A few facts to start with..
Azamara Journey, France Intensive. Barcelona to Nice over seven nights stopping at seven ports. Three tendered ports, the remaining docked. All docked ports were in best berth in that particular port. No requirement for a free bus into town at any location. Perfect seamanship, the Journey arrived and departed exactly on schedule each day. Captains broadcasts kept to a minimum. Average daytime temperatures 34c. Phew. !
401 passengers representing 27 nations. A one to one guest/crew ratio.