One woman was on a walking frame and on her own. She mixed in well, but of course she spent a lot of time on the boat while all were off doing walking tours.
There was a woman, not so old, in a wheelchair because of what looked like an extreme arthritic disease. I can only assume the bloke with her was her husband and not her brother. They participated in most walking tours, with him pushing her in the chair. Everyone was really good about helping them, but without forcing themselves on them or being cloying. I recall a couple of nights she stayed in their cabin and let him hang loose with the crowd and have a drink or five.
There was a New South Wales controller of weeds who was nice and he and his wife were not so old and we got on well with them. She could talk the leg off an iron pot and was great fun and not at all averse to the company of gay men.
There was an Asian couple, who live not far from our travelling companions. See you in South Caulfield Woolworths, the departing greeting went.
There was a couple from New Zealand and a couple from Malta who live in Australia.
There was a stuffy and boring couple from the UK, home counties of course, and he was an ex army colonel, or something like that.
There was a dyke couple, who were just friends. Did we click with them because they and we are minorities? No, although one them became over the top friendly towards the end of the cruise.
Then out of 150 plus people, there was us, R and myself being a gay couple and our travelling companions, a person over 70 with his quite black mid 40s partner. Did we four stand out? Oh yes. Early in the trip BR, that is black R was all ready to call the racist and homophobic card. Settle down BR. No one is being overly friendly to us either. Once people discovered BR spoke Australian, they were quite friendly towards him, in fact at times targeting him for conversation. Hey, doesn't the white middle class like to brag how they made a black friend?
And then there was H, a Jewish Australian man and everyone quite got to know him. Back home he has a gay brother and his wife was a dark haired and exotic but quite Australian too. H talked to everyone, including staff. He was told off by the captain at one point and another time had a blazing row with the captain, yet he went back for more and became friends with the captain. He was a font of information, constantly telling us stuff about what was happening on the boat that we may or may not wanted to know. H celebrated his birthday during the cruise.