Thank you Paul! Well, I think you are right, there a significantly more Norwegians crusing the oceans than Swedes. And yes, we have a very competitive spirit towards each other but I think that it only streches to a joking/socializing limit (at least in my case).
I do hope that I will find the cruise ship life satisfactory and fun most of all!! My father has been working on ships for like 25 years on Royal Viking, Seabourn, RSSC and Silversea so he has given me a few pointers as well!