Cruising presents a multicultural community of fellow travelers and crew to chat with, bond with, learn from, educate and be educated by, hang with or… avoid. I’ve met professors, airline pilots, gangsters (seriously), writers, entertainers, radio and television personalities, students, and con artists. I met the woman featured in the iconic Woodstock “naked girl in the pool” photo, shared a table with a Canadian diplomat who was almost hacked to death by a crazed Haitian as he fled to his embassy’s safe room, and a deposed Latin American Dictator trying to keep a low profile (with varying degrees of success).