One of my aunts did her last hurrah on cruise liners as the shore excursions director for the 1991 Semester at Sea cruise. It is an AMAZING experience! It was her final cruise before entering Ole Miss law school (at the age of 42), and she enjoyed it tremendously. I'm not sure exactly what her title was, although she was one of the officers, and she was such a good negotiator that the director had to tell her to give away some stuff and reduce the margins because they were making too much money as a nonprofit.
If there are any specific questions you'd like to have answered I can ask her if you'd like. The students really get to experience the cultures in a way that you really can't otherwise. When the ship docks in a port the students fan out and live with local families. It is definitely not a semester for the timid but rather an experience of the lifetime for an adventurer.
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I don't think he'll have to worry about THAT, seeing as the itinery says they go nowhere near Cape Horn.
When my aunt was aboard they rounded the Cape in a storm and what really scared her was that the crew was obviously scared and many (of the crew) packed their bags, just in case. She's worked on Greek and Italian cruise ships in the Med but she said that was the roughest seas she's ever been in. She said several times the ship sailed over so hard that she wasn't sure it'd come back up again. But it wasn't as bad as the 2005 cruise with the rogue wave that knocked out the ship's engines.