Ok, this is a sea day and everyone is running around the ship looking for things to do. There are about 3k worth of passengers which has become way too many for me to deal with. Worse – over 600 of them are under the age of 16.
That is right – school is running in the US and Canada (which is where almost all the passengers live). And there are more than 350 school aged children on the ship. I just don’t get it. This is not an educational trip where they are going to meet history, learn amazing things, or do anything other than potentially get a chance to use Spanish in the ports. Other than that?
I had a chance to chat with a number my age travelers. They all concurred that there was absolutely no way they would have (or could have) taken kids out of school for a vacation. That certainly held true for the German schools – unless you were home ill, in the hospital or missed 1-2 days due to a family funeral (and documentation was required) school days missed counted as unexcused absences. All homework due and exams missed = fail.
Yes, I am cranky. It is also because there are too many running around and running into people to balance out those who are well behaved. Obviously being well behaved means that you don’t get noticed. Anyway – we are off in the morning.