"A cruise ship can be compared to a small floating city, and everything that happens there, happens on a ship as well . . . and more," according to Mateboer, who claims that he did not make up the stories.
The book is a picture of his life, he said, and undoubtedly of many others who have spent considerable time at sea. The difference is that he can see humor in what most of us may view as ordinary, everyday events.