For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston for February 23, 2024

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    Argythree  3 months ago

    To relax, which is something they can’t do when at home with kids who need constant attention…

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    Asharah  3 months ago

    It’s not a Disney Cruise kid.

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    AllishaDawn  3 months ago

    I went on a cruise with my parents in the late 80s. I was 7 or 8, and I had fun. I think there was a day time kids group thing.

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    9thCapricorn  3 months ago

    Indeed. That’s the whole point. For myself, I’d not go on an open ocean cruise but I’d not mind island hopping cruise

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    cmxx  3 months ago

    We wanna go because walk and read and sit in a deck chair is what we wanna do.

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    snsurone76  3 months ago

    And listen to Elly’s constant complaints that there’s nothing to do!

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    snsurone76  3 months ago

    Nowadays, before taking a cruise on one of those floating hotels, you’d better get vaccinated against COVID.

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    Macushlalondra  3 months ago

    I just read an article about how cruises aren’t as great as the advertisements tell us they are. There are lots of line ups for everything, the food isn’t so great, etc. I’ve never been on one since my husband is afraid of water (like oceans and stuff) and we couldn’t afford it anyway. But the article made me not miss too much what I’ve never gotten to do.

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    French Persons Premium Member 3 months ago

    When you’re a kid, having nothing to do is sheer boredom. When you’re a parent, having nothing to do is an absolute dream!

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    jmworacle  3 months ago

    She’s got you there.

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    littlejohn Premium Member 3 months ago

    I spent many, many years in “Uncle Sam’s Haze Gray ‘Canoe Club’”, just sailing around the oceans. Trust me. Out at sea there is nothing to do but clean, clean, and do maintenance. Plus standing watch with more cleaning. Port Call was usually good though.

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    figuratively speaking  3 months ago

    Because there’s nothing to do.

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    cracker65  3 months ago

    April is too smart for that.

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    zerotvus  3 months ago

    The shuffleboard of course…..

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    Pet  3 months ago

    You won’t catch me on a cruise ship after 2020. People trapped onboard for a month, running out of food, trapped with two thousand people….no thank you.

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    gammaguy  3 months ago

    I’ve enjoyed trips on more than one sailing ship.

    But on a floating city? No thanks.

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    bmckee  3 months ago

    Nothing to do? That depends on the cruise, and the cruise line. The only real advice i can give is to never take a Margaritaville at Sea cruise. but if you did, you’d be too drunk to notice just how terrible everything is.

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    Wren Fahel  3 months ago

    My parents went on a cruise for their 25th anniversary. My little brother was 3 and was devastated until they got back.

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    mckeonfuneralhomebx  3 months ago

    You had your time together it was called a honeymoon. Now you have kids and it is called a family vacation. You can still get two rooms (they can afford it) and lets face it April will be asleep by 9 pm so the folks can go dancing and drinking and….

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    dwdl21  3 months ago

    No Disney cruise line back then?

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    oakie817  3 months ago

    i went on a cruise once…joined the Navy

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    dv1093  3 months ago

    Haven’t seen any cruise ships in 2024, have you? They’re virtually floating amusement parks.

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    'IndyMan'  3 months ago

    VEERY good question, April. When we went on a cruise the only thing I found interesting to do (when we were at sea) was eat. Boy, did they have the food—imagine – pizza 24 hours a day ! ! ! !

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    petermerck  3 months ago

    A child will complain there is nothing to do. An adult is happy when there is nothing to do.

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    ladykat  3 months ago

    They want to do nothing, April. That’s why they’re going.

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    kamoolah  3 months ago

    April will soon see signs at bars and other places such as:


    By Order of Managment

    April might also see segregated toilets and water fountains, one for grownups and one for children.

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    pheets  3 months ago

    River cruises are awesome but ohso pricey. Worth it for me, tho once is enough, since the passenger volume is significantly less. And there is usually constantly changing scenery as compared to larges numbers of people ( one ship can hold up to 8K…. that’s more than the pop. of my town!) and nothing but sea to see..

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    [Unnamed Reader - 14b4ce]  3 months ago

    Try the cruise from Halifax to Boston—-with a stopover in Newport,Rhode Island. I loved seeing the Newport docking—-big ship,teeny tiny docking space

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    oish  3 months ago

    Reminds me of the song Stress by Jim’s Big Ego

    But I think I’d really love is to get out by myself On a little tiny island In the middle of the ocean

    With just me and a book and a cellular phone And a personal computer in case something came up And I’d eat and I’d drink And I’d run and I’d sleep And I wouldn’t be doing nothing except swim all day

    But actually I think it would be really relaxing Just me by myself in the middle of the ocean

    And that’s what I’d really love to do more than anything else

    Except I’d probably hate it

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    mindjob  3 months ago

    The first week I do all the side trips, the second week, I sleep most of the time

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    kamoolah  3 months ago

    April doesn’t have to worry. It is not like Elly and John are David and Sharon Schoo, the couple whom at the time this strip was published, took a 9-day vacation and left their minor children at home without any neighbors, housesitters, or family members.

    Elly can hire an illegal immigrant to babysit April for pennies. Best of all, John and Elly don’t have to do any FICA withholding.

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    CoreyTaylor1  3 months ago

    Uh-oh Elly, April’s calling you out on your BS, again!

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    The Great_Black President  3 months ago

    If April was older that would be considered talking back to her mother.

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    kamoolah  3 months ago

    If they were going on a riverboat cruise and the Enjos were sending them off, it would be:



    Lorne down the liver!

    Either that or Rhetta’s brother is being goaded to eat liver & onions!

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    The Great_Black President  3 months ago

    Good law I should have passed:


    1.) Restaurant owners will be within their rights to segregate their establishments into two sections; one section for those five and under who scream, drool and throw their food, and the other section for those over the age of five who normally do not.

    2.) The “Toddler” section is to be patrolled by a bouncer to prevent any children from escaping into the “Adult” section.

    3.) Should the U.S. Supreme Court rule this law unconstitutional, it will be within the rights of restaurant owners to place Supreme Court justices at a table with children under five who scream, drool and throw food.

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    bookworm0812  3 months ago

    To walk and read and sit on the deck!

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    fuzz3942  3 months ago

    They’d better not take monster kid with them.

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    RonBerg13 Premium Member 3 months ago

    Out of the mouths of Babes.

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    HodgeElmwood  3 months ago

    Not quite correct. Cruises these days have activities for kids. I don’t know if they had adults-only cruises back when this strip was new.

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    robtgordon  3 months ago

    Nothing to do on a boat? This strip is certainly dated; cruises today are floating amusement parks.

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    rebelstrike0  3 months ago

    She could have also said April cannot go because it is dangerous. It is easy for a little kid like her to fall overboard.

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