At any rate, I just got a call from Mom, who is now safely in Canada, along with Dad. There was a bit of an issue when Dad almost passed out, but they got him a wheelchair and after that, everything was fine.
Now, before you say, "Oh my God, that poor man" or similar, I'd like to point out that embarking upon a cruise involves potentially several hours of standing in line, waiting around, filling out paperwork, and other unpleasant things. However, having a wheelchair kills the first altogether, cuts large gaping holes in the second, and lets you pretty much get on with the third without any of the aforementioned unpleasantness.
Personally, I strongly feel that if Dad hadn't almost passed out, he (or Mom) certainly should have at least pretended to do so. I'm definitely making a note of this for my next cruise. A wave of a delicate fan, a dainty hand to the forehead, a bit of graceful almost-crumpling and POOF! No lines, no waiting!
And now, after making the mistake of attempting All-You-Can-Eat Sushi while forgetting that I'm not quite up to the same "All" as I was before I started getting ill, I'm definitely crashing. Getting up at four AM isn't quite the same as staying up all night, but at the moment, it sure feels like it! :-)