LIVE on Norwegian Epic Cumulative Blog: Preamble to Day 7
The goal of this post is to make it easier to find each blog of the day from our recent cruise on board the Norwegian Epic. Check it out. Or not. Your loss.
LIVE on Norwegian Epic Preamble: Let's Go to Florida
The time has FINALLY come! We are sitting in our hotel room at the port as I write this! Excitement is in the air! We have a really good view of Port Canaveral, and can see the Disney Dream and Majesty of the Seas from the window of our hotel room.
On the way down yesterday, our flight was delayed by an hour, before we even got to the Richmond Airport, so we had some time to kill. We finally took off at 5:45 and landed in Sanford at around 7:30. Sanford is such a nice, small, and friendly airport! Everyone was super helpful, especially with Emily, who was in her wheel chair.
Okay now it’s time for a story: I ended up switching seats on the plane with a man so he could sit next to his wife who needed extra help getting on and off the plane, which meant I gave up my aisle seat for a window seat. That was no problem for me! I was happy to do so! The problem was the woman who sat next to me! I should’ve known this was gonna be a rough flight when she started off by rubbing hand sanitizer all over the seats her family of four were sitting in. She then proceeded to apply hand sanitizer to not only her hands, but her two daughter’s and husband’s hand every 10 minutes. I kid you not! It was every ten minutes. I checked. Mid way through the flight I got bored and decided to have a little fun. I started to sneeze and cough a couple of times, just to see what she would do. Boy was that funny! She was squirming in her skin! I was half expecting her to pull out a can of Lysol and spray it in my eyes like pepper spray! You can call me mean, but if you were there you would COMPLETELY understand!
Instead of renting a car and having to park at the port for a week, we took an Uber from the airport to our hotel, Radisson Resort at the Port. Our Uber driver, Scott, was super nice and extremely helpful! The fare from Sanford Airport to the port was just over $100, and it took about an hour.
Dinner consisted of some risky burgers and chicken tenders from the hotel restaurant, but hey, we hadn’t eaten in what seemed like years, so it did its job.
Our hotel is super nice and clean! We have two queens and pull out couch for the four of us. The beds are in one room, and the couch in the living room to provide some extra space for us!
As for today, the plan is to just chill! I’m headed over to the port later to get some shots of the Disney Dream and Majesty of the Seas sail away. I will be streaming this live on Instagram at around 4, so be sure to hop on the stream!
Tomorrow is the big day! CRUISE DAYYYYYY!!! We will be up bright and early to head to the port! I will also be live on Instagram allll day tomorrow, so stay tuned there for more! Live blogs will start on Sunday, April 1. Right here. On cruiseveryday.com! Norwegian Epic here we come! See you then!
Pictures from Our 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!
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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:
Yesterday was our second day on board the Norwegian Epic! I slept super well the night before because I was really tired from embarkation day. Call me crazy, but I was up at 5:30 to catch the sunrise (which was STUNNING), and to take some pictures. Getting up at o’dark thirty is a lot more enjoyable at sea than it is on land! The ship was also really calm and quiet for at least 30 minutes until people decided that they had to get up so they could be the first in line at the buffet.
I ate my first breakfast in the outdoor section of the Garden Cafe, which consisted of coffee and Raisin Bran (not a sponsor). When I headed back to our room at around 7:15 after taking about 58412735640576084327650794 pictures, my second breakfast was waiting for me. Our butler had brought it to the room while I was gone. I ended up only eating a chocolate croissant. Let’s all just take a second to remember that calories cannot swim, and they cannot hop international borders. Thank you.
The tendering process was pretty fast for us, since we are Haven guests and Emily is in a wheelchair. We got right to the front of the line. Let me tell you, those tenders are not at all handicap accessible. I honestly don’t think there is any way that they could be, but it was rough. We had to get her out of her chair to walk down some pretty big steps. Keep in mind that Emily’s balance is as good as the Matzo Ball soup I had last night (it was bad if you didn’t read the blog post from yesterday, which was really good, once again, unlike the Matzo Ball soup, and you should go read it) and the tender was rocking back and forth the whole time. Once we got on the island, we transferred her to a beach wheelchair, and they kept her wheelchair at security.
