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I was exploring the 3,084-passenger Ruby Princess, docked at the World Cruise Center in San Pedro, when I stumbled across a dessert display and tasting — a wondrous thing to chance upon, especially given that the theme was "Chocolate Journeys."

Spread out in front of me were hundreds of dreamy desserts in all varieties of chocolate: white, milk, dark and sweet. I saw truffles, cakes, mousses, cupcakes and pastries. Multiple trays were festooned with dozens of tiny chocolate confections, each a silky, rich work of art.

My ship had truly come in.

As sweet and wonderful as it was, the tasting was just a small part of