The 12 Marina High School students and their six adult supervisors who took a teacher-organized spring break trip to Greece never expected to end up part of international news the day after touring the island of Crete. And they never expected to fear for their lives as they awaited rescue on a sinking cruise ship.
But after a nerve-wracking experience Friday when their ship, the Sea Diamond, collided with volcanic rocks off the island of Santorini and sank, they're all back home safe and sound. And despite harrowing adventure, many say they already look forward to next year. Parents and faculty praised the kids, the ACIS Educational Travel company that arranged the trip, and even some crew members on the boat.
"They're amazing trips," said parent and chaperone Jan Eastes, whose daughters, Bridget and Alex, were also on the ship. "It just helps them to become so well-rounded. This is truly a fluke."