Posted February 20th, 2018, 10:13 AM
If every port visit is spent having fun on a beach or visiting the same ports over and over again, perhaps there is not much 'experience the world'.
I agree with this sentiment. I'm a former teacher, a parent and now grandparent. The majority of vacations during the school year are because of the desire to travel with fewer crowds and cheaper fares which is not a bad idea. I have read that some people actually think that they are giving their kids a cultural experience by meeting other passengers and the crew. Maybe that is giving the kids a wrong message.
One thing to consider is that vacationing during the school year gives kids the subtle message that school really isn't that important. As a teacher, I could never provide the same experiences for children to take on vacation. It was a folly to even attempt to do so. I just told the parents to work on rote learning, like math facts, keep a journal, and I would save the work the child missed.
A land-based trip to visit real history is one thing and quite valuable. A cruise to the Caribbean in January? Not so much.
I would appreciate a parent's total honesty than to try to convince me that the trip was a good idea. If you want to go on a cruise in January, fine, go and enjoy your family time, but don't ask for my approval. My opinion doesn't matter, but I didn't want to be used to diminish their guilty conscience.
Donna and Mark
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