Left Behind: Probably Not How Most of Us Would Like to Visit the Caribbean

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The Daily Tribune reports a situation that bears further investigation. Public clarification of Celebrity Cruise's policy seems in order.

"I was in shock and couldn't believe it," he said. "Before I got onboard nobody raised any issue about my disability."

Jim Keskeny was left behind on a cruise -- intentionally:

What happened to Jim Keskeny, 66, a wheelchair user who has multiple sclerosis, is both shocking and scary.

Keskeny, who lived in Bloomfield Township for eight years, signed up for a 10-day cruise with the Miami-based Celebrity Cruises Inc., owned and operated by Royal Caribbean International, of the eastern Caribbean.

He paid $4,000 for his ticket so he'd have a larger stateroom for his wheelchair and also paid extra to have a butler assigned to him to help him since he was traveling alone.

Keskeny, now of Pinckney, who traveled extensively during his career on behalf of the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation, made sure he'd receive extra assistance on the cruise before he bought the ticket and flew to Miami on Feb. 13 to board the ship.

"When I went through check-in, everyone was aware I used a wheelchair because it was obvious," he said. "Cruise line officials knew I paid for extra assistance, if needed...

The ship left the Miami port Monday, Feb. 14.

But the next morning, when he asked the butler to help him get his wheelchair over a non-compliant ADA lip going into the bathroom, the butler refused.

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