Thanks Inis for putting into words what I was thinking. I, too, find most of the quoted posts offensive and I could quote a few others as well, but I just "consider the source" and ignore it. My DH and I also generally try to cruise when few children will be aboard, but I would never classify all children as screaming brats. I find that the main problem with most children who are offensive to others is parents who take them into situations they are not old enough for and then refuse to supervise them.
I hope our newbie won't let the ill-considered comments of a few keep her from enjoying a site that is generally helpful and supportive.