We began exploring NCL’s Epic in earnest after lunch and it really was as grand and sparkly as the website and advance literature had promised. Now, I admit, at this point, I am still feeling a bit confused. I love the idea of freestyle cruising "“ no assigned meals or seating or shows. But some of the restaurants and shows have an up-charge and some don't. There are restaurants and bars and theaters everywhere. And the schedule has what seems to be a never-ending list of options.

Still, I am excited to figure it all out. I think that's meant to be part of the fun.

After exploring, we took a short nap and then went off to dinner. We decided to stick to the buffet again. It was very good. But very similar to lunch. I'm curious to see how it changes each day. After dinner we caught the magic and comedic stylings of Jeff Hobson. He was a hoot. Like old school Vegas with cruise ship kitsch, he did some pretty cool tricks and was quick with the double entendre. Definitely a fun way to spend the first evening.

After the show we popped our heads into the girls against guys quiz show and then headed back to the buffet to grab dessert. Two freshly made butterscotch crepes with vanilla ice cream and chocolate chips on top later, we were ready to turn in for the night. Looking forward to really getting our cruise on tomorrow.

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.