As a U.S. Marine, I served on several ships - mostly transports and LSTs - in the Pacific. As a result, I would never freely choose to go on a cruise again - even if all expenses were paid for me.
Yet, for some reason, I love naval fiction. I have read many of the great authors of naval fiction, those whose novels are still in print today or only available second hand. In my opinion, "H.M.S. Ulysses" is one of the greatest naval stories ever written.
If you read this book, and agree with me, then I suggest you also read "73 North: The Battle of the Barents Sea" by Dudley Pope, which tells the true story of the war in that far northern theater. This books relates the terrible trials that men and ships had to undergo. After which, you might just wonder if "H.M.S. Ulysses" wasn't a true story after all.