How Dementia Can Turn A Cruise Into An Ugly Scene

About five months ago, an Australian couple was not allowed back on the Celebrity Millennium after it docked at Cairns, Australia. This is a story that has gone, as they say, viral in the world of social media where it was certain to stimulate some interesting and conflicting opinions.

Here are the facts, as reported:

• The woman, Adry Arnold, suffers from dementia.

• Her husband (no name has been given) went ashore in Cairns and left her alone on the ship.

• The Millennium's staff found Mrs. Arnold confused and trying to find their cabin.

• She was taken first to the medical facility and then to the dock, until her husband returned.

• When he returned, they were not allowed back on the ship and had to find their own way home (no town mentioned).

The treatment of Mrs. Arnold sounds unfair at best, and cruel at worst. We've never had the stress of dealing with dementia close at hand but another blogger — he goes by "Stan the Man" and can be found at — has. He agrees that Mrs. Arnold was abandoned but has some interesting, personal thoughts about who was at fault.

We thought it was worth reading, which is why we're making it available to you today at

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Carnival Fascination
5 nights
May 24, 2014
Jacksonville (return): NassauHalf Moon Cay
Inside: $189
Cost per day: $37

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