The big reason for our lack o' buddies, however, is most likely our age. At 34 and 37, we are approximately 30 years younger than most cruisers. This is not to say that friendships cannot blossom cross-generationally - because they absolutely can. Some of the very best friends we have had the pleasure to cruise with are Baby Boomers. Sometimes, however, it's nice to hang with your peers. But we've had trouble here... On the rare occasion when we do meet "young" cruisers (the further south we go, the fewer there are), more often than not they are a) sans children b) lack alarm clocks of the "human" variety and c) have livers pickled with cheap rum and Ginger Beer (with the exception of my beloved Bahama mamas). Not that Scott and I are above cheap rum and Ginger Beer, because we're not...we just have a baby who wakes up at 6am and waking up that early with a colossal hangover while still expected to perform parental duties is HELL (trust us, we know). We like to think we are in the "cool parent" category and we do indulge from time to time - but we cannot party like we used to...and like other young cruisers often do.