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Cops, Airline Aid Missing Passenger

Victoria Harbour

Sometimes, it’s just nice to be able to tell a nice story. Like the one that appeared this week in The Province, one of Vancouver’s two daily newspapers, about a passenger who went missing from Jewel of the Seas.

The 65-year-old woman disembarked in Victoria, on Vancouver Island, in mid-morning earlier this month. When the ship was ready to leave for Seattle late that afternoon, the final leg of a week-long Alaska cruise, there was no sign of her. Eventually, after waiting a reasonable time as ship captains are wont to do, Jewel of the Seas had to leave.

Police in Victoria contacted the woman’s family in Buffalo and discovered she had been having symptoms of dementia. Disoriented, she showed up in a downtown hotel and police took her to a nearby hospital to be assessed.

All’s well that ends well, right?

The story gets better. 

One of the cops, Constable Andre Almeida, arranged for her to fly to Seattle in time for her scheduled flight home to New York. He paid for the flight on his own credit card with the idea that he’d be able to cover it with his “points.” And when he was asked about doing that, the constable issued this statement:

“There was no other way to ensure she would make it back home. She needed help. It could be my mom stranded somewhere and I would hope someone would help.”

There’s more.

After a night in hospital, the woman was taken to the airport by the police for her Alaska Airlines flight. The airline reimbursed Constable Almeida, and saw to it that she made her connecting flight to her family.

These days, two segments of society that seem to take a regular beating are police and airlines, so it’s also nice that they’re being recognized for doing something…nice.

Today at portsandbows.com: No more Dancing With The Stars: At Sea

Carnival Magic
7 nights
September 27, 2015
Galveston (return): Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay
Inside: $429
Cost per day: $61

Cruise Challenge: North to Alaska!

Okay, so we’ve been landlocked for three weeks now, and there’s nothing on the cruise agenda. It must be time to find a ship’s itinerary with “Alaska” in it. With all the major cruise lines sailing north from Seattle or Vancouver, there are still summer deals to be had.

So the timing is good. Except for one thing.

If it’s a one-way 7-night cruise, there is the problem of getting there, or getting back. When it comes to busy airports, Anchorage isn’t exactly Atlanta for flight options.

Research is wonderful. So is the Travel Queen, who thinks she is always entitled to being able to use frequent flyer points IN ADDITION to getting a good deal on a cruise. Knock yourself out, I said.

She’s still working at shaving the costs down to her liking, but the one thing she did find out is that there’s good news on the frequent flyer front.

Alaska Airlines still has points tickets available this summer — for almost every day in July and August, from Seattle to Anchorage, Anchorage to Seattle, Vancouver to Anchorage, and Anchorage to Vancouver.

Now all she has to do is find the right cruise — and the money!

That’s it…we’re done.

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