroom and throughout the ship at public phones.

When you reserve your cruise, be sure to contact the coordinator of accessibility and disabled passengers to notify them of your needs and confirm their services and procedures. Not every room is alert kit ready, so don’t just show up unannounced and assume they’ll be able to accommodate you at a moment’s notice. With just a little pre-planing you’re sure to have a great time.

By the way, we’d love it if you’d write a trip review for us afterward!