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Sailing aboard the Azamara Journey, we'd learn that Eric was the consummate entertainer - a singer, composer, director, recorded artist, author of a book of grandpa jokes, a former Canadian skating champion and model railway enthusiast.
And he was the captain's twin brother.
On day one, the personable Captain Johannes Tysse had introduced himself over the address system, mentioning we might have already met "my twin brother Eric".
Captain Tysse stands about 4ft 18 inches, and is bald as a badger, which is why we didn't get the twins gag until we saw them both standing together.
These two were the ship's rock stars. Their daily midday on-air banter amused everyone, the ding dong listen-up warning resulting in exclamations of, "The captain's going to talk to us, or perhaps it will be Eric."
"Hello, everyone, this is your captain speaking," the captain invariably started. "I suppose you're eating again."
Er, yes! The food and the choices of where to eat were good, although after a couple of weeks some people for whom cruising was a lifestyle were a little fed up. They were used to bigger boats with several decks of eateries, shops and places to play.
Captain Tysse is the spawn of Vikings. Growing up on the island of Osteroy, near Bergen, Norway, he would listen to his grandfather's tales of sea voyages.