Originally Posted by beenie weenie
You know I hate to admit it, but I think that perhaps you have a better grasp of the crux of this issue than any of us. This so called "hierarchy of nationalities on a Mediterranean cruise" does exist, and I have seen it myself first hand, but was never able to articulate it as eloquently. Bang! the nail has been hit right on the head.
Upon further reflection, I would also concede that it exists in any multinational environment, but I do not notice it in the Western hemisphere, because my nationality ranks higher here, and I take it for granted. I should also clarify my first item regarding the captain's authority to say I believe that is as it should be, or must be actually. As a consumer, I would rather know who is in charge and be able to research that person's record than to be at the mercy of a randomly selected democracy. After all, it has been said that democracy is two wolves and a sheep deciding what's for dinner.