Cruisers misbehaving…refusing to act their age

Cancun parasailingThis is not your mother's…hairspray…morals…nor her idea of cruising:

• In Mexico, an 84-year-old male cruise passenger disembarks from a Norwegian ship in Cozumel to go on a shore excursion, gets strapped under parasail and goes airborne from the back of a speedboat before landing on the beach while his 50-something children watch in horror.

• A 62-year-old woman who can't swim and who is afraid of heights gets off the Coral Princess cruise ship and climbs onto a float plane — in the co-pilot's seat yet — and flies to the top of Alaska's Mount McKinley, landing on a glacier where she spends 15 minutes frolicking in the snow.

• In Costa Rica, during a Caribbean cruise a 90-year-old great-grandmother leaves the ship on a shore excursion that takes her into the jungle and onto one of the zip lines for which that country is famous, despite the fact she has led a life which also brought her heart attacks, strokes and pneumonia.

Gone are the days of nodding off in the library while deep into a hardcover, or having high tea on the deck, or playing cards or one of the board games that 

George Bush 41almost nobody seems to play anymore. Cruise passengers may be old but many don't act old. 

This old-acting-young phenomenon should probably be blamed on the Bushes, who get blamed for everything it seems. The former President Bush (41, not 43) celebrated his 85th birthday four years ago by jumping out of a plane and letting gravity take him to 100 miles an hour before landing safely on the ground in Maine.

"Just because you're an old guy, you don't have to sit around drooling in the corner," Bush said. "Get out and do something. Get out and enjoy life."

More cruise passengers than ever feel the same way.

Norwegian Sky
4 nights
January 6, 2014
Miami (return): Grand BahamaNassauGreat Stirrup Cay
Inside: $149
Cost per day: $39
www.ncl.com

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