Return customers love this cruise line that makes them feel like part of a family, and there is even a "secret handshake".
Proud modern-day Vikings, the Lofoten Islanders make millions from cod and their cows give so much milk they have to wear bras.
I spy my first giant clam, sitting on the sea bed not far below, looking like a big clutch purse with fuzzy iridescent blue lips.
"This is going to be your best cruise ever," says our guide. "Because you're in West Africa, the happy place."
Wurzburg's baroque palace and history is only topped by a cold glass of the Franconia region's favourite drop, silvaner.
The returns are diminishing, but delightful, on a shore excursion in Takamatsu.
For those who travel to see places rather than sit on ships, cruising is getting ever more interesting.
Hawaii offers culinary masterpieces and culinary abominations.
Busy Phuket is nearby but Koh Yao Yai moves to a different, more laidback rhythm.
It's every bit like the movie version and you really must see the South Pacific from the deck of the sublime Crystal Symphony.
The white continent's beguiling beauty is well worth a voyage across rugged Drake Passage.
Space and service are primary luxuries of cruising aboard Seven Seas Explorer, but there's much, much more.