Before dinner aboard the Epic, I decided it was finally time for me to check out the water slides. It wasn’t that I had been avoiding them. Quite the contrary. But I didn’t want to crowd the kid and, honestly, I’d be enjoying the quiet time when she was busy going up and down again and again. But I’m glad I did finally grab a tube and hit the slides.

They were all great fun. Although the one they call the toilet bowl was definitely my favorite. I prefer the ones you use a tube for and the green slide was way to fast for me! Before I knew it, it was time for dinner. By then, my junior traveler was long gone, having grabbed a quick dinner with her friend and heading straight to the kids’ club, “Recess.”

I opted for dinner at La Cocina, the ship’s Italian restaurant that requires a small $15.00 upcharge for dining there. You walk through the Garden Café buffet restaurant and down the stairs to get there and once you hit the bottom step, you’re in a whole other world. For a minute, I actually forgot I was on a ship at all. The restaurant looks like an Italian piazza, complete with a tree right in the center of it all. I ate in one of the side rooms decorated to look like a lavish library with some friends I had made onboard.

The food was very good and we nearly closed the place down drinking red wine and talking. It was really a fantastic ambiance for dining and spending time with friends.

My daughter opted out from dinner and stayed at Recess (the ship’s kids’ club) until midnight and had a blast playing games and watching movies. But if your child plans to stay there after 10:30pm, be sure to sign them in for the “late night” hours otherwise they’ll be sent packing. Late night is $6.00 an hour plus tip. Well worth it for some grown up time!

Jenny-Block-Publicity-Shot-250Jenny Block is the author of “Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage” (Seal Hardcover, June 2008 and Seal Paperback, March 2009), which has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. She writes a weekly column for the Dallas Morning News publication Quick called “Sex Talk with Jenny Block” (quickdfw.com). Jenny holds both her BA and her MA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and taught college composition for nearly ten years. She writes for a wide variety of publications and websites, including huffingtonpost.com, yourtango.com, American Way, Veranda, the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Voice, edgedallas.com, literarymama.com, Spirit, chow.com, and ellegirl.com.