The island was absolutely gorgeous! The weather was nice and sunny, and the temperature was perfect. The beach perfectly showcases the ship, and the beautiful blue Bahamian waters. Everywhere I went on the island, I could see the massive Norwegian Epic. You never actually realize how big the ship your on is until you see it in a port of call for the first time.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I managed to sneak my drone on board the ship. As promised, I took some drone footage and pictures of Epic. It was extremely nerve-racking because we knew that we weren’t supposed to, but how could we resist? The airspace around the ship was protected, so it wouldn’t let me fly around it. I did get some pretty EPIC shots if I do say so myself. Check them out below!
Okay story time again: We keep meeting people that live in the same town as we do, and we don’t even know our neighbors (by choice). Apparently the Morrissey’s (and no we’re not related to the attorney Joe Morrissey who does bad things) have to book a cruise and leave the country to meet their neighbors.
We had a pretty relaxing day on the island, but we never actually ate anything because the lines were so long. By the time we got back on the ship at 2:30, we were all starving. I split off from Emily, Kristin, and Dan because they wanted to go to the Epic Club, but I was too impatient and hungry to wait for my food to come. I went to the Garden Cafe along with everybody else and their mothers.
After lunch I quickly found myself in a food coma. I slept for two hours until I was awoken at 5:45 to for dinner. We had made reservations for Teppanyaki as soon as it was available to book online (which I believe was 90 days before sailing), because as we learned last year, reservations there fill up FAST. The food at Teppanyaki was excellent. It tasted so much better than the Chinese take-out we get at home, who’s delivery people now know us by name……Joking aside, the garlic fried rice was my absolute favorite part. I got Asuka, which is half shrimp and half steak. Also very good. It is so awesome how we got our own chef for the table, and how he cooked it right in front of us!
We did some shopping (against Dan’s will) and some exploring after dinner. We had a very good time and we are looking very much forward to today.
I hope you are enjoying these live blogs so far, and understanding my sense of humor for the most part! If you are enjoying, please take a second to share this with your friends and family! Until tomorrow, this is PJ Morrissey for Cruise Everyday, signing off. See you then!
Check out the other live blogs on board the Norwegian Epic here!
Norwegian Epic Day 2 Pictures:
Yesterday I ended up going to bed at 1:00 EST (I think but I’m not really sure because we had to set the clocks back an hour). I slept really well until what I believe was 5:30 WTWO (that would be “Whatever Time We’re On”). Once again, call me crazy, but I love getting up before everyone else to watch the sunrise. As I told my Instagram Live Stream viewers this morning, nothing beats sunrise at sea (except maybe sunset at sea)!
I counted four breakfasts this morning (I know it’s a new record), but I’m not 100% sure because I started to lose count after two. I started with a couple pastries from the Garden Cafe, but I only ate the chocolate croissants because I didn’t like any of the other ones. I have now apparently found the need to defend my food choices, but I don’t actually care because I’m on vacation and you’re not. This is my new diet.
When I went back to our stateroom, we headed to second breakfast. If you stay in The Haven, you have the option of being served all three meals (unless you’re like me and eat three meals every time, then that would be 9 meals a day) in the Epic Club. I ordered three more breakfasts in there. I got the Buttermilk Pancakes, French Toast, and the Huevos Rancheros. It was all very good, and I may or may not have finished it all. I’m gonna remind you again, calories DO NOT hop international borders, and CANNOT swim. You’re gonna know this saying by heart by the end of this trip!
