U.S. Court Of Appeals Rules On Disabilities Act

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh District (state of Florida), ruled that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), applies to foreign vessels that embark passengers in U.S.

ports. Stevens v. Premier Cruises (11th Cir. June 22, 2000) is a direct example of this Act. The first of its kind, and significant for all passenger operators with U.S. operations, the Stevens case involved a passenger confined to a wheelchair who booked a vacation aboard the Bahamian flag Cruise ship S.S. Oceanic departing from Florida. The passenger alleged that she was charged an excess fee in order to book a wheelchair-accessible cabin. The lawsuit stated that the passenger also found that neither the cabin nor the ship itself were wheelchair accessible, as well as alleging violations of Title III of the ADA, which bars discrimination in public accommodations.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 61,  Aug 2000 Louisiana

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