As much as I travel, it still seems strange to say to you that I am writing to you from my cabin of a massive ship in the middle of the ocean. It is the first official day of our week long Eastern Caribbean Cruise. And it has already been a jam-packed day.

I had a lite breakfast at the Epic Hotel (A Kimpton property, no relation to the ship.) And then spent the morning lounging by the pool. I had our own little beach bed with sheeting above me to shade it and an incredibly friendly and kind server bringing me ice water and fresh towels. I think I could have happily stayed all day. But come 1:00pm, it was time to really start the big adventure.

As the cab pulled up to the docks, I truly could not believe my eyes. NCL’s Epic is not big, not even huge. It is mammoth. It is almost impossible to take in at first sight. The water slide, the rock walls, the pools, the sports deck, and that was just what you can see at first glance.

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.