I remember the first night when we all politely offered our names and made other banal conversation. We progressed from that through places we had lived, countries we had visited and jobs we had held to discussing tragedies and difficulties in our lives and those two no-go areas: politics and religion.
Through it all we had a hilarious time laughing, joking and quizzing together. We met accidentally and by appointment during the day, discovering new places and new wines! By the end of our nearly three-week cruise we felt bereft at the thought of going our separate ways. Seven very different people randomly thrown together by a cruise line, we somehow gelled.