In cruising you carve out these intimacies from public spaces. All of Whitman's poems are about cruising. All of Whitman's poems are about walking through the crowded streets of Manhattan and finding that one person with whom he can have an intimate encounter which, even though it is fleeting, has an infinite significance.
We had been on cruises before, but never with an entourage whose ages spanned 77 years. Despite sometimes feeling like I was herding cats, my verdict on this seven day multigenerational Alaska cruise experience is that it was a great way to spend quality travel time with family members of diverse ages and interests.
There are plenty of myths about cruising floating around the internet: they're full of old people, there's nothing to do, and so on. Most of them are fairly harmless and easily disproven, but if you're a true lover of cruising, nothing irks you more than the media shining its sensationalist spotlight on your favorite vacation.
A big thing I'd recommend to anyone considering a cruise, or really, before booking any type of vacation. Think about what you want and what you like. We like great food and drinks, a four-star experience, amazing service, visiting places we've never been and an environment where we'll feel comfortable bringing two children.