We were honored to be invited to have drinks with the Captain and so, after getting spiffed up, we made our way to the Bliss Lounge where the reception was being held. We had the chance to shake hands and take photos with our very handsome Captain as well as other members of the Executive Staff. We enjoyed yummy rum punch (Okay, I did. It was Coke for the kid) and delicious canapés before we had to say our thank yous and head for Headliners.

We wanted to get there early so we could get good seats to see Second City. I was glad we did, because we landed front row center! They do a number of shows onboard and we caught their all improv show. It was hilarious and made us made to try to catch another show or two of theirs before the week was out.

In addition to a number of included options, the Epic also offers a variety of restaurants available for a reasonable surcharge. We thought we’d check out Shanghai ($15 per person up charge) since we are both huge fans of Chinese food. It was an excellent choice and well worth the fee. We had delicious spring rolls, spare ribs, fried rice, beef with broccoli, and cashew chicken. It’s going to be hard to keep us from eating there ever night.

Luckily we finished just in time to race to the Garden Café and grab our favorite onboard dessert – soft serve with chocolate chips. We decided to enjoy it back in our room and out bowls were barely clean before we fell fall asleep. Gotta love a full day when everything it’s full of is fun!

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.