Seemed like they had some interesting/different ports, longer in port times.
Part of the appeal to us is that you aren't stopping in all of the usual, crowded, tourist ports.
I suspect it might be pretty interesting knowing the officers, learning what they do and I bet they don't eat too bad.
In fact, from what I've read, the food is usually quite outstandingly good. Of course, no "midnight buffet," but you do have access to the kitchen, so you can get something anytime, if you really want it.
(Never mind the fact that what is on the midnight buffet has NEVER been one of our criteria for choosing a cruise! <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/duh.gif" alt="" />)