Back when we first booked this cruise, I volunteered to set up the Cruise Critic Meet and Mingle, and have been looking forward to it ever since. A lot of planning went into this, and it was nice to finally see it come together. I loved meeting everyone, and I would definitely volunteer to do it again. I also really liked getting to meet and talk to some of the officers and cruise director on board! Our cruise director is Andre, and he’s super cool and energetic! Thanks to everyone who came out!
The rest of the day after the Meet and Mingle was pretty chill. I went to the Garden Cafe and further enhanced my diet with some more carbs and sodium. Let me tell you, Robert Atkins would have had an aneurysm if he saw what I had for lunch! After lunch, I fell asleep on our balcony for an hour, until our room stewardess came and jump scared me out of my deep sleep. As we got ready for dinner, I downed about 18 strawberry daiquiris. NCL’s strawberry daiquiris are perfectly mixed and are to die for. They are pretty filling too.
Tonight we had dinner and a show! We went to the Cirque Dreams dinner show in the Spiegel Tent. They served us a three course meal, and then put on an absolutely breath-taking show. However, it all seemed like a balancing act to me (get it?). A lot of the acts were very stressful, but a lot of them were also really funny. The people were really bendy. At some points I was pretty sure that they were gonna snap in half and fall on to us. I think the show would have been even better if it had followed a story line. Don’t get me wrong, all of the acts were INCREDIBLE, but I think a story would have greatly improved it. If you are sailing on the Epic, make sure to book this show as soon as possible because it books up so fast.
When we got back to our room after dinner, we ordered even more dinner from our butler. The poor guy came in to take our empty dishes, and we ended up ordering more food! We ordered the chicken soup, which unfortunately reminded me of the Matzo Ball soup from night 1. I also downed a cheeseburger and fries.
Today we are in Ochos Rios, Jamaica, and we couldn’t be more excited! I’ll see you tomorrow for a review of Jamaica. See you then!
Norwegian Epic Day 3 Pictures:
Yesterday we were in Ocho Rios mon! I got up early again to catch the sunrise over Jamaica mon. It was stunning as always mon. Okay, I’m done now mon.
My first breakfast in the Garden Cafe, also known as the human oven, consisted of croissants and yogurt. They were all very good. I also added some protein this time around with some bacon. We had also ordered room service from our butler the night before, so it was waiting when I got back. I ordered a whole spread of things, but ended up not eating any of it. We were very crunched for time because we had to meet our excursion at 8. You all should be proud! I didn’t eat as much today. They might not have to actually roll me off of the ship!
Our excursion was to the Bamboo VIP Beach Club (not at all wheelchair accessible). Disembarking was pretty much a disaster due to all of the people and chaos of busses at the port. After that everything went pretty smoothly. As for safety, there was no point in the day where we didn’t feel safe. The driver was a little crazy, but who doesn’t drive crazy in foreign countries. Our tour guide was super nice, and told us a lot about life in Jamaica. One gallon of gas costs about $7 to $8 USD because they have to import it to the island.
We got to spend three hours at the beach, where they served an appetizer, a main course, and dessert. It was a very relaxing day, and I even got to sneak in a nap. The last hour was spent shopping and heading back to the ship. We were back on the ship by 12:30. For lunch I made my way back to the Garden Cafe. Let me tell you, the Garden Cafe at lunch time is like I-95 on Good Friday. You don’t move anywhere, and there is no end in sight. You have better chances of going down with the sinking ship than getting to the food you want in a timely manner.
The WiFi is very spotty at sea, which I am not surprised by. However, it holds up well enough that I am able to FaceTime with some people back home (you know who you are). It’s also good enough to get these blogs out everyday, which is good enough for me!
I spent most of the rest of the day just exploring the ship and relaxing. I spent some time in the Atrium, until they had pumped so much cold into the room that I was frozen to the bone. I thawed out by heading up to the Posh private sun deck on decks 18 and 19. It was super relaxing and I liked listening to the live music from the pool deck.
