From novels and movies, I had a vision of time standing still on a cruise ship, which did more than touch upon Caribbean Islands or artificial Latin American ports. Deck chairs, shuffle board, and hours of reading were what I expected. Boredom has never been a problem for me, so I looked forward to lack of distractions.
Of course, other people are different, so cruise ships offer multifarious activities to placate the unimaginative or easily bored. Our cruise ship was no different. We ignored most.
The photo below should give you an idea of the kind of activity offered on a cruise ship on a day at sea. Someone felt that a class on mixing martinis would benefit the kind of customer on this ship. Four showed up...plus me to keep an eye on my wife.
Unlike on other cruise lines, drinks are endless (except in cases of death), and no fee is charged. Cocktails tend to be too strong, rather than too weak. The smiling bartender explained that his job was to make customers happy, not to scrimp on alcohol. I learned early to ask for a "weak one", which still never was.
NB. Not being a martini drinker, I only took photos!
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.