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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.

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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 4dreamtravel.com — 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 4dreamtravel.com.

Let us know what you think, okay?

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May 24, 2014
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