Today was the first day of the cruise that I got to see the sunset. I think it was even better than sunrise! I went up to deck 18 forward, where I watched us sail into the beautiful orange sky. There’s nothing like sunset at sea! You’re gonna hear me say that a lot, so get used to it.
For dinner, we went to the Epic Club as a whole family! I ordered the Shrimp Cocktail, Surf and Turf, and the Mushroom Ravioli. The shrimp tasted a little too fishy for me, but the Surf and Turf was excellent. The filet mignon was cooked to perfection. I didn’t have enough room to eat the potato, but somehow I found it within me to eat dessert. Our waiter had a lot to do with that. He was very good at convincing us that we had enough room to share a chocolate cake. He was right because we all did! The cake was very rich and tasted really good!
Today we are tendered in Grand Cayman and we are headed to the beach, once again. I’ll see you tomorrow for another completely serious and in-depth review on board the beautiful Norwegian Epic!
Norwegian Epic Pictures Day 4:
Yesterday we were in George Town, Grand Cayman! Well, us and everyone else who decided to cruise on any cruise line this week. We were in port with 4 other ships, for a total of 5 ships on this small little island. That's a lot of people.
I proceeded to do my unusual morning routine of getting up at the butt crack of dawn to watch the sunrise. This sunrise was the best out of all of them. It was like fire on the horizon! Yesterday morning I limited my self to only 47 breakfasts. Okay, maybe it was only 3, but still, it's a whole meal lower than usual! I'm on a diet. Who am I kidding. I couldn't even type that with a straight face! First breakfast was 2 chocolate croissants, second was Eggs Benedict, and third was Huevos Rancheros. They all were very good!
We got off the ship at around 10:30 after the hoard of people had already gone to the island. Tendering was a lot easier here. The tender boats were a lot more wheelchair accessible, and Emily never had to get out of her chair. Tendering is an awesome opportunity to get cool pics of the ship and all of the other ships in port! We had Marella Discovery 2 (formerly Legend of the Seas for Royal Caribbean), Carnival Vista (again), Liberty of the Seas, and Celebrity Reflection in port with us.
We had originally planned on going to the beach for the day, but we decided against that. Instead we visited the town and did some shopping. Everybody and their mothers, and their mother's mothers were in the shops. It's a small space, but they have some really cool things! There is also an EXCELLENT view of the ships from the island, which meant we had to stop every 4 seconds so that I could get 700 different angles of all of ships in port. We felt very safe there, and it was very wheelchair accessible.
We got back on the ship at 12:30, and made a bold choice to eat at the Garden Cafe for lunch. It actually wasn't as busy as it usually is. I stuffed my face with pretzel bread, french fries, and ice cream. It was very filling and healthy.
After lunch I got this motivation to do some work, which lasted about a millisecond. As soon as I logged into everything, I decided I'd wait. Procrastination is key ladies and gentlemen. Who works on vacation?!
We all relaxed for the rest of the day, and drank a lot of daiquiris. When you have the Ultimate Beverage Package, how could you not?? I went back up to my hidden little spot on deck 19 and just chilled.
This is gonna come as a major shock to a lot of you.......are you ready? WE SKIPPED DINNER!!!! We had to be at the Epic Theater for Priscilla Queen of the Desert 20 minutes early to take advantage of our priority seating. We got some okay seats in the back of the theater. We didn't feel like making Emily walk down all of those stairs to any other seats. Let me tell you, no theater on any NCL ships compare to the Stardust Theatre on NCL's Jewel Class ships! They really knew what they were doing with those ships, and for some reason, didn't expand it to the rest of their fleet.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert is a broadway show that's about an hour and a half long showcasing the adventure of 3 drag queens traveling across Australia to do a come back show at a casino. It was very funny. However, it is also EXTREMELY risqué (and yes, now I actually mean risqué), and it could very easily offend certain people. The three leads of the show were really good, and so were all of the other actors and actresses. The technical aspect of the show was also very interesting. If I had to use one word to describe the show, that would be it. Interesting.
