Thanks to the original poster for your thoughtful comments.
And they resonate even more when I think about the extreme poverty I sometimes see minutes from the port. I have a haunting memory of seeing a child scavenging a trash can in Mexico. And ramshackle dwellings.
But even seeing a family in a small Baltic port snapping photos of the ship made me think that they could only dream of taking such a trip.
Juxtaposing that with overhearing a woman complaining to Guest Services about rough seas.
”Madame, we can’t control the Atlantic Ocean.”, was the reply she received.