Checking in at the Harbor where NCL’s Epic was docked was a breeze and we were graciously greeted to the VIP check-in offered to some guests as well in the highest level staterooms, I believe. Everyone was incredibly friendly and efficient and before we knew it, a very kind cruise porter walked us onto the ship and pointed us in the right direction. Once we got on board we continued to be dazzled at every turn. Norwegian has outdone itself. This is the ship.

I decided to head right for our cabin and I was delighted to find that it was all ready for me. Not all of the cabins were ready yet and many guests were enjoying lunch prior to heading to their cabins. I was incredibly impressed with the design of the room as well as the size. The curved walls, wood paneling, blue accents, and bright, white linens made for a very inviting cabin.

Our luggage hadn’t arrived yet, so I set out to grab some lunch and explore the ship. I went to the Garden Café and was more than pleasantly surprised at the non-buffet buffet. Yes, it was lines of food that you serve yourself. But much of it was made to order, including pasta and crepes and other daily specials. I could already see that the fitness center was definitely going to be order this week.

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.