There was a small, very large issue that occurred toward the very end of the show. One of the actresses (not the leads) fell into a trap door on the stage. They were dancing and the actress was going backwards, so she couldn't see behind her. She fell right into that hole (pictured below). The other two kept dancing until one of the backstage people came over the loud speaker and said "We're going to have to stop the show here folks." The other two actresses immediately stopped dancing, and ran off the stage very frightened. The lights when up and the room was dead silent. When I say dead silent, I mean like I thought I had gone deaf silent. They finally closed the curtain and turned on some music after what seemed like an eternity. After about 5 minutes, Andre our cruise director came out to tell us that no one had been hurt, and that the show would go on. From now on, whenever I hear the song "Hot Stuff," (which isn't often) I will think of that poor person falling!
Someone who reads this blog asked me on Facebook to get a picture with her daughter who was in the show. Well, I think I did, but I'm not 100% sure. The pictures are below, so let me know.
The rest of the night is history. I went to the 80's Dance Party, hosted by Andre the amazing cruise director! Today we are in Cozumel! I'll see you tomorrow with a comprehensive review! See you then!
Norwegian Epic Day 5 Pictures:
Yesterday we were in Cozumel, Mexico! Who doesn't love Cozumel?! I got up at 5:30, just like usual. I know I said this in yesterday's blog, but today's sunrise was unlike any other.
As we sailed into Cozumel, I ate breakfast in the Garden Cafe. I only ate two waffles and I was full. Weird, I know. I made up for it at dinner, don't worry. We didn't dock in Cozumel until 10 so I had a lot of time to kill. I took some pictures of the other ships in port: Harmony of the Seas, Carnival Vista, Celebrity Silhouette, Carnival Miracle, and Carnival Fantasy.
We got off the ship at around 10:30, and got back on at 10:32. We forgot our towels. We were those people. We ended up having to walk up the stairs from deck 4 to deck 16 because it was impossible to get an elevator. I was winded by deck 5. It was good exercise for us! The concierge must think we are crazy. He brought us down in the priority elevator the first time, and then he had to do it a second time. He gave us a funny look and just kinda went with it.
The second time we got off the ship, we got lost. We could not find a way out of Punta Langosta that had a ramp for Emily's wheelchair. We ended up having to go through a mall to find elevators to just walk some more. We only had to wait about 5 minutes to get a taxi. Let me tell you, riding in those small taxis feels like riding in clown cars that are in a race to the finish. For us, the finish was Nachi Cocum Beach Club. This was our third time in Cozumel, and our third time at Nachi Cocum. We love it there. It's a paradise within paradise. You pay about $55 for each person, and that gets you food and drinks all day long, all brought to you while sitting on the gorgeous beach. The food isn't great, but you get what you pay for. We stayed there until around 3:15, until we shoved ourselves into another clown car taxi.
When we got back on the ship, I took a nap because I was super tired. It must be from waking up really early and going to bed really late. We had a reservation at Le Bistro for dinner at 6:30. I woke up at 6:23 to find that my family had abandoned me for French food. I threw on some nice shorts and a casual t-shirt and started to head downstairs. When I was in the elevator (that had to stop at every floor on the way down), I got a text from Dan saying, "Wait for me in the room." Before I could ask why, I was on deck 5 and when the doors opened, he was standing there waiting. It turns out he got turned away from Le Bistro because he didn't have pants on. None at all. Haha I gotcha! Well probably not, but we'll just pretend you did. He had shorts on, which apparently was unacceptable. We both had to go back to the room and change. We then went back down and we were accepted into the restaurant for dinner.
Dinner was excellent! For appetizers, I had the Escargot and French Onion Soup. I'm not even gonna try to type what the actual names of those are on the menu. For my entrees, I had Peppercorn Beef Tenderloin and Jumbo Shrimp with Artichoke. When they bring you the main course, they have a metal cover over all of the food that they dramatically lift off of your plates simultaneously. It was pretty cool. For dessert, I had the Crême Brûlée and the Profiteroles. The Crême Brûlée was the best thing that my taste buds have ever touched. Le Bistro was so good that we might change our reservations for tomorrow night from La Cucina to Le Bistro.
