A flotilla charter is by definition a social affair, and in that way, it's entirely different from the cruising most of us do at home. Our flotilla was organized by Peter and Carol King under the auspices of Cruising World Adventure Charters. Since 1996, the Kings, who also run their own charter-vacation brokerage, have led these trips to destinations as far-flung as Croatia, Greece, the Galápagos, New Zealand, French Polynesia, Seychelles, and Zimbabwe. Beyond the Kings' competence as charter organizers, they're charming storytellers, many of their best exploits dating back to their early years together in Africa, where Peter, who is British, managed a branch of Barclay's Bank and where Carol served in the Peace Corps. One story Peter loved to recount was about the birth of their daughter in Africa. "Carol was being wheeled into the recovery room, when the gurney collapsed underneath her." What did she do? Got up, fixed the gurney, then climbed back aboard to be wheeled away.