I brought mine home with me, too, Dezertcruiser!
After two years of cruising every few months to see him (week-end cruises, mostly), him coming here during drydocks, lots of phone calls and two boxes full of letters and cards that went both ways..... that was almost 13 years ago (we met 15 years ago).
We keep in contact with some of his fellow crew members still, after all these years. We even ran into his former boss on a cruise we took a few years ago (he was the Cruise Director)! He (cruise director) tried to talk him into coming back to work for him, before my husband had a chance to say no, I spoke up and said no!