LIVE on Norwegian Epic Day 1: Let's Embark on a Journey
It's the day we've been waiting 326 days for......EMBARKATION!!!!!! Yesterday my family and I embarked on the Norwegian Epic from Port Canaveral for a 7 day Western Caribbean cruise. None of us had slept very well the night before due to the excitement..... or maybe the sketchy pizza we had for dinner. Either way we were very excited! There has been a lot building up to this! We left our hotel at around 9:30 and arrived at the port at around 9:50. There was some traffic, but not too much. Our Uber driver told us that if we had come an hour later, we would have been sitting in traffic for a while.
Security and check-in at the terminal was super fast! I would say it was about 20 minutes from curb to waiting area! We got through the security line especially fast, since Emily is in a wheelchair. Once checked-in, we helped ourselves to some snacks in The Haven VIP waiting area. We met our concierge, who escorted us onto the ship soon after.
As soon as we boarded, they herded us to the Epic Club up in The Haven for lunch. I ordered the Lobster Bisque and the Cobb Salad. Well, so did everyone else! The Lobster Bisque was divine and the Cobb Salad was very good.
After lunch, Kristin and Dan went to get massages, and Emily and I went to the stateroom. Let me tell you, this stateroom is GORGEOUS! We had a similar suite on the Jade last year (it was exactly the same), but this one is more updated. I unpacked the carry-on with all of the electronics in it, and set up our sail-away sign on our balcony. The massages took only about an hour, and they said that they were AMAZING! They might even go back later in the week!
Then, everyone's least favorite time rolled around: muster, closing bars and taking names! Boy was that a disaster. There were tons of people shoved in the small Bliss Lounge. It got REALLY hot, REALLY fast. At least it didn't last very long. Well not the drill part. After it was over, it was absolutely impossible to get an elevator for Emily in her wheelchair. When I say impossible, I mean like carrying a wheel chair with a person in it up 9 flights of stairs impossible. What really pissed me off was how people who really didn't need to use the elevators, were using them instead of taking the faster, calorie burning stairs. I feel like all cruise lines should have the elevators restricted to only people who ABSOLUTELY need it, like Emily, after muster. It took us a good 45 minutes to get back to our stateroom. We ended up having to go down to go up!
All of our bags had been delivered by the time we got back, and guess who managed to sneak his drone on board?? THIS GUY! Expect some cool drone footage later in the week!
Carnival Magic sailed away, and then we were next. Norwegian Epic had pulled in forward that morning, so we had to do a turn in the turning basin. Sail-away was beautiful, and it would have been even nicer if it had been sunny. Before the cruise, I ordered a sign to hang from our balcony that says "Follow Along Live at cruiseveryday.com," along with all of my social media links. I did this in hopes that the PTZTV Port Canaveral Webcam would pick it up! Well, they definitely saw it! If you were watching the stream then you saw us for sure! [fvplayer src="https://cruiseveryday.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/NORWEGIAN-EPIC-03-31-2018-1280-copy.m4v" splash="https://cruiseveryday.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Screen-Shot-2018-03-31-at-9.51.30-PM.png" width="1280" height="720"]
After our ten seconds of fame, we once again split up and went to dinner. Emily and I went to the Manhattan Room (Main Dining Room), and Kristin and Dan went to Le Bistro. [DISCLAIMER: CRUISE SHIP CALORIES DO NOT COUNT!] In the Manhattan Room, I tried the Louisiana Chicken Drums, Chicken and Matzo Ball Soup, and the New England Clam Chowder as appetizers. They were all excellent, except for the Matzo Ball soup. It was gross. For my entrées, yes, entrées with an S, I got the New York Strip Steak and the Tagliatelle Pasta with Basil Pesto; both very good. Emily got the Beef Slider as an appetizer, and the Beef Lasagna for an entrée. She told me that she liked both of them. When dessert rolled around, only I was still up for more food. Emily was done. I got the Chocolate Lava Cake and the Vanilla Cheese Cake. They were both very moist, and very yummy. Kristin and Dan said that Le Bistro was also very excellent; however, they neglected to remember what they had to eat.
Emily and I left the MDR and embarked on an adventure of our own. We were trying to find the shops so that we could buy lanyards for our ship cards. Boy did that take longer than it should have. We went to the wrong deck at fist, and walked around for at least 45 minutes. You woulda thought we were apart of the drunk crowd circling around the same are 15 times. It wasn't until I stopped to look at the deck plans on my phone that I found out we were on the wrong deck. The shops are on deck 7 by the way.
Sleep is a good thing, and that's where we headed to next. We were all very tired so it was not at all hard to fall asleep.
Stay tuned on Instagram and Facebook where I have been doing live videos and posting tons of pictures! I'll see you tomorrow to tell you about our day in Great Stirrup Cay! See you then and Happy Easter from the Morrissey Family!
Norwegian Epic Day 1 Pictures:
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