Of course it can! I will be doing that on a few weeks with my own kids on the Fantasy Eastern Caribbean cruise. And they will go back to school and learn great new things from their teachers when school is in session. Best of both worlds! It took years to save up for an expensive summer cruise, but hopefully it will give us the family time we all need. I do not kid myself into thinking that our 6 hours in St. Thomas on a snorkel tour will set my kids apart from others on their college applications .[/QUOTE] I have debated for a while whether to post on this topic. Many of us won't see eye to eye on this. My daughter is blessed with WONDERFUL teachers and we try and show them how very grateful we are for their cooperation when we do take her out of school. As wonderful as they are, there isn't a one of them that is so spectacular that my child won't get into a good school if I take her on vacation for a week during the school year. I hazard to guess her ACT score will not change because of that week of school missed. Now, if I didn't help her catch up on her work while gone, before going, etc or she was a child struggling to keep up I may reconsider. But I will never agree that it is poor parenting to spend some quality time with my kids and miss a few days of school.