After dinner, we went to the casino and did some gambling. We did the DaVinci Code machine, and saved most of the coins to use in the casino today.
When we got back to our stateroom, it sounded like there was a rock concert going on next door. This has happened every night, but last night it was even louder. Loud music and people screaming. It was really annoying, especially since Emily was trying to sleep. I made a call and they said they would send somebody up. It got a little bit quieter, but there was still the occasional yell.
Today is the last day of our cruise. I like to tell myself that it's not, but it is. It went by really fast. I'll be back tomorrow to tell you all about our last sea day. See you then!
Norwegian Epic Day 6 Pictures:
This is the blog post that I have not been looking forward to at all. The part where it ends. We have to go back to reality. To our lives where there is no concierge or butler. I know it sounds conceited, but it's rough.
Yesterday was our last day on board the Norwegian Epic. I know. It sucks. However, we made the best of it. Stupid me got up at 5:30 to see the sunrise that wasn't until 7:30. I forgot that we returned to normal time over night which meant sunrise would be later. While I waited, I explored the ship one last time and took over 500 pictures before 7 AM.
Once the sun finally came up, I headed back to our suite and went back to sleep for 3 hours. Breakfast was at the Epic Club Lounge and consisted of Pancakes and Steaks with Eggs. I only ate the steak and one egg. My body is starting to reject food, which has never happened before. I think that this week I ate the most food I have ever eaten in my entire life.
After breakfast, we were lazy bums and laid around and watched TV. We finally got up and went to gamble! We played the same machine as we did in yesterday's blog. We did that until about 3 and the went to O'Sheehan's for lunch.
We ordered all three appetizers, and I ordered a cheeseburger and chicken sandwich. I finished none of this. I only took a couple bites out of each thing. I don't know what was wrong with me. Apparently I forgot that cruise ship calories do not count. My body must've been preparing itself for reality.
After lunch, we went up to deck 6 to buy some souvenirs at the gift shop. Those gift shops are so cool, and they have so many cool things, but they are SUPER expensive.
After spending our life savings at the gift shop and significantly increasing the weight of our suitcases, we went back to the room to find it decorated for Dan's birthday that happens to be on Sunday. We set this up a long time ago, and the package includes decorations and a cake.
We had reservations at La Cucina that we thought about changing to Le Bistro, but we didn't. I got Angel Hair Pasta and Grilled Garlic Shrimp. I finished both of them, and they were both very good. When dessert rolled around, none of us were hungry, and we passed it up.
After dinner, we had to go back to our room to pack the 8 weeks worth of stuff into our 7 suitcases. That number isn't exaggerated. We have 7. Suitcases. Our butler and our room stewardess came in during the process, and we said our goodbyes and got pictures with the both of them. The worst part of any cruise, apart from disembarking, is putting your bags out in the hall. It actually depresses me.
I headed down to the Garden Cafe one last time and ate some final pretzel bread and ice cream cones. How tragic.
I would like to extend a huge thank you to Norwegian Cruise Line, especially the crew of the Norwegian Epic, for once again providing us with an amazing vacation that we will never forget (not a sponsor). They always know how to do things right, and their crew is always happy to see us.
Well this is the hard part. Ending this blog and having to say goodbye to all of you who have been so kindly following along. Thank you for commenting and joking with me on Facebook! I cannot tell you how much I appreciate each and every one of you. I'll keep writing blogs here, but there is no future cruise in sight at the moment. I will be posting more about my thoughts from the Epic, so look forward to that. That post will also include how disembarkation went. Until then, this is PJ Morrissey for cruiseveryday.com, signing off.
Norwegian Epic Day 7 Pictures:
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