First up, these photographs are a throwback to 2008, when I cruised the Caribbean on the sublime Seven Seas Mariner.
Recently, the ship underwent a comprehensive interior refurbishment, in line with that carried through on her sister ship, the equally appealing Seven Seas Voyager.
So these pictures capture what is, essentially, a moment in time. But look closer, and they capture so much else as well that is most definitely still there.
The pictures showcase an environment of space, ease and elegance. There are no crowds, no lines for anything. This is no mass market floating city on the briny.
Here, less is more. Less people equals more high quality service. Less numbers to cater for equals more personalised, quite outstanding and creative cuisine.
Less means more room. And much bigger rooms. Every single one with a private balcony.
Leave the tux at home; less dressy equals more casual.
All inclusive means you can close your wallet, and open your mind to the idea of delicious, total indulgence.
And more quality, personal attention, combined with elegant surroundings, equates to less stress.
More low key as an experience, and far less noisy. This cruise turned down the volume, so that you could hear the real mood music properly.
You could hear the rhythm of the rolling sea. A song as old as time, too often lost in the ringing and chirruping of an on board casino.
You could hear the warm breeze, and feel it kiss your face as sunset ghosted across the ocean like a spectacularly lowering theatre curtain.
Music drifting across the terrace; ice cubes tinkling in your sunset Cuba Libre.
Not less, but truly more. What an adventure….